The CW and ABC Buy Rival ‘Beauty & The Beast’ Shows

One network adapts the '80s TV series and the other updates the original fairy tale.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Next fall, we may see two "Beauty and the Beast" inspired TV series return to the small screen.

According to Deadline, "Jericho" co-creator Johnathan E. Steinberg is developing a "Beauty and the Beast" show for ABC that is described as "an epic fantasy re-imagining" of the original tale that presumably brings the legend to the present. ABC notably already has a similar series debuting this fall with "Once Upon A Time," but there are still strong audience associations with the "Beauty and the Beast" animated movie that may convince the Disney owned network to pick it up to series.

Over at the CW, TVLine is reporting that CBS Television Studios is planning to reboot the classic "Beauty and the Beast" TV series.

Created by Ron Koslow in 1987, this incarnation of the classic tale cast Ron Perlman as Vincent (pictured above), a man who appeared to be half beast, with Linda Hamilton as Catherine, an Assistant District Attorney who became the love of Vincent's life. In the show, Vincent was also the protector of a secret community of outcasts who lived in a subterranean sanctuary beneath the city. 

Although "Beauty and the Beast" ran for only three seasons on CBS, it developed a passionate fan following and remains a cult favorite to this day.

Jennifer Levin (" Without a Trace") and Sherri Cooper ("Brothers & Sisters") are writing the reboot and they will also executive produce the potential series. The new version of the story reportedly has a "procedural twist," which may imply that the "Beauty" character could be a police officer like Jo Anderson's Diana from the original show. Diana was a replacement character for Catherine when Hamilton decided to leave the series at the beginning of the third season.

Since "Beauty and the Beast" is in the public domain, both shows could conceivably use the same name. But if they were both picked up, it seems likely that at least one of them would change their title to avoid brand confusion.

Which of the two "Beauty and the Beast" series would you like to see on TV? And who would you cast as Vincent and Catherine in the reboot? Let us know in the comment section below!