The American version of the British hit TV series Being Human (which was filmed in Montreal) debuts tonight, Jan. 14 at 10 EST on SPACE. Rue Morgue had the chance to see the first two episodes and thought we’d give you a sneak peek.
For those unfamiliar with Being Human, it’s about vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer) and werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) moving into a house haunted by Sally (Meaghan Rath). The trio of supernatural beings struggle to fit into “normal” society and each has their challenges: Aidan wants to give up hunting but relies on his maker Bishop (Lost‘s Mark Pellegrino) to clean up his occasional lapses; Josh turns into a werewolf once a month and struggles to keep the truth from his family; while Sally needs to figure out how to say goodbye to her fiancee before she can shuffle off her mortal coil.
The first of the season’s 13 episodes pretty much follows the template of the British series’ opening — Aidan has drained a co-worker and must deal with the consequences while fending off Bishop’s entreaties to rejoin his vampiric brethren, and portions of all three leads’ origin stories is revealed. But the American version introduces new elements, including a sister for Josh, and a recent interview with the three leads promises further deviations in future episodes which will distinguish it from the British version.
Fans of the original show may not be convinced of the trio’s chemistry initially, and Rath doesn’t have much to do yet as Sally. The show’s overreliance on contemporary music is also somewhat distracting, as if the producers didn’t have enough confidence in the show’s quality, although much of it is Canadian, including tracks from Wintersleep and Econoline Crush. There’s a good deal of blood spilled, though, and we’re hoping that trend continues in future episodes.
Our love of the original makes it tough to love this Being Human right away. But hopefully the supervision of the British producers will help make this Being Human the next Office and not the next Coupling.