Almost Human, starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, is an action-packed police drama set 35 years in the future where police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.
Speaking to IGN, Wyman further shared his plans on shaping the serialized/stand-alone balance of the show, citing Fringe and its deployment of ‘mythalones’ (overarching mythology and standalone episodes) as a basis:
Here’s the thing; it’s the age-old battle. The age-old battle is the networks want it to be standalones, and us guys want it to be mythology — so that’s the problem. I don’t know if you remember, but I figured it out on [Fringe’s] “White Tulip.” For me, I thought it was the right balance. So yeah, we want that. We’re going to take everything that we learned from Fringe and bring it over to this and say, “Okay, we want to have a very compelling case of the week,” because these are really cool cases. Criminals in the future, murders aren’t the same. Yeah, sure, they murder — the motivations are the same — but how they solve it and how people are killing, it’s very, very interesting. So we have a chance to show some incredible cases that you’ve never seen before, but you also want to see the mythology. So we don’t want to short shrift either.
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Wyman is wary that building a layered and enduring mythology on network TV takes time to unfold, just as it did with Fringe. However, he believes Human‘s cop drama conceit will cast a wider net than Fringe‘s more kooky and downright delicious concoction:
We have a really rich, compelling mythology that we’re very proud of and that we can’t wait to roll out. But it’s going to have to take it’s time coming out and making it kind of “wow!”, you know what I mean? Because the fans — what we want to avoid is the freak of the week. This isn’t like that, these are really compelling cop cases. In particular, Fringe had a very specific audience that was very loyal. This sort of has a much wider target, because this is a cop show. So it has all the vitamins and minerals of a police drama, but it’s a different spin. We’re hoping that it’s going to be reminiscent of Fringe, but it’s going to have its own feel to it.
But could Fringe actors appear on Almost Human? Wyman suggests that it will at some point:
I can guarantee you that we’re going to see Fringe actors. I miss all of them so much, and we’ve been keeping in touch. Anything I can do — it’s just got to be worthy of them, because they’re all in my heart. I want to write them great stuff and make sure they come out with a big bang.
You can read more from Wyman on Almost Human at IGN.
Almost Human launches November on Fox.