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A&E Officially Cancels Patrick Swayze's 'The Beast'

A&E has announced that 'The Beast', a police drama starring the ailing Patrick Swayze, will not return for a second season.

The series, which premiered in January, starred Swayze as a rogue undercover FBI agent. It averaged 1.3 million viewers through its 13 episodes first season, which ended in April.

However, Swayze's portrayal of the gritty FBI agent was no doubt hurt by his illness and it's a miracle that the actor was even able to complete filming one season while battling pancreatic cancer.

A&E called Swayze's performance "an inspiration to us all"

DeBitetto said the series "has truly been a labor of love for everyone," but added that "after careful deliberation we have reluctantly decided not to attempt a second season."

The 56-year-old Swayze went public with his diagnosis in 2008, and is currently penning a memoir that is expected to provide a look into his childhood, career, marriage, and battle against the cancer.

June 16, 2009 |

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