Microsoft Announces Humans, a Sci-Fi Show Coming to Xbox in 2015
Written Monday, April 07, 2014 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
Microsoft’s plan to introduce original programming to Xbox Live is ramping up, with the announcement of a variety of new shows.
Xbox Entertainment's upcoming line-up includes a sci-fi show called Humans; comedy sketch shows from Sarah Silverman and Michael Cera; and an animated series produced by Seth Green's Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.
Previously announced projects include Steven Spielberg’s Halo TV series; a Halo “digital feature” executive produced by Ridley Scott and David Zucker; an unscripted series about street soccer called Every Street United; a tech-focused documentary series and a live broadcast of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
Some of the shows will include interactive elements, which fans can engage across consoles and mobile devices. Every Street United, for example, will allow users to play mini-games and unlock extra scenes.
There’s a new post over on Xbox Wire, focusing on the sci-fi show, Humans. The show is set in a parallel present where families own Synths - highly-developed robotic servants that are “eerily similar to their live counterparts.”
“In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences,” says the blurb.
Humans is an adaptation of a Swedish sci-fi drama called Real Humans. It's produced by Kudos, the studio responsible for The Hour, Broadchurch and the brilliant Utopia. It will be broadcast in 2015 on “both Channel 4 in the UK and Xbox in North America.”
“We aren’t trying to find something that’s going to be accepted by the largest common denominator, which is what a lot of people in the business look for,” Xbox Entertainment Studios boss Nancy Tellem told Bloomberg. “We’re focused on what we feel our audience on our platform wants.”
The shows start rolling out in June.