Sci-Fi Cancellation Watch: What’s Alive, What’s Dead, And What’s Brand New
Renewed: Sleepy Hollow
Canceled: Almost Human
New: Gotham, Hieroglyph
The Bottom Line: Almost Human, we barely knew you, but damn does your cancellation suck. I mean, you were on Fox, so I really, really shouldn’t be surprised by your demise, but when Fox actually let you air a full season’s run, I got hopeful in spite of myself. Almost Human creator J.H. Wyman’s previous show, Fringe, managed to last five seasons, and I was holding out hope that maybe Fox would let us get at least two seasons of crazy future crimes and snarky banter between Detectives Kennex (Karl Urban) and Dorian (Michael Ealy). But no, Almost Human joins the same funeral pyre as Firefly, John Doe, The Tick, Strange Luck, Tru Calling, Wonderfalls, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Keen Eddie, Arrested Development, and Futurama. Hey Netflix, Amazon…have you guys met my handsome friend Almost Human?
Sleepy Hollow earned its renewal months ago, an out-the-gate success for Fox that was better than I expected but which still didn’t hold my attention for long. I’m not saying Ichabod Crane killed Almost Human, but I am saying don’t let Ichabod Crane socialize with any shows you’d like to see last for a good long while.
The first trailers for Fox’s pre-Batman show Gotham look surprisingly good, with a top-notch cast that includes Ben McKenzie (Southland) as a young Detective James Gordon and Donal Logue (Terriers, Sons of Anarchy, general badass) as Gordon’s mentor, the not-particularly-honest cop Harvey Bullock. It’s not science fiction, but it definitely has us intrigued.
As for Hieroglyph, the series set in Ancient Egypt just seems like one of those concepts that’s doomed to die an early death on Fox, but here’s hoping we are proven wrong — it was created by Travis Beacham, the half of the Pacific Rim writing team not named Guillermo del Toro. I’ve been a fan of Beacham ever since I read his steampunk neo-noir dark fantasy murder mystery spec A Killing on Carnival Row years ago, so I wish him luck.