Comic-Con fans see the latest take on 'Beauty and the Beast'
This beauty chases down crooks.
CW's Beauty and the Beast, the latest take on the classic fairy tale, features Kristin Kreuk – an earlier CW beauty in Smallville – as a New York cop who watched her mother murdered years earlier.
Her character, Catherine Chandler, finds the scarred but otherwise handsome beast, Vincent (Jay Ryan), during an investigation and realizes he's the same being that saved her life when she was about to be killed in the earlier incident.
Comic-Con fans got the chance to see the pilot Thursday at its first public screening. Networks frequently show off their new fall shows at Comic-Con, hoping to generate early buzz with the convention's devoted and social-media-connected fans.
The new drama has much in common with the '80s series of the same name, but producers told the Comic-Con audience that their take is different. "The spirit is similar," executive producer Sherri Cooper said. But "it's a completely different reimagining."
The beast, Vincent, for one, has a new backstory. In this series, he was part of a super-soldier military experiment gone wrong. Vincent is in hiding from operatives who know about the experiment, although he occasionally uses his super abilities to save people, such as Catherine. When she finds out, she is in danger, too.
Kreuk called '80s Beauty star Linda Hamilton "amazing," but said she didn't use the earlier show as a model for her performance.
This Beauty will mix in weekly procedural investigations with the familiar elements of romance and mythology, which could help capture the casual as well as the dedicated viewer.
"We want to focus on what an amazing detective Catherine is," said executive producer Brian Peterson.
But viewers who want romance won't be disappointed, producers said. "What's great about Kristin and Jay is their chemistry," executive producer Kelly Souders said.
The new series was one of two Beauty and the Beast TV projects that were being considered in Hollywood, with Kreuk a candidate for the lead role in both, executive producer Jennifer Levin said.
"We wooed her with cupcakes," she said, never expecting that that would be enough.
"It worked. She's so easy," Levin joked.