Syfy Channel’s Being Human Adaptation Starts Production

by on October 8, 2010

in Entertainment

The Syfy Channel is adapting the hit series Being Human for American consumers.  The original UK series stars Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner as a werewolf, ghost and vampire who end up as roommates and try to wrangle out a normal existence in life, as much as it is.

The Syfy Channel’s version will be starring Sam Witwer (Smallville), Meaghan Rath (The Assistants), Sam Huntington (Cavemen, Superman Returns) and Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural).

This reimagined version has our stars carving out a life in Boston as they help each other out trying to lead as normal a lives as they can with their afflictions.  Witwer will be the vampire, Huntington will be the werewolf and Rath will be the ghost.  Of course Pellegrino plays Bishop.

If you remember, Sam Witwer played Davis Bloome aka Doomsday on Smallville and prior to that, pilot Crashdown in the reimagined version of Battlestar Galactica.  Rath, besides The Assistants, was also on 15/Love as Adena Stiles.  Sam Huntington played Jimmie Olsen in Superman Returns and was also in Fanboys.  And for Bishop, I don’t think they could have picked a better actor in Pellegrino.  He’s already played the devil in Supernatural and another other worldly being in Lost.  Should I mention his role in Dexter?

I’ve seen Witwer and he could bring a pretty good anguished bad guy being good.  With Pellegrino in the role of Bishop, if you’ve never seen the show, you’ll never figure him out.  Pellegrino will be wonderful in this role.

Production on the Syfy version of Being Human has started in Montreal, CA.

Being Human on BBC AmericaThe BBC America Being Human

Is this a good idea?  Creating a spin-off/adaptation while the original is still playing on BBC America seems like a premature process.  Right now I will have access to both versions.  I’d give the Syfy spin-off a try, but I’ve watched the UK version.  It brings a wonderfully talented cast of characters to the series.  The actors are very human and have very real frailties while dealing with their stronger, more monster-like sides of their personalities.  Though the ghost doesn’t have a monster personality, she does have her issues with being a ghost.

But it will be what it will be.  Some may not have access to the original and thus, the exposure becomes greater on Syfy.  This is one of the advantages of Syfy having this new slew of non-sci fi like shows such as wrestling and other reality shows.  It brings in ratings, ie viewers and those viewers can potentially become genre fans, thus helping the sci-fi shows with quality content become keepers for the network.  For every good thing, there is always a bit of sacrifice.

So be it, as I like to say.

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The press release from NBC concerning the new show:

NEW YORK – July 29, 2010 – 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 Zoë Sakellaropoulo (The Last Templar, The Phantom).

The original UK series is produced by Touchpaper Television and executive produced by Rob Pursey.  RDF Rights distributes the UK series and the format internationally as well as the new US series.

Muse Entertainment Enterprises, headed by President & CEO Michael Prupas, is a major Canadian independent film and television producer and the country’s leading service producer for international studios and networks. Muse Entertainment is known for bringing well-crafted, high-quality, award-winning productions with strong international appeal to big and small screens. Since 1998, Muse has produced, co-produced or provided production services on 150 TV movies and mini-series, television series and feature films. Muse’s head office is located in Montreal. Muse has four production operations in Montreal, Toronto and Los Angeles.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce Simmons October 8, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Thanks! It’s a weird thing I do with his name and I was consistent throughout… dude, I need an editor! LOL.

BeingHuman3 October 8, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Hi Bruce,
Love this BH piece… You prob already know Sam Witwer’s name has a typo early in article. Thought u might like to know;)

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