'Beast' redo nothing new

Beauty & The Beast

Beauty & The Beast

Jim Slotek, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:51 PM ET

Reboots are often successful in the movie world (Star Trek, Batman etc.), but on TV, they have yet to get much traction.

The rebooted Dallas, 90210 and Hawaii Five-O trudge along with enough viewers to get renewals. But they hardly inspire much water-cooler talk the next day.

And then there's Beauty & The Beast, a reboot of an '80s pop phenomenon that seems to have succumbed to a barrage of studio "notes" before it even began. The result: four months in, this CW show (Showcase in Canada) loses almost half its viewers from its lead-in The Vampire Diaries, and two-thirds of its share of the coveted 18-49 category.

For those whose memories don't go back to President George Bush Sr., the original Beauty & The Beast was a Harlequin Romance of a series - with Linda Hamilton as a doe-eyed district attorney constantly in need of saving and Ron Perlman (under tons of makeup) as a "lion-man" named Vincent, who lived under the city and quoted poetry so purple to his l


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