A&E Network has given a series pickup to The Beast. Patrick Swayze is set to star in the series alongside Travis Fimmel.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show centers on an unorthodox but effective FBI veteran (Swayze) who trains a new partner (Fimmel) in his hard-edged and psychologically clever style of agenting while being pursued by a secret Internal Affairs team.

A&E has ordered 13 hourlong episodes to go into production this summer in Chicago, with a tentative premiere set for early 2009.

Brian B.