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Patrick Swayze Comes to TV in The Beast

I don't know if it's possible to watch Patrick Swayze in The Beast and separate his performance from what we know about his personal drama. Swayze has been simultaneously battling pancreatic cancer and filming the show, which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on A&E.

That makes it all the more impressive that he's being called the best thing about The Beast, delivering a confident performance as an undercover FBI agent who takes a new protege under his wing. Swayze's character, Charles Barker, is the latest in a string of unorthodox but brilliant detectives we've seen on TV over the years, specializing in high-intensity undercover work. As The Beast begins, Charles attempts to train his rookie partner, Ellis Dove, (Travis Fimmel), even as the FBI's higher-ups are trying to convince Dove to help in an internal investigation of Charles's methods.

At TCA last week, the producers of The Beast said Swayze's health hasn't had much of an impact on their plans for the show, which was cast before Swayze was diagnosed; if the show is picked up for a second season, it could be in production as soon as March. To check out some clips of the show and the actors talking about their roles,

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JennaV JennaV 7 years
This show looks right up my alley! It has been rave reviews and I have been lookign forward to it for months.
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 7 years
He will forever be James Dalton. Able to be tender with a woman one moment, and rip a guys throat out the next. He is just yummy! BUT, I would watch this show even without him, it just looks so great!
lovey lovey 7 years
I love Travis Fimmel! Remember those Calvin Klein Ads? He is pure eye candy!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i think that we'll always remember him from dirty dancing, but the other one that's always disturbing in my mind is 'too wang foo - thanks for everything julie newmar'. he was a VERY convincing drag queen
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i think that we'll always remember him from dirty dancing, but the other one that's always disturbing in my mind is 'too wang foo - thanks for everything julie newmar'. he was a VERY convincing drag queen
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 7 years
oh my Johnny Castle :(
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 7 years
oh my Johnny Castle :(
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