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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Seriously? The reboot of Beauty and the Beast

You know, I like to look at pretty people as much as the next person, but this new art for the CW's 2012 reboot of the 1980s series Beauty and the Beast (starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman) makes it look like the series has somehow missed the point. On IMDB there's already a thread that asks, "Is Vincent seriously just a guy with a scar on his face? Because that's kind of lame."
Kind of?
The CW's Vincent (his surname is "Koslow," a tribute to the original creator of the series, Ron Koslow, does have the Twilight golden eye thing going on.  Jay Ryan, a Kiwi actor who honed his craft with roles in Young Hercules and Xena, is a fine-looking guy who is probably best known in the US for doing three episodes of the short-lived series Terra Nova.
Here's a link to an interview Ryan and Kristin Kreuk (in the Linda Hamilton part) did at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con to promote their new show. In the interview they explain how their show's concept has changed from the 80s show--the Beast is a product of a military experiment, for example, and Kristen's character is now an NYPD detective rather than a DA. Although they hadn't yet seen any of the episode scripts--just the pilot--both insisted that the shows would be a mix of procedural and action and romance and fairy tale elements.

It's early yet, but I'm a wee bit skeptical. The actors point out that there new vision/version of the story is solidly based in modern-day NYC. The idea of a Beast who's scarred up is not a terrible idea, but it's not a terribly original one either. (In fact, it was just last year that the movie Beastly, with its tagline, "Love is never ugly: explored the same idea, covering up Alex Pettyfer's good looks with scars and tribal tattoos.)
Changing the Catherine character's job may remind fans of the older show of the last season when Catherine was killed off and replaced by a female cop. The series did not survive the recasting and the revamping.
The new drama's show runners have some interesting credits--Sherri Cooper wrote and produced Everwood and Brothers & Sisters, among other jobs; Jennifer Levin wrote for Felicity and Chicago Hope before Brothers & Sisters.
I believe a good writer can write any genre, and these women certainly know how to write relationships, which is crucial, but I don't get a fairy tale vibe from anything about this package. That's disappointing. The original series--and I know I have to get over this because we're  no longer living in the 80s--was packed with people who'd earned their geek cred the hard way--by actually being geeks. Ron Koslow would go on to create Roar, a show that starred Heath Ledger as a young warrior in ancient Ireland, and Moonlight, a vampire in Los Angeles series starring Alex O'Loughlin, who rebounded from its cancellation by landing the role of Steve McGarrett in the wildly successful reboot of Hawaiit Five-O.
P.K. Simonds went on to write for Earth 2 and Kindred: The Embraced.
The first time I ever saw George R.R. Martin's name was on the credits of an episode of B&B. I don't remember which one it was--he wrote 14.
I want to like the new series, I really do. But so far, I'm not sure what I'm seeing is any different from, say, a regular episode of Grimm.
Below is the official trailer for the show; see what you think.

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