With 4 episodes still to air, Syfy has already ordered up a second season of their version of Being Human. Pulling in an average 1.8 million viewers each episode and being the most-watched scripted series premiere since Battlestar Galactica, President of Original Content Mark Stern said, “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!”
Being Human is also Syfy’s first female-skewed series, with women comprising of 53% of the audience (Sam Witwer and Sam Huntington can take pride in that!). No word on number of episodes at this point, but it seems likely that it will be another 13 episodes.
(I’m still waiting for a full press release and will update when it arrives, but I didn’t want to wait any longer.)
Here is the full press release:
SYFY RENEWS BEING HUMAN FOR SECOND SEASON
Supernatural Drama is Syfy’s Most Female-Skewing Scripted Series Ever
NEW YORK – March 17, 2011 – Syfy is ordering a second season of its new hit drama series Being Human, it was announced today by Mark Stern President of Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head of Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Since the show’s January 17 launch, premiere episodes of Being Human have averaged 1.8 million viewers making it Syfy’s most successful winter season scripted series launch in 6 years. Also, with women comprising 53% of the total audience for premiere episodes, it is the channel’s most female-skewing scripted series ever.
Through its first nine weeks on Syfy, and including repeat broadcasts, Being Human has been seen by 19.1 million total unique viewers.
“’Being Human’ has proven to be a winner for Syfy on all fronts,” said Stern. “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!”
Being Human stars Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington and Mark Pellegrino and is a Muse Entertainment production in association with Zodiak USA. It is based on the acclaimed series, Being Human, created by Toby Whithouse and produced by Touchpaper Television, part of Zodiak Media Group.
In Being Human, leading everyday lives is a lot harder than it looks for three supernatural roommates – vampire Aidan (Witwer), ghost Sally (Rath) and werewolf Josh (Huntington) – who share their secrets and a Boston brownstone. Together they learn that there are fates worse than death and more to life – and the afterlife – than most “normal” humans could ever imagine.
Executive Producers are Michael Prupas (The Kennedys, Pillars of the Earth), Jeremy Carver (Supernatural) and Anna Fricke (Men in Trees, Everwood) who are both writers/showrunners, and Rob Pursey and Toby Whithouse. Irene Litinsky is series Producer and Adam Kane (The Mentalist, Heroes) is Co-Executive Producer.
Zodiak Rights hold worldwide rights to the new series.
About Zodiak USA
Zodiak USA is the North American operations for Zodiak Media Group, one of the world’s leading creators, producers and distributors of content for TV, film and new media. Zodiak USA’s credits include Secret Millionaire (ABC), Wife Swap (ABC), Hardcore Pawn (truTV), All Worked Up (truTV), Lizard Lick Towing (truTV), The Boss is Coming to Dinner (NBC) and the syndicated version of Don’t Forget the Lyrics (20th Television, VH1, MyNetworkTV). Zodiak Media consists of 45 production companies with a presence in 17 countries including the US, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia and Russia.
The Group also incorporates an international distribution business based in London and Paris whose catalog boasts over 10,000 hours of content.
About Muse Entertainment Enterprises
Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production company known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. Since its founding in 1998, Muse has produced, co-produced or provided production services on more than 150 TV movies and mini-series, television series and feature films and has won 93 awards and garnered 297 award nominations!
Muse Entertainment’s most recent television event series is the historical 8-hr. drama The Kennedys starring Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Katie Holmes and Tom Wilkinson. Just prior to The Kennedys, Muse co-produced with Tandem Communications the Golden Globe Award nominated Pillars of the Earth, an 8 hr. series based on Ken Follett’s international bestselling novel. It produced 13 episodes of the American version of the sci-fi series Being Human. In 2009 Muse co-produced the dramatic mini-series Ben Hur, as well as The Phantom based on the popular comic book. Its previous multiple award-winning miniseries include The Last Templar, Impact, Human Trafficking and Answered by Fire. Muse’s most recent theatrical productions include Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae, The Deal (starring Meg Ryan and William H. Macy), Niagara Motel (starring Craig Ferguson and Anna Friel), and Savage Messiah (starring Polly Walker and Luc Picard). For television, Muse produced the series Crusoe, Durham County, This is Wonderland, Tales from the Neverending Story, Family Biz and an animated children’s series, The Mysteries of Alfred Hedgehog.
The company’s head office and its Quebec production centre are in Montreal. Muse maintains development and production operations in Toronto and Los Angeles and an international sales office in London, England.
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 99 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)