Building up towards a new fall TV season is always an exciting prospect. You can look at all of these upcoming shows with an open mind and a sense of optimism because none of them have let you down yet, none of them have squandered their talent and potential on inane storylines and shallow characters. One of our most anticipated new shows of the 2013-2014 season has got to be Fox’s robo-buddy-cop drama Almost Human. The series will be on the scene at San Diego Comic-Con next week, and here is a look at an event exclusive poster that they’ll have on the premises.
Just the creative team behind Almost Human should be enough to get many sci-fi fans interested in the show. The series comes to us from the minds of J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) and J.H. Wyman (Fringe), and while that doesn’t always equal ratings success (Abrams’ Alcatraz and Undercovers are recent examples), it should be enough to make you curious.
And if that’s not enough, we’re talking about a show that centers on a cop, played by Karl Urban, and his robotic partner, played by Michael Ealy. I like the sound of that. While this isn’t the first man/machine law enforcement team up—I’m especially partial to the short-lived, early 1990s Mann & Machine—the odds of success for this one seem just a bit higher than previous attempts.
Set 35 years in the future, Almost Human follows cop John Kennex (Urban) as he is reluctantly paired with an android partner, Dorian (Ealy). The two must get over some initial trust issues—Kennex has some difficulties when it comes to robotic police officers and their cold, cruel logic—in order to investigate a deep cover up in this futuristic world.
The cast also includes Minka Kelly and Lily Taylor, and though the show only has a pilot episode under its belt, there is another reason for sci-fi fans to keep an eye on this. Wyman recently stated that he is in the process of creating roles for some of his favorite actors from his last show, Fringe. We don’t know who, or whether it will be some of the primary actors or bit players, but that is reason enough for me to pay attention. Fringe was taken from us far too soon, and even though those characters are gone, the idea of seeing some familiar faces is appealing.
We’ve seen a couple of trailers for Almost Human, and the show actually looks like a good time. Urban has the grizzled smartass shtick down, and is an engaging personality to take the lead. There should be lots of action, and, from the look of things, some twisted conspiracies and all of the usual accoutrements that come with a corrupt, automated future.