The first season of Patrick Swayze’s television show The Beast will be ending on April 23rd. And the future of the show remains unknown at this time.
Not only are ratings a factor, but their main character, played by Swayze, may not realistically be coming back. Despite going through chemo to fight his pancreatic cancer, Patrick powered through shooting the show last year. But more and more recent reports suggest that he’s taken a turn for the worse.
But according to A&E president Bob DeBitetto, ratings also come into play. He says he’s anxious to see how the final two episodes score. But does say that the emphasis is mainly on Patrick though. DeBitetto says, "As has been the case from day one, it is all about Patrick — in a lot of ways, It is about his condition, and when and whether he would be up for another grueling production schedule."
Even Patrick himself admitted to Barbara Walters recently that he knew he didn’t have much time yet.
He told her, "I'd say five years is pretty wishful thinking. Two years seems likely if you're going to believe statistics."
DeBitetto can say enough about how proud he is of Patrick staying strong and having "the gumption to take on a show like this while undergoing aggressive chemotherapy."
He says, "He has already, in a lot of ways, beaten the odds.”
We’ll have to cross that bridge when we come to it.