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Could Being Human US survive a cast shake-up like the UK version?

What if Aidan, Josh and Nora all left the US version of 'Being Human' -- would you still watch?

I’m nearly speechless (which is a rarity, anyone will tell you) that the UK version of Being Human was able to come back for its fourth season without two of its three roommates¬†(George and Mitchell), as well as George’s significant other, Nina. Admittedly, I haven’t watched the BBC version since the middle of its second season. Although I liked it, I wasn’t loving where the storylines were going (too much George and Nina drama) and Keith decided to watch the US version, so I just jumped on board that train wreck. To top all that off, Annie, the only one left of the original threesome, was always the weakest link, both character-wise (annoying!) and storyline-wise.¬†Creator Toby Whithouse sounds confident that it will work, though, because he’s always relied on the strength of the guest characters.

But in thinking about Being Human US, I cannot imagine how the show could survive without Aidan, Josh and Nora. Again, I find Sally’s storyline to be the least compelling (though far more interesting than Annie’s), though the reaper thingy holds some promise. I can’t stand Suren and the True Blood vibe her and Aidan’s storyline has become (if I wanted to watch blood-smeared vampire sex, I knew where to go, really I did). I already miss the tight bond that the roommates had in season one, and there are no strong guest characters that could support the US version of the show if three of the main four were to make their exits.

Does that speak to the strength of the main cast, or the weakness of the supporting cast? It’s an interesting question. As I watch a show I enjoyed very much during its debut season descend into places I don’t want to follow, it remains to be seen if it even matters. What do you think?

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4 Responses to “Could Being Human US survive a cast shake-up like the UK version?”

February 27, 2012 at 9:53 PM

I actually prefer the US version to the UK one … (rare) … but I agree with your comments about season 2 vs. season 1

I don’t have a problem with any of the storylines (don’t mind Sally) … but I hope the “reaper” comes into play and gets resolved.

February 28, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Wow, I truthfully cannot believe that you think Annie is annoying. Her and George by far were my favorite characters. Mitchell was always too whiney and mopey and I cheered for his death. Lenora Chrichlow is such an amazing actress and brings such life into Annie. She may not get all the flashbacks that the Vampires in the shows seem to get, but she’s hilarious and I’m so glad she stuck around for the 4th series.

February 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I find the characters in the US version SOO BOOOORING and EMO. It’s like watching paint dry, to the point that I can’t actually remember what happened in the episodes of this season. At least the UK show had a bit of humour to it that wasn’t prompted just by some stupid piano music.

They need to lighten up, I had a real problem with the last UK series because it got too dark & lost what made it different to all the other morose vampire stories, but the new UK series has brought it back & THAT is why it’s worked now they have new characters, not because of the characters but because of the stories.

February 28, 2012 at 8:19 PM

I think the main issue I have with the US verison over the english is that it feels its being written by 3 different people because the characters don’t interact with each other that much they just go off with their seperate storylines the strength of the UK series and the concept of the series is the relationship and complications betweeen a ghost, vampire and werewolf living together. Instead were getting the complications of a ghost, vampire and werewolf who happen to live together

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