Being Human (North American TV series)

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Being Human
Being Human 2011 Intertitle.png
Genre
Created byToby Whithouse
Developed by
Starring
Composer(s)FM Le Sieur
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes39 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s)Montreal, Canada
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)Muse Entertainment Enterprises
DistributorZodiak Media Group[2]
Broadcast
Original channelSyfy(U.S.)
Space (Canada)
Original runJanuary 17, 2011 (2011-01-17) – present
Chronology
Related showsBeing Human (UK)
External links
Website
Production website
 
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Being Human
Being Human 2011 Intertitle.png
Genre
Created byToby Whithouse
Developed by
Starring
Composer(s)FM Le Sieur
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes39 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s)Montreal, Canada
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)Muse Entertainment Enterprises
DistributorZodiak Media Group[2]
Broadcast
Original channelSyfy(U.S.)
Space (Canada)
Original runJanuary 17, 2011 (2011-01-17) – present
Chronology
Related showsBeing Human (UK)
External links
Website
Production website

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 a remake of the BBC show of the same name.

On April 10, 2013, Syfy renewed the show for a fourth season airing in 2014.[3]

Synopsis[edit]

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.[4]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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.[5] 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".[6]

On March 17, 2011, Syfy announced that they would be ordering a second season of its new drama series,[7] slated to begin airing January 16, 2012.[citation needed]

On June 29, 2011, Variety reported that actress Dichen Lachman had signed on as a regular to play a reclusive vampire in season two.[8]

Husband-and-wife team Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke were tasked with adapting the British series for North American television.[1] 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."[9] Carver and Fricke said they intended to retain the original program's dark and morally ambiguous qualities.[10]

Being Human Cast at the Wizard World Toronto 2012.

The first 13-episode season roughly follows the narrative arc of season one of the British original;[10][11] however, the British version was only six episodes, so the North American program developed new stories and arcs to fill out the story line enough for 13 episodes.[10][11] 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?"[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] 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),[12] 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."[13]

The North American series' writers, and actors, had avoided watching the British second series when it aired on BBC America[11] until after they had finished filming their (North American) first season. Witwer told an interviewer that he had watched only the first episode, and avoided watching any more in order to avoid subconsciously mimicking British actor Aidan Turner's performance.[13] At San Diego Comic Con 2011's Being Human panel, the actors confirmed that since finishing filming the first season they had finally caught up with watching the British series, but that the writers would deliberately maintain their policy of not watching anything beyond the first series of the British Being Human, in order to ensure the North American series developed down different paths as they moved into the second season.[14]

On February 8, 2012, Syfy announced that they would be ordering a third season of the drama series.[15] set to premier on January 14, 2013.[16]

On April 10, 2013, Syfy announced that they were renewing Being Human for a fourth season, with 13 episodes set to air.[17]

Reception[edit]

According to Bill Gorman from the website TV by the Numbers, season one's premiere episodes of Being Human averaged 1.8 million viewers, making it Syfy's most successful winter season scripted series launch since 2005. "Through its first nine weeks on Syfy, and including repeat broadcasts, Being Human [was] seen by 19.1 million total unique viewers." [18]

Notably, the show's audience was as high as 52% female during the second season, a first for the SyFy network.[19]

Home media release[edit]

DVD NameEp #Release datesAdditional features
Region 1Region 2Region 4
Being Human: Season One13November 15, 2011[20]TBAOctober 6, 2011[21]Making-Of Featurette, Interviews and recording of the Comic Con 2011 Panel.
Being Human: Season Two13January 1, 2013[22]TBA5 July 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sullivan, Brian Ford (January 10, 2010). "Syfy Gives Target Dates for 2010". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Zodiak Rights — Being Human USA". Zodiak Entertainment. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ "'Being Human' Renewed for Season 4-What Happens Next?". ScreenRant. April 10, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "SYFY gives greenlight to Being Human" (Press release). RDF Media USA. October 29, 2009. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ Ausiello, Michael (June 28, 2010). "'Smallville' baddie joins Syfy's 'Being Human' remake". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 01 2010. Retrieved June 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 7, 2010). "Patrick J. Adams To Star In 'A Legal Mind'; Mark Pellegrino Joins 'Being Human'". Deadline.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Syfy renews Being Human for second season" (Press release). Entertainment Weekly. March 17, 2010. Retrieved March 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ "'Being Human' adds Lachman to cast". Variety. June 29, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ Hatala, Josh (January 14, 2011). "Q&A with Being Human’s Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath, Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke". Poptimal. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c Abrams, Natalie (January 17, 2011). "Syfy's Being Human Remake Won't Be Watered Down". TV Guide. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c d O'Connell, Mikey (January 13, 2011). "Syfy's 'Being Human' cast and crew haven't really watched British version". Zap2it. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Keng, Diana (January 18, 2011). "American 'Being Human' Strives for Individuality, Retains Humor". CinemaSpy. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b c Radish, Christina (January 18, 2011). "Sam Witwer Interview Being Human". Collider.com. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  14. ^ San Diego Comic Con 2011 Being Human panel, filmed for and included with the Being Human Season 1 DVD extras.
  15. ^ "Being Human for a third season by SyFy". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Zap2it. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  16. ^ On April 8th, 2013, SyFy announced that they would be ordering a fourth season of the drama series."'Being Human' Season 3 to Premiere Monday, January 14 on Syfy". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  17. ^ http://tvline.com/2013/04/10/being-human-renewed-season-4-syfy/
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ "SyFy Renews Being Human for Second Season" (Press release). NBCUniversal. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  20. ^ Lambert, David (August 11, 2011). "Being Human - 'The Complete 1st Season' of the 2011 Syfy Series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Being Human (2011) - The North American 1st Season (4 Disc Set)". EzyDVD. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Being Human - The Complete 2nd Season DVD Information". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 

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