JJ Abrams is making another sci-fi TV show and he is bringing one of his Star Trek stars on board. Today it was announced that Karl Urban will be starring in Abrams show Human on Fox. More details below. Plus there is news on Benedict Cumberbatch’s future with Sherlock. [UPDATE: Enterprise star John john Billingsley cast in CBS drama.]
Karl Urban is the Human in ‘Human’
JJ Abrams is putting together a new futuristic show for Fox called Human. The show set in the near future focuses on a pair of LAPD detectives, in a near future where human detectives are paired with "highly evolved human-like androids." The show will focus on one of these detective pairs and now TV Line is reporting that Karl Urban (aka Star Trek’s Dr. McCoy) has been cast as the human cop. From the article:
Urban will play John Kennex, a respected police officer who has shut down emotionally after a tragic mission left him critically injured. He is paired with Dorian (Common Law‘s Michael Ealy), an android detective who, ironically, has a better grasp of humanity than he does.
Abrams is joined by his Fringe colleague J.H. Wyman as executive producers for Human. The cast also includes Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under), Michael Irby (The Unit) and Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean).
Karl Urban to star in new JJ Abrams futuristic cop show "Human"
Cumberbatch confirms 4th Season of Sherlock
In other Trek star on TV news, Into Darkness baddie Benedict Cumberbatch tells the Radio Times that he and his co-star Martin Freeman are signed up for a fourth season of the critically acclaimed BBC/PBS show Sherlock. Cumberbatch also said that he would "love" to see the show continue beyond the fourth season.
Shooting for Season 3 of the series is set to begin on May 18th and is expected to air on the BBC in the fall (no time set for yet for PBS).
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have at least two more seasons of Sherlock in their future
UPDATE: Billingsley Cast In CBS Drama ‘Intelligence’
There is even more Star Trek celebrity pilot season casting news. Deadline is reporting that Star Trek: Enterprise’s Dr. Phlox has been cast in the CBS drama pilot Intelligence. The new show is centered at U.S. Cyber Command and focuses on an agent (Josh Holloway) who has been implanted with a microchip that allows him access to the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Billingsley will play Dr. William Crispin, a top computer neuroscientist formerly at the U.S. Cyber Command unit.
John Billingsley cast in new new CBS pilot "Intelligence"
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