Actor Patrick Swazye watches the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs play on May 23 in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)
Patrick Swayze is not only faring well with his cancer treatment, he's been cleared to go back to work. Which means he'll be back in Chicago soon to film his debut season of the A&E FBI drama, "The Beast."
His doctors have OK'd the "Dirty Dancing" star to return to his acting duties, plus A&E has ordered a full season of 13 hourlong episodes for the series.
Production begins this summer — with some scenes shot here in Chicago, as was the pilot last December — and episodes to start airing early next year.
Swayze, 55, says he's excted to tackle this character, an unorthodox FBI agent. "I have searched for quite a long time to find a character that is this mutilayered, unpredictable and downright entertaining, as well as a project this current and cutting-edged," he said in a statement.
“Chicago is an amazing, untapped city. I can’t wait to get to work on this,” the actor added.