After the end of FOX's series Fringe earlier this year, it might be easy to think that science fiction on network television is totally dead. And, for the moment, it certainly seems to be. But don't worry; the future looks at least promising for another sci-fi show to come to FOX. Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman is teaming up once again with Fringe executive producer J.J. Abrams for a pilot about robot cops, which is currently in the development stage.
The untitled pilot (which, let's be honest, needs to be titled ROBOT COPS, all caps), is set in a future version of L.A. where every police officer has an android partner. So it's a buddy comedy, it's a cop show, it's hard sci-fi -- this show seems like prime fodder for niche success.
The main android cop has been cast, it was announced on Wednesday: actor Michael Ealy (or, as I like to call him, one of the supporting cops from FlashForward) will take the role of Dorian, "a mechanical officer who understands humanity more than his human partner," according to EW. I can almost see their dynamic in my head already.
The human partner has not yet been cast. Also, here's hoping that Fringe's John Noble gets cast as the duo's gruff superior. That would be great for the show on so many levels.
ROBOT COPS (er, the untitled pilot, I mean) is being prepared by FOX for the 2013 fall season.
Does this sound like a show you'd watch?