Once again, a popular UK television series has found itself being remade for US audiences to enjoy. This time, the series is Being Human. Based on the BBC’s hit series, the US version of Being Human is being made by the SyFy Channel.
According to the SyFy Channel website:
“Syfy’s all-new drama series Being Human, starring Sam Witwer (Smallville, Battlestar Galactica), Meaghan Rath (The Assistants), Sam Huntington (Cavemen, Superman Returns) and Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural) has commenced production in Montreal, Canada. Adam Kane (The Mentalist, Heroes) is Director and Co-Executive Producer with Executive Producer Michael Prupas (The Kennedys, Pillars of the Earth) and husband and wife Executive Producers/Writers Jeremy Carver (Supernatural) and Anna Fricke (Men in Trees, Everwood). Muse Entertainment is producing 13 1-hour episodes for Syfy.
Being Human, a re-imagining of the acclaimed UK series created by Toby Whithouse, follows three paranormal, 20-something roommates living in Boston – vampire “Aidan” (Witwer), werewolf “Josh” (Huntington) and ghost “Sally” (Rath) – as they struggle to hide their dark secrets from the world, while helping each other navigate the complexities of living double lives and trying to be human. Mark Pellegrino plays Aidan’s charismatic but menacing vampire mentor “Bishop.”
The producer is Irene Litinsky (Human Trafficking, The Phantom) of Muse Entertainment, the director of photography is Pierre Jodoin (The Last Templar, Secrets of the Mountain) and the production designer is Zoe Sakellaropoulo (The Last Templar, The Phantom).”
There are some differences between the two series, and I have to say that I personally, really like the US version. The UK’s version is much faster paced, with not a lot of time being spent on the plot or on character build up. Admittedly, the actors in the UK version are more convincing; however most US shows start with the characters acting awkwardly and then something clicks after the first couple episodes and they fall right in sync with their roles….. Case in point: Vampire Diaries. Overall, I really love the wit and story line of the US version, AND the actors themselves are eye candy! This is a cross-over show I look forward to watching every week and I hope it sticks around!