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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Picks Up Former ‘Smallville’ Showrunners

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Boy, it’s a small world, isn’t it?  And my, what a beauty-full choice for a new show-running team!  Horrible, beast-ly puns aside, one of the entries for this fall’s CW lineup has flown in a bit under the radar considering the popularity of its tail tale, and the star power behind it, but color us curious about the upcoming Kristin Kreuk-fronted remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ The series already had a creative team in place, but what new duo has swooped in from up, up and away to join?

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that former ‘Smallville‘ show-runners Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders have joined The CW’s upcoming ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ reuniting them with former ‘Smallville’ star Kristin Kreuk.  The duo of Peterson and Souders had helmed ‘Smallville’ beginning with season 7, having been attached to the show much earlier, while Kreuk played the iconic role of Lana Lang through eight seasons.

Curiously, Souders and Peterson won’t replace ‘Beauty and the Beast’ writer-executive producers Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper as show-runners, rather joining them for a rare four-way show-running team.  Souders and Peterson previously served as consulting producers on ‘The Secret Circle’ before its cancellation this past May.

For those unfamiliar with the new series, set to debut on Thursdays this fall after ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ stars Kristen Kreuk as Detective Catherine Chandler, in a re-make of the ’80s TV series of the same name.  A woman haunted by her mother’s murder, Chandler finds herself protecting a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller, a mysterious man once-thought dead with ties to her past who transforms into a terrifying beast when enraged.

What say you?  Do you think Souders and Peterson will bring super-strength to The CW’s new adaptation of the classic legend?  Tell us if you’re interested in watching in the comments below!

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