AMC Nabs Artificial Intelligence TV Series Humans

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AMC is readying an artificial intelligence drama picked up from Xbox's now defunct original programming slate. That's good news for us, because this series Humans looks and sounds awesome.

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THR is reporting that AMC has picked up the rights to Humans, starring William Hurt and Katherine Parkinson.

"Humans" is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'Synth' - a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences.

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Hurt will play a widower named George Millica, a character described as someone who has formed a close relationship with an out-of-date "synth" and treats it a lot more like his child than a robot. Parkinson plays a woman whose husband buys a synth that starts to show signs of humanity—whatever those signs are.

The eight-episode series was penned by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks), and based on the Swedish drama Real Humans. The series is currently in production and will air sometime in 2015.

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I thought I heard AMC jettisoned all their reality TV, deciding to concentrate their cash on scripted shows. Probably the best idea any network has had in some time. Hopefully, they make level headed choices and not get too worried about just filling timeslots.