'Being Human' turning American for Syfy - Featured

Syfy is joining the werewolf and vampire TV bandwagon.



The cable network has ordered 13 episodes of the BBC show -- remade for American audiences -- about a vampire, werewolf and ghost who are roommates, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


Yes, it sounds kind of goofy, but the British version has handled it as a drama, examining the angst of living as a supernatural being.


"It turned out great as we can now do an American version," Syfy president Dave Howe says. "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."


Will you watch? Any fans out there for the BBC version?


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Oct 29, 2009 6:02PM EDT

Was hoping for a 2nd season of the BBC version. Obviously not.But I will watch the first few episodes of the American Remake, who knows I might like it.Hope to.

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Oct 29, 2009 8:44PM EDT

I think they are doing another season of the british version too-- 8 episodesI love this bbc show

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Oct 30, 2009 1:44AM EDT

Never heard of it. I'm getting a little tired of all the vampire shows but I'll give it a try. Maybe I'll watch the BBC version and see how it is. When they remake them, do they change them very much or are they pretty much the same or what? How do they change?

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Oct 30, 2009 5:19AM EDT

I liked the idea but i couldn't get into the show because it was way to boring

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Oct 30, 2009 9:30AM EDT

i rili likd d brit version but i never got 2 finish it so im willin 2 giv d stateside version a chance.

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Nov 2, 2009 12:10PM EST

i thought the british show was pretty good, i hope the american version is too. I wonder how much will be changed.

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Nov 7, 2009 7:35PM EST

seriously they make an american show and everyone watches it, we don turn round and go o lets make an english buffy, but god forbid that americans have to watch an English show and relise that not eveything is set in america

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Nov 13, 2009 12:48AM EST

I really don't want them to do an American version. I think its a stupid idea. I love it the way it is.

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Nov 20, 2009 1:37PM EST

I just don't get what they have to remake it for. Are americans really that unflexible?I'm just happy that the english version got renewed for a second season-

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Dec 17, 2009 12:47PM EST

How many times have we seen this? Take a perfectly good British show and "remake" it American ~ I can't remember the last time this has turned out well. When I hear about this being done anymore I don't even bother to watch the Americanized version especially if I've seen the British one.

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Dec 21, 2009 12:31PM EST

pegling ... as far as the last time an American remake turned out well ... I would say "The Office" ... the only reason I can think for American remakes of UK shows (other than Americans are horrible self-centered twats who think everyone and everything should be American ... which is not actually true) is that the average American show's season is roughly 2-3 times longer than the average UK show's season. Since American TV is entirely supported by advertising revenue the longer season is key in keeping the cost-to-profit ratio in balance. So American TV people look at a great UK show like Being Human and say "GREAT! We need twice as many as exist." so they remake the show. If you are going to remake the show you might as well reset it in the US since that is where you already have your production base established. Don't forget that UK shows that have longer series (more episodes per season) are not remade and simply aired (prime example on Syfy ... Doctor Who) as they already fit within the US's tv schedule cycles and profit scheme.

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Jan 4, 2010 9:45PM EST

Wow. Here I am, just looking around for season 2 of this great British show I fell upon last year or so, and sure I find it. Yes!(or would you prefer yee-haw!) However, in amazing surplus, I find some ugly prejudice against Americans. While I do believe Americans, myself included, would benefit from more cultural exposure and understanding, that seems to be the truth as a whole for everyone...meaning globally, if I'm not being clear enough. Also, maybe it's different for you in the UK(I really don't know), but in the US, we don't get to vote for our shows(what gets on TV,etc.), that's the for the board of directors that own the television networks. I know! We're Americans, right? Don't we just take what we want when we want and make it our own? Isn't that ingrained somewhere in our DNA? No, actually it's not. And I'm sure there are some bigotries over the British that you'd like to leave behind, as well.Ever heard "Imitation is the highest from of flattery"? Sure, it's only half the quote, but it's the part that counts right now. I don't fully understand why the American channels can't just play the British shows. Why not a trial run on BBC America? But whatever the reason, probably money, it's still a form of flattery. Why not take it as that? Although, I really hope they keep their hands off of Dr. Who and Torchwood. Some things should just be left as they are, holy.I happen to love the UK and its culture, but I've spent quite a bit of time there. I have close friends who live there. But I would never dare base my perception of a people on popular prejudices or let's say their celebrities. Yeah, I ranted. Try being an American for a day in this age; we are the new black plague in many opinions.

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Jan 5, 2010 6:42AM EST

Just a note: Season 2 starts on the 10th of Jan 2010 on BBC 3
UnholyGhost is right on this one! I will not watch an american re-make not because it's arrogant to make a remake just because it would be better if the US used the same premise/backdrop but set it else were -like a spin off rather than a remake.
The british broadcast season is precisly that a season - most will run fromJanuary to a late Easter (April -May)May - September/OctoberOctober- christmas
average length is 6-8 weeks a LONG season will be the likes of Doctor who, or alternatly they dont stop showing like Eastenders, Coronation Street etc. The US calender seems to be split in 2 - a season of 25 or so episodes (CSI, Bones, etc) or a season of 12 (Trueblood) based more on an almost academic calender of September to May, then may to September, with a small break of a few weeks between thanks giving and christmas.The UK shows which have the potential to be primetime, like Being Human, dont fit into any of those categories so a remake is the only way to make a good show viewable.
There is an added issue with BBC shows in general, they arn't made with Advertising breaks, since the BBC are not allowed to have outside advertising except their own content. As such when an artificial break is inserted its clunky and doesnt fit the natural crescendo that a show with breaks would have. Channels like Channel 4 lack this problem, but a lack of funding means that the BBC has a better range of unique programming.
A remake is not ideal but its better than the show dieing! - Here's hoping they opt for a more spin-off style than a remake - since I dont think the dynamic would work just as well in the US as it does in the UK - it might end up as Will and Grace with fangs.

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Feb 7, 2010 3:15PM EST

i think queer as folk was a succesful american remake and it was definately better than the original - i think an american remake of being human will bring in better graphics and longer seasons but that's not enough to change the whole show - they're gonna lighten the tone of the show for sure - remove most of the lewd jokes and language - they'll tone down everything that makes the show great

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