'Firefly.' 'Alcatraz.' 'Terra Nova.' 'Dollhouse.' 'Dark Angel.' These are but a few of the FOX sci-fi and fantasy series to be canceled before their time. Over its more than a quarter-century of existence, the network has steadily built up a reputation as the place that genre shows go to die. Sadly, according to Deadline, one more name has now been added to that list.
Created by former 'Fringe' showrunner J.H. Wyman, 'Almost Human' starred Karl Urban as Detective John Kennex, who blames an android (known as "synthetics" in this universe) for the death of his partner and the loss of his leg. Recently out of a coma, Kennex is eager to get back on the force, but finds himself forced into a reluctant partnership with Dorian (Michael Ealy), a synthetic who possesses a free spirit and wit unlike his cybernetic brethren. Together, they fight crime. No seriously, they do.
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Thankfully, unlike some of the other sudden cancellations in FOX's history, 'Almost Human' didn't end its 13-episode season on any major cliffhanger. Still, there were several smaller plot threads left open, that fans will no doubt continue to speculate about long after 'Almost Human' fades into TV obscurity.
Some may wonder why 'Almost Human' (which averaged a 1.9 in the 18-49 demo and 6.2 million total viewers over the course of its first and now only season) is being canceled, while it's 2014 lead-out 'The Following' (which averaged a 1.8 demo and 5.2 million total viewers) was renewed early on.
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We'll likely never know what FOX's thought process was, but some of it can no doubt be attributed to 'The Following's larger than usual DVR audience, which regularly almost doubled the serial killer thriller's live viewership.
Either way, what's done is done. Kennex and Dorian are gone, and they aren't coming back. Let the angry emails and tweets to FOX begin...now!