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5 Shows After Dark: I Have Seen the Future, and It Is Migraine-Inducing

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | November 17, 2013 | Comments ()


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Almost Human on Fox at 8:00pm ET. Series premiere. Basically the TV series version of the Will Smith I Robot in that a detective in the future is forced to work with a robot he hates, because he hates all robots, even though he himself has a robotic limb. At the very least this show will be beautiful to look at, since it stars Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, and Minka Kelly, and features Lili Taylor and Mackenzie Crook. Down-side: the series is executive produced by J.J Abrams and is set in the future so dig out your lens-flare eliminating glasses unless you enjoy being right on the edge of a migraine.

Catch a Christmas Star on Hallmark at 8:00pm ET. Original telefilm. I’ve said it before, and I can’t take credit for it, but I’d really like it if people backed off the whole concept of the “War on Christmas” and instead addressed the fact that Christmas is pulling a hostile takeover of Thanksgiving.

Homeland on Showtime at 9:00pm ET.

The Walking Dead on AMC at 9:00pm ET.

Eastbound & Down on HBO at 10:00pm ET. Series finale. Time to say goodbye to Kenny Powers. I’m sure HBO will help your love live on forever in the form of a commemorative Blu-Ray set, though.

Genevieve Burgess has stocked up on the Excedrin specifically for the two-night “Almost Human” premiere.




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  • Guest

    The most interesting thing I found about A.H. was that is shot in Vancouver (where I live) and I was constantly trying to place locations underneath all the bad CGI.

  • Green Lantern

    I haven't watched "Almost Human" yet, but I think I liked it better when it was "Holmes & Yoyo".

    Yes it was TOO a real show...LOOK IT UP, KIDS! AND GET OFFA MAH LAWN!!!

  • BWeaves

    "Christmas is pulling a hostile takeover of Thanksgiving."

    Chanuka already beat Christmas to it.

  • Sure, but Chanukah is one of those fluid holidays, so it totally gets a pass. This is the benefit of having a different calendar and no need to shoehorn holidays into a neat, work-friendly time period.

  • Obvious

    Hannukah falls ON Thanksgiving this year. It totally gets a pass. Most years good luck finding more than a teeny-tiny aisle with Hannukah stuff. And Kwanza? Forget about it.

    Christmas is an asshole and is soon going to start overtaking ALL other holidays.

  • Ian Fay

    Honestly, if Almost Human is stealing from anything, it's Caves of Steel, which was also written by Isaac Asimov, who also wrote the stories I, Robot were "based" on.

    Caves of Steel basically is this show, set on Mars in a very 60s Scifi world. That's not really complaint, I rather enjoyed Almost Human.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

  • kinoumenthe

    Caves of Steel is set on Earth, not Mars.

  • Ian Fay

    Ah, my apologies. It's easily decades since I last read it.

  • kinoumenthe

    As an aside, I was compelled to write this by the Three Laws of Snobbish Correction.

  • bleujayone

    RE: "Almost Human"

    Anybody remember a short lived series form the early 1990's called "Mann & Machine"? Or how about some of the elders in here recalling an equally short series in the late 1970's called "Holmes & Yo-yo". I imagine this series might live slightly longer than previous two, but that in another 15-20 years or so they will try to recycle the premise yet again, perhaps with an actual robot prop the next time around voiced by a currently young A-lister trying to make a comeback.

  • Green Lantern

    "Holmes & Yoyo" FTW, Jay!

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    No, the next incarnation will likely star an honest to god robot.

  • John W

    Just finished watching The Baader Meinhof Complex. About the Red Faction Army. Great movie.

  • emmalita

    Holy crap that is a good movie.

  • Stu Rat

    Whilst watching Almost Human I saw an ad for The Hobbit II: Electric Bugaloo and the voice over pronounced Smaug, "Smowg". I've always heard it in my echo chamber as "Smawg" or smog.

    Any Tolkienites who can clear up this aural discordance for me?

  • NynjaSquirrel
  • Sara_Tonin00

    The Rankin/Bass movie does "Smog"...

  • msaileen

    I started seeing Christmas decorations around early September this year. Next year I'm sure I'll start seeing inflatable Frostys just in time for the 4th of July.

  • Batman

    My mum already has decorations up since she didn't do anything last year. Lucky I'm outta there but. My sis and mum came to an agreement that she can hang up stuff outside but can't turn on the lights until Dec

  • DeaconG

    I've been seeing Christmas candy in the stores the last week to ten days...

  • Fabius_Maximus

    It was early September here.

  • googergieger

    So people are starting to hate on Abrams now, eh? People need to accept the fact already. I'm always right about everything.

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