‘Beauty and the Beast’: Season 4 will be last for Kristin Kreuk – Jay Ryan series

Beauty and the BeastIt has been a great run for “Beauty and the Beast” on The CW, but all things are now coming to an end. Today, it was confirmed by the network that the show’s fourth season airing next summer will be the last, and as they wrap production this fall, they will not be going back.

We know that there are some outlets out there who are claiming that the show was “canceled,” but we’re not really going to use that label here since the show is getting at least some sort of time to prepare with an ending that should test the time. We feel personally like cancellations are more reserved for shows that end abruptly, and don’t allow the content creators a chance to really tie up any loose ends.

The fact that this series, which stars Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, made it to season 4 is an achievement in itself. We’ve always been a fan, but at around season 2 it looked almost like a lock that we’d be seeing the show canceled then. Luckily, strong international appeal (it is a good performer in particular in Canada, where it films) and also it being a product of CBS Television Studios helped to keep it around. (In the case of the latter, The CW likes to have a mixture of CBS shows and those hailing from Warner Bros. TV, who also own the network.)

While it is sad to see the show end, one reason why it is good for this announcement to come out now is that it allows Kreuk, Ryan, Austin Basis, and the rest of the cast a chance to go out into pilot season and find some more work for the 2016-17 season, or to do some guest-starring arcs before that on current shows.

If you missed it, our review of the recent season finale is up over at the link here. Also, be sure to sign up here to get some further TV news on everything we cover, sent right over to you via our CarterMatt Newsletter. (Photo: The CW.)

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