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Almost Human Preview: Stars of Fox's Futuristic Cop Drama Promise Laughs, Action… Sexbots?

Almost Human Series Premiere PreviewFox’s Almost Human has seen the future, and it is one rough-looking place.

By now, on the eve of the J.J. Abrams/ J.H. Wyman-produced drama’s two-night premiere (Sunday and Monday at 8/7c), you likely know the series’ premise: In the year 2048, Det. John Kennex (Karl Urban, Star Trek) awakens from a 17-month coma with a synthetic leg, a missing fiancée and a fuzzy memory about the on-the-job attack that nearly killed him.

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He returns to a precinct in duck-and-cover mode, where the police are so inundated by dangerous criminals that each officer is partnered with an android. And to make matters worse, certain members of the force think Kennex shouldn’t have come back at all.

Still, Urban maintains, “At the end of the day, the show is about fun.”

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Before you cock a dystopian eyebrow, hear him out. After all, when Urban’s traumatized detective is paired with Dorian, a decommissioned android with “flaws” like emotional reactions and a sense of humor, the mood of the series gets considerably lighter.

“We want to show stuff that’s a little bit different than what you’re going to see on other, regular shows,” he adds during TVLine’s visit to the set. “That’s the challenge.”

Urban’s partner in that challenge is Common Law‘s Michael Ealy, who plays Dorian with a mix of childlike wonder and self-assured calm. “For the most part, we fall into a pretty handy, useful duo, ” Urban says. “Which isn’t to say that we don’t have our issues, because we do.”

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Almost Human Series Premiere PreviewThe premiere establishes Kennex’s desire to remember important details about his ambush, which killed a colleague and may have something to do with his MIA lover.

Future episodes will take on Dorian’s backstory (we’ll meet another android from Dorian’s line, “and I play him, as well,” Ealy previews), what Mackenzie Crook’s tech whiz Rudy might be hiding (“He has some information that would be powerful,” the Game of Thrones alum teases) and… sex bots like the one pictured at right (“They have, you know, human DNA — skin — and it’s just like, when will it stop?” Ealy muses. “Where does it stop? Will it ever stop?”).

In the meanwhile, Kennex and Dorian’s working relationship will continue to evolve, often as they spend time together in the car.

“We’re riffing a lot on Midnight Run and those characters, who are kind of at each other a bit, but need each other to get the job done,” Urban notes.

But does Dorian ever get to drive?

“I’ve only driven once,” Ealy says, laughing.

“I let him drive once,” Urban concurs.

Comments (18)

  • Is it true that Gina Carano will be appear on the show? If yes, will she have more than a cameo?

    Comment by Dan – November 16, 2013 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds like a fantastic show, and i hope the ratings reflect that. Sci-Fi shows dont have the best record on network tv as far as im aware. :-(

    Comment by Jace – November 16, 2013 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m so excited for this show!!! I just can’t hide it!!

    Comment by CBWBDK1 – November 16, 2013 12:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It has big shoes to fill with the success of Sleepy Hollow.

    Comment by Blah blah – November 16, 2013 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cherry 2000s?

    Comment by Michael Sacal – November 16, 2013 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The wait is over. So excited for this show tomorrow and on Monday. BTW, don’t forget to bring popcorn.

    Comment by Tran 2.0 – November 16, 2013 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wonder if they’re tackling humor to avoid the obvious comparisons to ‘Blade Runner’, which was a dark movie.
    Anyway, excited to see this show!

    Comment by JM – November 16, 2013 03:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • On the tip of the subject of the Gina Carano hype…
    After all that hype about John Larroquette now there’s nothing. No promotional photos or videos and it was rumored he was in ‘Skin’. Nothing is listed on his IMDB for this show yet. I know he’s supposedly in ep 9.

    Comment by nuhuhtoyouruhhuh – November 16, 2013 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Friends Season 6 Episode 20: The One With Mac & C.H.E.E.S.E.

    Comment by Dick Whitman – November 17, 2013 01:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by rtwegrew – November 17, 2013 03:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Very much looking forward to this, just watched the trailer again and oh my god i’m so excited!

    Then again I love most of the shows that J. J. Abrams has been involved with.

    Comment by Ashley – November 17, 2013 05:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t wait!! I just hope it gets good ratings so that it does not get cancelled.

    Comment by dreamlife613 – November 17, 2013 08:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My dvr is set!

    Comment by GeoDiva – November 17, 2013 09:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No thanks – I’ll pass on this show.

    Comment by Lily – November 17, 2013 01:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ETA: Or rather EW did.

    Comment by CA – November 17, 2013 07:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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