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'Almost Human' Cancelled By FOX

4/30/2014 9:14am EDT
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FOX has cancelled Almost Human, opting not to go forward with a second season. Almost Human’s ratings actually weren’t that bad, in fact they were often on par with The Following. Almost Human did manage to hang on long enough to be seriously considered for renewal, but FOX is rumored to be happy with its current batch of pilots, including Gotham.

Rumor has it that Dads is actually looking good for a renewal right now.

The 15 Sexiest Sci-Fi Women On Television

3/26/2014 1:34am EDT
The 15 Sexiest Sci-Fi Women On Television
Sci-fi shows have a lot to offer - intriguing storylines, alien encounters, paranormal activity and, more often than not, beautiful women.

Today's sci fi is no longer geared to just nerds and homebodies. With compelling story threads, many tune in to find out what happens to the characters each week. But having a little eye candy doesn't hurt either.

Who makes our list of the sexiest sci-fi stars on television?

Valerie Stahl (Minka Kelly) from Almost Human (2013-)

FOX's "Almost Human" is a police drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved h...

'Almost Human' Season 1 Finale: Almost Over?

3/4/2014 8:21am EST
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The season one finale of Almost Human - 1.13 - was good, with the mix of strong plot, humor, and pathos we've come to expect from this series. Unfortunately, the episode ended in a way which feels like the conclusion not just of the season but the series.

Dorian gets unmistakable evidence that Kennex really values their partnership - Kennex tells the review board that the partnership with Dorian is why he's continuing with his police work. Kennex clears his father's name. At last, Kennex is at peace with his work, if not yet his life.

There's still a lot to of unfinished business in this...

'Almost Human' Season 1 Episode 12: If Guy de Maupassant Had Been A Science Fiction Writer

2/25/2014 7:49am EST
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A really fine Almost Human 1.12, with touches of O'Henry and The Twilight Zone, all wrapped up in nanobot plastic surgery for love story. Nanites are making their rounds in science fiction television this season, appearing in Intelligence as a separate episode last week, and as one of the foundations of this whole season of Revolution.

But Almost Human brings them to bear in a love story worthy of Guy de Maupassant and the classic short fiction mentioned above. In de Maupassant's "La Parure" ("The Necklace") published back in 1884, for example, a young woman borrows her friend's pearl n...

'Almost Human' Season 1 Episode 11: The Metaphysics Of Flesh

2/18/2014 7:10am EST
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In Almost Human 1.11 we get another good future crime story - involving both the digital and the tangible - as well as an important piece of the ongoing Dorian biography with implications for the overall Almost Human narrative.

The crime story is centered around a smart home, which we're just beginning to see emerge in the 21st century. Our homes today can and are constructed to regulate temperature, what's on television, and other benign and helpful things, as well as call police when intruders - i.e., people who don't have the requisite code or other characteristics - break in. How big...

'Almost Human' Season 1 Episode 10: Killer Genes

2/11/2014 2:11am EST
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An excellent Almost Human 1.10, with two parallel stories - one episode specific, the other series wide - chocked full of science fictional detail, the usually good humorous touches, and having little to do with robotics.

Among the best futuristic touches, we have "chem printers" - a take-off from today's 3-D printers, except the chem printers create drugs not tangible technologies - and a nice post-it note effect, which I don't recall seeing used to such an extent on this show before, in which digital notes tossed across the room adhere to screens. And there's also a Mendel Institute, wh...

'Almost Human' Season 1 Episode 9: Literally Bad Robot

2/4/2014 7:56am EST
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Almost Human 1.9 came back last night was an episode about a literally bad robot - as in Terminator style - and a great show which really got to basics of robot creation in fine Asimovian style.

We meet Dr. Vaughn, creator of the DRN models including Dorian, and a later DRN that went bad - that is, is ready to coldly and ballistically kill people, other robots, anything that gets in her way on whatever mission. What we don't learn until the end is what was implied all along - that the bad robot was designed that way by Vaughn, either deliberately or unintentionally because he was embitter...

'Almost Human' Season 1 Episode 8 Review: Guided Bullets

1/14/2014 8:22am EST
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Ever since guided missiles appeared on the scene as super-weapons - beginning with the German V-2 rockets in World War II - science fiction has wondered about the possibility and deployment of guided bullets.   As deadly as the guided missile, now drone, can be, there's something exquisitely deadly about a guided bullet.  Were it possible, the guided bullet would be the ultimate weapon of assassination, capable of taking out any individual in its range for whom the guided bullet was given the proper coordinates.

Almost Human ratified its status as the best kind of near-future science ficti...

'Almost Human' Season 1 Episode 7: Meets Criminal Minds

1/7/2014 9:17am EST
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Anyone who thought Almost Human was just a retread of Isaac Asimov's robot stories received a punch in the face in the opening segment of last night's episode 1.7, in which Dorian, contrary to Asimov's first law of robotics that a robot can never do harm to a human, punches Det. Paul smack in the kisser. And the reason was not on behalf of a loftier goal - the punch came from the short fuse Dorian has, literally and figuratively, because he was undercharged, on Paul's order.

The rest of the episode combined good out-of-control outbursts from undercharged Dorian, along with a script that co...

'Almost Human' Season 1 Episode 6: The Blackmarket Heart And Double Dorian

12/17/2013 7:46am EST
The Blackmarket Heart... that could have been the title for Almost Human 1.6. It could also have been the title of a song on Nashville, and is reminiscent of an Edgar Allan Poe story, in any case. But it would have worked well on Almost Human, which offered another fine standalone episode of cops and robbers in the future, this time an operation selling heart organs designed to run out of time, unless their human receivers pay a continuing fee.

Almost Human as been good at configuring futuristic crime, just as it has been with the partner repartee between Kennex and Dorian. Both are sharp,...

'Almost Human' Season 1 Episode 5 Review: Clones And Holograms

12/10/2013 9:09am EST
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Almost Human continues to walk one of the two possible paths of all successful television shows: in the case of Almost Human, telling a new standalone story every week, while ever so slightly moving the underlying story along.  The alternative - which we get in Hostages, for example, also on television Monday night - is to just tell only the underlying story, with differences in episodes largely or entirely due to the story moving along.

In Almost Human 1.5, we get two staples of science fiction - clones and holography - not only well presented together, but actually opponents in new tech ...

'Almost Human' Season 1 Episode 4 Review: Almost Breaking Bad

12/3/2013 10:18am EST
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A top notch Almost Human 1.4 last night - I've been saying that about every episode - in which the nerdy roboticist Rudy makes like Walter White, or pretends to be like Mr. White, except in Rudy's case a master chef of the bends, the futuristic equivalent of blue meth.

Of course, Rudy isn't at all like Walter White, in that Rudy is operating entirely within the law not outside it.  But it's beginning to become dangerously clear on Almost Human - which is to say, clearly captivating television - that we cannot completely know who is ultimately good and bad.   Certainly not with a new charac...

'Almost Human' Review 1.3: Change Of Face

11/26/2013 10:08am EST
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You can tell a really good series from just an ok series by the way a non-game-changing episode plays:  if it provides a wallop and a jolt and a laugh even in a business-as-usual episode then it's a really good series, even a great series.   So I was pleased to see how good Almost Human 1.3 was.

The decisive way the good guys get the drop on the bad guys is by Kennex using a change-of-face device, but there's lots more.   Dorian getting shot in the head and Kennex doing emergency work on Dorian's purple circuits - in all kinds of shades - and making it stick with a piece of what passes for...

Review: 'Almost Human' Pilot Shows Great Mix Of Style And Action

11/19/2013 7:25pm EST
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Almost Human - the latest J. J. Abrams' offering on television - debuted on Fox last night. No Robocop this sophisticated, crackling story of androids and human police.  Rather, Almost Human has the ambience of Bladerunner, which is to say, really good.

Michael Ealy (Sleeper Cell) plays the android Dorian, teamed with the initially dyspeptic about androids John Kennex (played by Karl Urban), the human cop.  Urban plays Bones McCoy in the new Star Trek, never a fan of high-tech, so this is a good fit.  Beautiful Minka Kelly of Friday Night Lights fame is also on hand as police.

Kennex's be...

'Almost Human' Recap 1.2: Sexbots

11/19/2013 7:22pm EST
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Almost Human was back for its second show last night - about sexbots aka bangbots - and was as good as the first. Lots of cool future tech on hand - from "DNA bombs" that bad guys use to erase all DNA evidence in a crime scene, to mechanical toy giraffes that move like the real living kind - all wrapped together in a story with heart and style.

Dorian, as we know, is capable of emotion.  He's attracted to a sexbot who is starting to bond with him - as per her programming - but has to be deactivated aka killed, because her skin is made of human DNA, and that's illegal.

The DNA from human s...

Fall TV Preview: 6 Can't-Miss New Shows

9/16/2013 10:05am EDT
Sleepy Hollow
Clear out the DVR and stock up on your favorite snacks, the 2013-2014 television season has officially begun!   In addition to our favorite shows returning with new episodes, there’s also a fresh crop of new shows boasting impressive casts and intriguing plots. You can't possibly watch them all, though you might sprain a retina trying, so this Small Screen Girl is offering her choices for the Can't-Miss New Shows Of The Season (that aren't impressively-hyped “Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”).  

Sleepy Hollow, FOX 

Remakes are dangerous gambles.  Just ask "Wonder Woman" whose re-boo...

Minka Kelly Sizzles In A Little Black Dress While Promoting New Show 'Almost Human'

9/12/2013 11:53am EDT
Minka Kelly
Minka Kelly looked sexy in a LBD on the red carpet of the FOX Fall Eco-Casino Party in Santa Monica Monday night.

The actress was on hand to promote her upcoming series Almost Human, a police drama set 35 years in the future when police fight crime alongside highly evolved androids. There's no word yet on whether she plays a human or an android in the series, which also stars Karl Urban and Michael Ealy and should be yet another hit for executive producer J.J. Abrams.

Minka is also the covergirl on the September issue of Marie Claire magazine, and in the issue she explains her love of foo...

Top 10 Predicted Hits And Misses Of The New 2013 Fall TV Season

8/17/2013 4:00pm EDT
With the dog days of August winding down, the TV season is just around the corner with lots of new series premieres being served up. We've taken a closer look at the big networks fall offerings – here's what we think will be the top hits and misses of the new TV season.

Top 10 Hits:

Mom: Chuck Lorre is pretty close to owning CBS at this point. Even if the show is dreadful, it will still benefit from being a part of CBS’s strong Monday night lineup, and leading out from 2 Broke Girls which has evolved into a hit over the last two seasons. Plus, the addition of Anna Faris and Allison Janney...

10 TV Shows We Are Most Looking Forward to This Fall

7/28/2013 2:00pm EDT
Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Every fall a new batch of television shows emerge, and this year’s lineup is filled with familiar faces, promising new talents and exciting storylines. Here are 10 TV shows we are most looking forward to:

1. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” ABC (airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m., premieres Sept. 24)

Joss Whedon thrilled Marvel fans with “The Avengers,” and they’re are likely to geek out once more with “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Whedon serves as executive producer on the show, which follows the team that assembled the Avengers on varying missions around the globe. Leading the pack to solve unexpla...