TV Review: BEING HUMAN – Season 1 – “Children Shouldn’t Play With Undead Things”

Meaghan Rath in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 - "Children Shouldn't Play With Undead Things" | ©2011 Syfy/Phillipe Bosse

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Cindy Sampson, Jason Spevack, Kristen Hager, Sarah Allen Writer: Chris Dingess Director: Jeremiah Chechik Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: March 7, 2011 BEING HUMAN largely returns to copying its British forebear with “Children Shouldn’t Play With Undead Things,” in which vampire Aidan’s (Sam Witwer) befriending of bullied 10-year-old neighbor Bernie (Jason Spevack) leads to unintended consequences and Josh’s (Sam Huntingdon) courtship of nurse Nina (Kristen Hager) results in very wild pre-werewolf transformation sex. The one original bit here concerns Sally (Meaghan Rath), who is not exactly delighted by what she finds […]Read On »

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TV Review: BEING HUMAN – SEASON ONE – “I See Your True Colors … and That’s Why I Hate You”

Sam Witwer in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 - "I See Your True Colors … and That’s Why I Hate You" | ©2011 Syfy/Phillipe Bosse

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Mark Pellegrino, Gianpaolo Venuta, Alison Louder, Angela Galuppo, Vincent LeClerc Writers: Jeremy Carver & Anna Fricke Director: Jeremy Chechik Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: February 28, 2011 Ah, there it is. Like Aidan’s fang poking out from under his lower lip, the U.S. version of BEING HUMAN finally finds a personality of its own with a plot thread not seen (at least in the first season) of the U.K. version, as werewolf Josh is roped into going back home to see his parents. These loving, well-educated, upper-middle-class, politically correct folks think […]Read On »

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TV Review: BEING HUMAN – Season 1 – “It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Wrong”

Meaghan Rath and Sam Witwer in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 - “It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Wrong” | ©2011 Syfy/Phillipe Bosse

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Gianpaolo Venuta, Kristen Hager, Sarah Allen, Alison Louder, Angela Galuppo Writers: Jeremy Carver & Anna Fricke Director: Charles Biname Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: February 21, 2011 In the latest BEING HUMAN episode “It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Wrong,” werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) makes up with hospital colleague Nora (Kristen Hager) and she agrees to come over to the house to have supper. Unfortunately, this is while ghost Sally’s (Meaghan Rath) emotions are making the building shake. Vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer) calls Sally’s fiancé/murderer Danny (Gianpaolo Venuta) over […]Read On »

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TV Review: BEING HUMAN – SEASON ONE – “The End of the World As We Knew It”

Sam Huntington and Andreas Apergis in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 - "The End of the World As We Knew It" | ©2011 Syfy/Phillip Bosse

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Mark Pellegrino, Gianpaolo Venuta Writer: Nancy Won Director: Charles Biname Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: February 14, 2011 So far, Syfy’s BEING HUMAN is following the original BBC BEING HUMAN fairly closely. “The End of the World As We Knew It” is the U.S. episode where two of our three protagonists find out how they got the way they are – a werewolf and a ghost – while our third lead finds out what his vampire sire is planning for the world. ut another way, Josh (Sam Huntington) learns that fellow […]Read On »

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TV Review: BEING HUMAN – SEASON 1 – “Wouldn’t It Be Nice (If We Were Human)”

Sam Huntington in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 - “Wouldn’t It Be Nice (If We Were Human)” | ©2011 Syfy

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Sarah Allen, Gianpaolo Venuta, Andreas Apergis Writer: Chris Dingess Director: Jerry Ciccoritti Network: Syfy, Airs Monday nights Airdate: February 7, 2011 So far, the U.S. BEING HUMAN is following the broad strokes of the U.K. original. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice (If We Were Human)” expands a bit on the werewolf education subplot by having the mentor figure, here called Ray (Andreas Apergis), turn out to be violently anti-vampire, which provides a bit of extra suspense here. Of course, werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) doesn’t know this about Ray when Ray introduces himself – in […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BEING HUMAN takes a bite out of Sam Witwer and Mark Pellegrino

Sam Witwer and Mark Pellegrino in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 | ©2011 Syfy

On BEING HUMAN, a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost share a house and their mutual yet disparate attempts to achieve something like the title condition. The actors playing the series’ two principal vampires, Sam Witwer as roommate Aidan and Mark Pellegrino as police lieutenant (and Aidan’s sire) Bishop, likewise share a few things, like a background in cult hits. Pellegrino was the quasi-saintly Jacob (Pellegrino jokingly refers to him as “diet Jesus”) on LOST, the Earthly incarnation of Lucifer on SUPERNATURAL, Rita’s violent ex-husband on DEXTER; Witwer also appeared on DEXTER, as well as being Davis Bloome, aka Doomsday, […]Read On »

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TV Review: BEING HUMAN – Season 1- “Some Thing to Watch Over Me”

Sarah Allen in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Phillipe Bosse

The BEING HUMAN episode “Some Thing to Watch Over Me” gets its title from vampire Aidan’s (Sam Witwer) decision to enroll himself and werewolf roommate Josh (Sam Huntington) in the local neighborhood watch. After all, what better way to seem normal than to be good neighbors? Despite Josh’s nervous objections – and ghost Sally’s (Meaghan Rath) complaint that Aidan has managed to invite everybody who irked her in life, it seems like a good idea. Josh succeeds in becoming a local hero by tracking down the local spray-paint vandal (his keener than human sense of smile alerts him to the paint), even though he alarms himself with the amount of aggression he uses in the takedown.

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TV review: BEING HUMAN – Season 1 – “There Goes the Neighborhood Part 2”

Sam Huntington Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 - "There Goes the Neighborhood Part 2" | &Copy 2011 Syfy/Philipe Bosse

The second episode of the Syfy Channel U.S. adaptation of the BBC’s BEING HUMAN, “There Goes the Neighborhood Part 2,” picks up where “Part 1” ended, with about-to-transform werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) locked in a basement with his perplexed sister Emily (Alison Louder), while vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer) is distracted by a willing blood donor.

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TV Review: BEING HUMAN – Season 1 – “There Goes the Neighborhood Pt. 1” – Series Premiere

Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Sam Witwer in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 - "There Goes the Neighborhood Pt.1" | ©2011 Syfy

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Sarah Allen, Gianpaolo Venuta, Mark Pellegrino Writers: Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke based on the U.K. series BEING HUMAN created by Toby Whithouse Director: Adam Kane Network: Syfy, airs Mondays Original Telecast: January 17, 2011 Syfy has taken a considerable risk in developing the popular U.K. genre series BEING HUMAN into an American off-shoot. It’s not that there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just that the U.K. series is still so fresh in our minds – and about to head into Season Three as we speak. Plus, it’s damn good. You never want […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: Syfy’s BEING HUMAN vs. the BBC version? The producers weigh in on the differences

Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath and Sam Witwer in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 | ©2011 Syfy

With the American remake of the recent BBC series BEING HUMAN set to debut on Syfy on January 17, the cast and executive producers appeared today at the Winter 2011 TCA’s to talk about the similarities and differences between the two incarnations of the show. The basic premise remains: vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer), werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) and ghost Sally (Meaghan Rath) all share a loft together and try to get to the bottom of what it’s like to “being human.” “I would say if you’re a fan of the original, you’re going to see a show that starts much […]Read On »

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