Fox Orders J.J. Abrams' Robo-cops and Three More New Dramas


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Robots! Headless Horsemen! Tough urban gang members! And Greg Kinnear! That's what next year's new crop of Fox dramas will look like. Not just tough, Kinnear tough! In advance of Fox's Upfronts next Monday, the network has picked up four new dramas, says TV Line. That's twice as many new serious shows as it had last year (The Following, Mob Doctor). Let's run 'em down:

Almost Human is the highlight (if you ask me) of the bunch and comes from producers J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman (Fringe). Karl Urban stars as a cop in the future who has a new partner: a lifelike android (Michael Ealy)! Well, all cops 35 years have robot partners, not just Karl Urban. This one will be all about feelings, methinks. And blasting perps with laser guns. Also starring are Lily Taylor (Hemlock Grove), Mackenzie Crook (Game of Thrones), and Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights). 

Gang Related could be an interesting take on the cop genre. In it, a gang member infiltrates the San Francisco Police Department and rises all the way up to the Gang Task Force which seems like a lot of work for a gang but gangs do NOT play around. I'm from the streets and have been in no fewer than four gangs. But it sounds like this gang member starts to have feelings (aww) for his new cop buddies, and battles loyalties between his homies and his other homies. Gang Related stars Ramon Rodriguez (Charlie Angels), RZA (CSI: Wu Tang), Jay Hernandez (Nashville), and Terry O'Quinn (Lost).

Sleepy Hollow is a supernatural thriller based on the classic tale by Washington Irving. You know, the one about Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. In Fox's Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane is resurrected in modern-day times to find the world on the brink of destruction, so he teams up with a cop to save us all. I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around this one because all I can think about is Disney's version of Ichabod Crane and I'm hoping it's Michael Richards who plays him. But it isn't, it's Tom Mison. Oh well. Also starring: Nicole Beharie (42), and Orlando Jones.

Rake is an Emmy vehicle for star Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine). Based on an Australian series, Kinnear will gloom it up as Keegan Joye, a brilliant but self-destructive criminal defense lawyer. House in court, I'm guessing? Mirando Otto and John Ortiz also star. 

With those orders out, it's almost certainly bad news for the rest of Fox's drama pilots, which include Boomerang, Delirium, and The List. Joining the four picked today are dramas Bones, The Following, and Glee which were previously renewed.  




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The Aussie Rake is absolutely superb and I highly doubt the American version will be anything like as good.
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Anyone with half a brain and wanting to watch a quality tv show download Australia's original version of Rake it is freakin awesome and no one can do Cleaver Greene as well as Richard Roxburgh
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One giant sigh at all of those.
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Definitely looking forward to checking out Sleepy Hollow.
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Sleepy Hollow sounds the most interesting to me. Almost Human also sounds decent.
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Too bad about Delirium, my daughter and I have read the book and I think it would make a great show. Also The Selection looked intriguing.
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Next years pilot season is looking like a bust.. but I actually think Gang Related could be kind of cool.
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Tim, do you mean "all cops *in* 35 years have robot partners..."?

Almost Human is going to be a tough sell, it's on Fox which does it no good, and then it's got a premise that's been done a few times. But Karl Urban is pretty good, and this has potential as a modern sci-fi piece.

Gang Related seems like it could work but not with that cast.

Sleepy Hollow sounds both awful and quick-canceled. Then again, Fox hasn't been consistent in dropping the ax lately.

Rake sounds... like a show. I like Kinnear, but that doesn't sound compelling at all, it'll need to work very hard to hold my attention.
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I'll just keep on nagging about any network wanting to do a series based on the movie Fatherland.
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That would be a good short series for HBO.
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That sleepy hollow Show doesnt sound all that great and because it stars black people it wont last. Excited for Gang Related and almost Human. I didnt watch Fox last fall, but ill be there this fall
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Forget about these shows, I want to see CSI: Wu Tang!
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I thought Urban was the android? That was my understanding based on other blurbs about the show. Frankly, and no offense to Michael Ealy, but that would be the better arrangement.
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Nope, Ealy has been pitched the whole time as the android, and I think it's for the best, the guy goes into emotional overdrive acting at the drop of a hat and it gets beyond his range.
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Almost Human sounds the most interesting, to me. I like the detective and sci-fi genres, so I'll give it a shot.
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Gang Related really?? A movie from wayyy back in the early 90's that wasn't any good? Are they gonna bring Tupac back from the dead to guest star?
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All I can think about when it comes to Sleepy Hollow is Tim Burton's version. That's a lot to live up too. And you got me at RZA for the gang show.
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I'm quite underwhelmed by all of these, and the comedies on the other article. Just "The Following" for me next year then so.
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Can't wait for Sleepy Hollow
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Wasn't Almost Human already done, but it was called Mann & Machine:
http://www.tv.com/shows/mann-and-machine/
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And Total Recall 2070
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Am I the only one laughing his ass off over the thought of Tim in a gang? That's priceless and frankly, comedy gold. That being said, I think I'd check out anything Greg Kinnear is attached to. He's very enjoyable.
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Almost Human for me; I'm a HUGE Karl Urban fan and set with the always solid J.J. Abrams it's got to be good. Can't wait. Big smilies round here I can tell you. lol
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Almost Human sounds good to me...... an interesting take on the cop / sci-fi dramas that we've had. A good opportunity to explore emotions is a different context. Plus it has producers well-versed in this genre. They know what they are doing.
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I'm having a hard time imaging gang related as not being as bad as golden boy for some reason. something about high concept cop drama. it's acting talent is also something along the line of mediocre when averaged out.

if it weren't for the names attached actor-wise to almost himan I would promise that it would be as bad as alcatraz and being human. whatever the case if they expect tear jerker bring in someone not responsible for all of the flat as hell emotional moments that were fringe's trademark *drama*.

fuck courtroom dramas and sleepy hollow sounds absolutely bizarre.

still can't believe the following got renewed. yes I enjoyed the pilot. and then the assholes went and canned that one chick in favor of annie parisse? cold. that and the show is just plain terrible.
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as bad as alcatraz and revolution*
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I´ll give all of them a shot :)
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Mac and C.H.E.E.S. O.o
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I can't vote - there is no "None" option.

I'll probably check Almost Human to see Minka Kelly - but I expect this show to be cancelled in no time just as Charlie's Angels were.
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Almost Human sounds very much like Total Recall 2070.

Sleepy Hollow sounds like a failed prior attempt at Elementary in which Holmes comes back after cryogenic sleep.
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I liked Michael Ealy in Common Law, too bad USA killed it
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I just hope I won't build myself to high expectations for Almost Human.

Too late! Can't wait for Almost Human! WYMAN! woop woop

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Almost Human has my vote hope it gets BIG!!
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Nice -- I was hoping Almost Human, Gang Related, and Sleepy Hollow would be picked up.

Until now, I thought Karl Urban was going to be the android! For those that have seen them, is it just me, or do the first photos of GR and SH look cheesy/underwhelming? (Lame nitpick, I know.)
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Karl Urban as robocop? AWESOME! He was amazing in Dredd 3D, I hope this serie turns to gold :D
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Australian series? because we've poached enough British series and have to ruin the rest of the world?

Sleepy Hollow is the only one that sounds interesting to me.
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Here I am getting excited about another JJ Abrams show. How will this one shatter my faith in humanity...
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Almost Human sounds good, the others not so much.
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Almost Human sounds good, everything else complete trash.
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With all the cop/lawyer related shows, I think FOX is trying to go the procedural route with a little twist. But I'm still excited for Sleepy Hollow and Almost Human.
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No fewer than 4 gangs?! Tim is a bad mother.. (shut your mouth)
Can you name any please Mr Surette? And did the homies give you a street nickname?
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I know i'll end up watching and possibly liking Almost human a lot as it has J.J. attached but the first thing in my mind when i heard about this series was Mac & C.H.E.E.S.E. :) (and for those that don't get the reference it was a fake show that Joey Tribianni did a pilot for in a couple of episodes of Friends)
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To tell you the truth I am not excited about any of them.
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J.J. Abrams.. nuff said :)
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Actually not enough is said. Used to be that way. But now it's a sticker slapped on every show with a sci-fi smell.
Wyman is the one to be excited about in the duo of Wyman and Abrams.
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I like both Ealy and Urban so I'll be sure to check that one out.
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Can "none of the above" be an option on the poll? Haha, the only one that I might have watched was The List but that didn't get picked up.
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I hope Almost Human is more than a Robot-Human buddy cop procedural, knowing Abrams it will be.
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For me, Sleepy Hollow conjures up Johnny Depp and that doesn't make sense either.
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I like all of these shows base on their premises. Its too bad that some of them will inevitably be dead on arrival.

Almost Human: I'm a Fringe fan so no questions ask.
Rake: I want more legal dramas. The Good Wife barely satiates me.
Gang Related: Who doesn't love The Departed? It sounds like Mob Doctor but I'm still giving it a chance.
Sleepy Hollow: Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow is one of my favourite movies. Although I'm a bit cautious because Fox doing a supernatural show? Supernatural shows seems to be getting popular again though with Grimm and Vampire Diaries.
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Love the Australian series Rake. Looking forward to Fox's version.
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Gang Related sounds like it'd be cool if on CBS. I don't like Fox's chances at good procedural type shows.

Sleepy Hollow seems stupid.

Almost Human could be good, could be crap. Meh.

I like Greg Kinnear but euw @ Rake. Who knows, maybe I'll like it.
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Based on what I've seen of JJ Abrams' shows (everything except for Felicity, What About Brian, and Six Degrees), the most worthwhile ones are rewarded with decent-sized lifetimes, and the weaker ones are punished with being cancelled after one or two seasons (obviously Revolution has yet to prove/disprove this, so I'm not counting it). That being said, I think I'm done watching his shows starting with the first season. Though I may still check Almost Human out if/when it's renewed for a second season if I hear good enough things about it. Gang Related sounds ridiculous. Though I can't say whether it's ridiculous in a bad way, good despite being ridiculous, or good BECAUSE of its ridiculousness. I was thinking Sleepy Hollow could go either way... Until I read about Ichabod being resurrected in a more modern time... WTF? And it's hard to say much about Rake. I'll have to see a trailer to form an opinion, though I don't really watch lawyer shows.
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J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman? I may just have to change my username to AlmostHumanAddict...

Kidding! I already have FringeFanatic engraved on my tombstone.
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You are FringeFanatic. I am FringeFanaticFanAddict. You are my white powder I sniff. I need you! <3
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Haha! My nickname in high school WAS White China...
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...Why do I get the feeling that the last line isn't a joke?
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Yay for Almost Human and Gang Related !
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