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Fringe might be over, but the men behind it have teamed up to give us a new TV series that is even more intriguing. Fox premiered a trailer for the upcoming futuristic science fiction series Almost Human at the network’s upfronts in New York, and the show looks absolutely fantastic.
Almost Human comes from the minds of J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and J.H. Wyman, which explains its big-budget feel and impressive scope. The series stars Star Trek Into Darkness‘ Karl Urban and Common Law‘s Michael Ealy as a cop and the android he’s forced to have as his partner. Set decades in the future, it’s clear from the trailer that there are some major overarching tensions about the integration of robots into human life that are dealt with in addition to the weekly police drama element of the story.
This trailer has us on board with this series, but it will be interesting to see how much steam Almost Human can pick up. It looks like it could easily be a movie, which doesn’t say much for its chances on the small screen. But Fringe was a gamble for Fox as well that ended up running for five seasons, so hopefully Almost Human can have the same kind of luck.
Almost Human will air Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. It is set to premiere during the midseason. Minka Kelly and Lily Taylor also star. Here’s the synopsis:
Executive-produced by Emmy Award winner J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Lost, the Star Trek and Mission: Impossible franchises) and creator J.H. Wyman (Fringe, The Mexican) and starring Karl Urban (Star Trek), Michael Ealy (Sleeper Cell, Common Law) and Emmy Award nominee Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under), Almost Human is a high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely partnership is forged when a part-machine cop (Urban) is forced to pair with a part-human robot (Ealy) as they fight crime and investigate a deeper cover-up in a futuristic new world.