One of the hottest sci-fi series coming this fall, J.J. Abrams’ Almost Human, just had one of its co-showrunners jump ship before it even made it to air. So what does this mean for the buzzy new project?
Veteran television producer Naren Shankar (Farscape, CSI, Grimm) signed on to co-run the series with J.H. Wyman (Fringe), largely due to his police-procedural-style background. Wyman kicked ass as a producer on Fringe, but Abrams seemingly paired him up with Shankar to help balance out the sci-fi elements with the procedural case-of-the-week stuff (which Shankar did a great job with on Grimm).
Hopefully things aren’t as bad as they seem. The two reportedly got along pretty well, but Shankar apparently just wasn’t a good fit for the project. This late in the game, they should be pretty far into development on season one — and Wyman has been the driving force since the show was conceived, anyway.
According to Deadline, Wyman plans to stay on and just run the series himself for the foreseeable future. Hopefully he learned some lessons from Shankar and will keep those in mind as he tries to find the right balance with Almost Human. Plus, you also have Abrams hanging around as co-creator to throw in some ideas on occasion.
Are you looking forward to this series when it debuts Nov. 4 on Fox?