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Should an early cancellation put you off watching a TV show in the first place?
Floating in on the yearly tide of TV renewals is the yearly disappointment of cancellation. However many fingers are crossed or hashtagged prayers are sent, network television’s quest to conquer ever more viewers and awards inevitably has its casualties. Too expensive to make? Not enough viewers? Lukewarm reception from critics? Then sayonara, promising new sci-fi. We hardly knew you.
Almost Human is one such show. A future-set sci-fi take on the buddy cop genre, it received a thirteen-episode season one order from Fox in 2013 and a shed load of pricy promotion for its November the 4th premiere. And then? At the eleventh hour, the premiere was pushed back a fortnight, co-showrunner Naren Shankar left citing “creative differences”, and only four of its thirteen episodes were aired in the intended running order.
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The original movie felt like the pilot for a TV series but the ensuing small screen version became a casualty of studio financing. Now with the concept of inter-species relations everywhere in franchises such as X-men, Fox are banking on another attempt to revive Alien Nation. The 1988 introduction saw James Caan and a heavily made-up Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) as a mismatched pair of cops, one of whom just happened to be from a race of recently-integrated extraterrestrials. Featuring Terence Stamp as the villain, it was a crime thriller with a sci-fi twist that certainly felt fresh back then but was perhaps a little ahead of its time for audiences to get on board.
Alien Nation the series (co-created by V‘s Kenneth Johnson with the film’s scribe Rockne S.O’Bannon) lasted one season in 1989, though the storyline was picked up in telemovies and novels. The single outing was »
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Feature Duncan Bowles 6 May 2014 - 07:00
For those of you who are yet to partake in Almost Human, there’s a sizeable sci-fi treat in store. While the title implies a gentle approach to an existential dilemma, what the show actually delivers is ‘Sexbots and Robocops’ (which is certainly what I would’ve called it) and I mean that in the very best way. It’s a real delight to see a show that revels in its influences and immediately sets about purveying explosive action and its own take on the moral complications of trying to synthesise human beings.
With Watch airing the first season in the UK from tonight, Tuesday 6th May at 9pm (on Sky 109 and Virgin 124), let’s take a look at a few »
The veteran director who worked as an Ad on dozens of TV and film projects ranging from Mixology, Rizzoli & Isles and ER to Running With Scissors and the Shaquille O’Neal starrer Steel died Monday after a long illness. Dirk Wallace Craft was 48. A 1991 grad of the DGA Trainee Program, he served as an assistant director on more than 50 productions and also directed episodes of Nip/Tuck and Burn Notice. The Pontiac, Mi, native’s Ad credits also include TV’s Detroit 1-8-7, Alien Nation, VIP and numerous telefilms as well as the 1996 feature The Crucible starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Survivors include his wife Sande Alessi Craft, who runs Sande Alessi Casting in Hollywood; their children Shaelyn and Kai; his mother Juanita Craft Hawisher; and sister Krista Craft Strongman. A celebration of Craft’s life is set for March 28 in Agoura Hills. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers, donations »
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