Could there be dueling police dramas about robots a year from now? Just a few weeks ago, NBC picked up a show about cops and robots from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Josh Friedman. And now, Fox has ordered a pilot for a show about android cops from J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman, one of two showrunners on Fringe.
(The Abrams-Wyman show will actually film a pilot, not just craft a script. The Friedman show, with Howard Gordon producing, so far just has a script deal.)
The Hollywood Reporter describes Wyman's show as a "buddy-cop drama" set in the future, where human LAPD officers team up with "highly evolved humanlike androids." Wyman is writing the pilot script, and will produce alongside Abrams and Bad Robot's Bryan Burk, plus Kathy Lingg. (See the video above for this concept being done, circa 1977.)
Of course, there's no guarantee that either of these shows will make it to our screens — last year, NBC developed a robot show called Beautiful People, which we never got to see.