Another series bites the dust.
BBC Three has opted to bring the popular supernatural drama "Being Human" to a close after its current fifth season.
On the plus side, while fans were not aware that the series would end its run this year, the creative team was told and has promised a suitably epic and "apocalyptic end," as the supernatural roommates -- vampire Hal (Damien Molony), werewolf Tom (Michael Socha), and ghost Alex (Kate Bracken) -- will team up to take on the devil.
"Working on 'Being Human' has been a truly great experience," said executive producer Rob Pursey in a statement announcing the series' cancellation. "From the first one-hour pilot, all the way through to this climactic series, we've been given real creative freedom and encouragement. It's a credit to BBC Three that such an unusual idea has been allowed to flourish and evolve in its own unique way."
Series creator Toby Whithouse had little negative to say about the BBC's decision, noting that the network's goal is to give new, upcoming creators a chance to tell their stories, and that his long-in-the-tooth series had outgrown this goal. "We must remember too that the remit of BBC Three is to encourage and support new talent, to give them opportunities to make television, to test out new ideas and formats," Whithouse said. "In that sense 'Being Human' is perhaps a victim of its own success. We can't really call ourselves a new show anymore, and much as I'd like to think of myself as a young thrusting new talent and not a bitter old war horse, the reality is we have a duty to move aside and make space for the next 'Being Human'."
The popular series led to a U.S. adaptation which airs stateside on SyFy, currently in its third season.
UK readers: Do you agree with the BBC's decision and Whithouse's statement? Or does the series have more story to tell?