With the deluge of supernatural-themed properties blanketing the pop-culture landscape, it takes courage to add one more project -- especially when it’s a remake of a current popular U.K. television series. Based on the BBC show of the same name, Syfy's Being Human centers on a ghost, a vampire and a werewolf who end up living together in an effort to hold on to what’s left of their fragile humanity.
Executive producers (and husband-and-wife team) Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke sat down with the press at Comic-Con International in San Diego to discuss their hit show and what fans can expect to see in the second season. “Obviously, the theme of this show is turning away from your monster to try and be human," Carver said. "I think this year each and every character of our main three is going to be faced with a situation where they’re going to stare their own monster in the face -- and there are some times when you want that big guy on your side and it’s not always for good reasons."
“What we keep saying in the writer’s room this season is the more human these people try to become, the more monstrous they become,” Fricke said. Carver echoed this sentiment, adding, “I think you’re going to see them, regretfully or not, embracing this inner monster a little bit more."
Sam Witwer (Smallville, Battlestar Galactica), who plays the stoic vampire Aidan, spoke about how his character will be tested next season. "Well, he's been commanded to step up and lead,” he said, “but if there's a rule on this show it is basically that nothing ever goes to plan and things go wrong very, very quickly.”
When it was finally his turn to speak, Sam Huntington (Fanboys, Superman Returns) turned the tables on the press by pulling out his digital camera and recording everyone for his Syfy vlog. "I'm taping you guys taping me!" he announced gleefully.
Huntington was asked whether he’s ever met Russell Tovey, the actor who plays his werewolf counterpart on the British version, to which he replied, "I haven't. In fact, I just tweeted him the other day. I was like: 'Are you going to be at Comic-cCn?' They're not here. And he was like: 'No, mate, but I'm going to be in L.A., so we should get a coffee."
Carver and Fricke talked a bit about where things stood for Huntington's character Josh and his girlfriend Nora after her miscarriage. “What happened to her is something of great interest in our next season," Carver promised.
The producers were also asked about whether the cold and calculating vampire Bishop, played by Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural), would ever make a return. "I think it's safe to say we have not seen the last of Bishop in whatever form,” Fricke said.
To avoid being influenced too heavily by the British version, both producers have made a conscious choice to avoid seeing any of that show's second season. "We haven't [watched it], and it's not like out of spite or anything, because we love the show,” Fricke said. “It was just to sort of free ourselves so we could just keep going down the track that we were going down with our writers.”
Fricke, who hails from the East Coast, talked about the decision to have Being Human set in Boston. "We wanted to avoid the South because of True Blood and Vampire Diaries, and we wanted to avoid the Northwest because of Twilight, so we sort of went: 'Let's do something different.’ That's why our vampires are like -- Aidan's from the Revolutionary War instead of the Civil War." Carver further explained that the background offered by a city like Boston was a big selling point. "The history that we could tap into, it made a lot of sense," he said.
When the couple was asked what it’s like to both write and produce a hit show alongside your spouse, Fricke responded that she and Carver have a successful method of coping. "We definitely do divide and conquer. I think because we sort of have to and that has been -- I mean It's been a real challenge," she said. "I think first season we were sort of figuring out how to juggle everything and get home in time to put the kids to bed. But I think we've actually found a good balance in terms of sort of running the office and dealing with production."
Being Human returns in 2012.