Picture this: A power hungry, psychopathic executive with a tortured past strives to climb up the corporate ladder by any means necessary. Doesn’t matter who gets in the way – they are going down.
In a nutshell that’s what FOX’s 1996 drama Profit and it’s titular character, Jim Profit (Adrian Pasdar), are all about.
With popular shows these days like Empire and House of Cards that revolve around ruthless, manipulative, backstabbing liars you love to hate or hate to love, this show would fit right in. (Profit even narrates the show himself). But apparently 1996 wasn’t ready – despite positive reviews FOX cancelled it after airing just 4 episodes due to low ratings. Total 8 were shot.
After reading how good it was I had to check it out for myself.
What a good decision that was.
A Dick Wolf crime drama (of course) set in the not too distant future. Hot shot Detective Mann has been partnered with an android much to his dismay. You know, one of those “I don’t need no stinkin’ machine” types. One day said machine is destroyed (hooray!) and the detective is in need of a new partner, preferably human.
In cartwheels (yes, that’s right) the interestingly named Eve – Mann’s new partner. But there’s something strange about her; she seems a little off. It’s not long before we learn she, too, is a robot. She’s a special one though. An upgrade! An advancement in artificial intelligence with the ability to learn emotions therefore making her… almost human.
Boom! There you have it. Mann & Machine from 1992. NBC let this run 9 episodes before it hit the chopping block.
Sounds like a solid concept. So solid it showed up again 21 years later in the 2013 FOX series Almost Human (which I quite liked), but that didn’t last long either. Only 13 episodes and it was gone. How long before we give this story another go?