18 Jun 2009
Patrick Swayze's 'Beast' officially canceled
In a sad footnote to Patrick Swayze's ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer, his A&E series, The Beast, has been officially canceled. The series, about a rogue undercover FBI agent, premiered in January to mixed reviews and lukewarm audience response (it averaged 1.3 million viewers in its 13-episode run) -- it proved a confusing vehicle for Swayze's talents at best, boring some while striking others as a spot-on parody of cop shows. (The extended trailer, embedded below, gives you a good overall snapshot of the show and his role.) But if there was one thing critics agreed on, it was the star quality of Swayze, whose health struggles never cracked his gritty performance. He's the perfect made-for-cable star, who captures vast reserves of audience affection but needed a meaty role to redefine himself as more than the Dirty Dancing and Ghost guy.