We'll be live-blogging the BBC America press tour session for "Being Human" starting about 5:15 p.m. Pacific time/8:15 Eastern. Tune in for all you might care to know about how werewolves, vampires and ghosts live normal lives in Bristol.
We're off to a bit of a late start, as these things tend to run long. The delay is caused by the session for another BBC America show, a comedy called "The Inbetweeners," which premieres in the fall and looks really funny (think Judd Apatow or "American Pie" with a British accent). So hold on.
OK, we're on. Clip package running, cast and creators taking the stage. It's question time!
Creator Toby Whithouse is talking about "An American Werewolf in London," which influenced him creatively — mixing horror and comedy — and from a production standpoint. George's werewolf transformation in the pilot was done not with CGI but with animatronics and prosthetic makeup — old school.
Aidan Turner (Mitchell) on playing a vampire: "A lot of people have played vampires, and you want to get a grasp on almost all of them." Not that he necessarily incorporates the way others have portrayed vamps, but due diligence and all.
Hmm — Whitfield says the show started off as a straight drama about three recent college grads who share a house. He says he'd throw in thoughts like "Well, we could always turn George into a werewolf" just as a "kamikaze" thing to jump-start the creative process.
The cast admits that the idea of "vampire, werewolf and ghost share a flat in Bristol," as Lenora Crichlow puts it, sounds like a joke. "But it just works, doesn't it?" Turner says.
The Comic-Con reception kind of stunned the cast — "They must have all watched it illegally on download," Russell Tovey (George) says.
"You see shows that kind of stay in one groove, tonally … but life isn't like that." — Whithouse on mixing comedy and drama and scary stuff.
Another critic is asking about the chemistry between the leads — which is pretty apparent on stage. They talk over one another and finish sentences in the way that people who know each other very well tend to do, and it all feels pretty comfortable.
The wide range in tone also allows for telling a "really, really massive story and a tiny story" at more or less the same time, Whithouse says. Spoiler: There's a vampire uprising coming (that would be the massive part), but there are also very human-scale threads about relationships and the like.
"Being Human" airs on Saturday nights. Last week's premiere will repeat before the new episode at 9 p.m. ET.