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In Case You Don't Get Those Fancy European Channels

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | October 29, 2009 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | October 29, 2009 |

Science fiction fans have a love-hate relationship with the SyFy channel. They gave us “Farscape,” but then they took it away. “Battlestar Galactica” was just about the highlight of the last decade’s science fiction television, but then there’s the unfortunate professional wrestling on the channel. SyFy introduced many Americans to “Doctor Who,” but then never gave us “Torchwood” and only broadcast the dear Doctor on a six month remove from the BBC broadcast.

So when SyFy announces that they’ll be remaking “Being Human” for American audiences, us science fiction connoisseurs pucker with trepidation. Is there some pressing requirement to make it more sensitive to the particular cultural milieu of American twenty-something vampires, werewolves and ghosts? Is there something so positively British in the show’s current portrayal of supernatural youth that us Americans could not hope to understand it? If British teeth are really as bad as we hear, are the fangs of British vampires equally as frightening?

I haven’t seen the original “Being Human,” although it’s doing well enough in the ratings in Britain and seems to enjoy a favorable following, but is it really necessary to remake a television series that is actually being broadcast concurrently over on BBC America? I know that’s not quite as mainstream as USA and Fox but it seems a vaguely absurd proposition, one that would be better served by paying for licensing and spending the saved money on another show, like “Twilight: The Series.”

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.