STATUS: previously in development (2007-2008 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
ADDITIONAL NOTES: pilot filmed on 4/17/07
DESCRIPTION: (from FOX's press release) Veterinarian TYLER TROOP (Steve Howey, "Reba") really doesn't like animals. But he really loves women. And women love animals. So, ipso facto, veterinary medicine is a means to an end. Ty inherited his father's thriving veterinary practice, where he sets his own hours and can pass off any unwanted work to his partner RON LITTLE, who's a loyal friend and dedicated vet. The office is run by Ty's sweet, doting and just a little bit "off" mother, DORIS. Aside from her aversion to technology, Doris makes a great receptionist. Ty also has an assistant who worships him, the friendly and awkward FRANK HOPPER. As a busy vet, Ty has to deal with a parade of afflicted animals and quirky pet owners who dress their dogs in cheerleader outfits and carry their cats in BabyBjrns. But all of this is made tolerable by the ultimate job perk: the women. And Ty's got a waiting room full of them. Equipped with good looks and a lethal amount of charm, he is the ultimate "dog" who's able to talk himself into, and back out of, any woman's life that is, until he meets his match in knockout new vet PJ WICKWIRE. Ty hired PJ mostly because she's smokin' hot, but there's more to her than meets his eye. PJ is smart, idealistic and uncompromising. And even though everything about Ty from his attitude toward animals to his womanizing ways drives her crazy, she still thinks he's kind of cute. PJ hates herself for feeling this way, so she channels her frustration into making Ty's life miserable. She won't let him get away with being a cad and dumping all his work on poor Ron. When Ty recognizes that PJ threatens his very way of life, he refuses to be "neutered" by her, and the battle is on. Doris, Ron, Frank and their patients find themselves caught in a BEAST of a turf war, the likes of which they've never seen. Based on the popular British series created by Simon Nye ("Men Behaving Badly"), THE BEAST is written by three-time Emmy Award winner Tucker Cawley ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), who owns no pets.