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Beauty and the Beast Boss on a Close Cancellation, Changing Focus and an Epic Finale Battle

Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan

It's no secret that the renewal chances for Beauty and the Beast were slim, so when executive producer Brad Kern sat down to write the Season 2 finale he knew the most important thing was to make a satisfying ending for the loyal fans.

"We designed it as a possible series finale and frankly, we saved up a lot of money to be able to make it big and epic in case it was the end," Kern tells TVGuide.com. "We felt we owed the loyal audience a special ending, but we also put in the elements that would allow us to build off of if it if we were lucky enough to get Season 3."

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Exclusive Beauty and the Beast Video: How Long Can Catherine and Vincent Hide Out?

Jay Ryan and Kristin Kreuk

Beauty and the Beast's Cat and Vincent may be in hideout, but they're desperately trying to be normal — or at least one of them is.

In the exclusive clip from Monday's episode below, Vincent (Jay Ryan) catches Catherine (Kristin Kreuk) perusing the New York City crime reports when she's supposed to be acting like someone new.

Beauty and the Beast's Kristin Kreuk: Catherine and Vincent are fighting for each other

"You're not a cop, you're a writer," he tells her. "Mystery novelist."

But can she put her former life aside for the sake of their safety? Watch:

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Beauty and the Beast's Kristin Kreuk: Catherine and Vincent Are Fighting For Each Other

Jay Ryan, Kristin Kreuk

Just as Beauty and the Beast's Catherine and Vincent got their (short-lived) happy ending, so did the show with a last-minute renewal.

"[Our fans] were so happy and I'm happy for them," Kristin Kreuk tells TVGuide.com. "They're so excited; it's awesome."

When we last saw Catherine (Kreuk) and Vincent (Jay Ryan) in the March midseason finale, they had reunited and everything seemed perfect — until they awoke to cops at their door arresting Vincent for murder. Monday's summer premiere (9/8c, The CW) picks up immediately with Catherine springing into action to not only get Vincent released, but find out who was behind the set-up. Read on for more from the show's star about the upcoming episodes.

Returning shows: Where we left off

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Exclusive Beauty and the Beast Video: Cat and Vincent Are Back (Working) Together

Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan

Beauty and the Beast's Catherine was given an ultimatum, but it seems she won't stay away from Vincent very long.

At the end of last week's episode, Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) told Cat (Kristin Kreuk) that if their relationship was going to work, she'd have to cut Vincent (Jay Ryan) from her life — even as a friend. But they have an even bigger problem on their hands with Sam (Tom Everett Scott), who's on the hunt to find other people from Gabe's orphanage and inject them with the J.T.'s beast serum.

Exclusive Beauty and the Beast Video: J.T. is locked up with Tom Everett Scott

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Exclusive Beauty and the Beast Video: J.T. Is Locked Up with Tom Everett Scott

Beauty and the Beast

J.T. has been kidnapped, but he's not alone.

On Monday's Beauty and the Beast (9/8c, The CW), Cat (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent (Jay Ryan) are forced to work together, yet again, to save an abducted J.T. (Austin Basis). But J.T. isn't locked up alone. In a nearby cell is a stranger, played by recurring guest star Tom Everett Scott, who's clearly been in isolation for a very long time.

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Beauty and the Beast Bosses: Catherine Deserves a Guy Like Gabe

Sendhil Ramamurthy, Kristin Kreuk

Is Beauty and the Beast's Catherine really ready to move on from Vincent? She's at least going to try.

When we last saw Cat (Kristin Kreuk), she had finally realized that she hadn't let go of Vincent (Jay Ryan) because he had saved her life all those years ago. With their relationship behind her, and Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) waiting in the wings, Cat's about to embark on a new  partnership — especially when her anger for Vincent is further propelled by his going public.

Exclusive Beauty and the Beast First Look: Catherine teams up with Elisabeth Rohm 

"They've been under the shadow of having to hide him up until this point, and now there he is, free and out, and that's what she always hoped to have," showrunner Brad Kern tells TVGuide.com. Adds executive producer Jennifer Levin, "And that can fuel her towards Gabe, that upset and anger."

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Exclusive Beauty and the Beast First Look: Catherine Teams Up with Elisabeth Rohm

Beauty and the Beast

While Beauty and the Beast's Vincent is finally going public, Catherine is headed undercover with a new ally.

On Monday's episode "Ancestors," Cat (Kristin Kreuk) dives headfirst into an undercover case with FBI Agent Dana Landon played by guest star Elisabeth Rohm (Law & Order). Although Cat recently declared being ready to move on from Vincent (Jay Ryan), the two — of course — end up coming face-to-face during the case.

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Southland's Tom Everett Scott Joins Beauty and the Beast

Tom Everett Scott

Tom Everett Scott has landed a recurring role on Beauty and the Beast, Entertainment Weekly reports.

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Beauty and the Beast Boss: Cat and Vincent Are Meant to Be Together -- Just Not Right Now

Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Monday's episode of Beauty and the Beast. Read at your own risk.] 

How do you recover from shooting the love of your life? Beauty and the Beast's Catherine Chandler will soon have to find out.

On Monday's midseason finale, Cat (KristinKreuk) had to make a tough choice: watch a beastly Vincent (Jay Ryan) kill her father (Ted Whittal) or shoot Vincent to save him. Cat ultimately chose the latter. 

In the closing moments of the episode, Cat — who still ultimately put her dad in jail —was being consoled by Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) while a shirtless Vincent was seen cleaning his wound as Tori (Amber Skye Noyes) walked in on him. So, where does this leave the couple? Is there hope for reconciliation, or will Cat and Vincent both seek love in other places? Executive producer Brad Kern shared what's to come with a select group of reporters below.

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Beauty and the Beast Exclusive Sneak Peek: Will Catherine Save Vincent or Her Father?

Sendhil Ramamurthy, Kristin Kreuk

Will Catherine take down her own father in order to save Vincent?

In the final moments of the fall's penultimate episode, Vincent (Jay Ryan) went to save Tori (Amber Skye Noyes) who was set up by Cat's father, Detective Reynolds (Ted Whittal), after he became aware she was a beast. With Tori tied up and a bomb by her side, viewers were left wondering what happened when the explosion went off. (Spoiler alert! We have it on good authority both survived.)

Beauty and the Beast's Amber Skye Noyes: Tori and Vincent have a bond that Cat can't share

On Monday's midseason finale (9/8c, CW), Catherine will have to decide if she'll help Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) get Reynolds behind bars for all he's done. She'll also come to terms with Vincent's beastly side overpowering his humanity and whether or not she's willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of their love. That is, if she can even forgive him for making out with Tori.

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