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BBC American just announced it’s bringing two more new sci-fi shows to the U.S. this year One of them, “Survivors,” sounds suspiciously like “Stephen King’s The Stand: The Series.” We’re also getting “Being Human,” about a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost who team up to fight crime. Which sounds to me like the latter days of “Angel,” when the title character dated a werewolf and hung out with an intangible blonde guy. I’m certain our limey cousins will tell us in talkback whether these projects are worth the valuable time of hard-working Americans. Look! Press release!
BBC AMERICA ANNOUNCES THREE SCI FI DRAMAS –BEING HUMAN, SURVIVORS AND A NEW SEASON OF PRIMEVAL BBC AMERICA today announced three highly anticipated sci-fi dramas: BBC AMERICA co-production Being Human and the acquisitions of Survivors and a new season of Primeval. All three shows will premiere later in 2009. • Being Human (6 x 60), a Touchpaper Television and BBC AMERICA co-production for the BBC, distributed by RDF Rights, part of the RDF Media Group. • Survivors (1 x 90, 5 x 60), a BBC production distributed by BBC Worldwide. • Primeval (10 x 60), an Impossible Pictures production for ITV, distributed by BBC Worldwide. BEING HUMAN - U.S. PREMIERE Mixing the mythic with the commonplace, the farcical with the horrific and the domestic with the epic, this BBC AMERICA co-production is a witty and extraordinary look into the lives of three twenty-somethings and their secret double-lives – as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. The trio do their best to live their lives as normally as possible, despite their strange and dark secrets. But with unwelcome intruders into their world, a threatened revolution from the vampire underworld and constant threats of exposure – on top of the day-to-day issues faced by young people – the only thing they may be able to rely on in their heightened world, is each other. SURVIVORS - U.S. PREMIERE The chilling new apocalyptic drama, Survivors, focuses on the world in the aftermath of a virus that has wiped out 99% of the human race. The lonely few who remain struggle to start over in a devastated world where everything that was once safe and familiar is now strange and dangerous. At the center of the story is a bewildered but resilient group of survivors led by Abby Grant (Julie Graham), a woman whose strength comes from a burning need to find out if her young son is still alive. This brave new world brings an opportunity for new beginnings, but also terrible dangers – not just the daily struggle for food and water, but a deadly threat from other survivors. PRIMEVAL - U.S. PREMIERE Sci-fi thriller Primeval roars back onto BBC AMERICA. When evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall) discovers prehistoric creatures alive and well in the present day, the natural world is turned on its head and humanity faces a threat to its very existence. Unexplained anomalies are ripping holes in the fabric of time, allowing creatures to roam the modern world. In the new season Cutter struggles with the death of his assistant and his wife’s betrayal, while the cloak of secrecy behind which they’ve been working is beginning to slip. For up-to-the-minute information on BBC AMERICA, forthcoming U.S. premieres, art work and news from the channel, log on to BBC AMERICA brings audiences a new generation of award-winning television featuring news with a uniquely global perspective, provocative dramas, razor-sharp comedies and life-changing makeovers. BBC AMERICA pushes the boundaries to deliver high quality, highly addictive and eminently watchable programming to viewers who demand more. BBC AMERICA is distributed by Discovery Networks. It is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 64 million homes.

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  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Less BBC More Lost Talkback

    by mordiceius

    C'mon, we're dyin' here.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST

    US uber alles?

    by andrew1911uk

    Not on my Aintitcool! <br /> International coverage FTW.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST


    by technotranceporter

    No one cares. What about Lost??!! Need spoilers...will to live

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Great to hear

    by decypher44

    I miss Primeval. Fun show. I'm actually a little surprised that there aren't any monthly/weekly talkbacks for BBCA shows in general. Skins S1-2 was great! S3 (through ep2 for me) is so-so. Fingers crossed for the rest of S3.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Being Human

    by King Sweyn Forkbeard

    Is not bad. Interesting (if cliched) premise, if they keep it nice and dark it should be worth a regular watch. <P> Survivors is a PC nightmare. A nice, ethnically diverse group of people survive the apocalypse, and prove themselves to be (with one notable exception) complete idiots with no idea of how to carve out a piece of the world for themselves and hold on to it. <P> Primeval is just dire.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST


    by meldy

    Well Survivors is a remake of a 1975 BBC show of the same name - which predates The Stand by about three years. The original was written by Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks. Having said that, this remake was ok - nothing spectacular, but solid nonetheless.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:31 p.m. CST

    i like survivors

    by monster man

    only been six episodes shown over hear but i realy liked it , basicaly i flu like plague wipes out 90% of the population and a few survivors team up to try and stay alive which becomes more difficult than you would imagine , there are a few crappy moments but generaly pretty emtertaining and worth a look.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:31 p.m. CST


    by Stickman83

    Hell, even the main character name is "Abby"... as in "Abigail Freemantle", the old woman from The Stand. What gives?

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Being Human is worth a watch...

    by hardy24

    But it's not scooby doo or anything, they don't really fight crime they simply living together and trying to deal with being a vampire whose on the wagon, a werewolf who wouldn't hurt a fly when in human form and a ghost who can't seem to move on.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST


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  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Is LOST still on?

    by Willyer Hero

    Because there's no talkback for it. C'mon Herc.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST


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  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST


    by p5mmr9


  • ?

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    tly, where is the LOST Talkback???!!!!

    by brolly


  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by Savage Lucy

    Why don't you have a little tea party with your stuffed animals while you wait for the Lost talkback? You: Ms. Polly Prissypants, do you think Charles Widmore is the father of Faraday AND Charlotte? MPPP: Ooh, I never thought of that, you are so smart and clever and soooo cool. Clyde T. Frog: No he's not! He's a sad little wanker who sits around hitting refresh waiting for his precious Lost talkback to be posted.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST wtf is Lost talk?

    by Drebin

    It's almost 4 p.m. dudes! Wake up! <taps monitor>

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Stickman83 - the Abby character

    by Mazzer

    Abby was the name of the character in the original BBC series in the 70s. As someone else in this thread said, the BBC show came before The Stand.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Being Human

    by HewligansHaircut

    Yup - seen the first 2 episodes. Very enjoyable. Has a quirky, comedic side, but a very dark and violent undertone... Would recommend watching if you can...

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Survivors Vs The Stand

    by magnius

    Nice to see that Herc is a fucking moron! "The Stand" was first published in 1978..."Survivors" is based on a show from 1975! So "The Stand" rips of "Survivors" you fucktard!

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST

    And it is a carbon copy of the original 1975 series

    by elab49

    A simple check on IMDB might have helped there, Herc :) Not particularly great, either - a couple of good actors, but repeating something from 3 decades ago helps explain why the last thing it feels is original.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST

    A copy, but not a Carbon one

    by simhedges

    There are significant differences between Survivors 2008 and Survivors 1975. Some characters are completely new, others re-invented. The 2008 series is an improvement in everything except length (far fewer episodes).

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Being Human

    by TinSpider

    Not as good as the pilot. The original cast was much better and the chemistry between the new lot is awkward. Survivors is a remake of a british show from 1975 (originally Terry Nation - the original creator of the Daleks).. That's three years before The Stand was published so who's influenced who?

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST


    by lfhlaw

    This sounds very much like Jeremiah, though maybe less...militaristic maybe. Jeremiah involved a virus that basically killed everyone older than 27 i think it was....... I guess only difference is that instead of being in america, they're in the UK?

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Being Human

    by chrismk

    It's the best home produced show on British TV at the moment (and in some years). It's funny, dark, contains great characters, creepy and brilliant. An absolute must see!

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Best of British? NOPE!

    by spud mcspud


  • Feb. 4, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Best of British? NOPE!

    by spud mcspud

    SURVIVORS is okay, a bit BBC PC obsessed, but it does have a few interesting characters, and is much, much better than...<P> HUMAN NATURE, which is so obsessed by its subtext (okay, werewolf = metaphor for being gay, we get it. Vampire = metaphor for being effete, wanky and a bit of a snob) and how clever and metropolitan it is, when it's actually a dreary, boring, cliched pile of wank that couldn't be worse if it were written by Russell T Davies. And when you hear that RTD wanted the werewolf guy as the next Doctor... Yep, that's how awful it COULD have been for new Who. Fucking woeful. Though nowhere near as bad as...<P> NO HEROICS. A truly dire, Godawful mess of a "comedy" that manages to make no sense, have no fun and present us with no decent characters (well, Don could be interesting... maybe) whatsoever. The Hotness is a twat - and not a twat we like, care about or identifiy with, just wish that he'd die horribly and quickly. The electro-girl is just a two-dimensional prick. The big girl is the typical big girl caricature - wants to be loved, is vulnerable, uses her strength to hide behind, etc etc etc. The bad guy is a wanker of a yuppie rip-off who deserves a dreadful death. There is no redeeming feature here AT ALL. Avoid with eveyrthing you've got.<P> The good stuff?<P> DEAD SET is phenomenal. Yes, it rips off every zombie drama you've ever seen, from the original DAWN OF THE DEAD to 28 DAYS LATER to SHAUN OF THE DEAD. Yes, it's very dark, very black-humour funny, very twisted. Jaime Winston is very irritating, but at least we do eventually care about what happens to her. The obvious swipes at TV and the transitory nature of celebrity, plus the disgusting deification of Z-list celebs that we have going on here in the UK (which will hopefully die a death when Jade Goody actually does die of this cancer she has, and everyone who ever laughed at her realises that was a real girl with real problems who they'd used as a fucking scapegoat to offload their shit at, and who just wanted to try her best in a shit fucking world that never cared one iota for her) are handled brilliantly and with a fair bit of originality by Charlie Brooker, who is a genius, and awesome writer and second most miserable bastard in Britain next to me.<P> DEAD SET is a blast from start to finish. Avoid all the others like a politically-correct plague, which is exactly what they are.<P> Oh, and PRIMEVAL is great fun. Just don't expect Shakespeare, and you should have a good time with it.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    BBC America sucks

    by geekzapoppin

    They edit the shit out of everything they show. Plus, they actually add SUBTITLES to shows like SKINS because the majority of Bush-lovin' Americans can't understand their own language if it has a different accent. It's not just BBC America, sadly. Even our news programs will add subtitles for the brain-impaired if somebody even has the slightest bit of an accent. It drives me nuts. Looks like good ol' Bittorrent for me if I want to watch these shows.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Actually, as others have posted

    by dogrobber

    Terry Nation's 'Survivors' predated 'The Stand' by several years. Nigel Kneale's 'Quatermass and the Pit' predated 'Tommyknockers'. Department 7 of 'The Omega Factor' predates his use of 'The Shop' (okay, that one was a stretch). I've often wondered if Mr. King somehow had access to UK tv of the 60's and 70's, because quite a few of his books seem to take their starting points from old BBC shows (then go off in completely unique directions).

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    I forgot to mention

    by dogrobber

    'Being Human' ain't half bad although I think it would have been better with the original vamp. The 70's 'Survivors' is better than the remake, to me, because the original conveys the sense of loneliness and doom & gloom better - maybe just because of the originals lower budget and less glossy cinematography/no HD. The writing on 'Primeval' makes 'Torchwood' look good, and I would stop watching, but it has dinos that leap out of pools and eat divers, and is hinting at neat time travel/dimension stuff, so it sucks me back in (like 'Fringe' last night, or the way 'Surface' was towards the end).

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Angel-esque? Fuck off.

    by supertoyslast

    There is no crime fighting involved in Being Human. It's like This Life with the undead.

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Best Of British? No chance.

    by Lloytron

    Survivors is terrible. It's not as bad as Demons, but that is the only positive thing I have to say about it.<p>Being Human is good though, at least so far. We are only two episodes in after all. How the author of this article can compare it to Angel is totally beyond me, apart from the fact that it has vampires in it.<p>As Spud McSpud says, you want a decent edgy British drame then Dead Set is the one to watch out for. The set up is contrived (Zombie invasion during Big Brother) but the finale is something else altogether, and is probably the most horrific piece of video that I have seen in years. (That's a good thing :P)

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST

    There's a storm comin!

    by Alientoast

    HIS STORM!!!

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 8:39 p.m. CST

    BBC America continues to impress me

    by Arcangel2020

    One of the great things about having the Dish Network is getting BBC America on the plan. I started watching the BBC news and then noticed that the network was showing epsiodes of the new Dr. Who which I started paying attention to on the Sci-hapless-fi Network (which is a MAJOR and Sad disppointment to a Sci Fi Fan like me!)..I have seen a few Torchwood episodes which are decent...but I didn't really care all that much for Primeval...that was kind of disappointing as far as I was concernend (a good idea/ just bugged me in a major undefinable way for some reason). The two new shows mentioned here sound promisng and I look forward to seeing them in the future. All in all though, I like BBC America, it is a Network that shows some interesting tv shows and is a pleasure to watch if you can get it on Satelliete TV

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 8:48 p.m. CST


    by medicinaluser

    They DONT fight crime fuck knows where you got that from, anyway the original Pilot which can be viewed here was Awsomeness. <BR><BR> The recast reboot which can be seen on Iplayer (first 2 episodes) is more Old Being Human crossed with 90210. <BR><BR> Shame they fucked up something that looked very very promising.

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Being Human is not 90210

    by FamousEccles

    the werewolf, ghost and vampire share a house and are just trying to get by without murdering anybody but stuff keeps happening to them - and they most certainly do not fight crime nor are they heroes - and based on episode 1 it is good

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 12:33 a.m. CST

    pay no attention to HERC

    by lynxpro

    ...he seems to think that Joss Whedon invented television and every tv series worthy of watching had to have penned by him. Of course, Herc's behavior is no more obnoxious than say the multitude of sycophant fans of Russell Tealady Davies online from the UK claiming he is a decent writer when there's plenty of evidence to prove otherwise and even I would classify that bloke as a poor man's version of Whedon. An analog copy of a copy of a copy...

  • 'Sounds like The Stand'... 'Sounds like Jericho'...<br> <br> 'Survivors' was written by Terry Nation in the mid-70s...<br> <br> The remake is too rushed and doesn't make best use of the apocalyptic feel the 70s version did.<br> <br> The original series 8/10<br> The new series 6/10<br <br> Hopefully the next series of Survivors will get a bit better/darker!

  • Can't agree there... The production values may be stronger, but the story lines are too contrived/rushed. The character do soooo many dumb things!<br> <br> They obviously new they could only produce 6 episodes so they rushed through...

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 3:54 a.m. CST

    You US dudes have never had it so good

    by Martin Hogg

    Being Human is an instant, promising classic, its just a shame you probably wont get to see the original pilot shown last year, the performances are good, the scripts are good, and for once, this doesnt rely COMPLETELY on special effects. Survivors is going to be a slow burner i think, but good. The pilot is amazing, if you like disaster movies. Both are good solid dramas, and i think it proves that you get more quality in 6-8 episodes of a british drama than you do 20-26 of an american one.

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 4:13 a.m. CST

    And another thing

    by Martin Hogg

    Survivors came first. It was first writeen WAAAAAAY before the Stand, if anyone has copied anything, its Mr King. Who i think is massively overrated anyway. When his book about the "Scary Lamp Monster" coming out? :)

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Um...Herc, WTF?

    by catlettuce4

    1) "Team up to fight crime"? that's not happened so far, are you aware of some spoilers we UK viewers should know about? 2) The BBC can't fucking time travel, so they can't have ripped off the Stand. Is it too much to ask that you get *some* of your facts straight?

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Having recently rewatched the original the idea

    by elab49

    that this is a reimagining of Survivors is absurd. Storylines tally almost exactly in most of the episodes - Abby Grant is just as annoying. Changing a couple of minor aspects of parts of the group doesn't make it any less of a retread. And I guess they've gotten rid of Greg earlier than disappearing on his world tour... But the problems stay the same - the cliched little groupings. Abby Grant being wholly unbelievable as a leader. At least for her it wasn't even her worst show last year - we should send Bonekickers to BBC America - best comedy they'll have seen in yonks!

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 5:24 a.m. CST

    being human

    by palewook

    isn't for everyone, 3/4 of one episode and i started falling asleep.

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 6:37 a.m. CST


    by Melvin_Pelvis

    sounds interesting. The other two, not so much

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 6:44 a.m. CST

    The survivors remake

    by evil twin

    Was dreadful.

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 7:39 a.m. CST


    by Turtle_Z

    was ok, but it's telling that I've still got a couple of episodes queued up on Sky+ that I haven't watched yet. There have only been 2 episodes of Being Human shown in the UK so far (not counting the slightly wobbly pilot) and I'm really enjoying it. They have good actors playing the mains and the characters, while sitting within the cliche to a certain extent, have enough backbone and strength to them that they stand out. The storylines are familiar but well told and it doesn't skimp on the gore or the effects (for uk tv). The practical Werewolf effects are very reminiscent of American Werewolf in London, although we haven't seen a hell of a lot of the final form. I notice nobody has particularly mentioned the ghost in the trio. We all loved Buffy and Angel I'm sure, but she has the potential to be one of the most interesting characters in the whole thing. She's pretty and cute, but also stubborn and impetuous. Her panic in the second episode as she desperately trys to get anyone to notice her is excellent. I'd look forward to this if I was you. Early days but VERY promising :) And, personally, I prefer the new cast. The pilot was good, but this is the refined and filtered version.

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Survivors was crap - sorry

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Lame and unbelievable. Plus =they committed the biggest crime by making the end if the world so frigging boring! Everyone dying of illness? Where was the panic? Medical fx of people coughing up blood? No bloody chance!<p>The worlds most boring apocolypse! Bad job, BBC! <p>And Primeval was just wank! Never any good! But am interested in the vampire one, but not watched it yet

  • Treat each special as a DOCTOR WHO TV movie instead of stockpiling all of them for a 5-week run at the end of 2009, dammit!

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    medicinaluser - couldn't agree more.

    by TinSpider

    The Pilot of Being Human was brilliant. I actually wrote in to the beeb asking if it was going to be picked up and I was told no, it wasn't. Imagine my joy when I heard it was, but then my disapointment when I watched and saw that everything that made the pilot great had been removed. I miss the original ghost. She was hilarious. The new Hollyoaks looking bird is too lively and in your face. <br> in fact, palewook mentioned he was fighting sleep - so was I. I found the pacing way off. Didn't bother with episode 2 Such a shame.

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST


    by ScaryJim

    Hi, yeah, I'd just like to confirm that SURVIVORS is a bunch of crap. Honestly I don't know why this would be bought when you have BSG and Lost. The stand has a supernatural element and is nothing like SURVIVORS. This is a moronic comparison. I suppose SURVIVORS is like threads too? no. (and if you want apocalyptic watch threads). I also can't believe people watch Primeaval.

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 2:25 p.m. CST

    BBC America: Could have been GREAT, but settled for mediocre

    by chromedome

    They air "new" series that are really years out of date. <p> They separate seasons by a full year, sometimes, even though several seasons are already available. <p>And, it seems they keep a monopoly on the associated dvds here, keeping them either unavailable or at an exorbitant price--Dr. Who is 75 bucks a season, HEX Season Two is still unavailable here. <p>Putzes. Prats.

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Christ, am I getting sick of having...

    by Kid Z look at Gay Nazi, Queen Spaceman and their sex toy, Gimp-Gangster. Harry, goddammit, can't you put up a photo of Carla Gugino instead?

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 8:35 p.m. CST

    BBC: America is like...

    by Kid Z

    ...the dumbed-down for American tastes version of the BBC. It's kind of like Cadbury chocolate, in the UK, they're delicious, in the States, they just license the name out to Hershey and you're basically getting another crappy-ass, wax-filled Hershey bar.

  • Feb. 8, 2009, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Kid Z

    by Antz

    Couldn't agree more... the Cadbury chocolate in the US is TERRIBLE. Anywhere else in the world it is great. Why the hell do they permit such a crappy product to be put out with their name on it?

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST


    by jax9999

    Survivors was ok. Not exactly must see TV. The fact that everyone seemed to die all at once in one evening sort of strained my sense of disbelief. I thought freema agyeman was going to have more of a role than the one episode. and at times you do want to bat them about the head for stupid decisions.