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'Almost Human' is over, reports say

Karl Urban, left, as John Kennex and Michael

(Credit: AP / Fox / Liane Hentscher)

"Almost Human," Fox's promising freshman with Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, has been canceled, according to reports -- most prominently one in Deadline last night Let's go ahead and label this news "too bad, but not unexpected."

This series arrived via a pair of talented showrunners with varied and interesting pedigrees (Brad Anderson, J.H. Wyman) and featured very good leads with chemistry. (And let's not forget Minka Kelly.) I was lukewarm on the launch, but there was enough here to indicate a real future.

In fact, as Deadline points out, the numbers were not bad -- or at least not dismal -- but a handful of other big shows are in the pipeline, and because "Human" is not an in-house production (but rather from Warner Bros.), that appeared to tilt the balance toward ending. This is, by the way, the time of year when the pace of cancellation/renewal news starts to pick up, just two weeks shy of the major commercial network "upfronts." 

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