Production to kick off later this summer
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Xbox Entertainment Studios and the UK TV network Channel 4 have announced that they have partners on a new original sci-fi drama. The show will air in the UK on Channel 4 and will share a "premiere window" on the Xbox for North America.
It's unclear right now if only the premier of the show will be aired on the Xbox or if all episodes will. The show is called Humans and is based on a show called Real Humans. The premise is that a family buys a used robotic servant called a Synth. The catch is that the Synth they purchase has some secrets.
"'Humans' not only questions personal relationships, we loved how this sci-fi show toys with reality and our connection to technology," said Xbox Entertainment Studios President Nancy Tellem. She added, "This deal with Channel 4 and Kudos underscores Xbox Entertainment Studios' commitment to programming premium TV series with global partners and creating engaging interactive experiences."
Casting for the show will being in May with production starting later this summer.
"Exploring themes of love, discrimination and integration, this thrilling, beautifully written series allows us to get under the skin of what it means to be human in the most compelling way," said Jane Featherstone, Executive Producer for Kudos. "The bold, innovative storylines and subject matter lend themselves perfectly to this pioneering collaboration with Channel 4 and Xbox."