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Swayze Hospitalized, Sending TV Critics Into Overdrive

Patrick Swayze was a no-show at today's Q&A session for his new A&E cop series "The Beast" because he instead checked himself into the hospital with pneumonia, sending TV critics into an ecstasy of editor-contacting and blog-item posting.

"The Beast" was by far the most eagerly anticipated Q&A session of the first few tour days, because, of course, aging film icon + Pancreatic Cancer is a Practically Perfect Story for The Reporters Who Cover Television. Especially coming, as it does, on the heels of Babs "Cry Me A River" Walters' ABC "News" interview with Swayze about his illness, which clocked nearly 13 million viewers this week.

"I know we all expected to see Patrick Swayze here today," A&E Television Networks President and CEO Abbe Raven told a packed Universal Hilton ballroom. "Unfortunately, we learned only this morning that Patrick has checked himself into the hospital. However, Patrick asked us to go forward with today's panel."

And, speaking of the Babs interview, how did the queen of the make-em-cry interview forget to ask the president of A&E how the network managed to insure a TV series whose star has a terminal illness from which most people succumb fairly quickly? I'm happy to report TRWCT were not so squeamish. And the answer is -- they couldn't, which puts the network, and production house Sony, at some financial risk, which makes this show all the more interesting for serious students of TV.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 9, 2009; 5:17 PM ET
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2009  
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Not good.
Not good at all.

Oh Lord hear my prayer!
I know you are the mysteries of mysteries,
please give Patrick a helping hand
in his time of need.

Posted by: steve_real | January 9, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

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