06/15/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Patrick Swayze To Proceed With TV Series

Patrick Swayze, who only a few months ago was found to have a life-threatening case of pancreatic cancer, has recovered enough that his planned drama series for the A&E network will go into production this summer, with him in the starring role.

Executives from A&E and Sony Pictures Television, the studio producing the show, said on Friday that based on reports from Mr. Swayze and his doctors, they had made the decision to go forward with the series, "The Beast," in which Mr. Swayze plays an F.B.I. agent with a checkered past.

In an e-mail message on Friday, Mr. Swayze said, "I can't wait to get to work on this."

Mr. Swayze shot the pilot in January, and A&E was only a day away from announcing the decision to go ahead with the series when he called in March to deliver the news that he was gravely ill.

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