I love the UK version of Being Human. It’s smart, funny and daring. It’s everything I want from the type of show that it is, and frankly I thought it would be horrible when I first gave it a try. The premise sounded too silly: A vampire a werewolf and a ghost share a flat. I mean that’s the set-up for a joke, right?
And, of course, there is a US version.
That’s my problem. That “of course.” I have nothing against Being Human US personally. I am not a fan of it, really, at all, but my issue with it is simply that it exists.
Why can we not make our own new shows instead of doing weaker remakes? Yeah, given the difference between US/UK TV seasons, the US versions branch out and become their own thing eventually and all – but wouldn’t we, as an audience, be better served by creators just doing new shows?
Hey, the Office is fine and all but it is trumped by Parks and Rec, guess which started off as an original idea and not a UK Remake. Yeah. And, uhm, forgive the non-SF moment there.
I am just deeply sick of this feeling that US show runners have to remake shows instead of finding brand new visions. How often does the role get reversed? How many UK remakes of great US shows are there? I’ll wait here while you check, because the number is so low you won’t have trouble getting it in the car to drag back here.
Seriously though, if SyFy needed a new vampire show, wouldn’t it have been better served making one rather than hindering itself by importing Being Human and then having to launch from where it was, hoping to grow into its own thing? Wouldn’t the show, the actors, the audience all be better served by something wholly original from the jump?
Was anyone served by Life on Mars being remade? Max Headroom was at least just based off a small British skit, so it isn’t a remake so much as an outgrowth – a fine line but one I’ll walk.
I want to call a moratorium on remakes. Let’s create the new and really reach out and make the best TV we can. We need to demand that no one take the easy way and just water down an existing show for consumption.
They treat us like we aren’t in a global market, as if we’re somehow not going to notice a remake or be able to compare them. As if the remake doesn’t always suffer when compared.
They treat us like we aren’t worth the work.
But we are. And we need to make that clear.