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...
Hollywood was stunned by the unexpected death of Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker on Saturday night. Walker was involved in a single-car accident that ended in an explosion that claimed the lives of Walker and the car's driver. Here's what Walker's former co-stars and fellow celebrities had to say about his sudden passing:
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I am so excited for the 100th episode of The Good Wife! What can you tease? — Lisa
ADAM: It's fair to say that all bets are off when Alicia and Will face off in court over the last will and testament of Alicia's murdered client Matthew Ashbaugh (a "returning" John Noble). Just as it did last season, the case will bring up old memories — cough, outdoor sex — for both attorneys. Unfortunately, those steamy memories cause serious (sexual) tension when Will puts Alicia on the stand. And speaking of lust, Kalinda will take a roll in the hay with a new suitor.
Come on! Why doesn't The Blacklist just reveal that Red is Liz's dad? We're all thinking it, right? — Sean
NATALIE: Actually, Tom is Liz's dad. Kidding! (And ew!) The producers are...
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Question: I've decided it's time to ask you how would you like to see Sandra Oh (Cristina Yang) leave Grey's Anatomy. This might come up more often as the season nears an end in May, but I can't stop thinking about it. While I love Cristina and aspire to be as fierce as she is, I think they should kill her off, but not in a mean way — in a way that could build a great emotional arc for Kevin McKidd (Owen). I think they should have one more romp in the sack where she gets pregnant and he convinces her to keep the baby this time, only to lose Cristina during the birth! I know I sound all evil genius right now, but I think that would give Owen more issues than he can handle and I think it will bring all those close to Cristina (especially Meredith) to a level of respecting Cristina's initial decision to never have kids. Just my thoughts. I think her exit will be flawless. Shonda Rhimes is a TV goddess and I'm sure will make us all proud. — Erica
Michael Ealy, Karl Urban
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:
Karl Urban and Michael Ealy
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.")
Almost Human Experience
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.
Emmy and Tony Award winner John Larroquette has landed a recurring role on Almost Human, Fox announced Tuesday.
Larroquette will play Nigel, a sympathetic roboticist who is a little broken.
Karl Urban, Michael Ealy
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.