Probably not. Been there, done that, you know. But the TV pro is now unemployed although I doubt that'll be for long. The Cleaner just never really clicked for A&E. It was as intense as the network's hit reality show, Intervention, but it wasn't nearly as compelling.
Barbara Walters will air the actor's final television interview in a one hour special titled Last Dance tonight at 10 PM eastern/9 PM central on ABC.
He's probably best known for his work on the big screen in movies like Ghost, Dirty Dancing and (of course) the timeless Road House, a movie that became a cult sensation for all the wrong reasons and helped birth the sense of humor of MST3K and Rifftrax's Michael J. Nelson. But like all Hollywood actors, he made his presence known on the small screen, and his reach goes much further than his recent venture into cable drama glory with A&E's The Beast.
Though it probably comes as no big surprise, sources are saying that the Patrick Swayze drama about a rogue FBI agent, The Beast, won't be returning for a second season. While A&E has told Variety that no official decision has been made, word is that episode 13, which aired at the end of April, will be the series' last.
I've been watching I'm a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here!, which is a terrible revelation to make about myself, but in the three hours of my life that show has taken from me, I've come to a few conclusions: 1. My life needs more meaning, and 2. Lou Diamond Phillips is kind of a bad-ass.
I bring this up because apparently, there had been talks of The Beast continuing with someone other than Patrick Swayze in the lead in case Swayze's poor health prevented him from continuing on the show. Phillips recently guest-starred on the series, and I would love to see him on television (in a situation in which he wasn't getting eaten by rats).
(10PM, A&E) 1st season finale
The future of 'The Beast' remains up in the air, largely because of star Patrick Swayze's ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer.
But in the season ender, viewers will get a few answers to questions surrounding his FBI agent Charles Barker.
Most of the action revolves around Barker's pursuit of the Red Gauntlet operation, a case that has dogged him throughout his career.
He receives some very pertinent info in the form of a list with the names of six people involved with Red Gauntlet, and with Ellis, Todd and Conrad's help, he tries to track them down. It's imperative that he does, lest they find him first.
In a treat for fans, the show's second new episode of the week finds Brennan and Booth rocking out with their, uh, bones out, when a creepy case forces the duo to delve into the world of skeletons and death metal music.
The Jeffersonian team gets mixed up in the bizarre case when it's discovered that a death metal band in Norway is using an actual human skeleton as part of its stage act.
The remains of the day turn out to be an American, more specifically a death metal musician named Mayhem, from a band named Spew, but that's not the episode's biggest surprise, as the case sparks Brennan and Booth to 'fess up their own musical tastes to each other.
(9PM & 10PM, CBS)
The theme for CBS' dramas tonight: Seemingly unrelated events that turn out to have quite a bit in common.
First up, 'Dukes of Hazzard' star and 'Smallville' papa John Schneider gets mixed up in the 'CSI' mess, as the crime scene investigators quickly surmise that three murders – an art dealer whose been beaten to death, a Hollywood woman who's been shot in a sleazy motel and a P.I. who was slain in a parking lot – are all tied together.
And on 'Eleventh Hour,' Hood has a hunch that when 30 people are killed when they're struck by lightning during one ten-minute thunderstorm, there's more than coincidence or really, really bad luck at play.
We're four episodes into a thirteen episode run and that hasn't happened yet. Instead, we get these tag scenes at the end of each episode that cra-a-a-awls that storyline along. Other than that it's another generic FBI procedural. Only one that's terribly acted, and almost as badly written. Except for Swayze. 99% of the time he's on the screen he's rocking it and owning it. The other 1% ... well he's giving an odd smile that makes it look like his face is breaking.
Her career may be thriving, but so far, love has eluded Liz Lemon. Luckily for her, she's getting three episodes to close the deal with her new neighbor – the handsome and newly single Dr. Drew Baird, played by 'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm.
The hapless-in-love is gonna need all three episodes, too, as, like usual, she doesn't exactly make a great first impression on the good doctor.
Meanwhile, Jack's got his own romantic woes, as he tries to convince Elisa's (Salma Hayek) grandmother that he's a good catch. Too bad granny can't stop thinking about how much the GE honcho reminds her of the villain on her favorite Spanish soap opera.
(S01E01) "The beast eats away at you, and if you're not careful, the beast will eat it all and you have nothing. And you are nothing." -- Charles Barker
The beast that Patrick Swayze's Barker is referring to is the undercover work that he and his new partner Ellis Dove do for the FBI. But there may be more to the show title than just this simple explanation. Barker may be as much the beast as the job. In the spirit of Vic Mackey and The Shield, A&E's new original series is taking us back to a very dark place in law enforcement. But this time, we're not inside the head of the main player in the series. And therefore, we don't know his true motivations or even what he's up to all the time.
That leads us to the reveal at the end of the episode, which may not be a spoiler in that it's been dropped all over the Internet before the episode even aired. Still, I liked the way the episode progressed and how we got to that point. Barker is hard-core and his treatment of Dove throughout the episode is that of a "tough love" mentor. In the end, it seems to be working. Then Dove has the rug pulled out.
(10PM, A&E) series premiere
In the midst of his very public cancer battle, Patrick Swayze is making a professional comeback in this drama, playing a veteran FBI agent who may be playing a little fast and loose with the rules.
Charles Barker's (Swayze) world is about to become even more intense when he's assigned a young new partner, Ellis Dove (Travis Fimmel). Dove is happy to be paired up with Barker until the duo goes undercover to crack a weapons-smuggling ring and the rookie gets a look at how dangerous and all-consuming undercover work can be.
And there's also the little matter of the FBI's internal affairs agents, who want Dove to spy on his mentor, a suspected rogue agent.
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Those of you who have watched the show know it's really the reverse treadmill thingie that poses the biggest obstacle between any contender and his/her victory. But The Beast should terrify a few of the hopefuls. He stands at seven-feet-tall and weighs 318 lbs. From the picture, you can see that 200 of those pounds are in his neck.
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."
No, you read correctly on both counts. Patrick Swayze, who is known mostly for his roles in movies such as Red Dawn, Dirty Dancing, Road House, and Ghost, is currently working on a pilot for a new A&E drama series. And, this is still going on despite the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.
According to doctors treating the actor, his continued participation in the pilot process can take place because he has a very limited amount of disease and seems to be responding to treatment. I'm not a doctor, but I would think "very limited amount of disease" translates to the fact that they caught the cancer early enough. Representatives for Swayze say that he is continuing his normal schedule, which includes working on the pilot The Beast. The show, still under consideration by A&E, focuses on Patrick as an unorthodox FBI veteran.
I made a passing reference to both these series back in May, but now it's official: A&E has given the greenlight to pilots for both The Beast and The Cleaner. The two series are part of a new effort on behalf of the network to focus on scripted series, rather than the reality series that have comprised the bulk of its programming over the last few years.
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