Almost Human EPs J.J. Abrams, J.H. Wyman and Stars Preview Fox's Futuristic New Cop Drama

Almost Human Season 1 SpoilersIn the opening moments of Fox’s Almost Human, we learn that crime in Los Angeles has risen 400 percent, criminal organizations run the city with impunity, and the police are so outnumbered that every human officer is paired with a combat-ready android.

If you’re envisioning something along the lines of RoboCop, Blade Runner and Minority Report, you’re on the right, dystopian track.

The futuristic cop drama’s two-night premiere kicks off Sunday, Nov. 17 (9/8c) and introduces us to John Kennex (the Star Trek reboot’s Karl Urban), a detective returning to the force after a life-changing injury.

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Kennex is paired with Dorian (Common Law‘s Michael Ealy), a retired-model android pulled out of storage to watch the brooding, uncooperative returnee’s back. (Let’s just say the pair aren’t exactly Starsky and Hutch from the start.)

There’s also Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under) as the precinct’s boss, Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) as a fellow detective, some kickass action sequences, lots of gadgetry and an intriguing mystery surrounding Kennex’s missing ex-girlfriend.

TVLine chatted with Almost Human‘s key players, both in front of and behind the camera, for scoop on the upcoming series. Read on as Urban and Ealy, as well as executive producers J.J. Abrams (Lost) and J.H. Wyman (Fringe), preview what you can expect from the sci-fi procedural.

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HOW FAR IN THE FUTURE ARE WE TALKING? | The series is set about 30 years from now, a time that Abrams, during a conference call with reporters, insists isn’t all doom and gloom. “It’s not raining all the time. The atmosphere isn’t completely ruined,” he notes. “There’s a sense of going forward” and that humanity is “resilient, and we’re going to succeed.”

HOW HUMAN IS DORIAN? | Unlike the newer model “synthetics” who accompany all of the other officers about their work, Dorian is indistinguishable from you or I. His emotional range, Ealy says during a visit to the set, “can go to very, very emotional to pretty stoic.” Yet let’s not forget: He’s hella strong and impervious to pain. “There are times, especially in action sequences,” Ealy notes, “where he’s just unstoppable.” Abrams adds that Ealy “is playing a character who is by design, literally, as brave and as knowledgeable and strategic as you would want your partner to be… But he’s also as altruistic and as considerate and empathetic as you would want.”

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ON A RELATED NOTE, HOW SYNTHETIC IS KENNEX? | As we learn early on in the pilot, the injury that sidelines Urban’s character leaves him with a robotic leg. “While he appreciates technology… he still has a problem with the line between humanity and robotics or synthetics,” Wyman tells reporters. “His well-being now depends on this technology that he holds in contempt.”

WHO’S IN CHARGE? | Taylor’s Maldonado is “not only our captain, she’s also like a big sister,” Urban says, adding that John’s relationship with – and respect for – her allows for a very honest back-and-forth between the two. “There’s definitely a personal connection there.” Fun fact: The precinct boss was originally conceived as a male role, but a casting director’s suggestion of Taylor changed everything. “We realized that the char of Maldonado would be far superior if it was a woman,” Wyman says.

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WHO’S THE BIG BAD? | Though Wyman promises he’s “always interested in hiding certain things and planting certain things that will come around later,” don’t expect Almost Human to have Fringe-ian levels of mythology. “Inherently, the show is a week-to-week great action show with cases that you haven’t really seen before,” he adds.

WHERE’S KENNEX’S LADY? | In the pilot, the tortured cop recalls some very disturbing details regarding the love of his life. While her absence is certainly important to Kennex’s journey, Urban says, “We’re not letting the character be defined by that” — though it’ll be addressed in future episodes.

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20 Comments
  1. SMITH says:

    the Mac-n-Cheese Joey always wanted….

  2. Daisy says:

    I am so excited about this show. That generally means I will be the only one that likes it and it will be immediately cancelled. I’ll enjoy it while it lasts, I guess.

    • ben says:

      I know. I wish this show had started in late September. It seems to me that any show starting in November may be doomed from the start. Which is such a shame, because I have a feeling I’m really going to like this show, but that its going to be dead on arrival. Even the realtively few comments on the article suggest that could be true.

    • Cosima says:

      I’ve seen some great previews for this show online, but all the ones (that I’ve seen) on TV are kind of weak. They focus on the human aspect, and feelings and make it seem more of a drama. I’m not sure they are reaching their target demo with those ads…

      • ben says:

        They probably figure they have their target demo sewn up, and want to get a different demo on board as well – thats my guess.

  3. ” (the Star Trek reboot’s Karl Urban),” how about, “the Dredd reboot’s Karl Urban)”? FAR more fitting given the show.

  4. CBWBDK1 says:

    I can’t wait for this show! I’m sure it will be the best new show of the season!!

  5. mmartian says:

    love those week to week shows with a low level of mythology- i can catch one a month and be completely caught up

  6. nuhuhtoyouruhhuh says:

    Let me guess… Larroquette is the villain? I’m too good at this game.

  7. Tran 2.0 says:

    Looking forward to it. Almost Human is like part RoboCop part Blade Runner with a mix of buddy cop movies like Lethal Weapon among others and this series has potential. BTW, don’t forget to bring your own popcorn.

  8. Jackie H. says:

    Bones + Data = awesome

  9. Dragonfly says:

    Cannot wait for this!

  10. Teag says:

    Almost Human and the Following back to back later is gonna be so great.

  11. dreamlife613 says:

    Can’t wait!!! Should be a nice pairing with Sleepy Hollow. At first I was annoyed about it being a procedural, but the key is to make the characters interesting enough to watch week after week.

  12. Alichat says:

    Kleenex

  13. liz says:

    Been a fan of both lead actors for almost a decade and I’m super excited they’re working together. In a robot show no less! So excited!!

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