Playing a robot on Almost Human is actually harder than you may think.
The new Fox serie, set in the not-too-distant future, features police officers who are partnered with androids. Most of the androids are part of the MX line of robots that are driven by statistics and mathematical configuration. In other words, they have no soul, but they still look human, which creates an interesting process for the handful of actors who portray them. Among those actors is Darren E. Scott, who played John Kennex's (Karl Urban) original partner and several other iterations.
Almost Human's Michael Ealy dissects Dorian
"There was a lot of talk in the beginning about...
Almost Human's most human character is also its least.
Android Dorian (Michael Ealy) made a splash during the series premiere of Fox's futuristic thriller last week for his uncanny ability to come off as more human than his new partner, the cynical Det. John Kennex (Karl Urban). That's because Dorian is a much different robot than the MXs partnered with other cops, making both the leading characters "almost human." To get the specs on Dorian, TVGuide.com sat down with Ealy on the set of Almost Human:
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.")
If the future involves coffee-spouting jetpacks and GIF walls, bring it on!
Yesterday and today, the streets of New York have been overrun by Almost Human, Fox's upcoming sci-fi series about a cop and his android partner, which is being showcased in an interactive exhibit outside of Macy's on Herald Square.