The CW’s Violent Take on Beauty and the Beast Sure to Thrill Werewolf Fans

Coming October 11, 2012 is The CW’s new show Beauty and the Beast… which doesn’t actually have any werewolves. I know I know! But before you curse me and click the X in the corner of your screen, hear me out. After doing some digging into the upcoming show, I think it’s one that werewolf fans will totally appreciate. While there are no werewolves, the main character has enough werewolf traits to make it worth a watch. He may not get furry, but he transforms into a violent and monstrous animal with super strength. Sounds pretty similar to a werewolf… plus he has bright yellow eyes, which is rad. Anyway, if you’re still with me, check out the promo video and the crazy long show description below, as well as the hot pictures of the gorgeous Kristin Kreuk:

See, it’s werewolfish, even without wolves.

Check out the longest official description ever written (seriously, WTF CW?):

“Catherine “Cat” Chandler (Kristin Kreuk, “Smallville,” “Chuck”) is a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective, who is haunted by her own tragic past. When she was a teenager, Cat witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen. Cat would have been killed too, but someone – or something – saved her. No one has ever believed her, but she knows it wasn’t an animal that attacked the assassins…though it was strange and terrifying, it was human.

Years have passed, and although she thinks about her mother every day, Cat is now strong and confident, a capable police detective working with her equally talented partner, Tess Vargas (Nina Lisandrello, “Nurse Jackie”). The two women make a good team, and have become close friends while working on countless homicide cases under the supervision of their tough-but-fair boss, Joe Bishop (Brian White, “The Shield,” “The Cabin in the Woods”). Cat has also become close to another co-worker, the medical examiner Evan Marks (Max Brown, “The Tudors,” “MI-5”), and they’ve developed a fun, flirtatious relationship that could easily turn into something deeper – if Cat would let that happen. However, much to the concern of her younger sister, Heather (Nicole Gale Anderson, “Make It or Break It”), Cat’s romantic inclinations tend toward bad boys.

While investigating a new case Cat and Tess discover fingerprints that lead to a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan, “Terra Nova”), who was reportedly killed by enemy fire while serving in Afghanistan in 2002. Digging deeper, Cat learns that Vincent is actually still alive. For mysterious reasons that have forced him to live outside of traditional society, Vincent has been in hiding for the past 10 years. With the help of his childhood friend J.T. Forbes (Austin Basis, “Life Unexpected”), Vincent has been able to guard his terrible secret – when he is enraged, he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. Cat is stunned when Vincent admits he was the “animal” who saved her the night of her mother’s murder. Vincent doesn’t admit the whole truth – he is emotionally tied to Cat and has been watching over her for years.

Cat agrees to protect Vincent’s identity in return for any insight he may have into her mother’s murder. Thus begins a complex relationship between Cat and Vincent, who understand that their connection is extremely dangerous for both of them. Cat’s secret obsession with Vincent puts a strain on her relationship with everyone around her, and Tess is especially troubled by the feeling that Cat is keeping something from her.

Perhaps the most surprising element of their relationship is that Vincent soon becomes a secret but important part of Cat’s detective work. During the years he spent hiding in the shadows, watching over Cat and other innocents, Vincent learned a lot about the darkest parts of the city and the people who live there. His sharpened instincts, incredible strength and human compassion become invaluable to Cat as she works to bring criminals to justice.

As she slowly comes to terms with Vincent’s monstrous alter-ego, Cat senses she can trust him in ways she hasn’t been able to trust any man before and, despite the obstacles between them, she realizes that she’s safer with him than anywhere else.”

Anyone here willing to give the show a watch, even though it’s not about werewolves?

– Moonlight

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Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to werewolves and other supernatural beasties. She writes for top genre sites like and You will most likely find her huddled over a book of folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and you may lose a limb. You can stalk her via her Twitter.


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  1. I was at this show’s panel at Comic-Con, where they gave us a preview. I can tell you now that they did NOT give a very good first impression. The pacing was way too fast, and they are focusing on, as the lead writer (I think) put it, “the forbidden love story” of Beauty and the Beast.

    Seriously? Forbidden love story? That’s what they thought of Beauty and the Beast? It’s not that love between Beauty and the Beast was forbidden or disallowed, but rather they have to first get past their differences before they can love. This theme, which is recurrent some great pieces of literature (like Pride and Prejudice), is why I consider Beauty and the Beast as one of my favorite fairy tales. It seems to me these people want to cash in while the Twilight romance is still in.

    Though I don’t remember too well, I thought that the Beast did not seem, visually or figuratively, beast-y, much less werewolf-y (but that’s probably because I thought about Edward’s “I’m not good for you” the whole time). From what I’ve seen his identity isn’t in conflict like werewolves of this archetype (sort of ‘unwilling,’ like the ones in The Wolf Man, or AWIL), and so, provides little of the drama that we grow to love about out tragic werewolf heroes. It just doesn’t feel like a werewolf story.

    That being said, it was only the pilot, and I suppose that the team would be able to improve as they go, so I would give a few more episodes a chance before deciding if this series is totally going to bomb (which it probably is).

  2. I was already planning on checking this series out, I’m glad you spreading the word about this cool looking up and coming series. PS, THIS WEBSITE ROCKS!!!!

  3. The Beast isn’t at all beastly enough in my opinion, I thought it was just a regular guy when I first saw him in his “beast” mode.

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