Saturday, October 31, 2009

Bloody Brit TV News

For this Halloween, I bring to you news about a vampire, a ghost, a werewolf, and a doctor.

It was announced earlier this week that the American network SyFy (formerly Sci-Fi) has picked up the rights for an American version of the BBC series Being Human. I talked about this show about a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost as roommates two months ago and how much I really enjoyed it. With that said, I am of two minds about this acquisition. I love it since it will open up the great stories and the cool concept to a wider audience, but I'm more than fearful that the American version will pale in comparison or worse, butcher it all together. I mean how many American shows have matched the quality of its British original? You can probably count it on one hand.

But I'll certainly keep an open mind. Getting the cast right will be key since they need to have chemistry with each other from the get go and their individual personalities need to pop. They should also focus on getting the perfect writer. And since I likened this to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, why not Joss Whedon? Anything to take him away from his sad relationship with FOX.

The other news has to do with another BBC property, Doctor Who. The Waters of Mars, the second Doctor Who special to air this year with David Tennant, who will step down as the Doctor in 2010, now has an air date. It will be shown in Britain's BBC One on November 15. BBC America, who has the American distribution rights for Doctor Who, will air the same special closer to the holidays on December 19.

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