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 ofSwayze, whose health struggles never cracked his gritty performance.He’s the perfect made-for-cable star, who captures vast reserves ofaudience affection but needed a meaty role to redefine himself as morethan the Dirty Dancing and Ghost guy.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Will you miss The Beast? Was it a Swayze-worthy vehicle?
More on ‘The Beast’:
EW Review: ‘The Beast’
Patrick Swayze’s ‘Beast’ premiere: What did you think?