AMC, Channel 4 Renew Sci-Fi Drama ‘Humans’ for Season 2

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Show taps into society’s mistrust of advancing technology

LONDON — AMC and U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 have ordered a second season of sci-fi drama series “Humans.” Production will start on the eight-episode season next year.

The series, which is penned by British writing partners Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (“Spooks,” a.k.a. “MI5”), is based on a Swedish show “Real Humans,” produced by Matador Films.

The series was a top five cable drama launch among adults 25-54 in the U.S. this season, and has averaged 2 million viewers and 1 million adults 25-54 through its first four episodes in live+3 ratings. The first episode was Channel 4’s highest rated originated drama in 20 years; season one has attracted an 18% share of the U.K. viewing audience on Sundays between 9 p.m-10 p.m.

“Humans,” which is co-produced by AMC and Channel 4 with Kudos, the makers of drama series “Utopia” and “Broadchurch,” taps into society’s preoccupation with and mistrust of advancing technology and artificial intelligence. The show explores humans’ inherent fear of the unknown and the possible implications of granting machines consciousness.

Executive producers are Derek Wax and Chris Fry for Kudos, Vincent and Brackley, and Henrik Widman and Lars Lundstroem for Matador Films.

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  1. Richard Canzano says:

    when will season 2 start for Humans?

  2. ‘Humans’ raises many questions that are otherwise totally ignored, specifically – what will people actually do if everything is robotised. Irrespective of any fear or mistrust – once people do not have to work five days a week to keep alive – what will we do ?

    • Gerett says:

      Intelligent comment; albeit such questions are only ignored by those unawakened. Personally I see a possible split coming between the materialists and the transcendentalists, namely that the materialists will favor deep technological integration and the transcendentalists, well, let’s just say they won’t need technology to transcend normality. Perhaps if human beings had not departed from nature then neither the workaday away trade nor the advancing robotisation would have originated in the first place. I postulate that when not burdened by harkening to the whips of prospering slave masters the masses will actually have time to think. This system was, after all, instituted to foster a population far too busy to have time to pause and reflect. When released from the current system humanity will attain the ability to solve their problems, if they don’t die by the hands of their creations first that is.

      That said, I do like this show and don’t particularly have anything against the potentiality of sentient or semi-sentient robots. The shift I see is between those who venerate materiality, which consists of only grasping and dissatisfaction, over the intuitive reality beyond existent entities on their own.

  3. coneyro says:

    Humans is renewed…..great! There have been many show based on synthetic or robotlike humans throughout the years, and I’ve got to say this show is at the top of the list in quality. Congratulations to the actors who potrayed the synths. Their mastery of the role is phenomenal. Looking forward to season two. Unfortunately, we have to wait quite a while. But, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Excellence cannot be rushed.

  4. Cristiane Couto says:

    Thanks AMC and Channel 4, Humans is a great show.

  5. Robert Moore says:

    This is great news. AMC just gave me a reason to tune in on Sunday nights.

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