With the recent news that Fox will delay the series premiere of Almost Human, a new teaser trailer was released to update viewers on the schedule change. Almost Human received mostly positive reviews from critics and fans alike when it screened at the San Diego and New York Comic-Cons, so Fox wants to give the show a better chance to find an audience, slotting it in after NFL Sunday Night Football. The new teaser highlights the J.J. Abrams-produced show’s future tech, while also demonstrating that that the series about the partnership between an L.A. cop and his android partner has a sense of humor.
Showrunner J.H. Wyman created Almost Human as a follow up to the cult hit Fringe. The teaser above features that same brand of humor that Fringe was known for delivering episode after episode. Genre TV shows such as Almost Human need to have a sense of humor, so it doesn’t alienate viewers with such serious themes. While Almost Human isn’t on the lighter side of television, its look at the future isn’t as bleak as a lot of science fiction.
Almost Human is also from producer J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk for Bad Robot Productions. Although Bad Robot is dealing with more feature film projects these days such as Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Wars: Episode VII, the production company got its start on television with Felicity and Alias, so it’s always good to see Bad Robot on TV. Almost Human is the first of two new TV shows from Abrams, the other being NBC’s Believe, created with science fiction visionary Alfonso Cuarón. Believe is a midseason replacement series for 2014.
Fox is splitting the two-hour series premiere of Almost Human over two nights in November instead of one. Originally, Almost Human was due to premiere on November 4th, but now it will air on Sunday, November 17th and Monday, November 18th. Fox’s NFL Sunday Football Doubleheader will lead into Almost Human, which will give the science fiction series a boost with its attended demographic, young men ages 18 to 49. The second part of the series premiere will lead into Fox’s new hit TV series Sleepy Hollow.
The sci-fi cop drama is set in future Los Angeles in the year 2048, at a time when police officers are required to partner with synthetic humanoids. Almost Human follows John Kennex, a respected LAPD police officer who, after a failed assignment that cost the lives of nine of his fellow police officers, is left injured and emotionally distant from his family and friends. Although Kennex dislikes androids, he is nevertheless paired with Dorian, a synthetic with unexpected emotional responses.
Almost Human features Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook, Michael Irby, and Minka Kelly. The first hour of its series premiere will air on Sunday, November 17th, while its concluding hour will air the next day on Monday, November 18th on Fox.
Almost Human‘s regular timeslot will be on Monday nights as a pairing with Sleepy Hollow after its series premiere episode airs.