FOX Picks Up J.J. Abrams’ Robot Cop Drama ‘Almost Human,’ Modern ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and More
The news from Upfront presentations will be pouring in over the next few days, and FOX is the latest to make some bold announcements. In addition to J.J. Abrams‘ futuristic cop thriller ‘Almost Human,’ the network has given series orders to its modern ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ procedural, a ‘Gang Related’ drama featuring ‘LOST‘s Terry O’Quinn, and Greg Kinnear’s ‘House‘-like lawyer drama ‘Rake,’ from the UK series of the same name. Preview FOX’s fall drama line-up inside!
FOX certainly achieved some breakout drama success in ‘The Following‘ this past season, but its fall 2013 lineup has a much larger genre bent. The network has officially issued series orders to four new dramas, including J.J. Abrams’ Karl Urban-starring android drama ‘Almost Human,’ a time-traveling ‘Sleepy Hollow,’ Greg Kinnear’s acerbic lawyer ‘Rake,’ and San Francisco police drama ‘Gang Related.’
Developed by ‘Fringe‘ team J.H. Wyman, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, ‘Almost Human’ unfolds as a futuristic and action-packed buddy cop drama wherein all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. Karl Urban (‘Star Trek Into Darkness‘) will take on the leading role of John Kennex (get it?), a respected police officer who has shut down emotionally (get it?!) following a disastrous mission that killed nine fellow officers and left him critically injured. Former ‘Common Law‘ star Michael Ealy will portray Kennex’s android partner Dorian, from a cast that includes Lili Taylor as the police captain, and co-stars Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook (‘Game of Thrones‘) and Michael Irby.
Meanwhile, ‘Star Trek‘ and ‘Amazing Spider-Man‘ writers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ brings Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) into modern day investigations, amid a cast that includes Orlando Jones (‘MADtv’), Katia Winter (‘Dexter‘), Nicole Beharie (‘The Good Wife‘) and guest star John Cho (‘Star Trek,’ ‘Go On‘).
‘Rake’ follows Greg Kinnear as Keegan Joye, a “brilliant, iconoclastic and innately self-destructive” criminal defense attorney with a penchant for hopeless cases. Sam Raimi will helm the pilot episode, featuring a supporting cast that includes Miranda Otto (‘Lord of the Rings’), Necar Zadegan (‘Emily Owens, M.D.‘), Bojana Novakovic, John Ortiz (‘Luck‘), David Harbour (‘The Newsroom‘) and Tara Summers.
Finally, ‘Gang Related’ follows a gang member sent to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department, where he balances crime family obligations with an increasing sense of loyalty to the SFPD. The drama stars ‘LOST’s Terry O’Quinn, Ramon Rodriguez, Jay Hernandez (‘Last Resort‘), Sung Kang (‘The Fast and the Furious‘), Inbar Lavi, Rza, Cliff Curtis and Shantel Van Santen.
Well, what say you? Which of FOX’s new dramas are you most interested to check out in fall 2013?