American network The CW is developing a reboot of the late 1980s CBS fantasy drama series Beauty and the Beast (itself a retelling of the traditional story, moving the action to contemporary New York City).
The show, which ran for 3 seasons and 56 episodes in 1987-90, starred Ron Perlman, Linda Hamilton and Roy Dotrice. It was created and run by Ron Koslow, but its highest-profile creative force was (and remains) George R.R. Martin, who worked on the show as writer, script editor and eventually a producer. The show started out with ratings of 20 million, but ratings and critical acclaim collapsed in the third season after Linda Hamilton's character was brutally and unexpectedly killed off, leading to cancellation.
The announcement comes just a week after ABC announced its own 'reimagining' of the original story.