March 22, 2015
Release date [North America] September 5, 2014 Release date [Japan] August 6, 2014
Last week I ranted in my blog about the fact that it seems that Almost Human is already a long forgotten TV series. My absolute favourite new TV series of the fall of 2013 was cancelled after only 13 episodes. The following, an awful series, which is much less expensive to produce, got a new season instead!
That being said, as a fan of the series, you hope it gets a decent DVD and Blu-Ray release but unfortunately that is not the case here either. Almost Human has only been released for DVD on Demand! So no standard DVD release, certainly not a Blu-Ray release but DVD-R's on demand. It's a real shame indeed, still, we also must be grateful it even gets a release, even though in an unworthy way. I have to admit though, the cover art is decent and also the discs art themselves are okay. I did some more checking and found out that there actually is a standard DVD set released in Japan, with English subtitles none the less!
Of course it contains all 13 episodes but unfortunately not in the correct viewing order. FOX shuffled the episodes when it aired last year, so much, that the story arc becomes unclear, confusing because the re-arranging of the episodes chronological order. Below left you'll find the episodes as FOX aired them, on the right you see the episodes in the intended viewing order, the way you should watch it, if you purchase this DVD on demand set.
There even are some special features on it, a comic con feature, some deleted scenes, a gag reel, but that's all. Still, I purchased the set myself because I simply love the TV series, I had to have it on DVD, even if it's DVD-R. Unfortunately there are no English, or any other, subtitles on it but people from outside the US can purchase it without fear because it's an all regions set.
Studio: Warner Archive Collection
Discs: 3 Discs
Region: All regions (according to Amazon.com)
Order Almost Human Aired:
3) Are you Receiving?
4) The Bends
5) Blood Brothers
7) Simon Says
8) You Are Here
13) Straw Man
Actual Chronological Order Almost Human
2) You Are Here
6) Are You Receiving
7) The Bends
8) Blood Brothers
10) Simon Says
April 30, 2014
Well it happened again! FOX again cancelled a great TV series after only 13 episodes! And this while they renewed that dreadful series "The Following" with the same ratings. I give up, I'm not gonna rant here anymore, it's no use, deeply disappointed! Read post below:
Deadline learned that Fox has opted not to pick up a second season of Almost Human. The futuristic drama starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy got off to a sluggish start in November but held enough ground to at least earn renewal consideration, often finishing on par with its Monday companion (the already-renewed drama The Following). In fact, the March season (and series) finale of Almost Human logged a 1.5 rating in 18-49, matching the Live+Same Day rating for last night’s finale of The Following. (The Following is a bigger DVR draw). Almost Human‘s chances started to slip once Fox’s drama pilots started to come in.
All three of them — Gotham, The Red Band Society and Empire – are considered strong contenders for a series pickup. That didn’t bode well for Almost Human. Also, it is produced by an outside studio, Warner Bros TV, which also has The Following and the sure-to-be-picked-up Batman prequel Gotham. Almost Human, about a cop (Urban) paired with a lifelike combat-model android (Ealy), comes from the Fringe team of JJ Abrams and J.H. Wyman. Elsewhere in Fox bubble land, the renewal chances for Seth MacFarlane-produced freshman comedy Dads appear to have gone up in the past few days.
February 17, 2014
Well there you have it, one of the best TV series this new season is on the verge of cancellation, I can't believe the ratings aren't good from the get go! No, just stay and watch those fantastic reality sh*t and those very exciting procedural TV Series, those are much more fun to watch! Really pisses me off, sure we can blame FOX in part, but it's also true the viewers almost immediately stayed away, even the pilot, with a 3.1 rating, which IMO, was a little on the low side to begin with.
And after the pilot it kept dropping. I personally don't understand it, this is a smart piece of television, it's got two great lead characters, interesting stories etc but the viewers don't even bother. Okay, FOX did not air it in the right order, they had a hiatus for three weeks in the beginning of January, so sure, they are to blame too, but it's declining since episode two. See post below, if you still have the will...:
Fox doesn’t exactly have the most solid history when it comes to bringing science fiction to the small screen. Fans no doubt still haven’t forgotten that the network was responsible for prematurely cancelling a perennial fan favorite in Joss Whedon’s Firefly (a series some are still hoping to revive, twelve years after it went off the air).
So Fox’s latest sci-fi offering, Almost Human, had an uphill battle ahead of it to begin with. The series may share some of the creative team as the network’s cult hit Fringe, including Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams as executive producer. Furthermore, it has Dredd‘s Karl Urban and Think Like a Man star Michael Ealy as a human and android police team solving crimes in a compelling futuristic setting. The show was destined to be a hit, right?
According to TV by the Numbers, Almost Human actually may be on its way off of Fox’s schedule altogether. The site has brought its prediction for the show’s fate down to “likely to be canceled,” indicating that its chances of being renewed for a season 2 are slimmer than ever. While ratings haven’t been extraordinarily low, the show isn’t cheap, and the fact that the network hasn’t ordered any additional episodes beyond the initial 13-episode order doesn’t bode well.
Even worse, it seems that Fox is moving proven hit Bones back to its original timeslot and pushing Almost Human out. This shift could imply that the network has lost faith in the show’s ability to draw an audience and simply intends to burn through the remaining episodes by plugging Almost Human elsewhere in its schedule. Of course, this should be taken with a grain of salt, as Fox has yet to issue an official word on Almost Human.
After a strong narrative start, it’s unfortunate that the prospects for Almost Human are slimming. There’s still a chance that the series could hang on for another season, but perhaps the writing was on the wall to begin with. After all, the series lost a showrunner before it even aired, and Fox hasn’t aired its episodes in the intended order (another sign of network neglect).
While some may believe that the network’s failure to extend Almost Human‘s maiden season to a full 22 episodes is just another example of the short-and-sweet approach Fox is taking with Sleepy Hollow, the fact is that the show’s more episodic tone makes that far less likely. As always, time will tell.
Do you think Almost Human will make it to season 2, Screen Rant readers? How do you think Fox can help boost the show’s profile? Let us know in the comments section.
January 14, 2014
Well after fantastic ratings for Intelligence last week, which was broadcast on a Tuesday after NCIS, that helped, yesterday Intelligence dropped hard! Last week it had a 16.5 million total viewers with a 2.4 rating. This week it dropped very hard to 6.1 million total viewers and a 1.1 rating! I think that could be some kind of record! Of course it needs to be said it was against the very popular The Blacklist and also against Castle but I did not see that coming! Perhaps Intelligence is a series that's being DVR'ed a lot!
Almost Human is rising for the second week in a row. Last week it drew a 1.8 rating with 6.2 million in total viewers, this week it ticked up two tenths with 2.0 rating and 6.8 million in total viewers! I have to say I'm greatful to see this happening because Almost Human is one of the best new shows out there. From the beginning I was puzzled why this wasn't a break-out hit like The Blacklist or Sleepy Hollow. Hopefully the rise will continue.
Last Friday Helix premiered on Syfy and had a rather soft debut in comparison with other series. The 90-minute Jeffrey Reiner-directed debut episode garnered just 1.8 million viewers at 10 PM. With a 0.6 rating, Helix pulled in 734,000 viewers in among adults 18-49 and 893,000 in the 25-54 demo. That’s a far cry from the 2.7 million total viewers the channel drew for Defiance when that debuted on April 15, 2013. That two-hour Monday opener had 1.3 million among the 18-49 and 1.4 million among adults 25-54, Syfy’s top total viewers and 25-54 performances since 2009’s Warehouse 13. To give some further context of where Helix stands in the Syfy universe right now, Warehouse 13 had 3.5 million viewers with a 2.5 household rating, 1.7 million adults 25-54 and 1.3 million adults 18-49 for the third best viewership debut for any Syfy series behind 2004’s Stargate Atlantis (4.2 million) and 2006’s Eureka (4.1 million). Syfy itself is very happy with the ratings: this represented Syfy’s best performance in the time period (Fridays at 10-11:30pm) in more than four years among total viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49.
Agents Of SHIELD again ticked up one tenth to a 2.2 rating and 6.25 million in total viewers. It's not a lot but every bit helps. Intelligence was also adjusted up one tenth tot a 1.2 rating/6.2 million in total viewers, but that's still a drop of 50% from it's premiere episode.
January 8, 2014
Agents of SHIELD and also Almost Human had a slightly better night than their last episodes of last year! It's not a big leap but a tiny tick for both of them. SHIELD rose one tenth to 2.1 and 6.5 million viewers, also slightly more. Thankful at least the ratings did not fall again. Almost Human also ticked up a bit, 17% with a 1.7 rating and 6.2 million in total viewers.
With the last episode of the year, Almost Human dropped hard, like SHIELD did but thankfully also Almost Human hs risen also. Can they keep it steady, is it enough for a season two. It's still very unsure at this point, just hope for a positive buzz for both series in the coming months. If you want to take a look at next weeks episodes of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD and Almost Human, click on the links of series names.
December 17, 2013
Dead in the water! It pains me to say but it will almost be a miracle for this series to get a second season, it does horrible in the ratings, to be honest from the get go. Even the pilot did not have spectacular ratings. I for one don't understand it because I am really enjoying this series but with these numbers, it's a miracle if we get a full season, but probably enforced by Abrams & Wyman. The only escape from cancellation I see at this point is that it's huge after the Live+7 Calculation. It's a damn shame that's for sure. Another sci-fi series in bad weather. Network television and sci-fi don't go well together.
Last week Almost Human ticked up one point but this week Almost Human wrapped up the first part of its first season as the only original on a holiday animation heavy Fox with a 1.6/5 rating. The freshman futuristic cop show from JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions was down 11% from its December 10 show to hit a season low. Almost Human returns on January 6.
December 10, 2013
It finally happened, after weeks of dropping, Almost Human finally ticked up a point in the ratings. Personally one of my favourite shows at the moment, a show which isn't been watched live by a lot of folks apparently. Either people DVR it or they just don't like it. Anyway, good news today, although it is a small tick up.
On Fox, freshman Almost Human (1.8/5) had its second to last episode of the fall last night and a slight rise after three weeks in a row of decline. The JJ Abrams-produced series bopped up 6% over last week among the key demo.
December 3, 2013
The strong football game last night, up from last week, did not make things easy for Fox’s Almost Human (1.7), which was down 11% from last Monday to post its third consecutive decline since the premiere.
Don't know what's happening lately but the series I am interested in are doing bad in the ratings. SHIELD isn't doing that well, although it had some tick ups last few weeks but Almost Human is dropping each week and this is going very fast too! With it's 4th episode the ratings have dropped half since the pilot (3.4 rating). It's not difficult to predict the future of Almost Human, it's headed for cancellation, really fast!
November 26, 2013
I did not want to be right about this one but again a sci-fi series cannot hold it's audience. After the third episode it already dropped below the 2.0 rating! Almost Human drew 6.6 million viewers with a 1.9 rating, another 17% down. So it looks like we have to enjoy this season of Almost Human because it seems like we won't get any more after the first season. It is really beyond me, apparently the general public isn't interested in sci-fi anymore, not even a series with sci-fi elements at least not the people who watch network tv it seems.
Strange thing about it is I mostly read positive reviews. Even actors like Karl Urban do not have enough charisma to get viewers to come in and watch a few episodes. Oh well, let's all go and watch procedural and reality shows, much more fun!
Fox apparently is still positive: Fox projects the new drama episode will climb to a 3.1 or 3.2 demo rating when Live+7 Day stats come out and estimates the episode will be viewed by more than 14 million via 30-day multi-platform viewing.
November 19, 2013
Last Sunday Almost Human arrived with good ratings, for me a bit on the low side but it was considered okay. The second episode which aired yesterday, had a further drop of 29% to a 2.2 rating with 6.6 million in total viewers! Although a drop is expected after the pilot I have to say I do not have a good feeling about this drop. After two episodes a 2.2 rating is too low if you ask me. Till now I've read mostly postitive reviews about the pilot, so story wise there is hope, really hoping the ratings do not drop further.
The time slot premiere of Fox’s Almost Human drew 6.6 million total viewers and a 2.2 rating on Monday night, down a somewhat expected 29 percent from its NFL-assisted Sunday launch but more or less on par with what Bones last did in the time slot (7.4 mil/2.0).
November 18, 2013
Does the future look good for Fox’s Almost Human. With it's Sunday night sneak peek drew 9.1 million samplers and a 3.1 demo rating, off about 10 percent from Sleepy Hollow‘s premiere numbers. That said, inflation due to its NFL lead-in was evident, seeing as Almost Human opened the hour with 10 mil/3.4 and closed it with 8.2 mil/2.8.
Although the numbers are fairly strong, it's not NCIS in regard of ratings. I was hoping for a bit more, especially because ratings always drop after the pilot episode. It's of course too early to tell and tonight is the second episode and Monday is the regular broadcast day for Almost Human. Curious about the second episode which will air tonight? Click here to watch a sneak peek over episode 1x02 "Skin".
October 22, 2013
Fox‘s new drama series Almost Human, originally slated to premiere on Monday, November 4, will now launch as a two-night event on Sunday, November 17 and Monday, November 18. The network is making the change to take advantage of the football doubleheader lead-in on Sunday, November 17 and try to keep the momentum going with the second episode of Almost Human airing the next night in its regular Monday 8 PM time period.
The decision also will help breakout Sleepy Hollow, keeping its successful pairing with Bones for a couple more weeks before Bones relocates to Fridays on November 15.
May 9, 2013
Fox has greenlit four new dramas for the 2013-14 season, including J.J. Abrams‘ futuristic cop thriller Almost Human (formerly known as just Human) and a modern-day take on Sleepy Hollow. (not Sure if this series belongs on this site yet)
An action-packed buddy cop show set in the near future when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.
March 12, 2013
In an enterprising move, J.J. Abrams has recruited Star Trek‘s Karl Urban to headline his Fox drama pilot Human, TVLine has learned. The futuristic thriller, penned by Abrams’ Fringe colleague J.H. Wyman, is being billed as an action-packed buddy cop show set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.
Urban will play John Kennex, a respected police officer who has shut down emotionally after a tragic mission left him critically injured. He is paired with Dorian (Common Law‘s Michael Ealy), an android detective who, ironically, has a better grasp of humanity than he does. The cast also includes Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under), Michael Irby (The Unit) and Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean).
March 12, 2013
High school cheerleader-turned-Charlie’s-angel Minka Kelly has joined the cast of Fox’s Human drama pilot. The Friday Night Lights grad will play Valerie Stahl, a police officer with a strong set of morals, in the potential cop drama from J.J. Abrams, J.H. Wyman and Bryan Burk, Deadline reports.
Human is an action-packed buddy cop show set in the near future when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. Kelly joins the previously cast Michael Ealy (Common Law), Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under), Michael Irby (The Unit) and Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean).
February 28, 2023
Former Common Law detective Michael Ealy is back on the beat as one of the stars of Fox’s futuristic drama pilot from J.J. Abrams and former Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman, TVLine has learned. The untitled project (temporary, perhaps permanent title "Human") is being billed as an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. Ealy will play Dorian, the android partner of LAPD officer John Kennex. The twist? Dorian understands humanity more than John! The role of John is still being cast. Got suggestions? Hit the comments!
February 27, 2013
Fringe fans still mourning the end of their beloved show may soon have reason to rejoice. The pilot for creator JH Wyman and executive producer JJ Abrams’ follow-up head trip is set to begin shooting in March. Wyman tells SFX that he’s currently calling the Warner Brothers/Bad Robot show – a futuristic drama in which cops are assigned robotic partners – Human, but that still isn’t set in stone.
“So it’s about humanity and connection. I’m always writing about the same thing – that life is all about the connections that you make. Period. That’s kind of what JJ’s consumed with as well. We both really like the idea. And that’s kind of where it’s set. “If you can imagine that in Blade Runner,” adds Wyman, “Rutger Hauer and Harrison Ford were partners, you’ll understand a little bit more. But it’s much different than that. Because there’s a great mythology, all about outer space and the planet and what’s going to become of us.”
January 27, 2013
Fox and the team behind Fringe are going back to the future. The network has made a pilot order for an untitled drama from J.J. “Star Wars” Abrams and his former Fringe colleague J.H. Wyman that’s being billed as an action-packed buddy cop show set in the near future when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. Wyman penned the script and will serve as an EP alongside Abrams and Bryan Burk.
There's been talk about this possible series for quite some time, it seemed dead but now it's finally been picked up by a network.
October 24, 2012
We'd heard a while back that J.J. Abrams and current Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman were working on a new sci-fi series—and now Wyman has been kind enough to spill the beans. The untitled series has been described as an action-oriented "buddy cop" series set in near-future L.A., with cops partnered up with human-like androids.
Wyman says they hope to go deep into the implications of the premise, looking at "incredible themes" of "humanity vs. technology."
Here's what he told Digital Spy about the series:
"I'm very excited about that. It's something that we're thrilled with because it's a very big conceptual piece of television. I'm sort of obsessed with the idea of... humanity vs technology and what's happening to us. These types of things concern me and they also concern JJ.We're interested and we can see a great platform for us to tell a massive story that deals with all these cool things. It touches on other things we have done, but this is definitely more unique and definitely has a point of view that we've never done. If people are fans of science-fiction and fans of drama, you'll really dig this show."
Just judging by the premise, it seems to hit Abrams' TV sweet spot of action, sci-fi and cop shows. It even has a big gimmick at its center to serve as a jumping-off point, with androids being commonplace.
It's nice to see Abrams and Wyman sticking together, because Wyman's vision has helped shape the harder sci-fi seasons we've seen of Fringe. Combine that with Abrams' ability to tell good stories, and this could be one to watch. What do you think? Is it the next Fringe, or the next Alcatraz?
September 6, 2012
Deadline reports that FOX has picked up the Bad Robot project with a pilot production commitment. The show is described as "an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids." Fringe's executive producer and showrunner, J.H. Wyman, is penning the script, with Abrams, Wyman, Bryan Burk and Kathy Lingg executive producing.