Anna Fricke and Jeremy Carver Talk Being Human Season 2 (Part One); New Promo Photos Revealed!
Earlier this week Syfy hosted a lengthy conference call with "Being Human" executive producers Anna Fricke and Jeremy Carver so they could tell us what's coming up in the new season, including a few guest stars to be on the lookout for, along with providing some new promo photos. Read on for Part 1 of the call (Part 2 will follow next week), and look for the Season 2 premiere of "Being Human" on January 16th.
Q: Last season many of the plots were similar to the U.K. show; can we expect that the U.S. show will branch off on its own this season?
Anna Fricke: Yes, we made a decision this year to do completely original storylines.
Jeremy Carver: That said, I think given that the show obviously has its roots in the British version, there's always going to be an inevitable crossover just by virtue of swimming in the same pond. But yes, there was a great effort to make the series as original as possible this year given that its roots are still in the BBC version.
Q: With Toby Whithouse doing both shows, do you find that it's easier or harder to do since he's involved in writing both the U.S. and U.K. version?
Jeremy Carver: I want to speak carefully, but I think there's a bit of a misconception. Toby Whithouse is not involved in writing the U.S. version.
Anna Fricke: He does have a credit on the show.
Jeremy Carver: Our show is based on the show that he created. So Season 1 borrowed liberally from the storylines that Toby created and wrote, but no, he's not an active writer on the U.S. show.
Q: Can you talk about how the season goes through changes here? I know the actors have said it's going to be a lot darker and stuff like that.
Jeremy Carver: Well, sort of the underlying theme of the season, as you've seen in some of the press materials, is each of our characters is being tempted by something that is leading them down a darker path. And I think that one of the things that we're playing with is that in trying to become more and more human, they are in actuality being forced to confront their monstrosities more than ever. And so I think whereas last year you maybe had a few of the characters going down darker paths and being able to rely on the other characters, this year each of our three main characters is being so enmeshed in sort of a darker path that there's a little bit less of a safety net in each other, in that basically what do you do when you're falling, falling, falling and your support system isn't necessarily there for you when you need them?
Q: Can you talk about the relationships we're going to see this year because I know there's a lot of different stuff coming up with that?
Jeremy Carver: For Aidan, [he] is basically confronted with the fallout from the death of Bishop, whom he killed at the end of last year. And we are introduced to another aspect of the vampire hierarchy in current day America, which involves sort of this overall leader known as Mother. And Mother basically is going to essentially offer Aidan his freedom if he agrees to train her disgraced vampire daughter to be the leader of Boston. So that opens up a whole can of worms in terms of Aidan having to deal with this pretty unpredictable daughter whom he has known, frankly, for close to 100 years.
Along with that we're going to be introduced to Aidan's vampire protégé, who is basically the last vampire Aidan ever turned, and that was back in the early 20th Century. He makes a return to Aidan's life. So that's the character of Henry, played by Kyle Schmid, while the character of the vampire daughter is played by Dichen Lachman from "Dollhouse". And both of these people will greatly, greatly complicate Aidan's life and will play a major part in sort of leading him down this dark hole that he may end up going down this season.
We can also expect Aidan to see the return - in a way that we don't want to spoil - of Bishop in a certain way this season as well.
As for Josh, of course he is totally unaware that at the end of last season he scratched Nora when he turned into a werewolf, and so as we come into the new season, we find Josh and Nora both anxiously awaiting the rapidly approaching full moon, neither knowing what's going to happen, the results of which have sort of an explosive effect on their relationship. Plus we'll see some more people from Josh's past reenter the picture in a surprising way.
As for Sally - I'm giving an overall comprehensive answer here - we've got a ghost who considerably missed her door last season, she chose not to take that door or at least she chose to save Aidan instead, and she deals heavily with that fallout. And she will be introduced to basically lots of new ghost characters this year who will be sort of tempting her with new, sort of spectral - if that's the proper term - spectral temptation that will also lead her down a much darker path.
So Sally as well will have a certain number of folks from her past in unexpected ways. So everyone is dealing with not just new and twisty monster sort of things that come from a natural extension of being the type of monster they are, but also dealing with people that they dealt with in, you know, a "previous life before they were monsters," except Aidan. Aidan is with mostly people he's dealt with as a vampire.
Q: I'm hoping that you're going to be writing a lot of the episodes for Season 2 since I loved your episodes in Season 1. Will you be doing most of it, some of it, and do you have new writers or the same writers; what's your plan?
Anna Fricke: In addition to having the same writers as we had last year, we have Chris Dingess and Nancy Won. We also have new writers this year in addition to them. How many new ones?
Jeremy Carver: Well, Mike...
Anna Fricke: ...and Ken. So we have four new writers this year. We're extremely lucky; it's a great group of people. Jeremy and I wrote three of the episodes.
Jeremy Carver: We're very, very lucky that we have an extremely talented core of people. We brought on new folks this year to help us beef up for Season 2, and we couldn't be happier.
Anna Fricke: It's a great mix of backgrounds and storytelling.
Jeremy Carver: We have genre freaks, character freaks - we have an extraordinary group of people who have really taken to the show. So we're just incredibly excited about what you're all going to be seeing.
Q: That sounds so great, and it's just nice to have that kind of mix to produce different outlooks and viewpoints. Can you talk about any of the guest stars you're going to have besides Kyle Schmid and Dichen Lachman?
Anna Fricke: Those are the big ones; those are our big guest stars.
Jeremy Carver: Yes, those are the big guest stars that we're announcing right now. And like I said, we can also expect to see a return from, of course, the great Mark Pellegrino in the character of Bishop in some form this year.
Anna Fricke: Who knows what form?