Last year I live blogged the first panel for this show (read it here) and gave my first impression on the pilot: “Well, it was alright I suppose, fairly unthrilling. 6/10 at best.” Safe to say that I'm positively THRILLED about the next hour.
How important were the fans to getting a second season? Cooper: "We won lots of awards because of Beasties. They are so passionate. We won a People's Choice award for best new show last year by a landslide and that was huge to getting us renewed."
How do you feel about all these women? Ryan: "I'm surrounded. It's great. Although we have had some more men join the crew for season two, which is nice, to have some male writing blood for season two. So there's a lot of changes coming up, a new Beast look, even."
Ryan: "We start season two three months after. There's a lot that's changed." Cooper: "We're going to see a more super-charged Vincent. How has Vincent being gone impacted everyone? We're looking at this season as not just a season, but several seasons, we're not just going arc by arc. There's a bigger mythology this season." Levin: "This season is about how hard it is to be in love and the work it takes. We felt at the end of last season, Vincent wasn't really a beast, just an awesome guy. So the theme for this season is 'who am I?'"
Audience Q&A time. Cooper: "JT is going to be an integral part of this season. Last time we didn't use him enough. We're gonna explore why JT is the guy always giving up his life for Vincent. Is there a deeper reason?" Levin: "We like the idea of him starting to align himself with Tess, what it's like to be the sidekick."
How does Kreuk stay so awesome? "There's an assumption in this question that I am awesome. How can I answer this question? I really have no funny answer to that. I can't play softball. I can't play hockey. I'm not great socially."
Does Ryan sometime relate to being The Beast from the fairytale version? "I try to incorporate as much as the old mythology in what I'm doing or try to relate it to the scripts in front of us. That keeps it exciting to me. So next season there will be red roses everywhere or something."
Tess. Levin: "She's no longer with Joe, and we're gonna explore that and give her new avenues." Cooper: "And that will tap into who am i? Who am I in love with? Cool triangles. We're going to get into it because she's a free woman at the start of season two."
Levin: "Cath is so taken by Vincent and it's hard for Tess to watch this. There is that tension. At the end of the day she doesn't care about Vincent, she cares about Cath, and we're going to deal with that."
Dream storylines for the characters? Kreuk: "I just love the theme of this entire season, how we're exploring who Catherine is." Ryan: "I'm the same. We're really excited about going into season two, and for Vincent to have a community outside of just being in the wayhouse. A lot of his backstory is going to come through, and that deep mythology of who Vincent is is going to be weaved into this season. There's a lot for me to chew on."