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Karl Urban & Michael Ealy: You Don't Say 'No' To J.J. Abrams

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Michael Ealy isn't a robot, he just plays one on TV. And it's been a challenge. "As an actor, you tend to draw on your human instincts and your background — what you've gone through as an individual," Ealy said. "And the hardest thing in terms of playing Dorian is to act like I don't have that."

"Almost Human" stars Karl Urban as John Kennex, a tough cop working the mean streets of a big city in 2048. (You know him from his role as Dr. "Bones" McCoy in the 'Star Trek' movies and from 'Lord of The Rings'.)

"We play characters who are really at the frontline of protecting the society against the misapplication of genetics or robotics or anything like that," said Urban. "And the wonderful thing that I think the show does is it really sort of questions us.  It makes us, as an audience, ask — ‘what does it mean to be human?' And if I was in that situation, how I would react? And I think that's a key of all good shows."

The paradox, says Scott Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune is that Kennex is a robotlike human and Dorian is a humanlike robot. Which offers up one of the more interesting police partnerships we've seen on TV in quite some time.

Michael Ealy and Karl Urban join Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone on Good Day L.A.

Fun Facts About "Almost Human": (Source: Wikipedia)

1) Almost Human is an upcoming American science fiction/crime drama due to be broadcast as part of the 2013–14 United States network television schedule on Fox as a late Fall entry on Monday nights.

2) The series was created by J. H. Wyman for Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Wyman, Bryan Burk and J. J. Abrams will serve as executive producers. The series was originally scheduled to premiere on Monday, November 4, 2013. However, Fox later announced a two-week delay, setting it to air its pilot episode on Sunday, November 17 before airing episode two in its regular time slot the next day.

3) The series first appeared as part of Fox's development slate in September 2012. In January 2013, Fox green-lit production of a pilot episode. On May 8, 2013, the series was added to the network's 2013–14 schedule.

4) The series is set thirty-five years in the future when humans in the Los Angeles Police Department are paired up with lifelike androids; a detective who has a dislike for robots partners with an android capable of emotion.

‘Almost Human' premieres Sunday night at 8:00pm on FOX.

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