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The BBC has canceled the original Being Human

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The BBC has staked, exorcized, shot with a silver bullet and otherwise destroyed the original Being Human TV series, announcing its cancelation after the upcoming fifth season earlier today. Here's part of the BBC's press release:

Rob Pursey, the show's executive producer, Touchpaper says: "Working on Being Human has been a truly great experience. From the first one-hour pilot, all the way through to this climactic series, we've been given real creative freedom and encouragement. It's a credit to BBC Three that such an unusual idea has been allowed to flourish and evolve in its own unique way.

"I'd like to take the chance to thank Toby Whithouse (creator and writer) for his incredible writing and storytelling; the other screenwriters who've made the series their own; the three producers who've nurtured the show; and the many directors who've helped us establish the show's unique tone. Being Human has also opened the door to new acting talent, including some incredibly exciting younger actors, which is a legacy we all feel proud of. We will miss Being Human, but feel inspired that there is a place for series like this on British television."

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Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three, says: "Being Human has been a fantastic and faithful friend to BBC Three. It's featured some truly exceptional actors and storylines through the years and I'd like to thank Toby and the production team for their vision and passion. However, all good things come to an end and at BBC Three we're committed to breaking new shows and new talent and who better to pass that baton on than Toby."

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So everybody loves the show and it's perfect but you're gonna cancel it anyways. Got it. Oh well, at least series creator Toby Whithouse is taking it well (from his blog):

We must remember too that the remit of BBC Three is to encourage and support new talent, to give them opportunities to make television, to test out new ideas and formats. In that sense Being Human is perhaps a victim of its own success. We can't really call ourselves a new show anymore, and much as I'd like to think of myself as a young thrusting new talent and not a bitter old war horse, the reality is we have a duty to move aside and make space for the next Being Human.

But much like the cast change from seasons 3 to 4, we viewed the news as an opportunity. It meant I could actually write a climax for the show, instead of it just popping out to the shops at the end of season 5 and never coming back. You've no idea how rare that is in television, and what a great opportunity it is to write something suitably definitive and satisfactory.

Consequently we've created what I hope you'll agree is an epic, thrilling and shocking finale that'll keep the fans guessing and speculating for years to come.

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So the BBC is going to cancel Being Human to make way for a new Being Human? Whatever. At least we have the American adaptation. And when SyFy cancels it to put on a show about ghost wrestlers (is it about ghosts who wrestle each other? Or people who wrestle ghosts? You'll have to watch the first episode to find out!) at least they'll have the courtesy not to explain their decision to anybody.

[Via Blastr]

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James Whitbrook

This'll sound a bit weird, but don't blame the BBC in general, blame Zai Bennett's management of BBC 3 (Don't blame the BBC, blame... the BBC! Told you it'd sound weird).

In the past 4 years they've been offloading (Torchwood, Gavin and Stacey) and cancelling (Doctor Who Confidential, Two Pints, The Fades and now Being Human) their big hits in favour of commissioning new shows, even when the shows they've cancelled to make way for them are immensely popular. And arguably, looking at their current output, you can't say that's really done all that well for them recently.

It'd be understandable given the financial strains the BBC are coming under, but surely tossing out your sure-fire successes and gambling it all on new commissions... it just strikes me as an utterly bizarre way to manage the Channel. Then again, I'm not in TV, so what do I know, I guess!