March 30, 2015
The upcoming sci-fi drama series from AMC, Channel 4 and Kudos (Broadchurch, The Hour) is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ — a highly developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart.
Premiering in June on AMC, Humans follows a strained suburban family who, in the hope of transforming the way they live, purchases a refurbished Synth only to discover that
sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences. I saw some intriguing extended footage at the recent INTV conference in Jerusalem, and AMC has now offered up the first
online glimpse of Gemma Chan’s Synth, Anita, as she’s being activated.
An adaptation of Sweden’s Real Humans, it also stars William Hurt, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Colin Morgan, Rebecca Front, Neil Maskell. The eight-part series is written by British
duo Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Spooks: The Greater Good). A UK date for Channel 4 has yet to be set.
October 15, 2014
William Hurt is about to explore the age-old subject of “man vs machine.”
The Oscar-winning actor (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Damages) is set to star in AMC’s new eight-part drama seriesHumans, which is “set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ — a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart.”
Hurt will play George Millican, a widower who forges something akin to a father-son relationship with “his out-of-date synth Odi.” Humans will also star Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, The Honourable Woman), as an ambitious working mother with “unresolved demons”; Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr. Selfridge), as her concerned husband; and Gemma Chan as Anita, the “pliant, servile automaton” purchased by Tom who “every now and then, does something inexplicable. Something…almost human.” Other cast members include Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Fall), Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It) and Neil Maskell (Utopia).
AMC has closed a co-production/distribution deal with UK production
companyKudos and Channel 4 for their sci-fi drama Humans.
The eight-episode series, an adaptation of Swedish series Real Humans, was announced in April as a co-production between Channel 4 and Xbox Entertainment Studios.
As XES toppers Nancy Tellem and Jordan Levin are pondering a possible future for the studio, maybe partnering with another over-the-top video service, they gave their blessing to Shine-owned Kudos and Channel 4, to seek another U.S. partner. ”I am proud of the work we have done shepherding Humans to this point, as well as facilitating and ensuring a smooth transition for our friends at Kudos/Shine and Channel 4,” said Tellem. “While we focus on our future plans, given the show’s production timetable and the support required to guarantee a successful co-production with a shared first window, we wanted to make certain the show found the right home now.”
Humans, which starts production this fall for a 2015 premiere, is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences. “Humans is that rare sci-fi series that puts the emphasis squarely on the character aspect of the story, and explores the emotional impact that will come with an increasingly blurry line between human and machine,” said Joel Stillerman, EVP, programming, production and digital content for AMC. Humans, from by Kudos in association with Matador Films, is executive produced by Jane Featherstone and Derek Wax.