BBC’s Being Human has gone through some big casting changes with two of the three of the stars departing. Star John Mitchell left after season three and star Russell Tovey became a recurring guest until he was written out in season four. In addition, Sinead Keenan quit her role as werewolf Nina.
In year four, Lenora Crichlow’s ghostly Annie has been joined by vampire Hal Yorke (Damien Molony) and previously-recurring werewolf Tom McNair (Michael Socha). Of the cast changes, Being Human creator and executive producer Toby Whithouse tells EW, “It’s always very sad when we lose characters… But it’s never terminal. To use our own mythology: As one door closes, another door opens.”
February’s season four premiere drew 1.2 million viewers — four times the number that watched the debut of True Blood that same night. Still, that was the weakest season premiere for Being Human since the show debuted in January 2010. Subsequent season four episodes have dropped as far as 780,000 viewers and that represents a new series low.
While the numbers aren’t as strong as what they once were, BBC has now renewed Being Human for a fifth season, presumably with eight installments. They’ll begin airing sometime in 2013. The eighth and final episode of season four aired tonight on BBC and will run here in the states on BBC America on April 14th.
The US version of Being Human is currently in its second season of 13 episodes on Syfy and will finish on April 9th. The cable channel renewed the series for a third season with another 13 installments last month.
What do you think? Are you glad that the UK show has been renewed or should the show have been cancelled? What do you think of the cast changes?
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