Pilot Scoop: ABC Picks Up Beauty and the Beast, Reimagining Classic Fairy Tale

On the heels of The CW ordering a pilot rebooting the late-1980s Beauty and the Beast romantic drama-slash-procedural, ABC has picked up its own Beauty and the Beast pilot, this one more rooted in fairy tale lore.

Penned and to be executive-produced by Jon Steinberg (Human Target, Jericho), ABC’s Beast promises “a fantastical reimagining of the classic fairy tale, set in a mythical, dangerous world wherein a beautiful and tough Princess discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast.”

Gary Fleder (Life Unexpected) and Mary Beth Basile (October Road) will also serve as EPs on the project, which is based out of ABC Studios.

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Once again, for maximum clarity: ABC’s Beauty and the Beast is deeply rooted in fairy tale lore. The CW’s pilot is a redo of the Linda Hamilton/Ron Perlman series. Because there will be a quiz later.

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  1. Lauren says:

    Those two shows will be confusing..well with the same title

  2. Morgan says:

    Fairy Tale overload. And on the same network as Once Upon a Time? Which is doing its own version of Beauty and the Beast? Okay.

    • Liz says:

      Bet it’s on Sundays at 9 next season

      I could see it getting viewers from Once but I can also see people being sick of fairy tales and wanting a break

      • Ben says:

        As long as it doesn’t kill Once, why must everyone jump on an original idea?

      • Holly says:

        Really? Cause how many cop, doctor, vampire shows do we have and yet no one seems to get tired of them. I love the idea of networks doing more fairytale genre based shows. Plus with the following Once Upon a Time has, I am sure that poeple will at least give it a try.

        • sara says:

          There certainly are a lot of cop shows but how many vampire shows are there really? True Blood, Vampire Diaries and Being Human.. That’s a grand total of three. Can you name any others?

          • sarah says:

            Sara I totally agree with you!! 3 Vampire shows only.. PLUS there is not 2 Vampire Diaries or 2 True Bloods…the shows are all different where as 2 Beauty and the Beasts there will be some similarities so it is not a good idea

          • lacey says:

            Being Human isn’t entirely about vampires, plus it airs on SyFy not one of the major networks. And True Blood airs on HBO a cable channel you specifically have to subscribe to. So I don’t think there can really be an argument against too many vampire shows.

  3. SonR says:

    so ABC is doing “Beauty and the Beast”, what about the CW?

  4. pv says:

    Even though the abc one sounds better, the cw one has a better chance of survival, simply being on that network.

  5. Donna says:

    I really don’t think fairy tales are a hot new genre that can support zillions of shows… (eyeroll)

    • Toto says:

      Why don’t they make a show based on Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series? Magic, adventure, love, war, it’s practically The Princess Bride, but without the emphasis on humor.

  6. Mikaylah says:

    ABC is really embracing the fairy tale shows, and I LOVE IT. OUAT is awesome, so hopefully this is as well.

  7. Carter says:

    Not an original idea. OUAT was stolen straight from the comic book series Fables. The comic has been in publication for over 7 years. Sorry.

  8. AT says:

    I’m excited and will definitely be watching both series!!! I love BATB re-imaginings.

  9. Morgan says:

    Any likelihood that the abc version of B&TB is a spinoff of OUAT?

  10. Danielle H says:

    Boy, when one thing does decent on TV/movies there has to be 100 reimaginings.
    Can we not just get a few original things? The issue is, people don’t give the original, out there stuff enough of a chance.

  11. John Grose says:

    It sounds like a reboot of a reboot. – John

  12. Guy says:

    Is ABC trying to cannibalise its own Once Upon a Time? Seriously ABC don’t be so stupid.

    • Jason says:

      Of course they are. It’s the ABC Way. Remember when Regis and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? premiered to great numbers? What did ABC do? Put it on FOUR NIGHTS A WEEK. Presto! Killed the Golden Goose. Keep it up, ABC. It’s good for your competitors.

  13. Michael Sacal says:

    The CW version should be a sequel focused on Vincent and Katherine’s son. It’s been 20 years, he’d be old enough to carry his own show now.

  14. GK says:

    Its a perfect fit with OUAT, but isn’t that show also doing its version of Beauty and the Beast soon? I think the procedural on the CW will also be a good addition. Just hope that they both will have some good writing and acting.

  15. Heather says:

    “a fantastical reimagining of the classic fairy tale, set in a mythical, dangerous world wherein a beautiful and tough Princess discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast” Belle is not a princess, the beast is a prince.

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  17. Lacy says:

    My god… this year is already crowded with Snow White (Once Upon a Time and those 2 movies). It’s nice to dust off a couple of fairytale IP’s but seriously, it’s time for some new “fairytale-like” IP’s.

    I swear it’s really only a matter of time before the Wizard of Oz gets sliced and diced with “re-imaginings” in film and TV.

  18. joui says:

    Funny how ABC/Disney makes ample use of tales not protected by copyright, all the while doing their best to keep their own authentic work under IP protection for as long as they possibly can.

    I wonder what tales they could “reimagine” if same BS laws protected all literature, like they are working to enforce now.

  19. Carter says:

    I’m working on it.

  20. sarah says:

    That is silly that 2 networks are remaking Beauty and the Beast. I guess there is no new ideas out there

  21. Fabricio says:

    another abc’s show would get cancelled. The plot of that beauty and that beast would be perfect on Once Upon of Time. Why does Hollywood pretend to reinvent all the fairy tales to gain audiences??

    This year we have 2 snow whites movies, next year hansel and grettel, Jack and the Giant and other uncoming projects.. in the tv world we have grimm, once upon of time and now beauty and the beast???

    The Vampire era has begun to die. I Hope True Blood would survived all this fairy tales crap

  22. CJ says:

    They should call it Wilda and the Beest; it could be about two gnus in Africa.