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BBC America Beefs Up Their Saturday SciFi Lineup

BBC America has released some information (including some air dates) for their growing line-up of SciFi shows…part of their “Supernatural Saturday” block of programming augmenting the return of Doctor Who.

From a press the release…

New York – April 20, 2011 – On the back of the buzz building for this weekend’s premiere of the new Doctor Who season on Saturday, April 23, BBC AMERICA today announced it is co-producing the new season of Being Human and confirmed airdates for two previously announced co-productions, Outcasts and Bedlam. All titles will air in the channel’s Supernatural Saturday line up.

  • BBC AMERICA is co-producing the new season of the UK original Being Human. The hit sci-fi show is back for an all-new Season 4 (8 x 60). It opens on the aftermath of the Season 3 finale in which Mitchell fell victim to the wolf-shaped bullet. Written and created by Toby Whithouse (Doctor Who, Torchwood), Being Human is a co-production for BBC AMERICA, BBC Drama Productions and BBC THREE. It is produced by Touchpaper Wales, part of Zodiak Media Group, who are also the distributors. Executive Producers are Toby Whithouse, Rob Pursey for Touchpaper Television and Eleanor Moran for BBC Cymru Wales. Being Human will air Spring 2012.
  • The frontier sci-fi drama Outcasts (8 x 60), a co-production of Kudos Film & Television (Law & Order UK, Life on Mars), BBC AMERICA and BBC, stars Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty, The L Word), Liam Cunningham (Clash Of The Titans) and Hermione Norris (MI-5, Wire In The Blood). Created and written by Ben Richards and shot in South Africa, the series takes viewers into a new world as it explores survival, sex, politics and the drive for power in a new post-Earth era. The Executive Producers are Jane Featherstone, Simon Crawford-Collins and Faith Penhale for Kudos and Matthew Read for the BBC. Outcasts premieres Saturday, June 18, 9:00pm ET/PT.
  • Bedlam (6 x 60), a co-production of BBC AMERICA and Red Productions (Queer as Folk), stars singer and actor Will Young (Pop Idol winner, Skins), Charlotte Salt (The Tudors) and Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey). It is written by Neil Jones, David Allison and Chris Parker, the Executive Producer is Nicola Schindler for Red Productions. Set in Bedlam Heights – an apartment building converted from a pre-Victorian lunatic asylum – the inhabitants experience the darker side of the building’s history when former asylum spirits come back to claim what they believe to be theirs and seek revenge on those who have wronged them. Bedlam premieres Saturday, October 8, 9:00pm ET/PT.
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2 Comments on BBC America Beefs Up Their Saturday SciFi Lineup

  1. I thought that Outcasts only lasted one season in the UK.

  2. It didn’t even really last 1 season… It got shifted from its prime time slot 9pm on a Monday evening to the graveyard shift of 11pm Sunday evening and was replaced with a repeat of a repeat of a repeat of of a Cops knock off show about British Motorway police… which drew higher viewing figures.

    I must admit that I only watched two episodes of the show (and only managed to finish the 2nd epsidoe with the help of lots of alcohol) and there wasn’t enough booze on the planet to get me to watch any more of the show… but apparently it did get ‘better’ according to the 27 people who watched the show to its conclusion and have all insisted that it was the greatest thing ever….

    My advice is give it a watch if you want… and if you enjoy it then great… but I have to say it was one of the most aweful TV experiences I have ever had… terrible script, attrocious plot, no concpetion of what characters are, dull and tedious direction and a complete failure to put any actual tension or drama into the show… instead they just turned the DRAMA dial to 11 and left it there.

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