I have been seeing a number of online articles recently foretelling the future of television – which shows are being renewed for another season and which shows are being dropped. The most interesting category to my mind is the group of shows that are still in limbo.
Most recently I read a brief on TheWrap.com that lists nineteen shows which they describe as “on the bubble.” By that they mean they could go either way – renewal or cancellation. As I read through the list, I wasn’t particularly surprised by what I saw. Many of the shows haven’t interested me enough to draw me in even once. Of those I have seen, only a few have coaxed me into more than one episode. And only one – Almost Human – pulled me in for the season.
I will admit that I am a Sci Fi fan. I grew up watching reruns of Star Trek after school, don’t you know? So I’m a bit of a sucker when it comes to Sci Fi shows. Even so, there are other Sci Fi shows on The Wrap’s bubble list that didn’t get me (or that I didn’t get). But I’ve enjoyed Almost Human.
I like the premise – a crusty “old style” cop paired with an unexpectedly unpredictable “old model” robot sidekick. It certainly supports the title well enough. And I think the “outsider” feel to both central characters (Det. John Kennex and Dorian, played by Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, respectively) should appeal to audiences.
I will admit that I don’t always absolutely love the story lines, but I find that’s true in any series. And while not every episode’s plot made me thrill with excitement and anticipation, the writing (especially the humorous banter between Kennex and Dorian) gave me reason enough to find it on the demand menu of my cable service even when I couldn’t watch in real time.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I hope it does get renewed. It would be great to see if the show can really hit it’s stride by settling into a second season.