Being Human is a supernatural drama television series broadcast on Syfy in the United States and on Space in Canada. It is being produced by Muse in Montreal and is based on the BBC show of the same name.
The series revolves around three roommates living in Boston who appear to be in their twenties. The trio try to live a normal life despite being a ghost, a vampire, and a werewolf.
Cast and characters
- Sam Witwer as Aidan Waite, who became a vampire during the Revolutionary War; in the present day, he works as a nurse at Suffolk County Hospital in Boston.
- Meaghan Rath as Sally Malik, a ghost who haunts the house Aidan and Josh rent. She was engaged to their landlord, and had planned to live in the house with him before her untimely death.
- Sam Huntington as Josh Levison, a Jewish werewolf who works as an orderly at the same hospital.
- Mark Pellegrino as James Bishop (Season 1, guest season 2). Born in England, Bishop became a vampire during the 16th century and turned Aidan into a vampire. In the present day, he is a member of the Boston Police Department.
- Kristen Hager as Nora Sergeant (Season 2, recurring previously), Josh's girlfriend and a nurse at the hospital where Aidan and Josh work. During season one she becomes pregnant with Josh's child, but later miscarries. At the end of season 1, Nora is scratched by Josh while he is transforming, and the beginning of season 2 sees her as another werewolf.
- Dichen Lachman as Suren (Season 2). The daughter of the powerful vampiress known only as "Mother", she is chosen by Mother to take over as head of Boston following Bishop's death. She was put into exile 80 years before for starting a bloody massacre that forced Boston's vampire family into becoming an underground society.
- Sarah Allen as Rebecca Flynt, Aidan's one-night-stand, whom he fatally drained of blood in a moment of weakness. Instead of disposing of the body as Aidan had wanted, Bishop had Rebecca revived as a vampire. She initially hates Aidan for leaving her for dead but embraces the dark side of her new existence. Eventually after many struggles trying to live as a vampire, she asks Aidan to end her life in Season 1.
- Alison Louder as Emily Levison, Josh's sister. She came out of the closet as a lesbian just before Josh was turned into a werewolf and forced to disappear. She found Josh while visiting her girlfriend who was in the hospital because she broke her arm while "shrooming".
- Gianpaolo Venuta as Danny, Aidan's and Josh's landlord and Sally's ex-fiancé, who may be less friendly and helpful than he appears. After discovering that he was the one who killed Sally, Aidan frightens him with his vampire powers and he turns himself in out of fear. He is imprisoned for the arson and murder, but is killed by his cellmate. He returns as a ghost to attack Sally, but the Reaper shreds him before he can do the same to Sally.
- Terry Kinney as Heggemann, an 1,010 year old vampire and elder of the powerful Dutch clan. He was killed by a newly transformed Nora before he could kill Josh on Mother's orders.
- Kyle Schmid as Henry Durham, a vampire created by Aidan during World War I who reappears in present day, 80 years after Suren's incident helping the orphan vampires. Aidan refers to Henry as his "son".
- Susanna Fournier as Zoe Gonzalez, a nurse at the hospital in the newborn ward who has the ability to see ghosts even though she is alive and not a werewolf. She has the ability to merge ghosts' souls with the newborns as a form of reincarnation as well as merge her subconscious with a ghosts. She falls in love with Nick, Sally's crush in life and former boyfriend in death.
- Natalie Brown as Julia, Josh's ex-fiancée and Aidan's ex-girlfriend. She works at the same hospital as Josh, Aidan, and Nora, and still has feelings for Josh. Discovers that Josh is a werewolf due to a solar eclipse forcing him to partially turn in public, and is then hit by a car and dies of her injuries.
- Dusan Dukic as Reaper/Scott, the thing that has been haunting Sally. He has the job of shredding ghosts who have over stayed on Earth. Sally and the others later learn Reaper is a dark version of Sally herself and tormenting her. It takes the name Scott and appears in her subconscious to take over her spirit. She overcomes his powers and frees herself from him, but he still exists as a part of her.
- Adam Reid as Clark, a henchman who is prepared to protect his kind and Liam at any cost including pro-actively going after Aidan. Clark asserts himself as one of the strongest of the pack and is more powerful then he seems.
- Deena Aziz as "Mother", the head of all the vampires. She is the most powerful vampire in the series and is Suren's biological mother. Mother also made Suren a vampire. She puts Suren in charge of Boston, and orders Aidan to support Suren to succeed and she will free him from the confines of vampire society in return.
- Pat Kiely as Nick Fenn, a ghost and old collegemate of Sally's. He and Zoe start dating, much to Sally's dismay.
On June 28, 2010, Entertainment Weekly reported that actor Sam Witwer had signed on to play the vampire in the remake, and Meaghan Rath had signed to play the ghost with Sam Huntington close to a deal to play the werewolf. On July 7, 2010, it was announced that Lost and Supernatural alumnus Mark Pellegrino would be joining the cast as "Aidan's charismatic but menacing mentor Bishop".
On March 17, 2011, SyFy announced that they would be ordering a second season of its new drama series. It was also reported that since its inception there had been an average of 1.8 million viewers per premiere episode, a first for the network since 2005. SyFy announced that Season 2 will begin airing on January 16, 2012.
On June 29, 2011, Variety reported that actress Dichen Lachman had signed on as a regular to play a reclusive vampire in season two.
On February 8, 2012, SyFy announced that they would be ordering a third season of the drama series. SyFy has not yet revealed the season 3 premiere date.
Also, the show's audience is 52% female, a first for SyFy.
Husband-and-wife team Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke were tasked with adapting the British series for North American television. Carver said that he and Fricke hoped "to use elements of the original series while reimagining a series all of our own. I think that starts with many of the new characters and storylines that we created. I think you're going to see a show that gives a very nice nod to the original version." Carver and Fricke said they intended to retain the original program's dark and morally ambiguous qualities.
Being Human Cast at the Wizard World Toronto 2012.
At the beginning of the first 13-episode season, the program roughly follows the narrative arc of the first season of the British original. Since that season was only six episodes long, the North American program developed new stories and arcs. Some similar elements were also developed in a different manner; Carver said, "We explore these moments and what the characters experienced in the British version and say to the writers, 'What if we do this differently? However, elements of the directorial style of the first two episodes followed the original pilot and first regular episode of the UK series, in some cases shot-for-shot.
One explicit tribute to the British series is the name of the vampire, Aidan; the character is named after Irish actor Aidan Turner, who played the vampire Mitchell in the original series. The other main characters in the North American version at first appear to correspond to their British counterparts (werewolves Josh and George, ghosts Sally and Annie, vampire leaders Bishop and Herrick), but actor Sam Witwer was keen to stress the differences between the characters in the two programs: "These are not the same characters.... There are a lot of similarities, but for example, Bishop is not Herrick. Not in the slightest. He's not the same guy.
As of January 2011BBC America. Similarly, the North American actors had seen little of the British series; Witwer told an interviewer that he had watched only the first episode, and avoided watching any more in order to avoid subconsciously mimicking Aidan Turner's performance. At San Diego Comic Con 2011's Being Human panel, the actors confirmed that since finishing filming the first season they have now caught up with watching the U.K. series, but that the writers have deliberately maintained their policy of not watching anything beyond the first series of the U.K. Being Human, in order to ensure the North American series develops down different paths as they move into the second season.
, the North American series' writers have avoided watching the second series when it aired on
According to Bill Gorman from the website "TVbytheNumbers," "since the show’s January 17 launch, premiere episodes of Being Human have averaged 1.8 million viewers making it Syfy’s most successful winter season scripted series launch in 6 years. Through its first nine weeks on Syfy, and including repeat broadcasts, Being Human has been seen by 19.1 million total unique viewers."
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