And it lives! Despite not making the CW’s regular season schedule, drama Beauty And The Beast has been renewed for a fourth season before a single episode of Season 3 has aired. That Season 3 will debut on May 21, with the procedural getting a summer CW Logorun. Despite its soft linear ratings, Beauty And The Beast has done well online and is a big international seller for its studio, CW sibling CBS TV Studios. Plus, Beauty And The Beast, a remake of the 1987 series, has been a sentimental favorite of CW boss Mark Pedowitz as it was one of the very first concepts he pursued after taking the reins of the network. With the Beauty And The Beast renewal, the CW has now picked up a whopping 9 dramas for next season, lowering its needs of picking up new scripted series for next season.

Beauty And The Beast is executive produced by Brad Kern, Bill Haber, Paul J. Witt, Tony Thomas, Ron Koslow, Frank Siracusa and John Weber, with Sherri Cooper & Jennifer Levin as consultants.

Since it’s been a long while since the most recent Beauty And The Beast original, here is where things stand on the show, courtesy of the CW. As season three begins, Cat (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent (Jay Ryan) are able to focus on their love, finally free from Muirfield, manhunts and beasts. However, that love will be tested as new and more dangerous threats await. When they learn that innocent victims are being used to test the boundaries of the impossible, Cat and Vincent will uncover a deeper conspiracy, one which Vincent can fight only by turning to the beast he carries within. But unleashing the beast will risk Vincent’s life – along with his and Cat’s love – as they struggle to build a normal life together.