Our fill of the supernatural, robots and police procedurals will be met this fall! Fox has picked up two new SF shows, which are slated to appear sometime in the 2013-2014 television season.
The first is Sleepy Hollow, written by Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, who recently worked on the show Fringe. In it, Ichabod Crame is brought into the modern world, where he finds that he’s humanity’s last hope to avert destruction. He teams up with a police officer to tackle an age old mystery that goes back to the colonial era. The pilot will be directed by Len Wiseman, who’s known for his work with the Underworld movies.
The second is Almost Human, from Joel Wyman and J.J. Abrams, who also worked on Fringe. 35 years in the future, LAPD cops are partnered with an android counterpart. Karl Urban stars as a human police officer who dislikes robots, and his robotic partner, portrayed by Michael Ealy, starts experiencing emotional responses. The pilot will be directed by Brad Anderson, who’s directed episodes of Fringe, Person of Interest, and The Killing.
Both shows appear to have their roots in SF literature: Sleepy Hollow is the product of Washington Irving, one of the United States’ earliest fantasists. We’re not really sure how close this will keep with the source material, however, and it’s one that we’ll watch cautiously. The premise is a bit strange and out there, but the same could be said for Fringe.
Almost Human has us quite a bit more excited, and we hope that Wyman and Abrams will take some good cues from Isaac Asimov’s Robot novels. The premise looks to be almost identical to the 2004 film I, Robot (‘inspired’ by Asimov’s stories) and Asimov’s own novels Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun, which feature a similar character arrangement.