Posts Tagged ‘Werewolf’

Being Human Returns To BBC America In July

May 6, 2010

Being Human's Russell Tovey (George), Aidan Turner (Mitchell) and Lenora Crichlow (Annie). Photo copyright of Touchpaper TV and the BBC

THE highly anticipated second season of BBC America’s co-production, Being Human, premieres this July. Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner return as George, Annie and Mitchell, the three twenty-somethings trying to live as normally as possible despite being a werewolf, a ghost and a vampire. 

After the death of vampire leader Herrick at the end of season one, the supernatural friends are hoping they can now get on with their lives, but an even greater danger is lurking within the very human world of which they want to be a part. Unbeknown to the trio, the mysterious Professor Jaggat (Lyndsey Marshal) and her cold-hearted colleague Kemp (Donald Sumpter) – religious zealots who have discovered the existence of vampires, werewolves and ghosts – are determined to carry out brutal experiments and destroy them. 

While Professor Jaggat and Kemp plot behind the scenes, werewolf George is coming to terms with the fact the he has Herrick’s blood on his hands, and a girlfriend who knows his horrific secret. Turning down the door of death has implications for ghost Annie, but her confidence is at a peak and she’s determined to stand up and be counted in the real world. And, with Herrick gone, Mitchell must appease an out of control vampire world – can he find a way to lead by example? 

Being Human first premiered on BBC America last July and quickly won over fans, with a sold out crowd at last year’s San Diego Comic Con. The Los Angeles Times said it, “has not only avoided any sci-fi Three’s Company comparisons, but wound up with a compelling, self-aware and funny story line. Buffy fans – come out of the Twilight and sink your teeth into this import,” while The New York Times noted that, “all three characters are highly appealing, but the charm of the show lies in the delicate balance of engrossing drama and disarming humor; the series is not campy or self-conscious, it’s witty in an offhand, understated way.” 

The Being Human: Season 1 DVD and Blu-ray is available from July 20th. It features all six episodes along with over an hour of bonus material including deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, video diaries and character profiles. The entire first season is also currently available on iTunes and Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Season two of Being Human premieres Saturday, July 24th, directing following the Doctor Who season finale. 

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BBC America Acquires New Seasons of Being Human

February 15, 2010

The UK's unlikeliest of roommates - George (Russell Tovey), Mitchell (Aiden Turner) and Annie (Lenora Crichlow). Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

BBC America has announced the acquisition of two new U.S. premiere seasons of the BBC America co-production, Being Human. The show’s highly anticipated second season will premiere in late summer, with the third season following shortly.  

George, the werewolf...Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

Being Human premiered on the channel in July 2009 and quickly won over fans, with a sold-out crowd at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The Los Angeles Times said it, “has not only avoided any Sci-Fi Three’s Company comparisons, but wound up with a compelling, self-aware and funny story line. Buffy fans – come out of the Twilight and sink your teeth into this import.” Meanwhile, The New York Times noted that, “all three characters are highly appealing, but the charm of the show lies in the delicate balance of engrossing drama and disarming humor; the series is not campy or self-conscious. It’s witty in an offhand, understated way.”  

Annie, the ghost...Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner return as George, Annie and Mitchell, the three twentysomethings trying to live as normally as possible despite being a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. After the death of vampire leader Herrick at the end of season one, the supernatural friends are hoping they can now get on with their lives, but an even greater danger is lurking within the very human world of which they want to be a part.  

And Mitchell, the vampire...Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

Werewolf George is coming to terms with the fact the he has Herrick’s blood on his hands, and a girlfriend who knows his horrific secret. Meanwhile, turning down the door of death has implications for ghost Annie, but her confidence is at a peak and she’s determined to stand up and be counted in the real world. And, with Herrick gone, Mitchell must appease the vampire world, but can he find a way to lead by example?  

The entire first season of Being Human is currently available on iTunes and Xbox LIVE Marketplace.  

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The Syfy Channel Unveils New Saturday Night Movie Genre Slate

February 4, 2010

Rhett Gilles and Estella Warren star in Syfy's re-imagined Beauty and the Beast. Photo copyright of the Syfy Channel

THE Syfy Channel has announced it is adding a new Saturday original movie genre to its popular mix, re-imagining classic fairy tales, legends and pop culture characters – from Little Red Riding Hood, Aladdin and Sinbad the Sailor to Handel and Gretel – beginning with the premiere of Beauty and the Beast on Saturday, February 27th @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST.

Starring Estella Warren (Planet of the Apes), Beauty and the Beast is not the traditional Disney fairy tale. In this gritty celebration of Valentine’s Day, a young Beauty (Warren) with a gift for healing helps a deformed Prince (Rhett Gilles, Wraiths of Roanoke) regain his throne and defeat the ruthless nobleman who wants to be king – and then together they try to destroy a power-hungry witch. Beauty and the Beast was directed by David Lister and written by Gavin Scott.

Said Thomas Vitale, Syfy Executive Vice President, Programming and Original Movies, “By turning familiar timeless stories inside out – like retelling Little Red Riding Hood as a werewolf tale or envisioning a dark version of Shrek – we’re creating an entertaining new genre for our popular Saturday night movie franchise, which has become the television destination for fans of action-packed, independent Sci-fi, Horror and Fantasy films.”

Vitale also announced a preliminary development slate for the new line of Syfy original movies, including:

Red – A young woman who is a descendant of the real Little Red RIding Hood brings her fiancé home, where he meets the family and learns about their business – hunting werewolves. He’s skeptical until bitten by one. When her family insists he must be killed, Red tries saving him.

Hansel – Twenty years after his encounter with the witch, a grown-up Hansel returns to the haunted forest, seeking revenge. But there’s a surprise waiting – his sister Gretel (who he thought had been killed) is the witch’s protegé.

8th Voyage of Sinbad – Sinbad searches for the golden head of the long lost Colossus of Rhodes and, instead, discovers an island where the mythical Minotaur still rules, protecting a vast treasure. Sinbad and his crew have to battle the creature and its minions to get the treasure and save their own lives.

Aladdin (working title) – After accidentally releasing an evil genie from an ancient lamp, Aladdin must find a way to imprison the genie again before it wreaks havoc on the world.

Black Forest – A group of naive tourists take a sightseeing tour into a supposed enchanted forest, where they encounter evil creatures from the world of Fantasy. Trapped in the Black Forest, their only hope of survival is fighting their way out.

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Demons Comes To BBC America

December 2, 2009

Rupert Galvin (Philip Glenister, front) leads the fight against the forces of darkness in Demons. His team includes (L-R) Ruby (Holiday Grainger), Luke Rutherford (Christian Cooke) and Mina Harker (Zoe Trapper). Photo copyright of ITV

THE battle against the dark underworld of half-lives, monsters and inhumans lies deep beneath the streets of modern-day London in the U.S. premiere of Demons. This contemporary spin on the character of Van Helsing features Luke Rutherford (Christian Cooke) as an average teenager, but with the arrival of his dead father’s best friend Rupert Galvin (Philip Glenister, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes), Luke’s life is about to be flipped upside down. Galvin is a straight-talking, headstrong American who has come to tell Luke his secret destiny – he’s the real-life great-great grandson of Abraham Van Helsing, the vampire hunter in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Luke’s destined to inherit the family mantle as a warrior in the coldest of wars against the supernatural entities behind every myth and legend from vampires to werewolves and all things that go bump in the night. Demons premieres Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 @ 10:00 p.m. EST/PST on BBC America

Christian Cooke as our young hero, Luke Rutherford. Photo copyright of ITV

Just another day (or night) on the job for Luke and company. Photo copyright of ITV

Richard Wilson as Father Simeon. Photo copyright of ITV

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Re-Imagined Being Human Comes To Syfy

October 29, 2009

THE Syfy Channel has ordered 13 episodes of Being Human from RDF Media USA, it was announced today by Dave Howe, President, Syfy, and Chris Coelen, CEO of RDF Media USA. Being Human will premiere on Syfy in Summer 2010. The series is a re-imagining of the acclaimed BBC original. Three twentysomething roommates – a ghost, a vampire and a werewolf – struggle to keep their dark secrets from the world, while helping each other navigate the complexities of living double lives. The original UK series is produced by RDF subsidiary Touchpaper Television and executive produced by Rob Pursey.

Being Human is a smart, contemporary, young and imaginative series that reflect Syfy’s new brand positioning. We are very excited to adapt this for an American audience and bring it into Syfy’s family of programming,” said Dave Howe in making the announcement.

Mark Stern, Executive Vice President, Original Content for Syfy and Co-Head, Original Content for Universal Cable Productions added, “We’ve loved this project and been tracking it for a while. Being Human definitely distinguishes itself as something new and different in a landscape filled with familiar supernatural fare. In adapting it, we intend to work closely with RDF to keep the wit, insight and humor of the original, while opening up the series for a new audience.”

Adds Chris Coelen, CEO of RDF Media USA, “We’re incredibly proud of our British series and had a tremendous amount of interest in adapting the project for the States. With Syfy’s unwavering passion and dedication for the show, we’re confident it can be as successful here as it is in the UK.”

Sneak Peek At This Week’s Destination Truth – 10 – 28 – 09

October 27, 2009
It's man vs. beast for Josh Gates and his crew this week on Destination Truth. Photo copyright of The Syfy Channel

It's man vs. beast for Josh Gates and his crew this week on Destination Truth. Photo copyright of The Syfy Channel

THE team travels to Romania, chasing recent reports of werewolf sightings. During a search of a nearly abandoned village, the team hears a disembodied howling noise, spot eyes watching them through the trees, and make a cast of canine prints to take back to the States for analysis.

Later in the episode, the team flies to Northern Chile to track down what some believe to be an ancient creature that managed to survive extinction. Reports include sightings of a dinosaur-like creature with a 3-toed foot, an extremely quick gait and sharp teeth. Josh and crew investigate the desert region, during which time they are able to collect evidence of several large footprints matching the description of the locals’ claims. Werewolf/Arica Monster airs Wednesday, October 28th @ 10 p.m. EST on The Syfy Channel.

Click on the following link for a preview of this episode – https://rcpt.yousendit.com/757856313/c64f1172907be9de81c5f783ff338dd0

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This Week On Being Human – 08 – 22 – 09

August 21, 2009
L-R: Mitchell (Aiden Turner), a vampire, George (Russell Tovey), a werewolf, and Annie (Lenora Crichlow), all share a house along with the desire to "fit in" like everyone else in Being Human. Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

L-R: Mitchell (Aidan Turner), a vampire, George (Russell Tovey), a werewolf, and Annie (Lenora Crichlow), all share a house along with the desire to "fit in" like everyone else in Being Human. Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

SPOILER ALERT!! – The end of Mitchell’s (Aidan Turner) friendship with Bernie has pushed him back towards the vampire fold. He learns that the vampires are starting a mass conversion – they will only feed from people who want to be vampires themselves. But the truth is much darker than Mitchell could have ever dreamed. Meanwhile, George (Russell Tovey) is trying to hide his identity from his now-girlfriend, and Annie (Lenora Crichlow) is crumbling in her attempts to avenge Owen (Greg Chillin), who still has a firm hold on her emotions.  Episode five of season one airs Saturday, August 22nd @ 9 p.m. EST/PST on BBC America.

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This Week On Being Human – 08 – 01 – 09

August 1, 2009
George (Russell Tovey) - Being Human's (were) wolf in the fold. Photo copyright of Touchpaper TV and the BBC

George (Russell Tovey) - Being Human's (were) wolf in the fold. Photo copyright of Touchpaper TV and the BBC

SPOILER ALERT!! – George is shocked when he meets another werewolf, Tully (Dean Lennox Kelly). Tully is the opposite of George – he’s perfectly content being a werewolf. He wants to teach George how to enjoy himself, but George just can’t accept what he’s become and is disgusted by Tully’s attitude. Unfortunately, Tully’s invited to stay at the house by Mitchell (Aidan Turner) – a failed attempt on his part to embrace the world and be more human. Of course, he soon becomes the housemate from hell. Episode two of season one airs Saturday, August 1st @ 9 p.m. EST/PST on BBC America.

George and Mitchell (Aiden Turner) have very different views about their new roommate. Photo copyright of Touchpaper TV and the BBC

George and Mitchell (Aidan Turner) have very different views about their new roommate. Photo copyright of Touchpaper TV and the BBC

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This Week On Being Human – 07 – 25 – 09

July 25, 2009
Once upon a time there was a werewolf, George (Russell Tovey), a ghost (Lenora Crichlow), and a vampire, Mitchell (Aiden Turner), and they all decided to live together...

Once upon a time there was a werewolf, George (Russell Tovey), a ghost (Lenora Crichlow), and a vampire, Mitchell (Aidan Turner), and they all decided to live together... Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

SPOILER ALERT!! – As Being Human begins, the three friends seem to be having a somewhat normal life. Ghost Annie is buoyed by the fact that she’s finally starting to be seen by ordinary people, rather than just by her housemates. Vampire Mitchell has sworn off blood, determined to kick the habit. Even the neurotic and anxious George is in relatively good spirits, putting his monthly transformation into a rampaging werewolf to the back of his mind. But it’s not long before their supernatural conditions catch up with them. The vampire world won’t leave Mitchell alone, and George, who considers the house a sanctuary from his affliction, promptly tears his new abode to shreds on the first full moon. Annie is heartbroken all over again when their landlord, her fiance Owen (Greg Chillin), pays a visit and reminds her of everything that she lost by dying. Episode one of season one airs Saturday, July 25th @ 9 p.m. EST/PST on BBC America.

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Being Human – Three’s Company, Just A Little Brit Different

July 15, 2009
Aiden Turner (Mitchell), Russell Tovey (George) and Lenora Crichlow (Annie) star in Being Human. Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

Aidan Turner (Mitchell), Russell Tovey (George) and Lenora Crichlow (Annie) star in Being Human. Photo copyright of Touchpaper Television and the BBC

WAY back when, it was Jack, Chrissie and Janet rooming together in Three’s Company, but these days Mitchell, George and Annie are sharing digs, and some very special confidences. Mixing the mythic with the commonplace, the farcical with the horrific and the domestic with the epic, Being Human, a BBC America co-production, is a witty and extraordinary look into the lives of three twenty-somethings and their secret double-lives – as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. Russel Tovey (Doctor Who, The History Boys), Lenora Crichlow (Sugar Rush, Doctor Who) and Aidan Turner (The Clinic) star as housemates trying to live normal lives, despite their strange and dark secrets.

George (Russell Tovey) and Mitchell (Aidan Turner) work in anonymous drudgery as hospital porters. They lead lives of quiet desperation under the burden of a terrible secret – Mitchell is a vampire and George a werewolf. Deciding to start life afresh and leave behind the dark side, they move into a house, only to find that Annie (Lenora Crichlow), the ghost of a woman killed in mysterious circumstances, haunts it. As the monster threesome deals with the challenges of their new life together, they’re united in their desire to blend with their human neighbors.

By all appearances, George is a mild-mannered and geeky guy – except for one night a month when he’s a flesh-hungry, predatory werewolf. Mitchell is good-looking, laid-back and, unlike George, has an easy confidence with the ladies. But he’s also suffering withdrawal from the blood he craves. Annie is chatty, insecure and desperate for company, and now that death has separated them, she longs for her fiance, who owns the house she haunts.

With the unwelcome intruders into their world, a threatened revolution from the vampire underworld and constant threats of exposure – on top of the day-to-day issues faced by young people – the only thing they may be able to rely on in their heightened world, is each other.

As the series begins, the three friends seem to be having a somewhat normal life. Ghost Annie is buoyed by the fact that she’s finally starting to be seen by ordinary people, rather than just by her housemates. Vampire Mitchell has sworn off blood, determined to kick the habit. Even the neurotic and anxious George is in relatively good spirits, putting his monthly transformation in a rampaging werewolf to the back of his mind. But it’s not long before their supernatural conditions catch up with them. The vampire world won’t leave Mitchell alone, and George, who considers the house a sanctuary from his affliction, promptly tears his new home to shreds on the first full moon. Annie is heartbroken all over again when their landlord, her fiance Owen (Greg Chillin), pays a visit and reminds her of everything that she lost by dying. BEING HUMAN premieres Saturday, July 25th @ 9 p.m. EST/PST. Be sure to check back in with SciFiAndTvTalk for weekly episode updates.

BEING HUMAN UNEARTHED is a behind-the-scenes look at BBC America’s highly anticipated new Sci-Fi drama and features exclusive interviews with the cast. Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner speak candidly about what it takes to play a werewolf, a ghost and a vampire. BEING HUMAN UNEARTHED premieres Sunday, July 26th @ 10:30 p.m. EST/PST.

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