In what could be considered a show of confidence, Fox have delayed the premiere of Almost Human by two weeks. How is this a show of confidence you might be wondering?
J.J Abrams’ new sci-fi buddy-cop drama was due to air 4th November but Fox have decided to premiere the show following an important NFL game Sunday 17th November instead. It’s an established fact with American networks that programmes that follow important football games are usually ratings winners. So Fox are clearly giving Almost Human as high a profile as possible. They are also treating audiences, and maybe capitalising on the possible success, by airing the second episode the following night in what will be its regular time slot of 8pm.
Another indication that the network are confident that they have a potential ratings success is the fact that the David Boreanaz vehicle Bones is being shunted to the lower-profile Friday 8 p.m. slot to make room for Almost Human.
In the last few weeks Fox has had a surprisingly huge hit with Sleepy Hollow so they are obviously hoping for another televisual triumph.
Set in 2048 Almost Human stars Karl Urban as a futuristic cop (one with less extreme and violent methods than Dredd) who is reluctantly partnered with human-like android.
A UK broadcaster has yet to be confirmed but if this show does prove to be a hit expect that to change.
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