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July 27th, 2009

Being Human [Jul. 27th, 2009|08:29 am]
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Imagine every cliche you've ever heard about vampires, werewolves and ghosts and then make them live together in an apartment, and you've got Being Human, the 2008 UK fantasy-horror series that premiered this past weekend on BBC America. The vampire is handsome but tortured and chooses the company of humans over his own kind, all of whom are vicious predators except him. Because he has conscience, man. Now add in a terrible CGI werewolf and an annoying, emotionally needy ghost, and you've got a recipe for pandering to the fantasy and monsters crowd without actually offering them anything new or interesting.

There are some touches of humor that I like -- George the werewolf is a shy, insecure, clumsy guy in his human form, Annie the ghost laments that she's still wearing the frumpy clothes she died in -- but it isn't enough. When you watch a show with one eye on the clock, wondering if you're going to make it all the way through before turning it off, that's not a good sign. Despite a promising premise, Being Human just isn't for me.

The TV Nerd says: Yawnsville.
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They All Do. They All Want Cake. [Jul. 27th, 2009|06:22 pm]
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Fellow Who Wants Cake writing group member, Victor LaValle, just got an amazing write-up in The Wall Street Journal about his life and his new novel, Big Machine. I couldn't be prouder or happier to call him a friend and colleague!
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