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Syfy Renews Being Human

I don’t try to hide the fact that I’ve been very critical of Syfy Channel because of their decisions to cancel shows like Caprica and Stargate Universe.  Both shows were ones I enjoyed a greatly deal and appeal to my science fiction roots.

I haven’t had a chance to post about it, but I’ve very much enjoyed the US version of Being Human that Syfy has been showing.  Its a different kind of SciFi than I normally watch, but its been fun.  Being Human is targeted at the demographic that Syfy wants to capture versus the hardcore nerd/geek SciFi fans like me.  In fact nearly 53% of Being Human’s audience is women.  In fact this is the channel’s most female-skewing series to have aired.

That’s big for a network channel like Syfy that has predominantly targeted men.  Shows like Being Human have allowed them to expand their target audience at the expense of traditional SciFi shows like SGU and Caprica.  In this I’m not really that upset because I really do enjoy Being Human.

It is also interesting to note Being Human has averaged 1.8 million viewers, making it the network’s most successful winter scripted series launch since 2005.  And what was the show that premiered in winter 2005?  Just a little show called Battlestar Galactica.

Needless to say, its pretty big for Syfy that Being Human has pulled in such good ratings.  Because of the high rating Syfy Channel has renewed the show for another season.  Presumably it will continue to be shown Monday nights at 10:00 EST, but with Syfy you never know.  They have quite the habit of moving their shows all over the schedule after SciFi Fridays went away.

Syfy programming president Mark Stern provided some comments of his own on the renewal of Being Human:

“Being Human has proven to be a winner for Syfy on all fronts. Using the original format as inspiration, 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!”

I’m glad Syfy is on board with continuing this show.  I’ve come to enjoy it a good deal and would hate to see it get cancelled just when things are getting good.  At the very least we have 13 more episodes of Being Human guaranteed.  Any additional episodes are an unknown.


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