A Bad Sign?: A&E releases new schedule, minus “The Beast”

May 13, 2009 by  

thebeastA&E’s new schedule of original programming was released today, and apparently it doesn’t include The Beast, the searing Patrick Swayze crime drama, which could be threatened by the failing health of its star. Apparently, A&E isn’t sure what to do with the show, and is seemingly scared to renew it in the event its star isn’t able to finish it.

A rep for the cable network says no final decision has been made about the future of the show. Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2008, and reportedly battled the disease through the entire first season of the show, with several stoppages happening because of illnesses and weakness caused by treatments.

We can see why they might be gunshy, but pulling the show will cause a lot of bad will for A&E. Perhaps renewing the show for one more season, and wrapping it up this season, leaving a slight door open in case Swayze is able to do more down the road?

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