AMC has announced that acclaimed sci-fi drama Humans has been renewed for an eight-episode third season. Production will begin this fall for a planned 2018 premiere.
“Humans provides a thrilling look at the evolution of technology and its effect on society. The critical response to season two celebrates the creative vision, dynamic story-telling and compelling portrayals shared by the writers, producers and actors. We are pleased to continue our collaboration with Channel 4 and Kudos and look forward to season three,” said Joel Stillerman, President of Original Programming and Development for AMC and Sundance TV.
Based on Swedish drama Real Humans, which ran for two seasons across 2012-13, and written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (MI-5), Humans focuses on a world impacted by the introduction of “synths,” humanoid robots whose unconditional servitude turns them into a must-have item. However, the similarities they share with living beings, as well as the blurred lines that emerge when it’s discovered that a group of synths had consciousness built into them from birth, raise questions of the nature of humanity, the cost of revolution, and the role consent plays in human/synth relations that mankind might not be ready to answer just yet.
A co-production between AMC and the UK’s Channel 4, Humans stars Gemma Chan (Exam), Emily Berrington (24: Live Another Day), Lucy Carless (Suspects), Colin Morgan (Merlin), Ivanno Jeremiah (The Veteran), Tom Goodman-Hill (The Imitation Game), and Katherine Parkinson (The Honourable Woman).
With renewal now in hand, Humans joins an AMC drama slate that includes The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Into the Badlands, Preacher, and Better Call Saul, with the final seasons of Turn: Washington’s Spies and Halt and Catch Fire set to air this year. The network will next premiere The Son, a western starring Pierce Brosnan, this coming April.