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Fox Cancels Series From High-Profile Executive Producer Deadline

Fox has canceled a drama series that included among its executive producers one of most active creative talents working in TV and movies today.

"Fox has opted not to pick up a second season of 'Almost Human,' writes our good friend Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.

J.J. Abrams is one of the show's executive producers.

Andreeva reports: "The futuristic drama starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy got off to a sluggish start in November but held enough ground to at least earn renewal consideration, often finishing on par with its Monday companion (the already-renewed drama 'The Following').

"In fact, the March season (and series) finale of 'Almost Human' logged a 1.5 rating in 18-49, matching the Live+Same Day rating for [Monday] night’s finale of 'The Following.' ('The Following' is a bigger DVR draw.) ... Also, it is produced by an outside studio, Warner Bros. TV, which also has 'The Following' and the sure-to-be-picked-up Batman prequel 'Gotham.'"

Andreeva also notes: "'Almost Human‘s' chances started to slip once Fox’s drama pilots started to come in. All three of them -- 'Gotham,' 'The Red Band Society' and 'Empire' -- are considered strong contenders for a series pickup."

Abrams, who is set to direct "Star Wars: Episode VII," has a successful track record in both TV and feature films, including directing two "Star Trek" features and "Mission: Impossible III" and creating or co-creating the TV shows "Felicity," "Alias" and "Lost."

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