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Syfy Cancels Being Human And Everything Is Terrible


Late yesterday we found out Syfy’s Being Human would be ending its run at the end of the current season. We had a sad. 

“Showrunner Anna Fricke and the talented producers, writers, cast and crew have done an amazing job bringing this show to life over the past four seasons and we sincerely thank them and the series’ production company Muse Entertainment for their hard work,” Syfy said in a statement yesterday. “They’ve saved the best for last with the final six episodes that revisit the story’s beginning, leading to a not-to-be-missed send-off for Aidan, Sally, Josh and Nora.”

Star Sam Witwer assured fans on twitter the cancellation wasn’t due to anything but a creative choice. “Wanted to tell a great story from beginning to end. We didn’t want to bleed the concept dry Believe it or not -Artistic decision,” he wrote.

It’s not something I can disagree with, most people thought the original UK version of the Toby Whithouse created show should have ended a season sooner (though I enjoyed the last season), but I’m still upset to see it go. I also find it odd they decided to announce the decision in the middle of the season instead of the start but that’s neither here nor there.

We’d occasionally cover the show, mostly because I’m a fan, but it never got much traction. However, when we posted the news on Facebook late yesterday, there was a great deal of disappointment shared. There was also a chorus of people saying the US version wasn’t nearly as good as the British one, which makes me wonder how much of the US version they actually watched. The two began very much the same but Syfy’s version veered in an entirely different direction. While at first resistant of Syfy’s show, I grew to love the characters quite a bit. Though I do highly recommend the original if you haven’t seen it.

Meanwhile, tons of people are still confusing Being Human with Fox’s Almost Human. So, you know, if you’re into that show, make sure you’re tuning in and talking about it, lest Fox pull a Fox. Anyway, here’s a nice video from the cast saying goodbye. Syfy’s Being Human series finale will air April 7.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Jodilyn

    You know when I saw the header about iZombie being a show it seemed like a being human replacement, as she has the ghost and werewolf friends – but it’s more like a Psych replacement.

  • myverysarcasm

    This is really sad. I loved the original BH and I love the US version two. It was so great to have vampire/werewolf shows that are not about teenage love triangles.

    Now the only one that’s left is Bitten.

  • stella

    Aww man. I just started watching this on Netflix. It’s such an awesome show. .

  • Lucine

    I’d be more sad, but it is the way the show producers want the show to end. I’d rather have the show end in a way that makes it still enjoyable and worth watching than see it on life support.

  • http://bayareageekguide.com/ Mike Chen

    There are few shows that make me laugh as much as Being Human. If this is a creative decision, I can live with it but I feel like some of my good friends just told me they’re moving away.

    My favorite line of the series — one that still makes me chuckle when I think about it — is from season 3. Josh: “Stevie Nicks is here? STEVIE NICKS IS HERE!”

  • http://bayareageekguide.com/ Mike Chen

    One thing I may miss more than the actual show is the con panels with the entire cast. They’re sooooooooooooo funny together.

  • Suzanne Larsen

    I watched the UK version first and I was highly skeptical of the US version. It took me a while to warm up to it because I loved George so much on the original. But the show took a hard left after like Season 1 and became its own show. And now I will miss this one too :(

  • Chris Macpherson

    Mixed feelings here, on the one hand I’m sad the show is ending but on the other hand it sounds like they will get to end the show how they want to, and that’s pretty great.

  • http://bayareageekguide.com/ Mike Chen

    Agreed. I was so ready to hate on this with “yet another lame remake” but the Aiden/Josh/Sally chemistry was so strong that they won me over after a few episodes. While I still love the UK group, I actually prefer this one now.

    I hope Sam Witwer fulfills his Starkiller destiny and uses his open schedule to be in Star Wars Episode 7. Or at least record a Darth Maul audio book.

  • myverysarcasm

    It’s funny, but I love the US version for staying truer to the original premise of focusing on the friendship between a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost.

    While I love the original series for daring to show us every uncomfortable dark abyss of the human soul – Mitchell’s arc was basically the study of a sociopath without any excuses to make him seem redeemable.

  • Mrs. Spiderman

    They were just announced for Calgary Expo yesterday. I can’t wait to see them together!

  • Melynda

    I tried to watch this show when it premiered. I preferred the original. To a point.

  • Revolution of Eva

    I like the show but four seasons isn’t a short run, and they might always run the danger of turning into Stargate Season 9. Better to end on a high note.

  • http://thescienceofobsession.tumblr.com/ R.O.U.S.

    I like the show well enough, but I’m also not too torn up over this. (timing seems ok to me) The send off video was rather lovely!

  • John W

    Warehouse 13 is going to be gone soon too. :-(

  • WheelchairNinja

    Pretty much saw it coming. Syfy rarely keeps their shows longer than four seasons, and never more than five (unless of course it’s Ghost Hunters). At least they’ll have time to finish the plot instead of being cancelled on a cliffhanger.

    Being Human and Warehouse 13 both have six more episodes each, and Haven was renewed for a 26-episode fifth season (which likley means is they won’t have a sixth), but after that I won’t have a reason to watch Siffy any more…

  • WheelchairNinja

    What with wanting to come out with a new Star Wars movie every year, not even “cancel Clone Wars and Star Wars 1313 and erase decades of EU cannon” Disney can be stupid enough to not make a Force Unleashed live action spinoff. Right? Please…?

  • WheelchairNinja

    Sorry, but there’s no such thing as a Psych replacement. Ever. ;)

  • demoncat_4

    sad to see it go. but glad that the cast and crew decided to not wear out their welcome or have the show last so long that cast members soon decide to leave and get replaced. like in the original version. or worse do a story where all there have to try and battle the devil.

  • Jodilyn

    Truth.

  • Nat

    Devastated. I wish more people would give this show a chance — BHUS and BHUK are really two different shows and honestly I really preferred this one (even if it doesn’t have Aidan Turner). Glad they’re getting to end it properly.

  • Brittany K

    Very sad about this. On the one hand, it is good that it can go out with it’s dignity in tact, but on the other hand it’s one of those amazing shows that I never wanted to end.

    Here’s hoping they all go on to do great things. I don’t actually care about Star Wars, but I’m really really hoping Sam Witwer will fill his schedule with Episode 7.

  • Robert Anascavage

    I share a similar opinion. I’m sad to see it go, especially as it seems so sudden. I kind of wish they would have announced it earlier. Still, it’s nice that they were able to finish it as they saw fit. As for the UK vs US version, yeah I think it was season 2 where the US one started really gaining traction.

  • Keyser Soze

    This is one of the rare examples of the American version being infinitely superior to the British version. The British version took itself way too seriously, and honestly, the cast itself wasnt anywhere NEAR as likeable as the American cast. It really sucks that SyFy is cancelling one of their few decent shows, just to replace it with a bunch of new crappy “reality” shows im sure.

  • Colin French

    It’s hard to see the method behind Syfy’s madness. It seems like they WANT to be known as the network that ONLY shows pure crap. If they accidentally stumble upon something that is better than pure crap, its days are numbered. (Don’t even get me started about Farscape.) Frankly, on those terms, I’m surprised it lasted this long. I fully expected it to end AFTER the end of any given season on an ever-lasting cliff-hanger. With only handful of episodes left, I’m HOPING they have enough notice to nix whatever cliff-hanger they were previously planning to leave the season on (’cause you KNOW they were) and replace it with an actual ending.

  • Dion Cucuta

    I am not surprised SYFY is cancelling another great show they have a trend of cancelling good shows and giving us stupid ones. I mean lets see how long they keep a show that should be canceled they keep on the air like Paranormal Witness.

  • tressa_4

    I’d say it comes down to money. The obvious SyFy ‘original’ Bitten is nothing more than a rip-off of Being Human. Teeny-bopper fantasy show is right. I’d wager the salaries of the main actors on Being Human were taken into consideration when the cancellation was decided. I also agree with you re lazy writers. This show could have gone on for at least a few more seasons with great story lines.

  • tressa_4

    This will make room for the Jim Henson Muppet whatever…. oh goody.

  • Dion Cucuta

    Yeah thats what we need more “fake” reality tv shows.

  • Joshua Lee Ells

    It started the UK version first, but couldn’t get into it. But I liked the US version right away. I’m going to miss this show.

  • maywin26

    Unfortunate. This was the only thing on Syfy I watched. I seriously don’t understand why they would get rid of the only show I feel is even watchable on the network. I will greatly miss this show. I thought the actors did a great job.

  • Floridian007

    I don’t think it was the show, I think it was marketed on the wrong Channel. SyFy is not to popular, when you have SHOWTIME, HBO, CINEMAX…I think Being Human needs to rebrand the name, and launch it in the Premium Channels. Just like TRUE Blood, a slutty Fairy going around screwing every guy…come on…It just needs to move to a different market on cable. They will get lots of viewers then.

  • IpawnprozCarloz

    Why dont you guys make a Veronica Mars move and ask fan’s to help you get a budget to make a new season and maybe it doesn’t need to get canceled ahaha

  • Jane Doe

    I was all set to dislike the US version after seeing the UK one. After watching a few episodes, I thought ok I like Sally better but prefer Mitchell and George. But by the third season I was all in for the US one. Surprise on me. Sad to see it end, but glad they’re not going to push it beyond where it should go like the UK one did.

  • Anonymous

    I was
    not a regular viewer past the first season but this show was not terrible. I
    liked the views of Boston and will kinda miss it. The sad thing about this cancellation is
    that sci-fi channel really does not have much else worth watching. The
    angriest I have ever been with the sci-fi channel is when they canceled
    Farscape. Cable TV has a vast selection of worthless shows you could not pay me
    to watch yet I pay for the service.

  • Anonymous

    i have decided to give up the SyFy channel permanently,,it breaks my heart but they have done nothing but cancel great shows over the last 4 years,,,actually longer if you go back to SG1,,it spiraled out of control,,like they no longer care what we think of like,,only what THEY think and they are not thinking with their heads at all,,we Scifi addicts dont want reality shows we want entertainment..something that only we can relate to each other with,,syfy has become like every other channel…all reality and no entertainment,,they run a show for a few seasons cancel it and throw on something like that stupid past and future game show that bored me to tears,,i dont even know if it finished or not,,didnt care,,,but when great shows end,,i knew it,,so rather than keep losing i quit,,as of the series finale of Being human,,,im switching off SYFY and removing it from my favorite channels i may even shut my tv off for good,,im sick of all the crap there is NOTHING good on tv any more,,so why waste my time,,,maybe i can learn to paint,,,

  • ophelia

    NOOOOO!!!

  • midwestlasvegas

    Agreed, thank you! First Warehouse 13, and now this, but they keep their stupid ghost shows! WTF?

  • midwestlasvegas

    Agreed Mike, I really loved this cast!

  • Kev Lane

    Load of cow excrement if you ask me!