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SHOWRUNNERS: Des Doyle and Ryan Patrick McGuffey Preview Their Look Inside the World of Showrunning

October 31, 2014 by  
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Showrunners-poster-SHOWRUNNERS — the first documentary shining the spotlight on the men and women responsible for putting our favorite television series on the air (and having them run as smoothly as possible) — is finally out today, and it promises to be a film any television fan will enjoy.

With SHOWRUNNERS, not only will fans get exclusive interviews with showrunners like Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Bill Prady, Jane Espenson, but they’ll get glimpses into writing rooms, panels the showrunners participate in to promote their shows, a day in the life following one showrunner, and other access die-hard TV fans could have only dreamed about before now.

I spoke with SHOWRUNNERS director Des Doyle and co-producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey about the process to get the film made, what their challenges were, how this experience changed how they viewed their favorite shows, and more…

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In Case You Missed It…ALMOST HUMAN, PERSON OF INTEREST, THE VOICE, and More!

November 24, 2013 by  
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ALMOST HUMAN: What You Need to Know About the New Fox Series

November 17, 2013 by  
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There are approximately one million new shows debuting this season*, and it’s going to get difficult to keep track of them all.

To help you out, for every new show, I’m going to basically create a hub of info on the day of the premiere — pilot photos, my quick take on the pilot (or what I’ve seen so far), what’s been written about it so far, and when you can watch it.

Next up, ALMOST HUMAN…

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ALMOST HUMAN: J.H. Wyman on Taking a Hopeful Look at the Future

November 17, 2013 by  
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ALMOST HUMAN premieres tonight, and the series takes us 35 years in the future — crime has skyrocketed, and to help combat it, humans have mandatory orders to work with android partners.

And yet, ALMOST HUMAN creator J.H. Wyman (who also showran FRINGE for multiple seasons) is hopeful about the future.

When I spoke with Wyman about his new show, I was curious about his thoughts about what set it apart from the other procedurals or pieces of futuristic fiction out there…and he had a very thoughtful answer for me:

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ALMOST HUMAN: Karl Urban on the Appeal of the Show, Working with Michael Ealy, and More

November 16, 2013 by  
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ALMOST HUMAN star Karl Urban has spent most of the last decade of his career working on movies (he previously was Caesar on XENA and HERCULES), so it took a very special project to draw him back into the television world.

“It was obviously, firstly, having the opportunity to work with J.J. [Abrams, Urban’s STAR TREK director and ALMOST HUMAN executive producer] again, whom I absolutely adore,” Urban told me of deciding to take the role of John Kennex on the Fox series, a futuristic buddy-cop drama. “I think he’s one of the most talented artists currently working in film and television. [And ALMOST HUMAN creator,] Joel Wyman, I was a huge fan of [his work on] FRINGE, so that was a huge draw.”

“And then it was, quite simply, reading the script and getting drawn into this world and getting drawn into the character of Kennex,” he continued. “A character who is damaged goods, a character who is trying to reclaim his life; a life that was stolen from him…living in a coma for two years [after an injury sustained during an ambush], and then coming back from that, trying to pick up the pieces. For me, that’s a really interesting starting point.”

And while ALMOST HUMAN is getting the latest start of all the new network fall dramas, Urban was gratified by the response the show’s first episode got at this summer’s Comic-Con panel.

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J.J. Abrams on What Sets ALMOST HUMAN Apart from the Other Bad Robot Shows

November 7, 2013 by  
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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company has been behind some of the best (and nerdiest) shows of the past decade and a half (FELICITY, ALIAS, LOST, FRINGE are a few of the former shows, while PERSON OF INTEREST and REVOLUTION are currently on the air), and on Sunday, November 17th, Fox will debut the Bad Robot latest show: ALMOST HUMAN, a futuristic cop drama created by former FRINGE boss Joel Wyman.

Given the wide array of shows Bad Robot has produced, I asked Abrams during a conference call to promote ALMOST HUMAN what he felt set this show apart from all the other ones he’s had a hand in before.

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ALMOST HUMAN: Watch 8 Minutes of the Pilot

October 29, 2013 by  
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ALMOST HUMAN — the new futuristic cop drama from FRINGE boss J.H. Wyman and uber producer J.J. Abrams — is getting a big launch post-football on November 17th, but if you can’t wait until then, Fox and Hulu have released a snippet of the pilot online early.

These eight minutes aren’t actually the start of the pilot, but it does introduce you to a fair amount of characters in the world, including the first meeting of Karl Urban’s John Kennex and Michael Ealy’s Dorian.

Take a look!

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ALMOST HUMAN: Fox Debuts New Trailer with the New Premiere Date

October 21, 2013 by  
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ALMOST HUMAN (from FRINGE creator J.H. Wyman and exec produced by J.J. Abrams) got an unexpected series premiere change tonight (just two weeks before its intended debut), but on the bright side, it also got a new trailer.

Take a look at the latest promo for the Karl Urban/Michael Ealy-fronted series…

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ALMOST HUMAN debuts Sunday, November 17th at 8 PM before having its Monday night debut on November 18th at 8 PM.

Related:

Fox Delays ALMOST HUMAN, Pushes Back BONES’ Move to Fridays, Delays RAISING HOPE’s Season Premiere
ALMOST HUMAN’s Michael Ealy on Working with Karl Urban: ‘The Chemistry is Growing’
ALMOST HUMAN: J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman on Finding the Right Balance for Mythology Versus Procedural Elements

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ALMOST HUMAN’s Michael Ealy on Working with Karl Urban: ‘The Chemistry is Growing’

October 21, 2013 by  
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In two weeks (Update: Fox has opted to push the premiere back to Sunday, November 17th), Fox will debut its final new fall series, ALMOST HUMAN, a “buddy-cop” show set 35 years in the future — where crime rates have risen and every cop is partnered with an android — that explores what humanity really means. (To give you a sense of the tone/show, it was created by FRINGE showrunner J.H. Wyman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams who did FRINGE/LOST/ALIAS/STAR TREK, etc.)

At the center of the series are Karl Urban’s John Kennex, a newly reinstated detective who was injured in a massive police ambush and has only partnered with humans pre-injury, and Michael Ealy’s Dorian, an android (model DRN) whose kind was created to be as human as possible, but has since been taken off the streets…who have become reluctant new partners. And as with any show where there’s one key relationship, the actors are aware their chemistry needs to be on point.

“The chemistry is growing episode after episode,” Ealy told me last month (in the video below), after the duo had completed a handful of hours. “We still work every episode on how to make it better.”

What else did Ealy have to say about his working relationship with Urban? Take a look…

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In Case You Missed It…BONES, SLEEPY HOLLOW, ALMOST HUMAN, and More

September 22, 2013 by  
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Were you too busy this week to keep up with everything that happened in TV news? Give Me My Remote‘s got you covered! We’re catching you up on anything exciting you might have missed here at GMMR!

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ALMOST HUMAN: J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman on Finding the Right Balance for Mythology Versus Procedural Elements

September 20, 2013 by  
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When you see the names of former FRINGE showrunner J.H. Wyman and J.J. Abrams (the man behind ALIAS, FRINGE, and LOST…not to mention the director of the recent STAR TREK reboots and the upcoming STAR WARS sequels) associated with the new Fox series, ALMOST HUMAN (a crime-drama set 35 years in the future where human cops are partnered with human-like androids), it’s easy to assume the series will be another FRINGE-like drama that draws heavily on serialized storylines.

But when both men sat down with reporters earlier this week at Abrams’ Bad Robot production offices, they reiterated that this show isn’t quite as similar to FRINGE as you might think.

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ALMOST HUMAN First Look: Key Art and Photocast

September 19, 2013 by  
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ALMOST HUMAN won’t make its debut on Fox until November 4th, but in case you can’t wait (and it’s worth the wait), we have the absolutely gorgeous key art to debut for the series, plus a fun photocast of the cast taking their season 1 shots.

Take a look…

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ALMOST HUMAN Co-Showrunner Naren Shankar Exits

September 10, 2013 by  
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ALMOST HUMAN co-showrunner Naren Shankar has exited the freshman Fox series, multiple sources have confirmed. Deadline was the first to break the news.

Shankar joined ALMOST HUMAN creator J.H. Wyman as co-showrunner of the drama after Fox picked up the pilot to series in May. Since then, Shankar has been an active part of the show’s promotion, going to Comic-Con and TCA to help tout the series. He told me last month that he was “delighted at the prospect of coming back into genre,” noting that he and Wyman had swapped episodes of FRINGE and CSI to watch in order to familiarize themselves with each other’s work.

Wyman is expected to run ALMOST HUMAN solo.

ALMOST HUMAN is set to debut Monday, November 4th at 8 PM on Fox.

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ALMOST HUMAN: Michael Ealy on Playing an Android, What Drew Him to the Series, and More

September 6, 2013 by  
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There are a ton of procedurals on television these days — the good, the bad, the forgettable — but the new Fox drama, ALMOST HUMAN, is giving the genre its own little twist: it’s set in 2048, and in the future, law enforcement officials are paired up with android partners. (And since the series comes from former FRINGE showrunner J.H. Wyman, you can expect the future to be appropriately bizarre in all the right places.) Playing one of those androids — albeit a discontinued/bug-filled model whose big flaw is that he was made to feel — is Michael Ealy (Dorian), who has been a familiar face on television over the past few seasons, including starring in the USA Network series COMMON LAW.

I recently sat down with Ealy to get his take on playing an android, the show’s appeal, keeping up momentum, and more…

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ALMOST HUMAN at Comic-Con: Check Out Some Photos From the Panel and Signing

July 20, 2013 by  
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Did you miss the ALMOST HUMAN Comic-Con festivities? If you did, be sure to check out our live-blog, plus take a look at photos from the panel and fan-signing…

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FOX FANFARE AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON © 2013: ALMOST HUMAN Cast members Michael Ealy and Karl Urban talk to fans during the ALMOST HUMAN panel on Friday, July 19 during FOX FANFARE AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON © 2013. CR: Alan Hess/FOX © 2013 FOX BROADCASTING

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