Warner Brothers has released Almost Human on DVD, today, without any prior announcement that I have seen. In fact, it’s been released via the Warner Archive Collection, meaning it’s a video-on-demand title.
Fox can’t seem to keep their J.J. Abrams shows alive for more than one season. In 2012, Fox had Abrams’ Alcatraz, and cancelled it after one season, and they’ve just followed that up by cancelling Almost Human.
Why was it cancelled though? It seems to be a complicated number of reasons. According to Deadline Hollywood, Almost Human had a bit of a sluggish start in November. It held enough ground to earn renewal consideration, because it often finished on par with The Following, a show that also aired on Monday and which has already been renewed for next year.
Almost Human‘s season finale (and now series finale) logged a 1.5 rating in 18-49. This matches the live and same date rating for the finale of The Following. However, The Following apparently has a larger DVR draw than Almost Human.
The odds of Almost Human getting a renewal pick-up started to slide as Fox’s drama pilots started to pick up some steam. With all three considered strong contenders for a series pick-up, Fox seemed ready to go with three new shows, rather than giving the Abrams show a chance to breathe. Fox has the Batman prequel series, Gotham, already picked up for 13 episodes, as well as series called The Red Band Society and Empire.
Almost Human was also produced by Warner Bros TV, which also produces The Following and Gotham.
Fox, once again, shows they sometimes don’t know what they have. They also cancelled Firefly.
Fox has released this new promo for “Almost Human,” which will have a special two-night series premiere on Sunday, November 17, and Monday, November 18. From Emmy Award-winning executive producer J.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” “Revolution,” “Person of Interest,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator/executive producer J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”), comes “Almost Human.”
Starring Karl Urban (the “Star Trek” and “The Lord of the Rings” franchises) and Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”), the new series is set in 2048, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. “Almost Human” will follow the week-to-week missions of John Kennex (Urban), a detective and sole survivor of a devastating police ambush, and his robot partner, Dorian (Ealy), as this buddy-cop duo solve cases and fight to keep the lid on dangerously evolved criminals in this futuristic landscape.
Almost Human looks like a show with the potential to be another Alias or Fringe from J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman. Now Fox is giving Almost Human a special two-night launch!
It was originally scheduled to premiere on Monday, November 4. Almost Human will now debut on Sunday, Nov. 17 after Sunday Night Football. The second episode will air the following day in its regular timeslot at 8/7c preceding Sleepy Hollow.
Almost Human is set in a future in which LAPD officers like John Kennex (Karl Urban) are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids like Dorian (Michael Ealy).
Bones will continue to air with Sleepy Hollow for an additional two weeks before moving to Fridays on Nov. 15.
J.J. Abrams spoke with The Wrap about the upcoming TV series, Almost Human. “The future lets you tell a story that’s not quite anything you’ve seen before,” executive producer Abrams says.
Abrams’ interview has inter-cut scenes from the debut episode of the new Fox drama and behind-the-scenes footage from the set. The “Lost” co-creator is fascinated by the possibilities offered by a story set three decades from now.
“It allows you to do some really cool stuff. It also allows you to have hyper-real stories,” Abrams continued. “Stories about bad guys that are doing things that are scarier, larger, more unexpected than you could do today.”
“Almost Human” stars Karl Urban (The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness) as human cop John Kennex and Michael Ealy as his not-so-human partner, Dorian. J.H Wyman, the executive producer of “Fringe,” penned the pilot and executive produces.
“Almost Human” premieres Monday, Nov. 4 at 8/7c on Fox.