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Being Human – The Vampire, Ghost, Werewolf UK TV series to be remade in USA

Posted by LiveFor on October 29, 2009

being humanSyfy has handed out a 13-episode order to a U.S. version of the great BBC show Being Human according to THR.

The show revolves around three twentysomething roommates — who happen to be a ghost (Lenora Crichlow), a vampire (Aidan Turner) and a werewolf (Russell Tovey) — as they help one another navigate the complexities of living double lives.

The original series had an initial six-episode run on digital channel BBC Three. It was so successful that the show got a second window on BBC One. It is slated to return early next year for an eight-episode second season and I can’t wait as the first series was brilliant – funny, intelligent, cool and a bit spooky in places (although the werewolf costume needs a bit of work)

The deal for a U.S. take on the show at Syfy marks the first scripted series order for the cable network following its rebranding this summer designed to attract broader audience. It also marks the first scripted series order for RDF Media USA.

“Human” appeared on Syfy’s radar about two years ago when the network was given the pilot script by the BBC, which was seeking to bring in the U.S. cable network in as co-producer. It was too late in the process, so Syfy brass passed but became instant fans of the material.

“It turned out great as we can now do an American version,” Syfy president Dave Howe said. “We’ve always been keen on vampires and werewolves, and we loved the originality of ‘Being Human,’ the fact that the fantastical creatures in it are very young, accessible and charming.”

Howe stressed that Syfy is not going to “slavishly replicate the British version.” Some of network’s core audience already might be familiar with the original series, which runs in the U.S. on BBC America.

The search is on for a writer to adapt “Human,” with Syfy targeting a launch in late 2010.

What did you think of the BBC Being Human? Do you think it will work in an American setting? Who could play the three characters in the US version?

5 Responses to “Being Human – The Vampire, Ghost, Werewolf UK TV series to be remade in USA”

  1. pjowens75 said

    This whole thing just pisses me off. BEING HUMAN is a great show and there is absolutly no need to make an American version. We Americans have this nasty, worthless habit of taking something that already works and making it into our own likeness.

    Why not just show the original series? Wouldn’t the money spent on production costs be better spent on an original series? Or even the quality of it’s original movies?

    But I forget, SyFy is the network that can’t spell. What can we expect.

  2. Heather said

    This bites and not in a good way. American versions of wonderful British shows are usually horrible.

    Then again why would I expect different from SyFy.

  3. Ed Ostheimer said

    Reguarding “Being Human” the UK series:

    Sadly, I thought part of the charm of the series was the background of the UK, regardless of if it was actually filmed there, or made to look as if it was. An American version would, I think, make it more common and take away from the atmosphere that seemed to make the few shows of the series I saw so unique and the charecters more interesting.

    It seems, the majority of remakes I have seen are bad reminders of a good original film or series, followed by disappointment and wasted time.

    Keep the original series and charecters and if it is no longer airing, put the team back togeather to further the series for the American audience.

    Finally, as for creating an American version, I would say don’t ruin a good thing, try an original idea and making money the old fashioned, honest way.

    Thats my 2 cents.

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