Season order for J.J. Abrams sci-fi cop drama, Almost Human

News Louisa Mellor 9 May 2013 - 08:00

Highly evolved androids pair up with city cops in new J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman future-set crime series, Almost Human...

That's two new season orders from Fox with a sci-fi bent due for this autumn, the first straight-up future-set crime show Almost Human, and the second a fish-out-of-water tale which sees Sleepy Hollow's Ichabod Crane resurrected and pulled through time to investigate a modern-day crime that promises to destroy humanity. No, really.

We'll concentrate on the one that doesn't sound as if it was dreamt up by a think tank of Homer Simpsons for the time being (and will gladly eat those words if Sleepy Hollow turns out to be kick-me-in-the-nuts-and-call-me-Deirdre fantastic): J.J. Abrams and Fringe's J.H. Wyman's Almost Human.

Dredd and Star Trek's Karl Urban takes the lead in this story of "an unlikely connection forged when a cop with an aversion to robots and a robot with unexpected emotional responses investigate cases in a brave new world", alongside FlashForward's Michael Ealy and Six Feet Under's Lili Taylor.

The Abrams-produced, Wyman-written I, Robot-ish show is set thirty-five years in the future, at a time when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids, and is due on our screens later this year. Better start brushing up on those three Asimovian laws...


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Sounds like Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E. from friends!

It Sounds so cheesy!

what has happened to JJ ? Both shows sound ropey, he really is suffering from the success of previous work.

To be fair to JJ with people commenting on the cheesiness of the concept of his new show, this is just the way the guy rolls when it comes it to TV; grab a cheesey sounding concept and smother it with half developed mysteries to tantalise the viewers. Sometimes you get a Lost and sometimes you get an Alcatraz. Expect a multi season spanning mystery involving the robots to be dangled in front of you from episode one.

Abrams has nothing to do with the Sleepy Hollow show.

He and his crew are doing way too much stuff.

I'm glad someone else will direct the next Star Trek.

It's ridiculous we had to wait 4 years for the follow-up movie.

Sleepy Hollow, I believe, is from JJ's buds and our Star Trek scribes, Kurtzman and Orci.

I'm actually a little more interested in that one than the robot one. Though it's all relative ... :)

Meh... JJ is just trending at the moment.
To tell you the truth I'm kinda sick of the BS he's been feeding us.

Almost Human sounds like a series based on the R. Daneel Olivaw novels by Asimov, to the point where I wonder if Abrams couldn't get the rights for some reason. Whatever the case, the folks that scoff at Abrams don't need to tune in. It's not for you. It's for those of us that like his penchant for taking elements from geek nostalgia for yesteryear and blending/updating them.

If you don't like Abrams or the concept, no need to pass judgment. Just move along. I'm sure there's plenty else that might be up your alley.

If Urban wasn't in this show, I probably wouldn't give it a shot. But alas, he is, so I shall watch this show hoping Abrams doesn't make another tv show of his cringe worthy. The guy can make good movies, his tv shows on the other hand have been very suspect.

Sounds more like Total Recall 2077. Or whatever the year was.

Hmm, reminds me of the time when a big studio was very interested in a screenplay called Bug Hunt. But the studio head thought it rang a faint little bell, so he called in a consultant he knew to give it a read.

That movie was ultimately made, and released as ... Starship Troopers.

"an unlikely connection forged when a cop with an aversion to robots and a robot with unexpected emotional responses investigate cases in a brave new world"

Blimey, I'm surprised either of them has any creativity left after coming up with that.

Will the robot at some point save the cop's life,creating a chink in his hatred of all things robotic? Will, as the series progresses, the initial hatred turn into some kind of light comedy friction between the two of them?

Let's wait and see eh?

Or not.

Personally, the Sleepy Hollow one sounds better, as long as it knows it's stupid, it might be quite fun.

Whenever I see an article about a show this uninspired getting a series one word comes into my head: Firefly.

I like Abrams mostly but this sounds incredibly rote and boring.

Are the people who like him/the show allowed to pass judgement?

Will you set the androids on us?

There were already a couple of shows back in the 80s with robot cops weren't there? Why can't they just give Urban a Dredd tv show!

This reminds me of Holmes & Yo-Yo a short lived US comedy show from the 70s.

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