From the Upfronts: FOX Picks up Sleepy Hollow and J.J. Abrams Robot Cop Series Almost Human for Upcoming Season

By | May 9, 2013

The upfronts are fast approaching when the broadcast networks announce their schedules for the coming season.  By the end of next week, we should know the status of all the genre shows currently airing (there are only a few that have not been cancelled or renewed) as well as the new shows that will be added to the schedule.  Here is the when each of the networks will make their presentations:

May 13 Morning – NBC
May 13 Afternoon – FOX
May 14 Afternoon – ABC
May 15 Afternoon – CBS
May 16 Morning – CW

Expect some early announcements this week and everything should be solidified for each network by the time they present.  Yesterday, FOX announced the pickup of two genre series Sleepy Hollow from Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci and Almost Human from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot productions.  Following are the descriptions of each of the shows courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter:

Sleepy Hollow
Logline: A modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic. The supernatural thriller centers on Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) who is resurrected and pulled two and a half centries through time to find the world on the brink of destruction. With Crane as humanity’s last hope, he’s teamed with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie) to unravel the mystery.
Cast: Tom Mison (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), Nicole Beharie (Shame), Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, John Cho (guest star)
Team: W/EP: Alex Kurtzman, Bob Orci (Fringe); W/Supervising producer: Phil Iscove; EP: Heather Kadin; D/EP Len Wiseman
Studio: 20th Television, K/O Paper Products

Almost Human
Logline: The action-packed police drama is set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely connection is forged when a cop with an aversion to robots and a robot with unexpected emotional responses investigate cases in a brave new world.
Cast: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy (Common Law), Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook, Michael Irby, Minka Kelly, Mekia Cox (guest)
Team: W/EP J.H. Wyman (Fringe); EP J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk; co-EP Kathy Lingg, Reid Shane; co-EP/D Brad Anderson
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions, Bonanza Productions


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