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My Days With Beauty and the Beast

MAX HEADROOM was not the only show I wrote for back in the 1980s.

There was also a very different sort of series, no less iconic, called BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

With the recent release of the new Disney live-action remake of their old animated classic, interest in our show has suddenly kicked up a notch or three, and THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER rang me up to interview me about my time on B&B.

Here 'tis, for those who are interested in such things:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/george-r-r-martin-writing-tvs-beauty-beast-was-a-smart-show-986786

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leduc65
Apr. 1st, 2017 01:34 am (UTC)
A smart show
I do think B&B was a smart show that did a very interesting observation on human relationships and different ways of thinking. I loved it back in the day. For the first seasons. After Linda >Hamilton's charachter died it went bad.
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sdschaffer
Apr. 1st, 2017 01:43 am (UTC)
Another show I was too young to watch in its day, alas. I have vague recollections of it being on TV, though.

I was amused to read that the decision to kill one of the two main protagonists lead to the demise of the show. How odd that mercilessly dispatching people who seem like protagonists is one of the hallmarks of SoIaF after having such a sour experience with that approach before.

Edited at 2017-04-01 01:43 am (UTC)
Sofi Alonso
Apr. 1st, 2017 01:46 am (UTC)
Amazed
Is there anything you didn't do? You are amazing, George. Thanks for sharing your art with us.
leprechaun
Apr. 1st, 2017 03:32 am (UTC)
Re: Amazed
My thoughts exactly :)
Williamjames Hoffer
Apr. 1st, 2017 03:08 am (UTC)
Beauty and the Beast
My parents wouldn't let me watch it. :( However, the reactions to it have always confused me. The women who write the beast is always better than the prince confound me most of all. We love the person within, don't we? That connection is between two minds, souls, if you will, not the carnal outside. That is why ASOIAF speaks to me for example. What is beneath the surface matters most. (It helps that sometimes you cannot tell who the beast is in the pairing. ;) )
m_tootles
Apr. 1st, 2017 03:31 am (UTC)
From The Beast To The Blonde
Something tells me you've read Marina Warner's From The Beast To The Blonde. :D
grrm
Apr. 1st, 2017 05:26 am (UTC)
Re: From The Beast To The Blonde
No. Should I?
m_tootles
Apr. 1st, 2017 05:33 am (UTC)
Re: From The Beast To The Blonde
You cheeky bastard. :D *puts through kindly man b.s. filter* OK, so you haven't READ it, but... I mean, who knows maybe you haven't read all of Ulansey's "The Origins of the Mythraic Mytseries" either.
Bar Farer
Apr. 1st, 2017 03:59 am (UTC)
Your Thoughts?
Hey, if I may ask what are your thoughts on Disney's 1991 Beauty and the Beast? Did you like it? Disney's Belle kind of reminds me of Sansa and I wondered if the latter had been inspired by the former?

Thank you
severina2001
Apr. 1st, 2017 05:29 am (UTC)
Beauty and the Beast is the first show I remembered being completely enraptured by. I was fascinated by the world Below and its cast of characters (Mouse being my favourite) and of course thrilled with the love story based on intelligence and compassion. If I remember correctly the internet was a new phenomenon then. I couldn't afford a computer, but I remember a friend letting me spend hours at her computer while I searched out BatB fanfiction to help ease my craving for more! This version of Beauty and the Beast will always be the definitive version for me.

I was lucky enough to meet Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman a few years ago. My meeting with Ron was brief, but I was able to tell Linda how much her portrayal of Catharine meant to me. I'm grateful that I can now thank you, as well, for all you did to bring this beautiful story to life.
vultureshadow7
Apr. 1st, 2017 10:15 am (UTC)
classic romantic heroism
Mr.Martin what are your thoughts on the Disney version of the tale(i love it but not so much as others like the Lion King, Bambi or Fantasia)
Also, regarding your tv projects, i really enjoyed the Last Defender of Camelot episode of the Twilight Zone. King Arthur legends really started my deep love of medieval times, the dark ages and fantasy, and so this story, in which Arthur was a man manipulated by the ruthless Merlin, who created the utopia of Camelot on the blood and bones of all who didnt want to be rule by them was really fascinating. What are your favorite King Arthur stories and characters?
missmatchedeyes
Apr. 1st, 2017 10:43 am (UTC)
Roy Dotrice
This show takes me straight back to my childhood and fighting with my brothers over watching it. I think they always wanted to watch 21 Jump Street. I loved Roy Dotrice on this show and was thrilled to see him on an episode of Game of Thrones. Will he still be doing the narration for the next audiobook in ASOIAF? I can't believe he's 93!
inabsentialuci
Apr. 1st, 2017 12:37 pm (UTC)
I didn't see Beauty and the Beast until I found re-airings on WGN after school in the late 90's, but it immediately became one of my favorites! Thank you so much for one of the best-written shows ever!
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Apr. 1st, 2017 01:32 pm (UTC)
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Ray Betancourt Álvarez
Apr. 1st, 2017 03:12 pm (UTC)
Beauty and the Beast
I am from South America and watched the show when I was a little kid and really liked it, my whole family liked it too. It was a nice "surprise" to know that you wrote scripts for that show. I knew about you for "A Song of Ice and Fire" and since then, appreciate your work. Just today I finished "Fevre Dream" and I got to say that it is one of the most interesting and "terrifying" books that I have read. I have seen that there are few similarities in your work, Marsh, Ozymandias, Lord Byron, good and evil, light and darkness; and decisions. May I ask if Joshua York and "his people" served you as inspiration for those who appears in "A Game of Thrones" Prologue? Thanks in advance.
fishsanwitt
Apr. 1st, 2017 05:26 pm (UTC)
I was lucky enough to meet George at one of the cons and he admitted (to me and two friends) that they probably should have re-cast. I cannot believe that the writers didn't *know* that the romance was the main draw. And please stop blaming Linda Hamilton. The writers and show runner(s) screwed up. George admitted that the fans did not want 'Romeo and Harriet' after loving 'Romeo and Juliet'. That, at least, was the truth. Always interesting to read about B&B - I will love that show forever!
grrm
Apr. 1st, 2017 05:46 pm (UTC)
Recasting would not have worked either, however. Believe me, we looked at it. Very few TV shows have ever successfully recast a major role. Yes, soap operas do it all the time, but that's a different sort of animal. Once Linda decided to leave, I remain convinced, there was no way to save the show. We had several roads to choose from, but they all led to the same place: Cancellation City.
Angela Kelly Klaassen
Apr. 1st, 2017 10:41 pm (UTC)
Connections!
I loved Beauty and the Beast. And both Max Headroom and Beauty and the Beast were produced by the late Phil DeGuere, father of Santa Fe real estate agent and my classmate at St. John's, Adrienne DeGuere.
grrm
Apr. 2nd, 2017 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: Connections!
I owe my Hollywood career to Phil. A great guy.

Had no idea that his daughter was here in Santa Fe.
Angela Kelly Klaassen
Apr. 2nd, 2017 03:50 am (UTC)
Re: Connections!
She is (and has been for the nearly thirty years I've known her) a lovely person.
Angela Kelly Klaassen
Apr. 2nd, 2017 04:01 am (UTC)
Re: Connections!
I think she ended up in Santa Fe, at least at first, at least in part, because you spoke so well of it to Phil.
gaeln
Apr. 1st, 2017 10:51 pm (UTC)
Netflixed it!
boblovesdot
Apr. 2nd, 2017 01:25 am (UTC)
What?
Ok... I knew you wrote for Beauty & the Beast but you wrote for Max Headroom?! I thought that show was so ahead of its time and great. It was also the first show I saw that I knew was doomed. Thank you, sir, for writing for one of my favorite television shows in middle school.
Anna Boudreau Woodside
Apr. 6th, 2017 04:00 am (UTC)
My favorite TV show writer/creator
I loved Beauty and the Beast. It is my favorite fairy tale and I faithfully watched until the final episode. I own the series on DVD and two of my daughters (one who is 11 now!) have watched it and loved it as well!! Thank you for Beauty and the Beast. Also, thanks for the WHOLE ASOIAF - I love your writing!!
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