Fans of the short-lived 1990s television series Mann & Machine have a lot to look forward with Human, the upcoming pilot from future Star Wars director J.J. Abrams and former Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman. The potential series, which pairs a hard-nosed cop with a robotic partner, recently began filming in Vancouver, B.C., and a handful of photos from the set have surfaced on the internet.
Reteaming with his Star Trek helmer, Karl Urban plays a police officer named John Kennex who teams up with a law enforcement robotic named Dorian, a role played by Michael Ealy (Common Law). If the pilot, which is being developed for Fox, is picked up, this will be Urban’s first part in an American television show, though he has appeared in Amazon High and Riding High in the UK.
The photos are pretty standard fare for a TV police procedural. Urban’s Kennex examines clues—you can tell because he’s squatting down in the street and looking serious—and drives a futuristic cop car. The scene these are taken from involves Kennex arriving at the site of an accident, where he meets Minka Kelly’s (Friday Night Lights) character, Valerie Stahl.
Abrams’ ventures onto the small screen have been something of a mixed bag. For every success like Lost or Alias (and let us not forget Felicity), there have been failures like Undercovers or Alcatraz. I do hope that teaming up with his Fringe co-conspirator Wyman will lead to something special. Fringe is one of my favorite shows of all time, and while I’m not expecting Human to reach those heights, a guy can dream, right?
Human also stars Mackenzie Crook, Michael Irby, and Lili Taylor.