Fall TV Preview

Fall TV Scoop: Fox Picks Up 4 Dramas, Including J.J. Abrams Thriller and Sleepy Hollow Update

Fox New Series Fall 2013Fox has greenlit four new dramas for the 2013-14 season, including J.J. Abrams‘ futuristic cop thriller Almost Human (pictured, right) and a modern-day take on Sleepy Hollow.

Also receiving series orders from the network are Gang Related and Rake. For details on Fox’s five comedy pickups, click here.

Among the noteworthy drama pilots not getting the go-ahead from Fox: Felicity Huffman’s Boomerang, an adaptation of the Delirum novels and The List (costarring Grey’s newbie Hilarie Burton). (Fox’s complete development slate can be found here.)

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Here’s the logline/casting/pedigree info for each of the new series:

Gang Related (Drama)
EPs | Scott Rosenbaum (The Shield), Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious)
CAST | Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Ramon Rodriguez (Charlie’s Angels), Jay Hernandez (Last Resort), Sung Kang (The Fast and the Furious), Inbar Lavi (Underemployed), Rza, Cliff Curtis (Missing), Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill)
Follows a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department and rise through its ranks — ultimately landing on the Gang Task Force. There, he must balance his obligations to his crime family with an increasing sense of loyalty to his new “family” on the SFPD.

Almost Human (Drama)
EPs | J.H. Wyman, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk (Fringe)
CAST | Karl Urban (Star Trek), Michael Ealy (Common Law), Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under), Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Michael Irby (The Unit), Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean), Mekia Cox
An action-packed buddy cop show set in the near future when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.

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Rake (Drama)
EPs | Peter Duncan (creator of the Australian series of the same name), Peter Tolan (Rescue Me), Michael Wimer, Greg Kinnear
CAST | Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine), Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings), Necar Zadegan (Emily Owens, M.D.), Bojana Novakovic (Edge Of Darkness), John Ortiz (Luck), David Harbour (The Newsroom), Tara Summers (Boston Legal)
Centers around Keegan Joye, a brilliant but self-destructive criminal defense lawyer.

SLEEPY HOLLOWSleepy Hollow (Drama)
EPs | Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci (Star Trek)
CAST | Orlando Jones (MADtv), Katia Winter (Dexter), Nicole Beharie (The Good Wife), Tom Mison (Parade’s End), guest star John Cho (Go On)
A modern-day supernatural thriller based on the legend of the titular Westchester Country, N.Y. town.

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  1. Jules says:

    What’s going on with Spy?

  2. i was really excited for both delirium and boomerang :/

  3. pcpurecommunity1234 says:

    Disney needs to hurry up and order a series for Girl Meets World.

  4. Michelle says:

    I’m in for Almost Human and Sleepy Hollow!

  5. George says:

    I’m a little confused. When you guys say “for fall,” does that mean that all 4 of these shows are expected to start airing in the fall? I would think some of these are gonna wind up being mid-season shows next spring, no?

    • Lauren says:

      I’m pretty sure “Fall TV” is more or less a figure of speech here. I don’t think those fall/spring decisions are made for another week or so.

      • Midori says:

        At least one of these shows needs to be on after Bones in September, which may still be summer. Fall shows just mean new shows.

        Where is Fox going to stick these new shows? Fridays?

        • Sg. Grant says:

          Expect to see a little less Gordon Ramsey until the next summer, or when some of these shows that are picked up fail.

        • Sarah says:


          I honestly think Bones is moving to Friday, especially if you believe DB’s tweet from yesterday. :(

  6. Gory says:

    Yes Gang Related! I’m so excited it got a pickup. Maybe Fox will pair Almost Human and Sleepy Hollow on Fridays for a scifi night a la The X-Files/brisco County Jr in 1993. Give Grimm a little genre competition.

  7. Taryn says:

    YEAH! I will watch anything with Terry O’Quinn and Karl Urban

  8. Herbfan says:

    “Almost Human” reminds me of “Future Cop” from 1976. Look it up on IMDB.com, kids.

  9. Congrats to Joel, JJ, Bad Robot, and the whole fringe crew in vancouver!! super excited about Human!! Congrats also to Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci on the Sleepy Hollow pick up! #FringeFamily <3

  10. Michelle says:

    I’m so disappointed Delirium didn’t get picked up. It looked promising.

  11. Joe says:

    Will watch Gang Related for Shantal VanSanten, regardless of how it looks. But I will wait for the trailers to decide on the others.

  12. julio says:

    omg i really wanted fox to pick up delirium. and nbc didnt pick up the sixth gun another show i was looking forward to. none of these shows look interesting to me. might watch almost human to see how it is. will definitely not watch sleepy hollow. it took up deliriums chance to get picked up.

  13. Superhero says:

    Just order the Michael Schur/Dan Goor pilot and I’ll be a happy camper.

  14. LE says:

    Is Fox expanding to 10 pm? Because they renew almost all of it’s shows. And with comedies still missing.. Maybe some of them will go midseason or take the place of some show that gets canceled.

  15. Martin says:

    Rake is for midseason i hear, but still:

    Bones – 8/7c
    Gang Related/The Following (Midseason) – 9/8c

    Raising Hope – 8/7c
    NEW COMEDY – 8.30/7.30c
    New Girl – 9/8c
    NEW COMEDY/The Mindy Project (One of for midseason) – 9.30/8.30c

    The X Factor/American Idol (Midseason) – 8-10c

    The X Factor/American Idol (Midseason) – 8/7c
    Either Glee or Almost Human/ Rake (Midseason)- 8/7c

    Glee/Almost Human – 8/7c
    Sleepy Hollow – 9/8c

    By the look of the schedule, it seems like they will have to put at least one new show on Friday, even if Glee goes there in the fall.

  16. Martin says:

    Also, of the four new shows ordered today so far, I will probably watch Gang Related and Almost Human.

    • Martin says:

      Plus, I’m sort of hoping/half expecting at least The X Factor to be cut down to two hours, either just Wed 8-10 or 8-9 on Wed and 8-9 on Thurs

      • Amy says:

        I do/don’t think FOX would move Glee to Fridays. Don’t because its been renewed for 2 years and a safe bet but do because its been renewed for 2 years and ratings are falling…may ship it off to Friday nights.

  17. Kristi says:

    Sleepy Hollow sounds like the only one worth watching.

  18. AT says:

    I’m interested in Sleepy Hollow. It’s too bad about Delirium because that one sounded really good.

  19. nick1372 says:

    I don’t like the premises for either Gang Related or Almost Human but I like the people involved in both so I’ll check it out.

  20. Fabe says:

    I wanted to see Delirium

  21. John Allan says:

    I met John Cho and Len Wiseman briefly during the filming of the Sleepy Hollow pilot, which was partially filmed in my apartment building. They are both very nice guys. Looking forward to seeing parts of the building on film when it airs.

  22. Fabe says:

    Is there any chance Delirium could be picked up by another channel?

  23. Christian says:

    I’m not surprised FOX passed on Delirium. It sounded more in The CW’s wheelhouse.

  24. Tracy says:

    “Gang Related” looks like a poor imitation of “The Shield”, “Almost Human” just looks terrible…a wannabe “Terminator”, “The Rake” might be okay but the show about Sleepy Hollow…really? It’s been done! Fox looks like it’s in for terrible ratings next year!

    • MaryAnn says:

      All of us have different tastes. Will not even check out “Rake”, but am THRILLED that the other three got picked up, and will definitely watch. lol

    • Julie says:

      Okay, what am I missing? I don’t see The Shield comparison to Gang Related…

  25. Jules says:

    I’m new to this whole picking up of TV series…. does this mean, there is no chance that Delirium, Boomerang or The List get picked up?
    Could Fox reconsider those pilots for a spring schedule, or mabye next year/TV season?
    And could another network pick up those pilots, so that the shows run there?
    Sorry, if these seem like dumb questions, I just don’t know anything about it.

  26. Karoline says:

    That’s a pity. I was really exited about “The List” with Gary Cole. So no FOX drama next season for me. :(

  27. Tee says:

    None of those sound interesting to me.

  28. Belle says:

    Karl Urban in anything is awesome :) Sure wish they’d try some of these shows out over the summer…I have always hated summer, even as a child, too bad they don’t reply the seasons over the summer so we can catch up on things we missed. SICK OF REALITY shows!!!!

  29. Marco says:

    Can they reconsider Boomerang and The List?

  30. Renee says:

    If Almost Human or Rake get a season 2 from Fox, I’ll then watch the DVD’s and catch up. Love Karl Urban. How the heck did they land him?

  31. Sarah says:

    With 4 new dramas, I have a feeling Bones is moving to Friday. :(

  32. DreamRose311 says:

    oooo does the tag “guest star” on John Cho mean there’s still hope for Go On to… ya know… go on?

  33. Curt says:

    oh, noooooo Rake (Aussie version) was incredible. precedence shows it being redone up here will crash and burn. drat. guess i will just have to wait for the Aus DVD’s (I have a vague hope I am wrong) The brilliant actors in the original … against Greg Kinnear?

  34. Cherry says:

    I am shocked that Boomerang wasn’t picked. i loved the premise and I wanted to see Felicity Huffman back on my screen :( I hope ABC pick it up or something.

    I’m really shocked the List wasn’t chosen, it seemed like it could’ve been a really good show.

  35. Sable says:

    Definitely J.J. Abrams’, “Almost Human,” and I’ll probably try, “Gang Related.” I might try the other two as I always like to give scripted shows a chance. I have to say that a writer should know that you can “revolve around” or “center on” something, but “center around” as used in the “Rake” description is incorrect English.