Where Fringe's old sets in Vancouver once housed a fake cow named Gene and rows of jars filled with red vines and other assorted candy, now stands Almost Human's space-age-looking police precinct. But using the same sound stage isn't the only thing the two Fox shows have in common.
Like Fringe, Almost Human (Sunday, 8/7c) also comes from producers J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman and is set in the not too distant future. Police officers are partnered with androids as they tackle cases with futuristic elements that border on the fringe. Sound familiar? But apart from those glaring similarities, Abrams insists that the shows are fundamentally different.
Almost Human tackles the dangers of robots in the future
"The Venn diagram of these two [shows] might be that...
There's another serious new player in the ever-expanding universe of online original-content providers (see: Netflix and Hulu) — and happily, Amazon's entry into this suddenly cluttered marketplace is not just seriously funny, but it's as bracingly timely as the latest exasperating political headline.
Alpha House (three episodes bow Friday on amazon.com, with future episodes available to Amazon Prime subscribers) is satire at its most blistering and biting, delivered by a master of the trade: Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau, whose contempt for political cynicism, venality and hypocrisy doesn't keep the jaded protagonists of this bawdy, brazen comedy from being great company. The setting is a Washington, D.C., row house, home away from home for four Republican senators, led by the fearlessly outrageous John Goodman as a good-old-boy/former football star who's outraged to discover he won't be able to coast through his next election. (His new opponent: a legendary Duke coach. As someone observes: "You're like a retired god. He's active.")
It's almost time for Almost Human, Fox's new crime drama set in the year 2048 from J.J. Abrams and Fringe-meister Joel Wyman. Pushed back from its planned Nov. 4 premiere, the effects-filled tale of a prickly cop (Karl Urban) and his new bionic partner (Michael Ealy) will now launch as a splashy, two-night event on Nov. 17—18.. But for those of you who just can't wait to feast your eyes on what the future of crime fighting looks like, here's a video profile of Ealy's android, Dorian.
Fox is giving Almost Human a special two-night launch!
Originally slated to premiere on Monday, Nov. 4, the futuristic procedural will now debut on...
Get ready for your new sci-fi obsession, kids! Here's your first look at the extended promo for Almost Human, which Fox will debut Sunday's Family Guy premiere (9/8c).
The buddy-cop-with-a-twist series is the brainchild of J.J. Abrams and Fringe vet Joel Wyman. Starring Star Trek's Karl Urban and Common Law 's Michael Ealy, and set in the year 2048, Human tells the story of John Kennex (Urban), a human detective who's paired with a synthetic sidekick named Dorian (Ealy) after an ambush kills his entire crew.