Can the new Being Human tell MORE story than the British one?

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Adam-Troy Castro
Dec 14, 2012

The American remake of BBC's Being Human may be good news for fans. Each season of the British show consisted of six episodes. Syfy is doing 13 episodes for the first season of its remake. Executive producer Jeremy Carver told the Television Critics Association today that he can give more time to the stories you loved from the BBC show.

"As a fan of the BBC version, which we are, we took great delight in having a longer period of time in which we could confront some of these same moments and characters as the British version," Carver said on Jan. 13 in Pasadena, Calif. "We said to ourselves, and our writers said to us, 'What if we did this differently?' I think you're going to see a lot of moments that you think you recognize from the original which are handled in a completely different way."

For example, in one of the BBC's episodes, vampire Mitchell is accused of being a pedophile. Syfy President of Original Programming Mark Stern was excited to see a new version of that story.

"To point at the pedophile episode in particular, you want to let that situation breathe more," Stern said. "You want to explore the ramifications of the relationship with that young boy and where it might go for a vampire character. I don't even think it's a question of exposure. I think they become complementary."

Being Human is the story of three roommates: a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost. In Syfy's version, they will played by American actors (Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath and Sam Witwer).

"I would say if you're a fan of the original, you're going to see a show that starts much in the same way as it started in the British version," Carver said. "It's a wonderful premise we've been handed. Why would we mess with it too much? We follow a similar trajectory in the first couple episodes, where we're laying in elements that will be unique to our version."

Also, just because you've seen the British show doesn't mean you know the whole story. You can watch both and enjoy each one. "It's not going to ruin your experience of watching the American series," Stern added. "It's not like the British series is a spoiler alert for our series. They really do complement each other. There's a certain amount of ground that needs to be covered that is similar in the beginning because you're setting up a situation and the situation's the same, the characters are the same, give or take. The deeper you get into the series, they really start to diverge in ways that actually explore those worlds in ways that don't cancel each other out. If you like the British series, watch the British series. I urge you to. It's great."

It's also a whole new monster house just by virtue of crossing the pond. "There's a huge cultural difference there," Witwer said. "You can't just take a British script and hand it to an American cast and have it make sense. Culturally, there's a North American take that deserves to be told. When Spaced was going to be made, why do that? I didn't agree with that decision. I didn't think there was something new and interesting you could uncover that Pegg and Edgar Wright hadn't already done. With this, it makes sense."

Being Human premieres on Syfy Jan. 17.

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