Rumors were circulating yesterday that Beauty and the Beast was being renewed but the network said that they weren’t true. Well, what a difference a day can make. The CW has now renewed the drama for a fourth season for 2015-16.
In addition, the network has announced that the third season of Beauty and the Beast will begin airing on May 21st at 8pm.
Though the show doesn’t perform very well in the ratings, it does reportedly attract a relatively large online and international audience.
It’s worth noting that the original version, which became a cult classic and starred Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton, only ran three seasons on CBS.
Here’s the press release:
THE THIRD SEASON OF “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” PREMIERES THURSDAY, MAY 21 ON THE CW
The CW Orders a Fourth Season of “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” for 2015-16
February 13, 2015 (Burbank, CA) — The third season of fan favorite drama BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will begin its 13-episode run on Thursday, May 21 (8:00-9:00 pm ET) on The CW Network. In addition, The CW announced today that Beauty And The Beast has also been renewed a fourth season, which will air later the 2015-2016 season.
As season three begins, Cat (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent (Jay Ryan) are able to focus on their love, finally free from Muirfield, manhunts and beasts. However, that love will be tested as new and more dangerous threats await. When they learn that innocent victims are being used to test the boundaries of the impossible, Cat and Vincent will uncover a deeper conspiracy, one which Vincent can fight only by turning to the beast he carries within. But unleashing the beast will risk Vincent’s life – along with his and Cat’s love – as they struggle to build a normal life together.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Take 5 Productions/Whizbang Films with executive producers Brad Kern (“Charmed”), Bill Haber (“Rizzoli & Isles,” “Thurgood”), Paul J. Witt (“A Better Life”) & Tony Thomas (“A Better Life”), Ron Koslow (“Moonlight”), Frank Siracusa (“The Yard”) and John Weber (“The Borgias”), with Sherri Cooper (“Brothers and Sisters”) & Jennifer Levin (“Without A Trace,” “Felicity”) as consultants.
What do you think? Are you glad that Beauty and the Beast has been renewed for a fourth season? Will you be watching season three?