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A&E picks up Swayze series

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 8th 2008 2:09PM
swayzeLet me start this story by saying that I'm really hoping and praying that Patrick Swayze staves off the cancer that's trying to kill him and lives for many more years. The powers that be at A&E Network are hoping and praying, too. A&E has given the greenlight to The Beast, a cop drama that will star Patrick Swayze. Co-starring with Patrick in the 13 one-hour episodes is actor (and former Calvin Klein underwear model) Travis Fimmel. According the the doctors caring for Patrick, he is well enough to do the shows and, presumably, continue with the series if it's a success.

The premise for The Beast isn't a typical law and order type. It's like Training Day meets Internal Affairs, only without Denzel Washington and Richard Gere, respectively. Patrick plays an FBI agent who does things his own unique way. He's very good at his job, but rubs people the wrong way. He's asked to train a younger agent, Fimmel, at the same time that Swayze's being dogged by a secret internal affairs team.

Patrick has said this role was a long time coming for him. "I have searched for quite a long time to find a character that is this muti-layered, unpredictable and downright entertaining as well as a project this current and cutting-edged."

The show is set to begin filming in Chicago this summer; it will air in 2009. The pilot was written by the same guy who wrote the movie Breach, William Rotko, in collaboration with Vincent Angell (NCIS). Michael Dinner, a veteran TV director with credits like Wonder Years, Chicago Hope and more recently, Bionic Woman and Kidnapped, will be a co-executive producer and direct the pilot.

One more thought: it would seem logical that A&E has insurance to protect their investment in this project in case Swayze is not able to do all 13 hours. I respect and admire Patrick's determination to continue working. It will be sad, however, to see him changing before our eyes like the late Michael Landon did when succumbing to the same catastrophic illness. Perhaps today's advances in chemotherapy and radiation will give Swayze years to come rather than months.

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I'm hoping he beats it too, but he could help himself a little. The guy still smokes and has been photographed smoking after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

I'm not saying that is what caused his cancer, but he certainly can't be helping himself by puffing away.

June 08 2008 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

May God bless Patrick.

June 08 2008 at 7:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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