Being Human (North American TV series)
|Created by||Toby Whithouse|
|Composer(s)||FM Le Sieur|
|Country of origin||United States
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||39 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Muse Entertainment Enterprises|
|Distributor||Zodiak Media Group|
|Original channel||Syfy `(U.S.)
|Original run||January 17, 2011– present|
|Related shows||Being Human (UK)|
Being Human is a supernatural drama television series broadcast on Syfy in the United States and on Space in Canada. It is being produced by Muse in Montreal and is a remake of the BBC show of the same name.
On April 10, 2013, Syfy renewed the show for a fourth season airing in January 13, 2014.
Cast and characters
- Sam Witwer as Aidan Waite, who became a vampire during the Revolutionary War; in the present day, he works as a nurse at Suffolk County Hospital in Boston. He wants to be free of the restrictions of the vampire community, and works for Mother and Suren in season 2, only to fall in love with Suren and be completely excommunicated from vampire society when Suren is installed as Boston's leader. His refusal to comply leads to Suren's death and his burial underground for his indiscretion. However, in the year he has been buried, an influenza virus spreading amongst people turns out to be deadly to vampires, leaving him as one of a few left alive in an effective sea of poison.
- Meaghan Rath as Sally Malik, a ghost who haunts the house Aidan and Josh rent. She was engaged to their landlord, and had planned to live in the house with him before her untimely death. In season 3, after having sent herself to Limbo to save her friends, Josh and Nora employ a witch who uses blood magic to bring Sally back to life. However, she is cursed such that if anyone from her previous life sees her, they will be doomed to die. She also begins to exhibit zombie-like attributes like skin that tears and a constant hunger.
- Sam Huntington as Josh Levison, a werewolf who works as an orderly at the same hospital. Josh does all he can to cure himself of the werewolf curse, seeing it as a medical ailment, until his on-and-off girlfriend Nora, who he had turned himself in the season 1 finale, reveals to him in the finale of season 2 that killing the werewolf who turned him, while both are still human, is the only way to lift the curse. In season 3, it is revealed he had succeeded in this task, turning him back into a normal human, and with this new freedom he works at Suffolk County Hospital as a nurse and plans on proposing to Nora. He later is attacked by Liam a full blood werewolf and leader of a pack reviving the curse he once got rid of but now is forever cursed.
- Mark Pellegrino as James Bishop (Season 1, guest season 2-3). Born in England, Bishop became a vampire during the 15th century and turned Aidan into a vampire. In the present day, he is a member of the Boston Police Department. After Aidan kills him, he appears within Aidan's thoughts as an aspect of his psyche.
- Kristen Hager as Nora Sargeant (Season 2-present, recurring previously), Josh's former girlfriend now wife beginning in then end of season 3 and a nurse at the hospital where Aidan and Josh work. During season one she becomes pregnant with Josh's child, but later miscarries. At the end of season 1, Nora is scratched by Josh while he is transforming, and the beginning of season 2 sees her as another werewolf. She informs Josh that killing the werewolf who cursed you to begin with while they are still human will remove the curse. Although Josh succeeds in this, the curse is only lifted from him, leaving Nora a werewolf in season 3.
- Dichen Lachman as Suren (Season 2). The daughter of the powerful vampiress known only as "Mother", she is chosen by Mother to take over as head of Boston following Bishop's death. She was put into exile 80 years before for starting a bloody massacre that forced Boston's vampire family into becoming an underground society. In the past, she fell in love with Aidan, although he did not reciprocate for fear of breaching his duties. In the present, he gives into his desires and they attempt to elope, only for Suren to be put to death by Mother.
- Sarah Allen as Rebecca Flynt, Aidan's one-night-stand, whom he fatally drained of blood in a moment of weakness. Instead of disposing of the body as Aidan had wanted, Bishop had Rebecca revived as a vampire. She initially hates Aidan for leaving her for dead but embraces the dark side of her new existence. Eventually after many struggles trying to live as a vampire, she asks Aidan to end her life in Season 1.
- Alison Louder as Emily Levison, Josh's sister. She came out of the closet as a lesbian just before Josh was turned into a werewolf and forced to disappear. She found Josh while visiting her girlfriend who was in the hospital because she broke her arm while "shrooming".
- Gianpaolo Venuta as Danny, Aidan's and Josh's landlord and Sally's ex-fiancé, who may be less friendly and helpful than he appears. After discovering that he was the one who killed Sally, Aidan frightens him with his vampire powers and he turns himself in out of fear. He is imprisoned for the arson and murder, but is killed by his cellmate. He returns as a ghost to attack Sally, but the Reaper shreds him before he can do the same to Sally.
- Terry Kinney as Heggemann, a 1,010 year old vampire and elder of the powerful Dutch clan. He was killed by a newly transformed Nora before he could kill Josh on Mother's orders.
- Robert Naylor as Stevie Atkins, a ghost friend of Sally's who killed himself in high school.
- Kyle Schmid as Henry Durham, a vampire created by Aidan during World War I who reappears in present day, 80 years after Suren's incident helping the orphan vampires. Aidan refers to Henry as his "son". During the influenza epidemic, Henry finds and compels a woman who never had the virus to be his girlfriend, feeding from her and keeping her sealed in a house they share. When Aidan frees her as he feels it is wrong to keep her trapped, Henry struggles to keep his composure and only seek the blood of non-carriers, only to give in, leading to his eventual death at the influenza's effect on vampires.
- Susanna Fournier as Zoe Gonzalez, a nurse at the hospital in the newborn ward who has the ability to see ghosts even though she is alive and not a werewolf. She has the ability to merge ghosts' souls with the newborns as a form of reincarnation as well as merge her subconscious with a ghosts. She falls in love with Nick, Sally's crush in life and former boyfriend in death.
- Natalie Brown as Julia, Josh's ex-fiancée and Aidan's ex-girlfriend. She works at the same hospital as Josh, Aidan, and Nora, and still has feelings for Josh. Discovers that Josh is a werewolf due to a solar eclipse forcing him to partially turn in public and is then hit by a car and dies from her injuries.
- Amy Aquino as Donna Gilchrist, a witch who works at a soup kitchen who helps Josh and Nora bring Sally back to life by reanimating her corpse and giving it life. However, she uses the events to acquire Ray's lifeless corpse for her own use, and anyone who sees Sally that is from her life before she died, is doomed to die, with their spirit sent to her so she may eat it and make herself stronger.
- Dusan Dukic as Reaper/Scott, the thing that has been haunting Sally. He has the job of shredding ghosts who have over stayed on Earth. Sally and the others later learn Reaper is a dark version of Sally herself and tormenting her. It takes the name Scott and appears in her subconscious to take over her spirit. She overcomes his powers and frees herself from him, but he still exists as a part of her.
- Deena Aziz as "Mother", the head of all the vampires. She is the most powerful vampire in the series and is Suren's biological mother. Mother also made Suren a vampire. She puts Suren in charge of Boston, and orders Aidan to support Suren to succeed and she will free him from the confines of vampire society in return.
- Pat Kiely as Nick Fenn, a ghost and old collegemate of Sally's. He and Zoe start dating, much to Sally's dismay.
On June 28, 2010, Entertainment Weekly reported that actor Sam Witwer had signed on to play the vampire in the remake, and Meaghan Rath had signed to play the ghost with Sam Huntington close to a deal to play the werewolf. On July 7, 2010, it was announced that Lost and Supernatural alumnus Mark Pellegrino would be joining the cast as "Aidan's charismatic but menacing mentor Bishop".
Husband-and-wife team Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke were tasked with adapting the British series for North American television. Carver said that he and Fricke hoped "to use elements of the original series while reimagining a series all of our own. I think that starts with many of the new characters and storylines that we created. I think you're going to see a show that gives a very nice nod to the original version." Carver and Fricke said they intended to retain the original program's dark and morally ambiguous qualities.
The first 13-episode season roughly follows the narrative arc of season one of the British original; however, the British version was only six episodes, so the North American program developed new stories and arcs to fill out the story line enough for 13 episodes. Some similar elements were also developed in a different manner; Carver said, "We explore these moments and what the characters experienced in the British version and say to the writers, 'What if we do this differently?" However, elements of the directorial style of the first two episodes followed the original pilot and first regular episode of the UK series, in some cases shot-for-shot.
One explicit tribute to the British series is the name of the vampire, Aidan; the character is named after Irish actor Aidan Turner, who played the vampire Mitchell in the original series. The other main characters in the North American version at first appear to correspond to their British counterparts (werewolves Josh and George, ghosts Sally and Annie, vampire leaders Bishop and Herrick), but actor Sam Witwer was keen to stress the differences between the characters in the two programs: "These are not the same characters.... There are a lot of similarities, but for example, Bishop is not Herrick. Not in the slightest. He's not the same guy."
The North American series' writers, and actors, had avoided watching the British second series when it aired on BBC America until after they had finished filming their (North American) first season. Witwer told an interviewer that he had watched only the first episode, and avoided watching any more in order to avoid subconsciously mimicking British actor Aidan Turner's performance. At San Diego Comic Con 2011's Being Human panel, the actors confirmed that since finishing filming the first season they had finally caught up with watching the British series, but that the writers would deliberately maintain their policy of not watching anything beyond the first series of the British Being Human, in order to ensure the North American series developed down different paths as they moved into the second season.
On April 10, 2013, Syfy announced that they were renewing Being Human for a fourth season, with 13 episodes set to air.
According to Bill Gorman from the website TV by the Numbers, season one's premiere episodes of Being Human averaged 1.8 million viewers, making it Syfy's most successful winter season scripted series launch since 2005. "Through its first nine weeks on Syfy, and including repeat broadcasts, Being Human [was] seen by 19.1 million total unique viewers." 
Notably, the show's audience was as high as 52% female during the second season, a first for the SyFy network.
Home media release
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release dates||Additional features|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|Being Human: Season One||13||November 15, 2011||TBA||October 6, 2011||Making-Of Featurette, Interviews and recording of the Comic Con 2011 Panel.|
|Being Human: Season Two||13||January 1, 2013||TBA||5 July 2012|
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