Breaking News off the Press Tour

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. –It was just announced that Patrick Swayze, expected at press tour this morning to promote the new A&E series The Beast, just checked himself into the hospital.
The executive producers and co-stars of the cable drama, who carried on with the session, say the first 12-episode season has been shot and is in the can.
Swayze plays an FBI veteran who takes on a rookie partner (former TV Tarzan Travis Fimmel). Swayze, who talks about his ordeal with Barbara Walters on a recent ABC special, is suffering with inoperable pancreatic cancer and is undergoing treatments.

He’s been an inspiration for me,” said Fimmel, who called Swayze “fearless.” Added director/executive producer Michael Dinner, who talked about the rigors of shooting a weekly hour drama, “most of us will get tired before he will.”

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