Variety is reporting that cancer-stricken Roadhouse vet Patrick Swayze will star in a new TV series called The Beast. Alas, the show does not, as the name might imply, fall into the sci fi genre. (Swayze with tentacles!?). Nor will it be a re-imagining of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale in the manner of the Linda Hamilton-helmed late-Eighties TV masterpiece of the same name. (Swayze with a cleft palate and furry face?!). Instead, it will follow the trials and tribulations of a renegade FBI agent and his straight-laced partner. (Swayze with a badge and a bad attitude.) Yawn. The good news is that the green-light portends a clean bill of health for the actor, whose diagnosis of pancreatic cancer back in March seemed bleak as fuck. Being deeply involved with an on-going TV project doesn't guarantee that Swayze's out of the woods, but one would think that if he was getting ready to sing his swan song, he'd opt for something a bit more prestigious ... Like, say, a re-imagining of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale in the manner of the Linda Hamilton-helmed late-Eighties TV masterpiece (see above).
It's a motley gathering of news today, with stories concerning everything from Bollywood to Patrick Swayze, but unfortunately not together. But if the stars are aligned, maybe next week. Ooh, please, please, please!
Here's the thing about making fun of Patrick Swayze's new show, The Beast: I don't really want to do it, but after seeing the premiere last night, it clearly needs to be done. So the rest of this post is going to be very apologetic and everything, because of course I love Patrick Swayze as much as the next girl and want him to do well, but Jesus H. Christ, this show out-mediocres NCIS even.