If there’s one thing that is quite noticeable in this year’s upfronts, it’s the amount of genre shows networks seem to be counting on for the Fall season. Just recently, ABC released a trailer for their new series ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Now, following the end of ‘Fringe,’ Fox seems reluctant to let go of this demographic and has green lit two genre series of their own, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and ‘Almost Human’ and we have some first looks of both shows for you below.
While the ‘Sleepy Hollow’ over at the CW seems to not have gone too far in the development stage, Fox’ re-imaging of the Washington Irving short story ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’, has been given a chance to win viewers over, but will it?
The series is from the minds of ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Fringe’ scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci who will not only be executive producers but also wrote the pilot and brought in pal Len Wisemen (‘Total Recall’, ‘Hawaii 5-0’) to direct.
From the trailer, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ seems to have a ‘National Treasure’ meets ‘Supernatural’ kind of vibe and has Ichabod Crane re-animating in modern America in order to stop the Headless Horseman who just happens to also be one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Since Crane partners up with a police officer, it would seem that the show will take on a procedural tone with the story arc pertaining to stopping the Headless Horseman from continuing to wreak havoc in the modern day world.
The series is currently slated to air Mondays at 9PM.
See if ‘Sleepy Hollow’ keeps you awake or will lose its head with the trailer below:
Ichabod Crane wakes up from the throes of death 250 years in the future to find the world on the brink of destruction and learn he is humanity’s only hope. From co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the “Star Trek” and “Transformers” franchises, “Fringe”) comes the adventure thriller SLEEPY HOLLOW. In this modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic, ICHABOD CRANE (Tom Mison, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity’s last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie, “Shame,” “American Violet”) to unravel a mystery that dates back to the founding fathers.
J.J. Abrams is looking to have another successful series on the network after the 5 year (albeit rocky) run with ‘Fringe’. While ‘Alcatraz’ was cancelled in the first season, Abrams has decided to team up with former ‘Fringe’ showrunner J.H. Wyman for ‘Almost Human.’
From the trailer below, there is an instant difference in the production style compared to ‘Sleepy Hollow.’ Granted, the show is set in the future so there are a lot more sci-fi elements and shiny objects that catch your attention with this series.
‘Almost Human’ stars Karl Urban as Kennix who after a two year leave of absence returns to the police force and is assigned a humanoid partner played by Michael Ealy. There looks to be a lot of action, drama and some great tongue in cheek moments as the two acclimate to each other. From the trailer below, you can already tell what some of the storylines will touch upon when it comes to the subject of robotics (just think of some of the past episodes centering on Data and his desire to be more human like from ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation).
‘Almost Human’ won’t air right away like ‘Sleepy Hollow’ will. After an initial run of episodes for the series ‘Bones,’ ‘Almost Human’ will take it’s spot at 8PM on Mondays and will lead in to ‘Sleepy Hollow.’
While Mondays seem to be an odd choice for genre shows, it hasn’t hurt Syfy when they had their Powerful Monday night scheduling of ‘Being Human,’ ‘Continuum’ and ‘Lost Girl.’ Fox will soon see if the same success on Mondays will be with them come fall .
After watching the trailer below, let us know which show you think will survive a full season and be renewed for a second one:
Executive-produced by Emmy Award winnerJ.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”) and starring Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”) and Emmy Award nomineeLili Taylor (“Six Feet Under,”), ALMOST HUMAN 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 partnership is forged when a part-machine cop (Urban) is forced to pair with a part-human robot (Ealy) as they fight crime and investigate a deeper cover-up in a futuristic new world.