JJ Abrams sells android buddy-cop show to FOX

Bad RobotWith the cult sci-fi drama Fringe coming to an end this season, co-creator/producer JJ Abrams and writer JH Wyman have set up their next sci-fi television project at FOX through the production company Bad Robot.

The network won a competitive bidding war and granted a put pilot commitment to the untitled futuristic drama, described as an action-packed "buddy cop" show. The science fiction twist is that the story is set in the near future when officers of the Los Angeles Police Department are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.

Abrams co-created Fringe with Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, and Wyman was recently named sole showrunner for Fringe's final 13-episode season after co-running the show with Jeff Pinkner for the last three seasons. Warner Bros. TV and Bad Robot will produce the new project, while Wyman will write and executive-produce with Abrams and Bryan Burk. Bad Robot is also behind another new project that will premiere this season, the heavily promoted NBC drama Revolution, also set in the future.

This new as-yet-untitled program isn't the only high-profile android-related project to receive a commitment this development season, as NBC recently handed out a script deal to Homeland executive producer Howard Gordon and writer Josh Friedman for a thriller set in a world where human-looking robots are commonplace and the first robot-on-human murder occurs.

Which android project will hit the airwaves first, and which one will last?

- J.H. Wyman
- J.J. Abrams
- Almost Human

Written by: Chrononaut
Sep 5th, 2012, 7:56 pm

Images courtesy of FOX


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Message Posted On Sep 6th, 2012, 3:54 pm

You guys forgot "Future Cop" and "Holmes and Yo-yo".  Of course, maybe you weren't born yet.  They were on the same season back in the 70s, though they were very different shows. :-)


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Message Posted On Sep 6th, 2012, 12:40 pm

There was also Mann & Machine in 1992.  The "machine", named Eve and played by Yancy Butler ("Witchblade"), was a new type of robot being field-tested (there were already robots being paired with cops, but the robots weren't very sophisticated...Eve was a prototype of a new AI).  The show aired on NBC and lasted one season...a whole 9 episodes.



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Message Posted On Sep 6th, 2012, 4:08 am

I'm willing to give FOX a chance. After all, they stuck with Fringe beyond any point NBC/CBS/ABC would have.


Message Posted On Sep 6th, 2012, 1:28 am
It's not original. Total recall 2070 was a futuristic cop show where a human was parred with an android. There was also a comedy based on a robot and human cop parring in the 70's. I can't remember the name. Fox will air it then cancel it just as it gets interesting. It's what FOX does. Sad news.

Message Posted On Sep 6th, 2012, 1:17 am
WOW, what an original idea for a TV show. Maybe they could call it something like Robocop.


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Message Posted On Sep 5th, 2012, 9:57 pm

It's really hard to say for sure which will last longer n8ph8ts, after all, one of the shows is on FOX, which is long notorious for canceling sci-fi shows in their first season. The other show is on NBC, which is lately becoming well known for... canceling sci-fi shows in their first season. Ahem. I guess they're both doomed.


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Message Posted On Sep 5th, 2012, 9:31 pm

Does not realy matter which one arrives first,the question is will either of them last more than a few episodes??.


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