Exclusive Interview: J.H. Wyman on ALMOST HUMAN and the end of FRINGE

Karl Urban and Michael Ealy star in ALMOST HUMAN "Pilot" | (c) 2013 Liane Hentscher/FOX

In Fox’s ALMOST HUMAN, Mondays at 8 PM, Karl Urban and Michael Ealy play police partners in the near future. Urban is Detective John Kennex, a man with a flawless prosthetic leg, and Ealy is Dorian, an android with a flawlessly human manner, borne from the human instincts residing within his synthetic brain. ALMOST HUMAN was created by J.H. (Joel) Wyman, who previously worked with the show’s producer J.J. Abrams on FRINGE, where Wyman served as show runner for that series’ last two seasons. Wyman is at an event sponsored by Fox for the Television Critics Association; he obligingly steps […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ALMOST HUMAN star Michael Irby on getting his jerk on

Michael Irby in ALMOST HUMAN - Season 1 | ©2013 Fox/Karen Hill

In ALMOST HUMAN the new futuristic science-fiction series from creators J.H. “Joel” Wyman and J.J. Abrams, Mondays at 8 PM on Fox, most of police detective John Kennex’s (Karl Urban) colleagues like and respect him. Kennex’s android partner Dorian (Michael Ealy) tries to improve their relationship, Kennex’s Captain Maldonado sometimes lets him overrule her and scientist/engineer Rudy Lom (Mackenzie Crook) is always willing to help. However, Michael Irby’s character, Detective Richard Paul, doesn’t really understand why everybody else thinks Kennex is so great. Irby, born in Palm Springs, California, has plenty of cop/FBI/military film and TV experience – he had […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ALMOST HUMAN star Michael Ealy becomes a robocop

Michael Ealy in ALMOST HUMAN - Season 1 | ©2013 Fox/Kharen Hill

In Fox’s new series ALMOST HUMAN, premiering tonight, before settling into its regular time slot Monday, November 18 at 8 PM, creator J.H. (Joel) Wyman posits a future where the police have plenty of backup. Each officer is paired with a human-looking but depersonalized android partner, who can deflect gunfire, detain suspects and otherwise withstand a great deal of damage. However, Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban), who has a prosthetic leg, detests the androids and tosses his first cyborg partner out of a moving car. Kennex is then paired with Dorian, played by Michael Ealy. Dorian is a DRN, a […]Read On »

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TV Review: FRINGE – Season 5 – “Anomaly XB-6783746”

John Noble in FRINGE - Season 5 - "Anomaly XB-6783746" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown Writer: David Fury Director: Jeffrey Hunt Network: Fox, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: December 21, 2012 As FRINGE concludes its last episode of 2012 before it heads into the final three episodes of the series in January, the show continues its up and down ride through the season long arc of the humans versus the Observers. It’s been a challenging season, and at times, a rather boring one too. Without the benefit of too many standalone episodes, the ongoing threat vacillates between ominous to non-existent. It’s hard […]Read On »

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Interview: FRINGE showrunner J.H. Wyman on Season 5 and the end

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FRINGE is now in its fifth and final season on Fox, Fridays at 9 PM. For the first four seasons of the show, created by J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, eccentric scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble), his son Peter (Joshua Jackson) and FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) investigated strange phenomenon, including an alternate universe where Peter had come from and where there were alternate versions of Olivia and Walter. During this time, Peter and his father, once estranged, grow close and Peter and Olivia fall in love. In Season 5, it’s 2036, Walter, Peter and Olivia […]Read On »

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TV Review: FRINGE – Season 5 – “The Human Kind”

Jill Scott in FRINGE - Season 5 - "The Human Kind" | ©2012 Fox/Cate Cameron

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Georgina Haig Writer: Alison Schapker Director: Dennis Smith Network: Fox, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: December 7, 2012 I’ve wanted to like the final season of FRINGE. I think the idea of a future ruled by Observers and the Fringe team trying to take them down was always a a solid arc for the final stretch. Yet, the fifth season of FRINGE has been painfully slow and redundant. The idea that Walter (John Noble) has to find all these missing videotapes in order to remember what September […]Read On »

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TV Review: FRINGE – Season 5 – “The Bullet That Saved the World”

Georgina Haig in FRINGE - Season 5 - "The Bullet That Saved the World" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Georgina Haig Writer:  Alison Schapker Director: David Straiton Network: Fox, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: October 28, 2012 Just when I thought FRINGE was going to get too repetitive with its “let’s find the videotape of the week” storyline as Walter (John Noble) tries to reconstruct the plan to destroy the Observers and save the world, “The Bullet That Saved The World” completely changes everything. A really solid episode that has a shocking moment toward the end that changes the fifth season of the series moving forward. […]Read On »

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TV Review: FRINGE – Season 5 – “The Recordist”

Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Georgina Haig and John Noble in FRINGE - Season 5 - "The Recordist" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Georgina Haig Writer: Graham Roland Director: Jeff T. Thomas Network: Fox, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: October 12, 2012 With the introduction of the idea that Walter (John Noble) has had many of his memories erased (some of which would allow him to remember how to stop the Observers because September told him the secret), FRINGE now begins what may be a very odd little subplot for a good duration of this 13-episode series finale. Essentially, Walter recorded the information on how to stop the Observers on […]Read On »

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TV Review: FRINGE – Season 5 premiere – “Transilience Thought Unifer Model-11”

Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, John Noble and Jasika Nicole in FRINGE - Season 5 | ©2012 Fox/Kharen Hill

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Georgina Haig Writer: J.H. Wyman Directors: Jeannot Szwarc, Miguel Sapochnik Network: Fox, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: October 28, 2012 I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, FRINGE is one of the most ambitious and ground-breaking science-fiction series ever. It never rests on its laurels and it’s always quick to change its tone, focus and concept season by season in an attempt to tell challenging and complex stories even die-hard fans would never expect. After Season 4, FRINGE was on the bubble and almost didn’t return […]Read On »

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TV Review: FRINGE – Season 4 – “Brave New World – Part 2” – Season Finale

Anna Torv and Rebecca Mader in FRINGE - Season 4 - "Brave New World - Part 2" - Season Finale | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Anna Torv, Seth Gabel, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole Writer: J.H. Wyman, Jeff Pinkner, Akiva Goldsman Director: Joe Chappelle Network: Fox, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: May 11, 2012 There are many puzzle pieces in play during the second half of the FRINGE Season 4 finale – “Brave New World – Part 2.” All the plot strands that have been set up during Season 4 get some kind of pay-off in an enjoyable if a little underwhelming wrap-up which would have probably worked better if it was aired in a solid two-hour block as opposed to […]Read On »

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