Fox just made its new drama series pickups, ordering four shows — Rake starring Greg Kinnear, Gang Related starring Ramon Rodriguez, Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci’s Sleepy Hollow, and Almost Human, from the Fringe duo of J.H. Wyman and J.J. After last season’s experiment with Mob Doctor, Fox went unapologetically male with its new hours, all toplined by male actors — Kinnear (Rake), Rodriguez (Gang Related), Brit Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow), — who is poised to be one of the breakout stars next season — and Karl Urban and Michael Ealy (Almost Human). I hear Rake is eyed for a midseason launch in the mold of another starring Fox drama vehicle, this season’s The Following. The drama pickups assure continuous presence on Fox for Abrams, Wyman, Kurtzman and Orci. Fringe, which Abrams, Kurtzman and Orci created and Wyman ran, finished its run on the network earlier this season. Studio-wise, Fox spread the wealth, picking up two projects from its sister studio and one each from Warner Bros. and Sony. Two of the pilots were directed by big-name feature helmers, Sam Raimi (Rake) and Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow). Fox’s other hourlong pilots, Delirium, starring Emma Roberts; Boomerang, starring Felicity Huffman and Anthony LaPaglia; and The List, starring Michael Pena, are dead. The network’s comedy pickups are expected shortly. Here are descriptions of Fox’s new drama series along with first-glimpse photos:
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ALMOST HUMAN (working title)
From Emmy Award-winning executive producer J.J. Abrams and creator/executive producer J.H. Wyman and starring Karl Urban, Michael Ealy and Emmy Award nominee Lili Taylor, Almost Human (working title) is an action-packed police drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely connection is forged when a cop with an aversion to robots and a robot with unexpected emotional responses investigate cases in a brave new world. Almost Human (wt) is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The series is created by J.H. Wyman, who wrote the pilot. The series is executive-produced by Wyman, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. Kathy Lingg (Person of Interest, Revolution, Fringe) and Reid Shane (Fringe) are co-executive producers. Brad Anderson (Fringe, The Killing) directed and served as co-executive producer on the pilot.
Gang Related, a gritty new action drama, follows Ryan Lopez (Ramon Rodriguez), a rising star in Los Angeles’ elite Gang Task Force – led by SAM CHAPEL (Emmy Award winner Terry O’Quinn) — who teams up with longtime Task Force member CASSIUS GREEN (RZA) to take on three of the city’s most dangerous gangs, including one he has ties to. Gang Related is from Chris Morgan Productions, Skeeter Rosenbaum Productions, Imagine Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television. The series is created and written by Chris Morgan (Wanted, Fast Five). The series is executive-produced by Morgan, Scott Rosenbaum (The Shield, Chuck), Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer (24, A Beautiful Mind) and Francie Calfo (The Great Escape, The Playboy Club). Allen Hughes (Dead Presidents, Book of Eli, Menace II Society) directed and served as an executive producer on the pilot.
Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Greg Kinnear makes his broadcast television series debut with the bold new legal drama Rake, from executive producer Peter Tolan and creator/executive producer Peter Duncan, who created the hit Australian series of the same name. RAKE centers on Keegan Deane, one of life’s great addicts, a brilliant and frustratingly charming criminal defense attorney, whose chaotic and self-destructive personal life often gets in the way of his professional one. He takes on the cases that nobody else will touch, ruled by a resolute optimism, belief in justice and dogged determination to defend those who seem beyond redemption – much like himself. Rake is produced by Fedora Entertainment and Essential Media & Entertainment Pty Ltd., in association with Sony Pictures Television. The series is created and written by Peter Duncan (creator of the original Australian series). The series is executive-produced by Duncan, Peter Tolan (Rescue Me, Analyze This), Michael Wimer (2012), Richard Roxburgh (Mission: Impossible II, Moulin Rouge) and Ian Collie. Kinnear and Leslie Tolan (Rescue Me, The Job) are co-executive producers. Sam Raimi (Oz The Great and Powerful, Spider-Man franchise) directed and served as an executive producer on the pilot.
From co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the Star Trek and Transformers franchises, Fringe), the thrilling new action-adventure Sleepy Hollow is a modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic. ICHABOD CRANE (Tom Mison) 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) to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers. Sleepy Hollow is from K/O Paper Products in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series is co-created by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove and Len Wiseman (Hawaii Five-0, Underworld and Total Recall). The series is executive-produced by Kurtzman, Orci and Wiseman and Heather Kadin. Iscove serves as supervising producer. Wiseman directed the pilot.