CW has decided to cancel Beauty and the Beast after Season 4. This sad news was confirmed by the television network on Tuesday. Reports suggest that low TRP is what caused the network to axe the series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Beauty and the Beast had only 1.61 million views on an average in its last three seasons and this is not something that the network is ready for in one of their prime time slots.
CW has cancelled Beauty and the Beast and has already announced some new shows in its place. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Legends of Tomorrow and Containment are some of the series that will be appearing on CW in the coming months.
Fans will be happy to note that CW President Mark Pedowitz was himself a fan of Beauty and the Beast and said that with the series they had been working on their slot for scripted programs in the summer. However, now that they want to introduce something new, they have decided that it is time to move on.
Beauty and the Beast is currently in production for its fourth season, which will be out in 2016 summer. The 13 episode long series is based on the 1987 CBS series created by Ron Koslow. The current show is created by Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper-Landsman and stars Jay Ryan and Kristin Kreuk.
Season 3 of Beauty and the Beast ended in September and it was confirmed by Pedowitz that the show will be back for the fourth season next summer. He made the announcement about Beauty and the Beast continuing as the staple show this summer for CW.
Beauty and the Beast Season 3 ended with Vincent and Cat having a dream wedding. With the show focusing heavily on their relationship, the fourth season is expected to take up from their life post marriage and delve into the intricacies of life thereafter.
Beauty and the Beast Season 4 is expected to now focus on other aspects of Vincent and Cat’s life. Before finally marrying Cat, Vincent had to deal with Liam (Jason Gedrick), his arch enemy. However, the viewers never found out if Liam is surely dead or not. This leave open a possibility that Liam will be back to make things difficult for Vincent and Cat.
After Beauty and the Beast Season 3 was out, the TRP ratings were reviewed. Even though they were decent, the producers were not happy with just touching the million viewers mark.
It was decided that the chemistry between Vincent and Cat is what makes the show tick and the executive producer Brad Kern even informed Master Herald that since this wasn’t exploited much in the previous season, the show had failed to fare well.
Keeping this in mind, the showrunners focused on the relationship between Vincent and Cat and even got the two of them hitched in the season finale of Season 3 of Beauty and the Beast. With their romance in the main plot, the show also exploited the mythological aspect of the series.
Vincent has a tendency to change into a beast and this secret if out, is going to create a whole lot of problem. Once he is a beast, the only one who can control and deal with him is Cat. Keeping this in mind, a secret organization had approached him to work for them.
Seeing that working with the organization would help protect Vincent and his secret, Cat and Vincent agreed. The organization is going to show the viewers the connection between humans and science will find out answers for Vincent’s condition.