Fox Shuffles ‘Almost Human’ Premiere for NFL Boost

J.J. Abrams' futuristic drama to follow pigskin double header on Nov. 17

Fox has pushed back the premiere of J.J. Abrams’ robot-cop drama “Almost Human” by two weeks to give the show the benefit of a football launchpad on Sunday, Nov. 17.

The drama had been set to bow in the Monday 8 p.m. slot on Nov. 4. Fox has opted to tubthump the premiere as a “two-night” event.” with the debut seg following an NFL double-header that Sunday and the second episode settling into “Almost Human’s” regular timeslot the following night.

The sked shuffle also allows Fox to keep its solid Monday combo of “Bones” and frosh hot-shot “Sleepy Hollow” intact for another few weeks.

“Bones” has had a strong ninth season so far, buoyed by fan interest in the wedding storyline for lead characters played by David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel. But the show is set to move to the much lower-profile Friday 8 p.m. slot to make room for “Almost Human.”

“Sleepy Hollow,” which has already been renewed for a sophomore season, will continue in the Monday 9 p.m. slot.

Warner Bros. TV’s “Almost Human” is a sci-fi vehicle set in 2048 when police officers are paired with human-like androids. Karl Urban and Michael Ealy star. Skein was created by “Fringe” alum J.H. Wyman, who exec produces with Abrams and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk

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