It's one thing to be a vampire, werewolf or ghost living in the UK. They're used to that kind of thing. It's an entirely different story to be one of those entities here in the ol' U.S. of A. Or at least that's what Syfy would have you believe. They've ordered 13 episodes of the BBC smash-hit Being Human, American style.
Being Human is a drama (mostly) that centers around three individuals who just happen to be a vampire, werewolf and a ghost. They are trying to live as close to normal lives as they can in the town of Bristol. The show aired it's first season of six episodes on BBC Three (and since aired here in the U.S. on BBC America) and was so successful it's making the jump to the mighty BBC One for it's second season in 2010.
"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," says The Hollywood Reporter. The BBC originally tried to bring in Syfy as a co-creator for the series while it was still in the scripting stage but the timing just wasn't right.
"It turned out great as we can now do an American version," Syfy president Dave Howe told THR. "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." Yes, yes, yes. Vampires and werewolves, young and charming. I love vampires but I for one won't shed any tears when this bubble bursts.
I adore the original Being Human so I'm concerned for this redo. Actually, I'm getting horrible flashbacks of the American Life on Mars. Didn't we learn our lesson? Nine times out of ten if you try to improve upon an awesome British show, you will crash and burn. The show is already on BBC America, why shouldn't viewers just watch it there? There's no writer or producer attached to this new series yet but, "Howe stressed that Syfy is not going to 'slavishly replicate the British version.' " Maybe it would be better if they did.