Fox Cancels Bad Robot’s Sci-Fi Crime Procedural ‘Almost Human’

By April 30, 2014
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Well, it’s a good thing that the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII was revealed this week, because on the TV front, we have some bad news for fans of one of Bad Robot’s productions.

THR has learned that the Fox sci-fi crime procedural “Almost Human,” from J.J. Abrams and “Fringe” executive producer J.H. Wyman has been canceled after just a single 13-episode season. However, it seems like the cancellation might have less to do with a lack of ratings, and more to do with a slate of promising freshman series in the near future.

“Almost Human” was set in 2048 Los Angeles where technology had become an overwhelmingly effective tool in committing crime. Forced to keep up with the criminals, android police officers were developed and put into service with human detective counterparts. Karl Urban (Dredd) played a grizzled detective betrayed by his secretly criminal girlfriend, struggling with his past, when he is forced to be paired with a past, reportedly unstable DRN model android (named Dorian) played by Michael Ealy.

Almost Human - Karl Urban - Michael Ealy

The series premiered to strong ratings with 9.2 million viewers tuning in for the pilot, but as the season progressed, but as the first season went on, the ratings dwindled, and the finale raked in about 5.6 million viewers. However, those numbers don’t put it too far off from the ratings for Fox’s serial killer drama “The Following,” and that was already renewed for a third season. Maybe the cost when compared to the ratings was what did the sci-fi series in.

But still, Fox has a real penchant for ruining sci-fi series like this and not giving them time to blossom. “Firefly,” and “Dollhouse” are some of the prime examples, and the former even had episodes shown out of order, something that also happened with “Almost Human.” In Fox’s defense though, the out-of-order airing of “Almost Human” didn’t really create any confusion, mostly because the show was a little too procedural. That was my only complaint about the show with a familiar but well-functioning premise and compelling future setting.

Anyway, Fox has plenty of new shows on the horizon like the Batman prequel series “Gotham,” and hopefully they won’t mess that one up by airing episodes out of order.

Are you bummed that “Almost Human” has been canceled?

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.