Beauty & the Beast

Beauty & the Beast Information

The Beauty & the Beast is an American television series filmed in Toronto, Canada, very loosely inspired by the 1987 CBS series of the same name, developed by Sherri Cooper-Landsman and Jennifer Levin that premiered October 11, 2012, on The CW. Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan star in the title roles alongside Austin Basis, Nina Lisandrello, Nicole Gale Anderson, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Max Brown, Brian J. White, Amber Skye Noyes, and Michael Roark.


Catherine Chandler witnessed her mother's murder and almost killed herself until someone"?or something"?saved her. Nine years later, now working as a detective for the NYPD, a case leads her to Vincent Keller, an ex-soldier believed to have been killed in action during military service, who is actually alive. As Catherine comes to know him, she finds out more about her mother's murder and about who"?and what"?Vincent really is.

Cast and characters

  • Kristin Kreuk as Catherine Chandler
  • Jay Ryan as Vincent Keller
  • Austin Basis as J.T. Forbes
  • Nina Lisandrello as Tess Vargas
  • Brian White as Joe Bishop (season 1)
  • Max Brown as Evan Marks (season 1; guest, season 4)
  • Sendhil Ramamurthy as Gabriel Lowen (seasons 1-2)
  • Amber Skye Noyes as Tori Windsor (season 2)
  • Nicole Gale Anderson as Heather Chandler (seasons 3-4; recurring, seasons 1-2)
  • Michael Roark as Kyle Johnson (season 4)




The CW officially began developing the series in September 2011. The project was described as "a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist," unlike the original series which was a romantic drama with mystery and suspense elements. The show is the first project that Mark Pedowitz developed when he joined the network.


The network ordered a pilot of the series in January 2012. The pilot of the show was filmed in Toronto, Canada from March 22 to April 2, 2012. It was picked up by The CW on May 11, 2012, and was scheduled to premiere during the 2012-13 television season. Filming of the first season continued in Toronto from July 27 and production on the thirteenth episode was completed on December 21, 2012. On November 9, 2012, a full season was ordered. On April 26, 2013, Beauty & the Beast was renewed for a second season. Filming of Beauty & the Beast was split between New York City, NY and Toronto from the second season. On May 8, 2014, Beauty & the Beast was renewed for a third season. Filming on season three commenced on August 29, 2014, and ended on February 12, 2015. On February 13, 2015, The CW renewed the series for a fourth season, before the third season began airing. On October 13, 2015, it was announced that the upcoming fourth season would be its last. Filming of the fourth and final season began on May 29, 2015 and ended on November 17, 2015. The final season premiered on June 2, 2016, before concluding on September 15, 2016.


Sherri Cooper-Landsman, Jennifer Levin, Ron Koslow, Gary Fleder, Paul Junger Witt, Frank Siracusa, Tony Thomas, John Weber, Bill Haber, C. Anthony Thomas and current showruner Brad Kern have served as executive producers. Roger Grant, Kevin Lafferty, Thom J. Pretak, Mairzee Almas and Michael J. Maschio serve as producers. Other producers on the show include Stuart Gillard, John A. Norris, Holly Henderson, Don Whitehead, Courtney Kemp Agboh, and Eric Tuchman as co-executive producers; Bill Goddard, Blair Singer, and Melissa Glenn as co-producers; Sean Sforza, Julie Lawrence, Kyle MacDonald, and Larry Goldstein as associate producers; Rick Bota as supervising producer; and Jeff Rake, R.R.K. Sinclair, and Rebecca Sinclair as consulting producers.

Sherri Cooper-Landsman and Jennifer Levin serve as executive producers and writers on the series alongside Brad Kern who joined the series as an executive producer beginning with the second season. Writers on the series include: Roger Grant, Blair Singer, Kelly Souders, Brian Wayne Peterson, John A. Norris, Eric Tuchman, Allison Moore, Emily Silver, Wendy Straker Hauser, Holly Henderson, Don Whitehead, Jeff Rake, Brian Studler, Pamela Sue Anton, Melissa Glenn, and Rupa Magge.

Directors who've worked on the series include: Rick Bota, Stuart Gillard, Steven A. Adelson, Morris Claiborne, Mairzee Almas, Bradley Walsh, Fred Gerber, Kevin Fair, Mike Rohl, Gary Fleder, Paul Fox, P.J. Pesce, Paul A. Kaufman, Scott Peters, Jeff Renfroe, Michael Robison, Lee Rose, Rick Rosenthal, Bobby Roth, Norma Bailey, Grant Harvey, Allan Kroeker, Rich Newey, and Sudz Sutherland.


Casting announcements began in February 2012, when Kristin Kreuk was first cast in the lead role of Catherine Chandler. Austin Basis was then cast in the role of J.T. Forbes, Vincent's best friend. Nina Lisandrello and Nicole Gale Anderson were then added to the cast, with Lisandrello landing the role of Tess Vargas, Catherine's partner and best friend. Anderson signed on to the recurring role of Heather Chandler, Catherine's younger sister. Jay Ryan joined the series in the second lead role, Vincent Keller (the character was originally called Vincent Koslow, though in the original series, Vincent had no last name). Max Brown signed on for the role of Dr. Evan Marks, a medical examiner who has feelings for Catherine. Brian White was the last actor to sign onto the series. White joined in the role of Joe Bishop, Catherine and Tess' commanding officer at the NYPD, who becomes romantically involved with Tess. White's character of Joe Bishop was not included in the second season of the series; the story line was that Bishop lost his job because he focused too much attention on finding the killer of his brother instead of performing his duties.



Beauty & the Beast has received negative reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 20% approval rating with an average rating of 3.2/10 based on 30 reviews for the first season. The website's consensus reads, " A thoroughly middling romantic fantasy series, Beauty and the Beast suffers from a silly premise, mediocre writing, and bland characterization." The series was given a 33 out of 100 score on Metacritic, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews from 19 critics. Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly gave the pilot of Beauty & the Beast a C- grade, stating that it lacks the same charm that the 1980s drama had, and that 'The Beast' is more of a Hulk rather than an actual beast. David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle called the series an "overheated, badly written, wretchedly acted and unconvincing drama, which makes mincemeat out of the traditional beauty and the beast fairy tale". Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times also made similar observations but praised Nina Lisandrello who still remains as the only cast member in the show to ever receive a positive review. About Lisandrello, McNamara wrote "the only point of light is provided by Catherine's partner, Tess, who, as played with great common-sense appeal by Nina Lisandrello, clearly deserves to be on a better show." More mixed but slightly favorable reviews were provided by David Hinckley of the New York Daily News, who said the series was "such a natural it's downright devilish" and Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times, who stated the "girl-power themes will probably play well to the network's core audience."


Season Timeslot (ET) No. of
Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale viewers
(in millions)
1 Thursday 9 p.m. 22 2.78 1.26 2012-2013 #138 1.78
2 Monday 9 p.m. 22 0.86 0.76 2013-2014 #171 1.24
3 Thursday 8 p.m. 13 0.88 0.76 2014-2015 N/A N/A
4 Thursday 9 p.m. 13 0.83 0.70 2015-2016 N/A N/A

Awards and nominations

The show has been honored with acknowledgements from the People's Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and Saturn Awards as well as the Leo Awards, Canadian Screen Awards, the American Society of Cinematographers, the Canadian Society of Cinematographers and the Directors Guild of Canada.

Accolades for Beauty & the Beast
Year Result Award Category Recipients
2012 E! Golden Remote Award New Fall Show You're Most Excited For Beauty & the Beast
2013 People's Choice Award Favorite New TV Drama Beauty & the Beast
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Beauty & the Beast
Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Kristin Kreuk
Saturn Award Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television Beauty & the Beast
2014 People's Choice Award Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show Beauty & the Beast
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Kristin Kreuk
ASC Award Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in One-Hour Episodic Television Series David Greene
("Tough Love")
Leo Award Best Direction in a Dramatic Series Steven A. Adelson
("Any Means Possible")
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Kristin Kreuk
DGC Craft Award Direction - Television Series Rick Roseenthal
("Partners in Crime")
2015 People's Choice Award Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show Beauty & the Beast
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Kristin Kreuk
CSC Award Best Cinematography in a TV Series David A. Makin
Canadian Screen Award Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series Cheryl Dorsey, Peter Emmink, Doug McCullough
("Dj Vu")
DGC Craft Award Production Design - TV Series Doug McCullough
("Dj Vu")
2016 People's Choice Award Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show Beauty & the Beast
Canadian Screen Award Best Visual Effects Robert Vandenhoek
Achievement in Visual Effects Jeff Skochko
2017 Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award TV Series Cinematography David A. Makin
("Monsieur et Madame Bte")


TVGN aired the first four episodes of the second season of the show back to back from May 11, 2014. This was the first syndication style broadcast of the show in the United States. The first four seasons have also been released to stream on Netflix in some regions and on iTunes. In Greece Alpha TV premiered in March 27, 2018 the series.



A series of tie-in novels, written by Nancy Holder, have been published through Titan Books.

Book Title Release date
1 Vendetta November 25, 2014
2 Some Gave All March 31, 2015
3 Fire at Sea May 31, 2016

DVD releases

Name Release dates Ep # Additional information
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
October 1, 2013 March 10, 2014 April 23, 2014 22
  • Features
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • Season in Review: The Beginning
    • Dressing the Beauty
    • Creating the Beast
    • Commentary on "Pilot"
May 19, 2015 March 9, 2015 December 3, 2015 22
  • Features
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • Season in Review: The Beast is Back
    • From Script to Screen: Creating an Episode
    • Set Tour: The Gentleman's Club
May 10, 2016 March 14, 2016 June 2, 2016 13
  • Features
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • Season In Review: The Beast Strikes Again
    • A Day In The Life Of The Writers' Room
December 6, 2016 March 13, 2017 May 7, 2017 13
  • Features
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • Season In Review: Farewell to the Beast
    • Closing a Chapter - A Fond Farewell
May 30, 2017 70
  • Features
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Gag Reel

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