[02/15/11 - 10:27 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, February 15 Updates include: Laura Prepon is NBC's "Chelsea"; Annie Wersching joins ABC's "Partners"; and Jamie Bamber reunites with Ronald D. Moore on NBC's "17th Precinct."
[12/18/09 - 07:03 PM] Development Update: Friday, December 18 Updates include: ABC orders pilot from British comedian Danny Wallace; Megan Holley to bring "Sunshine Cleaning" to Showtime; and Boris Kodjoe set as male lead in NBC's "Undercovers."
[06/04/09 - 06:39 PM] Development Update: Thursday, June 4 Updates include: Robert Knepper, others set for the new season of "Heroes"; Jeffrey Bell to run ABC's "V" revival; and A&E set to cancel "The Beast."
[12/03/07 - 06:25 PM] Development Update: Week of December 3-7 Updates include: Thom Beers, Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun ink three-series/30-episode deal with NBC, the Wayans brothers land a comedy at VH1 and Connie Nielsen to topline A&E's "Danny Fricke."
[10/12/07 - 06:16 PM] Development Update: Week of October 8-12 Updates include: "24's" Kiefer Sutherland reaches a plea agreement over his DUI arrest, CBS Television Distribution looks to spin off "Dr. Phil," FOX eyes an animated revamp of "The Pitts" and plenty of new casting news.
[08/24/07 - 06:59 PM] Development Update: Week of August 20-24 Updates include: New roles set on "24," "Bones," "Brothers & Sisters," "Jericho," "Lost" and "Ugly Betty," Kathryn Morris gets a raise on "Cold Case" and ABC Family and A&E each order two more pilots.
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ADDITIONAL NOTES: confirmed as canceled on 6/15/09
DESCRIPTION: (from A&E's web site, March 2009) The Beast, starring Patrick Swayze and Travis Fimmel, centers on an unorthodox but effective FBI veteran, Charles Barker (Swayze), who takes on a rookie partner, Ellis Dove (Fimmel). Barker trains Dove in a hard-edged, psychologically driven approach towards undercover work, where a moment's hesitation can lead to death. In the premiere episode of The Beast, the mischievous Barker hazes Dove as they go undercover on their first case to infiltrate a weapons smuggling ring. Barker brilliantly manipulates situations, constantly tests his new partner's abilities and pushes him to delve deeper into the roles of the undercover characters he creates. Although Dove takes a liking to Barker, the new job takes its toll on him. The stress and danger of being an agent quickly makes him realize that he can no longer maintain normal relationships outside of work. Yet that's not the worst of it. The rookie is confronted with a larger challenge: An FBI Internal Affairs team feels Barker may have gone rogue and they try to enlist Dove as a double-agent in the bureau's investigation of his mentor. The Beast is produced by Sony Pictures Television for A&E Network.