HBO is developing a new show with the creators of Big Love, and, despite the presence of a humanoid robot, no one wants to admit that they're actually making a science fiction program.
According to Deadline, the show is a family drama that also features an artificial life form:
China Doll centers on a successful California construction subcontractor, his Asian American wife who is a university professor, and a robot as they straddle both sides of the Pacific with extended families on two continents.
But creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer are quick to stop short of calling it science fiction. As Olsen says:
"It is about China, Chinese Americans, robots, the effect of technology on our lives and the China moment in American consciousness."
Scheffer is even more blunt:
"This is not a sci-fi show. ... It is ambitious but is set in the present day."
You'd think that, with the runaway success of blatantly, unapologetically genre shows like Game of Thrones and True Blood, HBO wouldn't pussyfoot around the fact that they've got a show with a robot in it and that, by said robot's very presence, that makes it science fiction.
Maybe they haven't had their coffee yet.