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Lou Diamond Phillips to Visit Swayze's The Beast

Lou Diamond Phillips will guest on an upcoming episode of Patrick Swayze's new A&E drama The Beast , playing an associate of Swayze's character, Barker. Phillips plays Capone, a figure with a bloody past and connections to a gang. The episode, airing Feb. 26 at 10 pm/ET, revolves around the death of a Chicago police officer. Phillips' turn will also give a new take on the show's theme: how deeply Barker and his FBI partner, Ellis (Travis Fimmel), can go undercover without losing themselves. The Beast, which debuted Jan. 15, has attracted widespread attention in part because of Swayze's battle with pancreatic cancer. The actor, who was hospitalized last month with pneumonia, this week urged Congress to increase funding for cancer. "My message to our senators and representatives is simple," he said in a letter to The Washington Post. "Vote for the maximum funding to let the National Institutes of Health fight cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. ... Stand up to create jobs, fight illness and deliver hope." Source here

Preview of 'The Beast' 1.04: Infected

A deadly virus has infected a boy and Barker has promised him to find out who is responsible for it, all new in " The Beast ". A security guard working at a jewelry store named Marcus is involved in a case involving millions of dollar and a deadly virus. Serving his duty as an old pal, Barker gets in the middle of it tagged by Ellis. The young boy has been given the virus as a means to blackmail his mother, Susan who is the jewelry store's vice president. In a desperate attempt to cure her infected son, she steals precious jewels. Meanwhile, Barker and Ellis are tangled in a race against the clock to track down the blackmailers and figure out what kind of virus is roaming in the boy's body. Called "Infected", the episode will air Thursday, February 5. "The Beast" which is starring Patrick Swayze as Barker, is an A&E drama series about a veteran FBI who takes on a rookie assistant in solving crime cases. Premiered on January 15, the series has been highly-acclaimed for Swayze's performance. For Preview Click Here . Source Here

The Beast: Interview with Larry Gilliard Jr. - Featured

The Beast starring Patrick Swayze has been a hit already for Swayze and crime drama fans, so if you're a fan or haven't yet gotten to tune in, check out what Beast cast member Larry Gilliard Jr. has to say about this gritty drama in SideReel's exclusive interview! Larry Gilliard Jr. has most recently appeared in The Wire as Baltimore drug dealer D'Angelo Barksdale, and has also appeared in CSI: NY , Law & Order , Gangs of New York and various other films. I got the chance to talk with Larry Gilliard Jr. who plays Ray Beaumont, an FBI agent on The Beast investigating Patrick Swayze's character, Charles Barker, which includes attempting to get information out of Barker's new partner, Ellis Dove (Travis Fimmel) to prove Barker has become a dirty agent. Here's the scoop from my chat with Gilliard! How did Gilliard become involved with The Beast? He auditioned after a call about the show from his agent where he had the happy coincidence of finding out he knew one of the show's executive producers who he worked with on the film The Substitute, Part 2. The casting folks liked what he did and brought him on for the part of Ray. In the first few episodes, we've seen Ray's tough and mysterious nature - is this the main side of Ray we'll be seeing in the series? At first in the season, the show's focused on Patrick and Travis' characters and what they're going through. Then later on it'll delve more into the other characters. Was there meaning to Ray giving Ellis the evidence disc on Barker in a "Close Encounters" case in Episode 2? That's something you'll have to remember and wait and see if it develops! The show has a very dark and serious tone - how does this effect the feeling on set? The show's tone continues to be dark and gritty in general with the tenseness in the undercover world. They'll be keeping it gritty. But in between filming, the cast and crew keep it light and happy to offset the grittiness which makes for a fun work environment. Does Gilliard's character Ray have much involvement with other characters? He's initially isolated from Patrick's character, but connected with Travis' as Ray tries to convince Ellis to help. Outside of the show the cast all spend time together and get along great. How many episodes have been filmed? The entire first season has been filmed - 13 episodes. At this point, they're all waiting to see how the show does and if they get picked up for more. How much of the filming was actually done in Chicago? The entire show is shot in Chicago. They started filming with the pilot in December/winter, and returned to filming in June, so the show will move into the summer for more of the show. What background and insight can be given into why the FBI suspects Patrick Swayze's character, Charles Barker, of straying? We won't get background for a while, but it will unfold. What kind of viewers does/should The Beast attract? It attracts Patrick Swayze fans, people who like action shows, drama shows, cops and robbers type shows. They'll spend a lot of this season catching those bad guys! What has Gilliard enjoyed most about his time so far on The Beast? Working with Patrick as an artist and a person, and working in Chicago, a city Gilliard had never gotten to visit. How would Gilliard like to see the show develop beyond this season? He likes the current direction of the show and would like to see that continue with the strong storylines and getting more into character development. He would like to see it get more into the backgrounds of the characters and see how much they have to change and hide about their inside lives.

TVGuide.com's Top 10 TV Moments of the Week - Featured

TV came roaring back this week, with a brand-new American Idol and the start of 24 . And they were both entertaining and everything, but did everybody catch that flat-out miracle in New York City? Or two rather high-profile goodbyes? Relive and discuss them all in our Top Moments . 10. Most Secure Heterosexuals: On TruTV's The Principal's Office, two 17-year-old guys are called in for a lecture about dancing too close with girls at a school event. Pushing the issue - and proving their total lack of gay panic - they test out a series of touches and embraces to see which ones are okay. It all feels very Borat-like. 9. Best Return(s) of Favorite Character(s): In 24 's two-night, four-hour (and fast-paced, return-to-form) season opener, we're treated first to the return of Tony, then Bill, and then all-time fan favorite Chloe. So are they bad guys or good guys? We don't know, and we don't care. We're just glad they're all back after a too-long hiatus. 8. Most Awkward Moment: Ryan Seacrest forgets that one of the main things about being blind is not being able to see. When a visually impaired contestant makes it to Hollywood, Seacrest offers him a high-five, then remembers to explain what he's trying to do. Watching it, we kind of regretted out own ability to see. 7. Best Fringe Science: Today interviews the parents of a 3-month-old boy who recovered after doctors found a foot - with toes - inside the newborn's brain tumor. Experts say it would stop any brain surgeon in his or her tracks. Wait, were they making a foot joke? 6. Dumb-but-Funny Award: On Saturday Night Live , Neil Patrick Harris hosts a talk show devoted to stars with two first names. Fred Armisen gets to play David Lee Roth, Abby Elliott turns up as Jamie-Lynn Spears, and Michaela Watkins does her best impersonation of former Old Christine colleague Julia Louis-Dreyfus - until she admits she has two last names. 5. Biggest Blowup: Usually the more sensitive of the The Biggest Loser trainers, Bob Harper loses it when contestant Joelle gives up on the treadmill, erupting into a flurry of F-word-laced demands. His explanation? "I was possessed by Jillian Michaels this week." 4. Most Em-bare-ass-ing Moment: Julia catches Nip/Tuck 's Sean naked and standing upright - sans wheelchair - but misses seeing him in the diaper provided by a baby fetishist. Man, what a weird show this is. But get it? Em-bare-assing? 3. Worst Partner: Patrick Swayze welcomes his new FBI partner on The Beast by shooting him, letting a drunk pin him down, and shoving him against a car. But how good is it to see Swayze in ass-kicking mode? 2. Best Departure: CSI 's crew helps solve the grisly case of a serial killer, because, as Nick puts it, "it feels like Grissom's last big game and I want to win it for him." With a CSI (Laurence Fishburne) handpicked to join the team, Grissom leaves the lab with just a nod to Catherine Willows. But where's he going with such peaceful confidence? To the thick vegetation of a Costa Rican rain forest - and the arms of a smiling Sara Sidle. A kiss. (Oh, and on the same night, President Bush says goodbye to the nation, too.) 1. Best Made-For-Hollywood Breaking News: We're amazed that everyone aboard survived the "Miracle on the Hudson" plane crash. Of course, those of us who are entertainment-obsessed immediately started taking stock of the story's Hollywood-y elements: The hero pilot with nerves of steel. The happy ending that calls out for a John Williams score. And don't forget... the similarities with Lost ... Read more: TVGuide.com's Top Moments of the Week Photo courtesy of TVGuide.com

Pilot

The mischievous Barker hazes Dove as they go undercover on their first case to infiltrate a weapons smuggling ring. Barker brilliantly manipulates situations, constantly tests his new partner's abilities and pushes him to delve deeper into the roles of the undercover characters he creates. Although Dove takes a liking to Barker, the new job takes its toll on him. The stress and danger of being an agent quickly makes him realize that he can no longer maintain normal relationships outside of work. Yet that's not the worst of it. The rookie is confronted with a larger challenge: an FBI Internal Affairs team feels Barker may have gone rogue and they try to enlist Dove as a double-agent in the bureau's investigation of his mentor. Patrick Swayze stars as the unorthodox but effective FBI veteran, Charles Barker, and Travis Fimmel, as Barker's rookie partner. TV14 L | cc

Midseason Mania: Most Exciting Premieres & Returns, Part 1

Lost Returns Wednesday, January 21st at 9PM on ABC As always, Lost hyped us up with some massively cool possibilities for what's to come for the midseason premiere, and while I slightly doubted the promises for last season, this season, I'm a true Lost-believer again! Why? As I think many a Lost fan will tell you, they actually... got off the island! Finally. And yes, they're going back, but the point is that Lost finally delivered on an enormously needed plot point, and now we have a whole lot of different plotlines to look forward to that make that good ol' Lost Season 1 awe back in full force. Big Love Returns Sunday, January 18th at 9PM on HBO Who knew polygamy could be so dramatic and racy! While the point of Big Love is not to create a male fantasy of the hotness of a man getting multiple women, Big Love has shown the realities of that situation with an exciting amount of the love square, drama, unusual and more typical family issues, religious issues, and even some steamy sex scenes. I've been intrigued by this show from the start, but with the intense and messy drama built up last season, this is definitely a midseason show I'm thrilled to see return. Flight of the Conchords Returns Sunday, January 18th at 10PM on HBO It seems dramas are more of the trend for midseason shows, but if there's a comedy that can hold its own for some big wintertime laughs, it is by far Flight of the Conchords! If you don't already adore this awkward, musical comedy duo mucho, you can jump right in to see what they're all about (hint: hilarious, over-the-top ridiculous songs that mock their horribly lame lives as failed musicians), and it's guaranteed that if you have a funny bone, you will immediately catch up with the rest of the short yet action and comedy packed episodes. Cause we know that's what you're into. The Beast Premieres Thursday, January 15th at 10PM on A&E Two words: Patrick. Swayze. While this is really all you need to check out this new midseason crime drama, it also helps that this does look like a very quality show. This one looks to have a strong cast including Swayze and his (hot) newbie FBI partner, Ellis Dove played by Travis Fimmel, plus a number of other interesting characters, and a plot that looks solid as well including some unique twists like a little secret we'll be in on for that easy-on-the-eyes partner. The United States of Tara Premieres Sunday, January 18th at 10PM on Showtime It's about time Toni Collette gets her own show! If you were a fan of Muriel's Wedding, Little Miss Sunshine, or any of Collette's other films I'm sure you agree. She can play someone with no personality with more charisma than if she were starring in Mama Mia, and she can do humor in one of the most endearingly addicting ways I've ever seen on the big screen - which from the promos for this show, looks like it's coming on full force to the small screen! Collette plays a mother with multiple personalities including a boy-crazy teen her daughter's age, and "Buck," the smoking, gun-shooter who hits the range with her husband and very passive son. The great part of this show is that it isn't over-the-top or mocking the disorder, but showing that we all have to laugh at our lives, no matter how odd our families or that we are ourselves. And if Collette's awesomeness isn't enough, it also stars the adorable John Corbett of Sex and the City plus it's created by Steven Spielberg and developed by Juno's screenwriter, Diablo Cody! Continue to Part 2

Patrick Swayze Wraps Filming on New TV Show

Patrick Swayze's progress in his cancer treatment is something to celebrate, but Sunday night the cause for celebration was wrapping filming on his new TV show, The Beast . Swayze actually filmed his last scene Monday, but the Dirty Dancing star and his wife turned up at the wrap party at Chicago hot spot Underground on Sunday, according to Us. Swayze drank cosmos and chatted with cast members and fans before leaving the party after almost two hours. When the actor was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January, few thought a night on the town like that would be possible. read more from: TvGuide

A&E Premieres New Drama Series 'The Beast' Starring Patrick Swayze

A&E Network will premiere the original scripted drama series, " The Beast " on January 15th at 10PM ET/PT. "The Beast," starring Patrick Swayze and Travis Fimmel, centers on an unorthodox but effective FBI veteran, Charles Barker (Swayze), who takes on a rookie partner, Ellis Dove (Fimmel), to train in his hard-edged and psychologically clever style of agenting. In the premiere episode of "The Beast," the mischievous Barker hazes Dove as they go undercover on their first case to infiltrate a weapons smuggling ring. Barker brilliantly manipulates situations, constantly tests his new partner's abilities and pushes him to delve deeper into the roles of the undercover characters he creates. Although Dove takes a liking to Barker, the new job takes its toll on him. The stress and danger of being an agent quickly makes him realize that he can no longer maintain normal relationships outside of work. Yet that's not the worst of it. The rookie is confronted with a larger challenge: An FBI Internal Affairs team feels Barker may have gone rogue and they try to enlist Dove as a double-agent in the bureau's investigation of his mentor. "The Beast" is executive produced by Allan Loeb and Steven Pearl for Scarlet Fire Films (" New Amsterdam ") and Cory Concoff ("Beltway") for Fuel Filmworks. John Romano (" American Dreams ," " Third Watch ") serves as the showrunner and executive producer. The pilot script was written by William Rotko (" Breach ," "Beltway") and Vincent Angell (Stand By Love). For the pilot, Rotko & Angell served as co-executive producers and for the series they are executive producers. Michael Dinner (" The Wonder Years ," " Grey's Anatomy ") directed and is executive producer on the pilot. He continues to serve as an executive consultant on the series. "The Beast" is produced by Sony Pictures Television for A&E Network. Check out The Beast preview: The Beast Trailer About A&E Network A&E is "Real Life. Drama." Now reaching more than 97 million homes, A&E is television that you can't turn away from; where real life shows are dramatic and scripted dramas are authentic. A&E offers a diverse mix of high quality entertainment; ranging from the network's original scripted series including " The Cleaner " starring Benjamin Bratt and " The Beast " starring Patrick Swayze, to signature Real-Life franchises, including the Emmy-nominated " Intervention ," " Dog the Bounty Hunter ," " Paranormal State " and " Criss Angel Mindfreak ," and the most successful justice shows on cable, including "The First 48" and " Crime 360 ." The A&E website is located at www.aetv.com .

Patrick Swayze is "The Beast" (Interview)

A&E has set a premiere date for new Patrick Swayze series The Beast (what an awesome title): January 15th, 2009 at 10PM. While a TV series starring a different film actor of yesteryear, Christian Slater ( My Own Worst Enemy ), failed to excite me in the slightest...I am fairly intrigued by the concept of seeing Swayze on a week to week basis. Check out this interview from The Chicago Tribune where Swayze discusses the new series, its title and shooting in Chicago: Q What makes Chicago a good home for The Beast ? A I play an unorthodox, rogue FBI agent. Something felt like the right match with this character and this city. There's a huge sense of loyalty you get here. In the series, loyalties are constantly tested. It kind of reminds me of Texas, where your handshake is your contract. We've seen Chicago in films but never in a series like this, on this level. Chicago is "The Beast," like many things are the beast - the dark side. Working undercover is the beast. But Chicago needed to be its own animal, its own living, breathing character that encompasses everything, holds the characters within its consciousness. Q Your soundstages are in Cicero, but you've filmed in some of the grittier parts of the city. A I felt that Chicago added so much, just in terms of the energy. If you read any Tom Clancy novel, Chicago is much more a dangerous point in this country than people realize. Tom Clancy says, if you want to invade the U.S., come through Mexico and come through Chicago, and split the country in half. Chicago has much deeper-reaching fingers, from a national security point of view, than most people realize. There's a sense of family here that I haven't gotten anyplace else. There's a bond. You feel it in the crews. It has true character and a uniqueness you wouldn't find in just any other city. And that's not just blowing smoke. I really mean that. Continue Reading: Swayze Feels at Home in Chicago

Nobody Puts Swayze in the Corner!

According to Yahoo! Entertainment, actor Patrick Swayze is gearing up once again to star in the A&E television drama series The Beast . Most recently Swayze has been making headlines with his battle with pancreatic cancer, which paused production on this series back in March. It looks like Swayze has gotten clearance from his doctors and production will start up filming again this summer in Chicago. Read More About Swayze's Return to Hollywood Here: Patrick Swayze To Start Working Again