Almost Human: A Very Different ‘Fringe’ Future


JJ. Abrams discusses the very different futures of Fringe and Almost Human in this TVGuide piece:

Where Fringe’s old sets in Vancouver once housed a fake cow named Gene and rows of jars filled with red vines and other assorted candy, now stands Almost Human’s space-age-looking police precinct. But using the same sound stage isn’t the only thing the two Fox shows have in common.

Like Fringe, Almost Human (Sunday, 8/7c) also comes from producers J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman and is set in the not too distant future. Police officers are partnered with androids as they tackle cases with futuristic elements that border on the fringe. Sound familiar? But apart from those glaring similarities, Abrams insists that the shows are fundamentally different.

“The Venn diagram of these two [shows] might be that they’re pushing the edge of technology and what might be possible in that regard,” he says. “[Almost Human is] much more of a cop show that you might feel is familiar with a huge wrench thrown into that. It feels very distinct and different from the world of Fringe, which, at its core was a much more serialized show about this dysfunctional father-son [relationship] and romance that went over not just years, but different worlds. This is a show that doesn’t quite get into that level of serialized storytelling.”


  1. Page 48 says

    “This is a show that doesn’t quite get into that level of serialized storytelling.”

    But ought to! And the sooner, the better!

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    • Matt says

      It will inevitably become serialized.

      The initial pitch for LOST: “Viewers will be able to drop in at any time and be able to follow exactly what’s going on in a story context. This is not lip service – we are absolutely committed to this conceit. LOST can and will be just as accessible on a weekly basis as a traditionally “procedural” drama.”

      FRINGE article from USA Today in 2008: “Abrams promised he had learned from his mistakes on his other mystery series, Lost and especially Alias, which lost viewers as its stories became more convoluted. He vowed to make each Fringe episode stand alone.”

      There’s a pattern here. Not that I’m complaining, I love serialized shows. Almost Human will certainly become serialized.

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      • Shervin says

        If shows don’t become serialized they will lose fans because there is only so much you can copy paste & do with one idea!

        Stand alone shows are basically sitcoms when plot a occurs, than plot b, than they both unfold & lead together or end…

        Even very long running shows with stand alone eps tend to develop some sort of long running storyline…

        The trick is for producers to realize where & when a show must end (whether before or after it becomes serialized)…

        To me, shows such as Lost are those that just went on for too long for the sake of the hype… Lost could have been wrapped up in 3 Seasons and it would have bee one of my top 10 shows; right now it’s not even on the list for the soul purpose that it just went on for too long, developing relationships that mean absolutely nothing at the end…

        Take a show like Fringe, every time they feel the story is getting dragged on for too long they take a 180 turn and start something fresh, however the as a whole, ALL the seasons connect & in fact are all interconnected; and even though the show could have continued for perhaps another 2 seasons, it ended at the height of it’s “epic’ness” so to speak…

        So going back, while I agree that stand alone episode type of series are nice, there can never really be a long running “high quality” show which won’t develop independent or even interdependent story arcs resulting in various seasons…

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  2. ML says

    With Wyman as lone showrunner I think his weaknesses as a writer are showing. Fringe was the great show it was because of the number of people involved not solely Wyman.

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  3. Sissy says

    I can’t warm up to this show yet. I heard a radio talk show host in my area say the show was too violent for him. I don’t know the whole sexbot thing was a turn off. The knife in the thigh thing – a little over the top. I’ll give it another try.

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  4. ML says

    I think Wyman’s going for more procedural case of the week than he is serialized. It’s easier for audience to tune in to that type of show. I have a feeling that’s what Fox and Wyman are aiming for.

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