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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