Sunday, February 21, 2010

'Being Human' Again and Again


BBC America is 'Being Human' Again and Again Cable network to air second and third seasons of British fantasy-drama

By Michael Simpson | Monday, February 15, 2010

L-R: Aidan Turner, Russell Tovey and Lenora Crichlow in Season 1 of the BBC's 'Being Human'

The popular British fantasy-drama Being Human is currently airing a second season and heading into a third season in the UK. The good news for fans in the US is that all three seasons have been picked up for broadcast in America. BBC America will air both Season 2 and Season 3, the cable network has announced. It broadcast Season 1 in July 2009.

Being Human stars Russell Tovey (Little Dorrit, Doctor Who, The History Boys), Lenora Crichlow (Sugar Rush, Doctor Who, Kiss Of Death) and Aidan Turner (The Clinic) as housemates trying to live normal lives despite the fact that they are a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. The show started life as a pilot on BBC Three in the UK. This proved to be such a hit among viewers and critics that it was commissioned as a six-part series.

"Being Human uniquely combines the drama and complexity of ordinary life with the heightened excitement of the supernatural world, in a vibrant, witty and compelling way." said Julie Gardner, Head of Drama Commissioning, BBC Wales. "The six-part series sees our twenty-something friends embark on extraordinary journeys as they battle their inner demons and the outside world, and struggle to find out what it really means to be human."

BBC America will begin airing the second season of Being Human in the United States on July 25, according to the network's website. The following preview of Season 2 was published in a BBC America press release:

Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner return as George, Annie and Mitchell, the three twenty-somethings trying to live as normally as possible despite being a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. After the death of vampire leader Herrick at the end of season one, the supernatural friends are hoping they can now get on with their lives, but an even greater danger is lurking, within the very human world of which they want to be a part.

Werewolf George is coming to terms with the fact that he has Herrick's blood on his hands, and a girlfriend who knows his horrific secret. Meanwhile, turning down the door of death has implications for ghost Annie, but her confidence is at a peak and she’s determined to stand up and be counted in the real world. And, with Herrick gone, Mitchell must appease the vampire world - can he find a way to lead by example?

The American cable network Syfy is also preparing a US version of Being Human.

"It turned out great as we can now do an American version," Syfy president Dave Howe said when Syfy's intent was announced last year. "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."

According to this site, the US version is being scripted by Jeremy Carver, who has written for the CW's Supernatural, and Anna Fricke (Privileged).