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'Haven' Renewed for Season 3

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 12th 2011 2:30PM
HavenThe supernaturally inclined citizens of Haven, Maine will stick around for one more season.

Syfy has renewed the hit series 'Haven' for a third season. The 13-episode Season 3 is set to air in 2012.

Based on the Stephen King novella 'The Colorado Kid,' 'Haven' follows FBI Agent Audrey Parker who stumbles upon a small town and discovers that its residents harbor supernatural abilities.

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TV's Sexiest Vampires: 'True Blood,' Vampire Diaries,' 'Moonlight' & More!

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 23rd 2011 12:30PM
Bill, Eric, True BloodOh, to be Sookie Stackhouse.

Simple waitress one day, object of affection for multiple supernatural beings the next -- it's a hard life she leads.

Alas, we can't all have multiple sexy vampires fawning over us. Instead we'll all have to make due with watching the new season of 'True Blood' when it premieres on HBO at 9PM Sunday night. In the meantime, and in honor of the Bill-Sookie-Eric love triangle, I've compiled a list of the sexiest vampires to ever grace TV screens.

Check out who made the cut after the jump, then weigh in on your favorite sexy vampires.

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SyFy Renews 'Being Human' for Season 2

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 18th 2011 7:40AM
'Being Human'SyFy has announced that it is renewing supernatural drama 'Being Human' for a second season.

In a statement, Mark Stern, SyFy President of Original Content, said the series "has proven to be a winner for Syfy on all fronts. ... Showrunners/writers Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke -- along with a superlative team of writers, cast, and production -- have created an amazing, compelling series in its own right. We can't wait to watch Aidan, Josh and Sally continue their struggle to be human in the second season!"

Based on the hit British series of the same name, 'Being Human' is Syfy's most successful winter season scripted series launch in six years. It's also the channel's most female-skewing scripted series ever.

The drama follows the trials and tribulations of three friends sharing a brownstone (and plenty of secrets) in Boston. Their lives are made more complicated than most because one's a vampire, one's a werewolf and one's a ghost.

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Giveaway Alert! The British 'Being Human' on DVD

by Kelly Woo, posted Feb 25th 2011 5:30PM
Being Human DVD giveawayThe British series 'Being Human' premiered its third season on BBC America last week, but if you're new to the show, here's your chance to catch up on the first and second seasons. If you already know and love it, this is the perfect time to start a re-watch.

We're giving away three sets of 'Being Human Season One' and 'Being Human Season Two' on DVD.

For those not familiar with the premise of the series (or its American off-shoot on Syfy), 'Being Human' tells the story of a vampire, werewolf and ghost who are roommates. Together, they help each other deal with the quirks and dangers of their supernatural states.

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'Skins' Ratings Drop Dramatically, ABC Orders Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Pilot and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 25th 2011 6:00PM
SkinsLooks like all that 'Skins' controversy might not have paid off for MTV.

The show's second episode, which aired last night without a brand-new 'Jersey Shore' lead-in, fell 52 percent in the ratings, according to Entertainment Weekly. Though the premiere drew 3.3 million viewers, only 1.6 million tuned in yesterday.

Also down in the ratings was NBC's 'The Cape,' which was down 38 percent this week, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In other TV news ...

While Syfy's American version of 'Being Human' continues to forge its own way, BBC America announced the third season premiere date for the original flavor. The British series will premiere Feb. 19. [EW]

Oprah's big family secret reveal paid off for her, ratings-wise. Yesterday's 'Oprah Winfrey Show,' where the host revealed she had a half sister she never knew about, scored a 9.6 rating -- that's the show's highest in six years. [THR]

David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' pilot is now a go, and now it has a possible director. 'The O.C.''s McG is reportedly the one execs want to helm the show. [TVLine]

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'Being Human' Season 1, Episode 2 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 25th 2011 11:20AM
being human syfy['Being Human': 'There Goes the Neighborhood, Part 2']

And here we go again with the gloomy.

Before picking up where last week's 'Being Human' cliffhanger left off, we got an interesting cold open that offered a look at our heroes' origins. (Hmmm, I guess we probably shouldn't call them heroes, should we? Antiheroes? No, that seems like a bit of a stretch. How about tortured souls? That sounds good -- oh wait! Do vampires have souls? ... I'll have to think about that one.) The quick flashback scenes were sad, intriguing, somewhat intense and visually interesting. I suppose that description could also sum up the show so far.

Syfy's take on 'Being Human' isn't great TV (yet), but it's not terrible, as some fans of the original U.K. series were predicting. I still wish the show was a little more fun and engaging, but it's a million times better than 'The Cape,' the other genre show that airs at 9PM ET on Monday nights. I know that may not sound like high praise (because 'The Cape' is truly god-awful), but I really do like this show. I still find Josh (Sam Huntington) a little whiney and annoying, and I'm not exactly thrilled about the prospect of watching poor dead Sally (Meaghan Rath) pine over her husband all season, but I'm still hooked on 'Being Human.'

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'Being Human' Cast on Nudity, 'No Touching' and Keeping Secrets

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Jan 18th 2011 4:00PM

Yes, on its surface, 'Being Human' is about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost cohabitating under one roof; but it's not all about the supernatural. Imported to North America from the UK (isn't that the trend nowadays?), 'Being Human' takes a sometimes-snide look at what it's like living with a secret and how we all try so desperately to be 'normal,' whatever that is.

Co-starring Sam Witwer ('Smallville,' 'Battlestar Galactica') as the vampire, Sam Huntington ('Not Another Teen Movie,' 'Detroit Rock City') as the werewolf and Meaghan Rath ('18 to Life,' 'Heartland') as the ghost, the trio of 'Being Human' has an incredible chemistry and humorous rapport, which is apparent during the interview. TV Squad sat down to talk to the cast about nudity, secrets and how these roles have impacted their daily lives.

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'Talking TV' Podcast Gabs about 'American Idol,' 'Being Human,' 'Fairly Legal' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 18th 2011 1:30PM
January's very busy mid-season rolls on, bringing a lot of premieres and returns. In this week's Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast, Ryan McGee and I mention in passing many of mid-January's new programs, but we discuss a few of the recent arrivals in depth.

The four shows we talked about at length make for an oddball quartet: 'Parks and Recreation,' 'American Idol,' 'Fairly Legal' and 'Being Human.' We did have brief discussions of a few other shows in the first portion of the podcast. But see if you can tell from the photo on this post which show we liked best.

The running times for this week's podcast are below.

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'Being Human' Series Premiere Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 18th 2011 12:15PM
being human syfy pilot['Being Human' – 'There Goes the Neighborhood']

Syfy's new spin on 'Being Human' isn't straying too far from the original cult BBC series ... yet. The setup -- a vampire and a werewolf share an apartment with a ghost -- hasn't changed, and, like the original show, the new version follows the three supernatural twentysomethings as they attempt to live "normal" human lives.

Several scenes of this new pilot played like they were carried over from the the UK version's first episode, but with new actors taking on the lead roles. But that won't be the case for future outings; word is that 'Bieng Human' U.S. will start to stray from the events of the original series later this season.

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'Being Human' Arrives on These Shores with Fangs, Claws and Problems Intact

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 17th 2011 10:15AM
Syfy's remake of the cult British show 'Being Human' was always going to be a tricky endeavor.

Fans of the original series, which airs on BBC America, are likely to turn up their noses at a revamp of the U.K. show, which chronicles the lives of twentysomething roommates who happen to be a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire.

Truth be told, the British 'Being Human' had some flaws that I thought a remake might successfully address. In an ideal world, a U.S. 'Being Human' would attract new fans unaware of the original show by deftly exploring its themes of identity and self-doubt and jettisoning what didn't work about the UK drama.

Unfortunately the new version of 'Being Human' (9PM ET Monday, Syfy) is more repetitive, clunky and melodramatic than the previous one. In a pop-culture universe saturated with vampire fare, 'Being Human' is unlikely to dislodge 'True Blood' or 'The Vampire Diaries' in the hearts and minds of TV viewers who enjoy bloodsucker tales.

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Exclusive 'Being Human' Clip, Plus T-Shirt and Syfy iPod Giveaway

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 10th 2011 10:15AM
being human syfy castSally is the kind of girl who would die to get noticed -- if she wasn't already dead. In 'Being Human,' Syfy's new spin on the hit BBC series, the gorgeous ghost (Meaghan Roth) shares a Boston home with two unlikely bedfellows, a vampire (Sam Witwer) and a werewolf (Sam Huntington).

'Being Human' follows the twentysomething trio as they struggle to curb their dark supernatural desires in order to blend in with the human world around them.

The show premieres Jan. 17 at 9PM ET on Syfy, but you can get a taste now by streaming an exclusive clip, featuring Sally meeting her new roommates for the first time, after the jump.

Plus: TV Squad is giving away a specially-made 'Being Human' T-shirt and a Syfy branded iPod. To enter the giveaway, scroll down to the bottom of the post for details.

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BBC America Revamps 'Supernatural Saturdays' and Signals Move to Original Programming

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 6th 2011 7:30AM
'Doctor Who logoIs BBC America angling to become the new TV home of serious sci fi? With the recent cancelations of 'Caprica' and 'Stargate: Universe,' and the fate of 'V' and 'Fringe' hanging in the balance, it hasn't been a great winter for fans of ambitious, scripted sci fi series.

Now, however, comes news that even though it won't be showing the new season of fan favorite 'Torchwood', BBC America has decided to champion the sci fi genre, and is adding a daytime block of sci fi programming pairing 'The X Files' with with 'Doctor Who' reruns. We also hear exciting news that the channel is moving toward making its own original programming for the first time.

The New Year has brought a revamp of BBC America's primetime "Supernatural Saturdays," which the channel says demonstrates its commitment to sci fi. In this slot, the channel is rolling out three all-new co-productions: 'Primeval', 'Outcasts' and 'Bedlam.' It will also be home to new seasons of 'Doctor Who' and 'Being Human'.

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Watch a Teaser for Syfy's 'Being Human'

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 6th 2010 2:30PM
'Being Human'It sounds like the setup for a "man walks into a bar" joke, or at least an oddball sitcom: a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire live in a house together.

But no, Syfy's remake of the BBC series 'Being Human,' which follows a twentysomething trio of roommates who also happen to be a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire, is more of a soapy drama than anything else -- think 'Melrose Place' with a supernatural twist.

E! Online has the first look at the new show, which debuts on Jan. 17. (Coincidentally, MTV's remake of the hit British series 'Skins' premieres that same night.)

After the jump, watch the short behind-the-scenes teaser.

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Five British TV Shows to Catch on DVD

by Nick Zaino, posted Oct 3rd 2010 1:30PM
British TV is definitely more visible in America these days. BBC America reaches about 68 million homes, according to its press site, and features a few shows every TV fan probably recognizes, like 'Doctor Who' and 'Top Gear.' But it's still behind some of its basic cable brethren.

According to TV By the Numbers, the April premiere of 'Doctor Who' series 5 set ratings records for the network with 1.2 million viewers. That's a lot of people, but dwarfed in comparison to the 5.3 million who watched the 'Jersey Shore' season 2 debut in July.

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'Being Human' DVD Giveaway

by Alicia Roda, posted Jul 21st 2010 7:00PM
With a plot surrounding three twenty-somethings that live double lives as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost, BBC show 'Being Human' isn't your run-of-the-mill hit TV show. But with reviews like: 'frighteningly good" and "compelling, self-aware and funny," it appears it's on its way to becoming a huge one.

'Being Human' -- season 2 premiering Sat., July 24 at 10PM ET on BBC America -- was a massive success overseas before being imported to the US. Starring Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner and Lenora Crichlow as the troubled leads, the unique series fuses elements from all over the genre spectrum - sci-fi, drama, comedy, romance - and does so seamlessly.

Giveaway details after the jump.

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