J.H. Wyman Talks ALMOST HUMAN, How the Series Has Evolved from the Pilot, Where He’s Taking the Story, Portraying a Hopeful Future, and His Five-Year Plan

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The Fox series Almost Human, from creator J.H. Wyman (Fringe) and executive producer J.J. Abrams, is a high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.  An unlikely and intriguing partnership is forged when part-machine cop, John Kennex (Karl Urban), is forced to pair with the part-human android, Dorian (Michael Ealy), to investigate what is clearly a deep cover-up.  The show also stars Lili Taylor, Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook and Michael Irby.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer J.H. Wyman talked about how much the series has evolved from the pilot, that he likes to plan out exactly where he’s taking the arc of a story, how important it is for him to portray a hopeful interpretation of the future, staying true to the larger picture, how each of the main characters essentially have their own full-length feature film, unspooling in episodic segments, and that he had a five-year plan for the show.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Executive Producers J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman Talk ALMOST HUMAN, Changing the Pilot’s Ending, Their Working Relationship, and More

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The new Fox series Almost Human, from creator J.H. Wyman (Fringe) and executive producer J.J. Abrams, is a high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely and intriguing partnership is forged when part-machine cop, John Kennex (Karl Urban), is forced to pair with the part-human android, Dorian (Michael Ealy), to investigate what is clearly a deep cover-up.  The show also stars Lili Taylor, Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook and Michael Irby.

During this recent interview to promote the show’s two-night premiere, on November 17th and 18th, executive producers J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman talked about what makes their working relationship so successful, why the ending of the pilot changed, why this idea was best suited for a TV show, the ongoing themes being explored, how the casting process has affected character development, what will be propelling the story forward each week, robot ethics, what sets Almost Human apart from anything that Bad Robot has ever produced, and the influence of Blade Runner.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Extended Trailer for J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman’s New Fox Series ALMOST HUMAN

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Fox has released an extended trailer for the new upcoming series Almost Human.  Executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman, the series is set in the not-too-distant future where human cops enforce law alongside android partners.  Karl Urban plays a human cop with a synthetic leg and a clear prejudice against robots who is assigned a robot partner, played by Michael Ealy.  The buddy cop genre isn’t exactly a novel idea, but as with most network series, execution is the key to success.  Wyman found a groove with Fringe that conjured up a loyal fanbase, and with Almost Human he and Abrams appear to be playing in a more commercial-friendly sandbox.  Urban’s a charming fella and the world building appears to be strong, so hopefully Almost Human delivers the goods.

Hit the jump to watch an extended movie-style trailer for the show, and click here to watch the opening eight minutes.  The series also stars Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook, and Minka KellyAlmost Human kicks off a two-night premiere this Sunday, November 17th and continues on Monday, November 18th.

Fox Offers First 8 Minutes of ALMOST HUMAN Premiere Starring Karl Urban

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Fox’s new sci-fi show, Almost Human, was recently pushed back a couple of weeks to debut in a two-night special, but now the first eight minutes of the premiere are now available.  Karl Urban (Dredd) fronts the series set in the not-too-distant future where human cops enforce law alongside android partners.  The series builds around Urban’s character who has a strong dislike for his robotic co-workers and even his own synthetic body parts, similar to Will Smith’s character in I, Robot.  Also starring Michael Ealy, Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook, and Minka KellyAlmost Human will premiere Sunday and Monday, November 17th and 18th.  Hit the jump to watch the first few minutes for Almost Human.

Pilot Preview: Michael Ealy Talks ALMOST HUMAN, Working with FRINGE Showrunner J.H. Wyman, Comic-Con, and More

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Before every fall season starts, I watch all the pilots for all the networks, to see what stands out and to determine what I’ll cover.  One of the best and most promising pilots that I watched was for the upcoming Fox series Almost Human, from creator J.H. Wyman (Fringe) and executive producer J.J. Abrams.  It’s a high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.  An unlikely and intriguing partnership is forged when part-machine cop, John Kennex (Karl Urban), is forced to pair with the part-human android, Dorian (Michael Ealy), to investigate what is clearly a deep cover-up.

Collider, along with a couple other outlets, recently had the opportunity to chat with show star Michael Ealy, about this exciting new role.  During the interview, he talked about what drew him to the show, where he’s taking his inspiration from for his performance, having to audition and test for the show, how he wasn’t going to return to television for awhile after the cancellation of his last series, Common Law, but the pilot script was that good, what it’s like to work with someone as passionate as Joel Wyman, what viewers will be drawn to with the show, and how excited he is to see what people think of it at this year’s Comic-Con.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Director Niels Arden Oplev and Screenwriter J.H. Wyman Talk DEAD MAN DOWN, the Revenge Genre, UNDER THE DOME, the FLATLINERS Remake, and More

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From acclaimed Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and screenwriter J.H. Wyman (Fringe), the crime drama Dead Man Down tells the story of two strangers who are bound together by their mutual obsession with revenge.  Victor (Colin Farrell) is a mysterious man who has infiltrated the crime empire run by ruthless kingpin Alphonse (Terrence Howard) for his own very definite reasons, while his neighbor Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) wants Victor’s help to carry out her own plans for retribution.

At the film’s press day, director Niels Arden Oplev and writer/producer J.H. Wyman talked about what this film brings to the revenge genre, never wanting to talk down to an audience, assembling such a talented cast, and using Google Earth for location scouting.  Oplev also talked about what made him want to direct the pilot for the CBS adaptation of Stephen King’s Under the Dome and why the Flatliners remake appealed to him, while Wyman talked about what inspired the futuristic cop drama that he’s doing for Fox with J.J. Abrams.   Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Showrunner J.H. Wyman Talks FRINGE Series Finale, DEAD MAN DOWN, and His Next Project with Bad Robot

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With Fringe coming to a close on Friday, January 18 with a two-hour series finale, The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills recently held a special screening of tonight’s new episode followed by a Q&A with showrunner J.H. Wyman and Lance Reddick (who plays Phillip Broyles).  Shortly before the presentation began, I got to speak with Wyman on the red carpet.  We talked about whether he’s finished editing the series finale, if the network give him any notes, how he chose to end the series, Dead Man Down, and his next TV project with Bad Robot.  Hit the jump to watch.

First Trailer for DEAD MAN DOWN Starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace and Terrence Howard

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The first trailer has snuck online for Dead Man Down, an action thriller from writer J.H. Wyman (Fringe) and director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – 2009).  Dead Man Down stars Colin Farrell (Seven Psychopaths) as Victor, a right hand man for a New York crime lord who seeks vengeance against his boss for the death of his wife and daughter.  When a victim (Noomi Rapace - Prometheus) blackmails Victor into getting some revenge of her own, the two get caught up in the fallout.  The trailer, if overlong, is a balanced presentation of a dramatic character story and a Hollywood shoot em up.  Dead Man Down might have just nudged its way into my “Most Anticipated” list of early 2013.

Also starring Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double) and Terrence Howard (Iron Man), Dead Man Down opens theatrically March 8th.  Hit the jump to watch the first trailer.

Two-Hour FRINGE Series Finale and 100th Episode to Air Friday, January 18th on FOX

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All good things must come to an end and so it is with FOX’s spectacular sci-fi series, Fringe, which will conclude its fifth and final season in a two-hour finale on Friday, January 18th starting at 8PM ET/PT.  Created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto OrciFringe was an X-Files for a new generation, as it followed a team of specialized investigators into all things paranormal and supernatural.  Though it’s struggled with ratings throughout the years, the show’s smart writing, impressive cast and dark humor have earned Fringe a rabid fan base, one that sadly will not get to see the cast and crew return to Comic-Con any longer.

Starring Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole and Blair Brown, the two-hour series finale of Fringe will also celebrate its 100th episode.  Your guess is as good as mine as to what the final episode code word will be.  Hit the jump for the full press release. 

FRINGE Showrunner J.H. Wyman Talks the Show’s Final Season, Character Arcs, Working Within a TV Budget and Giving Fans a Satisfying Conclusion

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The critically acclaimed and fan-favorite sci-fi drama series Fringe is back for a fifth and final 13-episode season. Promising to deliver a climactic and satisfying conclusion, things will pick up in 2036, when the Observers have become ruthless rulers who will reign supreme. Now, the Fringe team will make a final stand, bringing together all that they have witnessed, in order to battle and protect the world.

During this recent interview to promote the show’s return, showrunner/writer/executive producer J.H. Wyman talked about when they decided to set the final season in the future, where Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Olivia’s (Anna Torv) journey will go and how Walter (John Noble) has changed now, how he’s learned to constrain his ideas with a TV show budget, his reticence in changing the show so dramatically for the final season, what has changed most from the original plan, the major challenges they faced in bringing everything to a satisfying conclusion, whether there was always an intention to make the Observers the bad guys, and what he will take away from his experience on Fringe.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, but be are that there are some spoilers.

Fox Commits to Pilot for Robot Buddy Cop Drama from J.J. Abrams and FRINGE’s J.H. Wyman

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Though Fringe is coming to an end after the upcoming fifth and final season, showrunner J.H. Wyman and executive producer J.J. Abrams are already making moves for their next TV collaboration.  Deadline reports that Fox has acquired an untitled new series that’s described as an action-packed buddy cop show set in the near future where all LAPD officers are partnered with “highly evolved human-like androids.”  In other words, a slightly more realistic/dramatic version of Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E.

Fox has committed to producing the pilot, which Wyman will write.  Wyman will also executive produce the project with Bad Robot’s Abrams and Bryan Burk.  The the pilot be picked up to series, it’ll be interesting to see how they handle the android aspect of the show.  Will it simply be an actor with light prosthetics/makeup (I’m sure Haley Joel Osment is available) or will there be a heavier CG-feel to it?  Whatever the case, I’m inclined to give Wyman and Abrams the benefit of the doubt.

Showrunner J.H. Wyman Talks the Final Season of FRINGE, When to Expect Answers, Creating a Rewarding Conclusion and More

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The critically acclaimed and fan-favorite sci-fi drama series Fringe returns for a fifth and final 13-episode season, premiering on Fox on September 28th.  Promising to deliver a climactic and satisfying conclusion, things will pick up in 2036, when the Observers have become ruthless rulers who will reign supreme.  The Fringe team’s final stand will bring together all that they have witnessed, in preparation to battle and protect the world.

While at the Fox portion of the TCA Press Tour, showrunner/writer/executive producer J.H. Wyman talked about the desire to give the series a real ending, what made him pick the year 2036 for the final season, the effects of the amber on the Fringe team once they’ve been awakened, whether Walter (John Noble) will get a new cow in 2036, how Olivia (Anna Torv) fits into the story now, what fans can expect from the Olivia/Peter (Joshua Jackson) reunion, how soon audiences will get answers about their daughter Etta, and the influences for his work on the show.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

J.H. Wyman Talks the Final Season of FRINGE; Reveals Three Part Series Finale

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I love Fringe.  If you haven’t been watching, you’re missing out on a great sci-fi series that’s definitely worth your time.  And unlike The X-Files, which didn’t know how to end a storyline, every season of Fringe has focused on new ideas and mysteries.  It’s been a great ride that ends with a final 13-episode season this fall.

Shortly after winning Best Network Television Series at the Saturn Awards the other night, I landed an extended video interview with executive producer, writer, director and showrunner J.H. Wyman.  We talked about what fans can look forward to on the final season, where he is in the writing process, will the show answer all the mysteries, Comic-Con, and a lot more.  In addition, Wyman revealed that he’s writing and directing the last episode of the series and the last three episodes are all a continuation of each other, basically giving the series a three-hour finale.  Hit the jump to watch.

Executive Producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman Talk FRINGE Season 4 Finale and Season 5

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Much to the happiness of its devoted fanbase, Fox recently picked up the sci-fi drama Fringe for a fifth and final 13-episode season, allowing the series to provide the climactic conclusion that it’s been heading towards.  The two-part finale, airing on May 4th and 11th, will see the Fringe team pushed to their breaking point, as they face off against David Robert Jones (Jared Harris) and desperately attempt to prevent a catastrophic event that threatens the lives of everyone.

During this recent interview to discuss the remainder of this season, showrunners/executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman talked about how much the fan and social media support has meant to them, the impact the final episodes of this season could have on Season 5, their hope that they’ll get Leonard Nimoy back for the final season, that contrary to what has been reported there was no alternate ending that was shot in case the show didn’t get picked up, what they were doing when they found out they would get a final 13 episodes to finish telling this story, that they definitely know where and how the series is going to end and what they’re saying with the final season, and that they hope to continue the story with some comic books, once all is said and done.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

WonderCon 2012: FRINGE Panel Recap; Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Blair Brown and Seth Gabel Talk Alternate Universes, “Vagenda” and Season 5

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The cast and crew of one of the best sci-fi procedurals since The X-Files were on hand for a Q&A at WonderCon this past weekend. Fans of Fox’s Fringe turned out in droves to show their support and gain some insight into the happenings of the show’s fourth season and possibilities of a fifth. The panel warmed up the audience with a montage of Walterisms from the eccentric Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble). These non sequiturs have been a mainstay in the show since the beginning and continue to be a highlight. Apart from that, the excellent casting, superb writing and edge-of-your-seat intrigue were then put on display in a clip from the upcoming episode, “A Short Story About Love.” Fringe, starring Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv and Lance Reddick returns this Friday, March 23rd at 9pm EST on Fox. Hit the jump to check out our recap and take a look at the Walterisms.

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