Bosses of Patrick Swayze's new TV show THE BEAST are hopeful the star will be well enough to film a second series, despite battling pancreatic cancer.
The actor has been bravely fighting the deadly disease for a year, and continued filming the cop show while he was undergoing chemotherapy.
He was hospitalised with pneumonia last week (09Jan09) but bosses on the show are sure Swayze will make a quick recovery - and are keen to sign the star up for a second run of the show, which premiered in America on Thursday (15Jan09).
Producer Bill Rotko tells gossip site These Boots Are Made for Stalking, "It is not that serious. It was more of a precautionary move.
"He's doing good, and he'll be getting out of the hospital soon. He's a tough son of a b**ch. We're hoping he'll be back for a second season!"
Rotko was impressed by the star's positive work ethic - he only missed two days of filming during the five-month long shoot and did all of his own stunts.
And the producer insists Swayze worked harder on the show than anyone else: "I was tired before him."
The Dirty Dancing star has been in constant contact with the show's bosses - and even told producer Vincent Angell he was proud of his achievements in filming the show.
Angell adds: "I spoke to him right before I came to Chicago last night. He's great. He sounds great. He is proud of what he's done."