When J.H. Wyman worked on his last television series, “Fringe,” he said that the show was great but not many people watched it because it seemed too complicated. In an interview with the L.A. Times on Nov. 30, Wyman said that problem does not exist with his new show “Almost Human.”
Wyman said he understands why people were reluctant to jump on a show like “Fringe” after a hard day at work, but with “Almost Human,” it is more of a buddy cop television show set in an easy to digest future that is more like “Star Trek” than “Blade Runner.”
Wyman said it was always ridiculous to him that shows about the future never seemed like a happy place to live. He wanted to set “Almost Human” in a world that was normal, a place where there are still birthday parties and nice weather. He also took the time to make sure that the two main characters – a human cop played by Karl Urban and a robot cop played by Michael Ealy – had a relationship that people could latch onto.
On the show, Urban plays a cop who hates most robots after a botched mission that saw his partner die and his own leg blown off. Now, he is forced to partner with another robot, this one a robot that was previously decommissioned for acting too much like a real human.
What resulted was a police procedural for those who make “NCIS” and “Criminal Minds” the most watched shows on TV, while also giving genre fans the sci-fi twist that they love.
“I want the world to connect, I’m always writing about the same thing — life is valued by the human connections that we make,” Wyman said. “Fringe” was “heavy at times for me. This is lighter, more fun, I’m trying to make it a little bit more of a fun pill.”