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Being Human: Underworld Meets The Real World

A friend of mine gave me a heads up about a television show I definitely plan to watch as soon as it makes its way across the pond from the UK. It’s called Being Human and deals with: “George, Mitchell and Annie, three seemingly normal flatmates struggling to keep their dark secrets from the world, and follows their struggle to fight both their curses and the enemies who want to bring them down.” Their secrets? Mitchell’s a vampire, George is a werewolf, and Annie is a ghost. I know, right? I’m betting I can even get my wife to watch this one with me.

BBC ran the pilot for Being Human last year, and it scored wild ratings. Now it’s back this month with a re-shot pilot (some of the original actors were recast) and five more episodes. If you search around on YouTube, you can apparently find the original pilot chopped up into parts. And if you happen to live in the UK (or have the software necessary to trick BBC into thinking you live in the UK), you can watch the first two episodes on the BBC site. If you do, let me know what you think.

And the New Doctor Who is …

So the new Doctor Who — who we presumably won’t see until 2010 — is some young guy that nobody expected. His name is Matt Smith, and while he’s done a bit of stage and TV work, he’s basically an acting newcomer. Die hard Who fans being what they are, I’m sure this poor guy and the decision to go with him instead of one of the other more high-profile names that were bandied about will receive a crapload of criticism for the next year or so. I’ve already seen some of it out there in the blogosphere. Which is a shame. Because I’m sure Smith will do just fine, especially if the writing is strong … and I expect nothing less than brilliance from the new head writer Steven Moffat. (If you don’t believe me, go watch Jekyll.)

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