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.”