Remaking/rebooting/reimagining a popular series can be tough: Sometimes they're successful (The Office comes to mind), and sometimes not so much (Life on Mars, anyone?). So if you're on the fence about the U.S. version of Being Human, Sam Witwer wants you to keep in mind a little show called Battlestar Galactica.
In an interview with Collider, Witwer (who played "Crashdown" on the popular and rebooted sci-fi series and who now stars as the vampire Aidan on BH) wants to address the fact that the U.S. version of Being Human could be as good as the original U.K. one.
And he wants the fans to think back on how BSG was first received when it was announced they were remaking the classic sci-fi series a few years back:
People think of the Battlestar Galactica remake as one of the best television series ever made. If you take away the sci-fi, it's still one of the best series ever made. No one remembers that, when that show came out, there was a tremendous backlash and everyone was saying, "Oh, it's stupid. Starbuck is a girl now. What is all this?" Everyone was really angry, at the time, because of the original series.
We're going to get something similar, when we air. At least, that's my prediction, but I could be wrong. There are going to be a lot of people who just talk sh*t, and they're going to be very angry that this was done in a North American way at all. I'm more concerned with what people are going to be saying a year from now, or half a year from now, once it's settled in a bit. My feeling on it is that I don't think people are going to not enjoy the show that we're making. It's up to them to decide whether the British version is better or worse.
We owe the BBC version and the cast, crew and creators involved, a tremendous debt of gratitude because we have this goldmine that we can just use to mine from. We have 13 episodes to do what they did in 6, and we have all these wonderful opportunities, and that's because of their hard work and talent.
What I hope is that, if we're successful, that helps them. That's going to bring a bigger audience to them than they ever would have had alone, and I don't think there's anyone that could dispute that. And, the good news for them is that, if we go out there and fail miserably, they're still going to be as popular, if not more popular, than they were before. I think it's a big win-win for the British series.
Do you agree with Witwer's comparison? Do you think Being Human can be another success story as BSG was?