J.J. Abrams' Almost Human, Orci & Kurtzman's Sleepy Hollow And 2 More Get Series Orders At Fox
After months of pilot orders and casting news, we're now starting to learn the fate of the pilots in development for the 2013-2014 season. Earlier, we shared word that NBC was passing on a number of pilots, including the modern-day Hatfields & McCoys drama, and tonight brings word of a number of pickups over at Fox, among which is the Sleepy Hollow drama from Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, as well as the robot-cop drama from Fringe's J.H. Wyman and J.J. Abrams, Almost Human.
Deadline shared the news that Fox has made their new drama series pickups today. Rake, Gang Related, Sleepy Hollow and Almost Human all made the cut. Delirium, Boomerang (starring Felicity Huffman) and The List were passed over.
Almost Human comes from J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman and stars Karl Urban,Michael Ealy and Lili Taylor. The series is set a few decades into the future when police officers are partnered with with highly evolved humanoid robots. Ealy will play the role of one of the android cops, who happens to have particularly emotional responses as he and his partner investigate cases.
Gang Related stars Ramon Rodriguez and Terry O'Quinn and is described as a gritty new action drama, which follows Rodriguez's character Ryan Lopez, a rising star in the elite Gang Task Force in Los Angeles. Terry O'Quinn's Sam Chapel leads the group, which teams up with pontine Task Forrce member Cassius Green to take on three of the city's most dangerous gangs, one of which he has ties to.
Rake is executive produced by Peter Tolan and Peter Duncan, the latter of whom created the original Australian legal drama on which this show is based. Greg Kinnear plays Keegan Dean, "one of life’s great addicts, a brilliant and frustratingly charming criminal defense attorney, whose chaotic and self-destructive personal life often gets in the way of his professional one. He takes on the cases that nobody else will touch, ruled by a resolute optimism, belief in justice and dogged determination to defend those who seem beyond redemption – much like himself." I remember thinking this could be a really great role for Kinnear. It looks like we'll find out!
And finally, there's Orci and Kurtzman's Sleepy Hollow, which is a modern-day retelling of Washington Irving's classic story. Tom Mison is set to play Ichabod Crane, who's "resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity’s last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie) to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers." It certainly sounds like an ambitious project, but it could make for a great series. Also executive producing is Heather Kadin andHawaii Five-0's Len Wiseman.
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