Humans, which airs on AMC in the US and Channel 4 in the UK, has been a quiet success. Many shows explore how our world might be changed by the presence of true artificial intelligence. Humans manages to do in in such a way as to actually feel real. Outside of having these intelligent androids, called “synths” in the show, the rest of the world seems pretty much exactly like our own. This understated difference between our reality and the world of Humans is a small part of what makes it work. And, apparently, AMC, Channel 4, and Kudos (the production company behind the show) agree because they’ve ordered thirds.
Here’s the joint network press release announcing the good news:
AMC, CHANNEL 4 AND KUDOS RENEW “HUMANS” FOR THIRD SEASON
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES TO RETURN IN 2018
“AMC’s AI series continues to expand and redefine the genre in dramatically creative and human ways” (The Hollywood Reporter)
“Humans is the most compelling, emotionally resonant robot-centric show on television.” (Vulture)
“This march of machines is still pulse quickening” (The Guardian)
NEW YORK/LONDON – MARCH 28, 2017 – AMC, Channel 4 and Kudos today announced that the critically acclaimed drama series “Humans,” has been picked up for a third season. The series will return with eight new episodes in 2018. Production will begin in fall 2017 with key cast set to return.
“Humans” is written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Humans S1, Spooks: The Greater Good), and based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama “Real Humans” created by Lars Lundstrom and produced by SVT and Matador Film. The new season is executive produced by Derek Wax, Emma Kingsman-Lloyd, Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley for Kudos in association with Wild Mercury Productions, Lars Lundstrom and Henrik Widman for Matador Films, and is produced by Vicki Delow for Kudos. International distribution will be handled by Endemol Shine International
Set in a parallel present, the series explores what happens when the line between human and machine becomes blurred. The final episode of series two left viewers on a thrilling cliff-hanger.
“‘Humans” provides a thrilling look at the evolution of technology and its effect on society,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and Sundance TV. “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.”
Beth Willis, Head of Drama at Channel 4 said; “I can’t wait to see what the extraordinarily talented Sam and Jon do next with this show – no doubt it will be as insightful, surprising and addictive as ever. It’s a privilege to work with them, Kudos, AMC and our superb cast once again.”
Diederick Santer, CEO of Kudos, and Executive Producer Derek Wax said: “We are delighted to be working with Channel 4 and AMC once again on this compelling series. The world that Sam and Jon have so vividly created is set to unfold and reveal itself in even more meaningful, exciting and complex ways and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for our cast of incredible characters.”
Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley said: “We’re thrilled to be continuing this story! The Humans audience will know that the end of season 2 changed everything. We can’t wait to bring this new world to life – along with the best cast in TV, our amazing partners at Kudos and two fantastically supportive broadcasters in Channel 4 and AMC.”
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