neXt is an upcoming Fox crime drama and science fiction television series by Manny Coto (24: Legacy). The series centers on the efforts of a Homeland Cybersecurity team to counter the emergence of a deadly rogue artificial intelligence with the ability to constantly improve itself, threatening to spell doom for humankind.
The anticipated show is scheduled as a mid-season entry in the 2019-2020 television season. The Fox Television original looks to be exciting, giving off some serious I, Robot + The Circle + Black Mirror (the Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too episode) vibes in the trailer, which you can watch below!
And neXt shows a reality that may not actually seem so far-fetched, and may even have its viewers reconsider whether buying an Amazon Echo or Google Home device!
Who’s in charge?
Creator Manny Coto executive produces along with Glenn Ficarra (This Is Us) and John Requa. While the production companies involved with the pilot include Zaftig Films and the Disney-owned 20th Century Fox Television.
What’s neXt about?
The show centers on Silicon Valley pioneer Paul LeBlanc. Who discovers that one of his own creations, a powerful A.I. called neXt, threatens the fate of the world.
Leblanc built a fortune and legacy on the world-changing innovations he dreamed up while ignoring and alienating the people around him. Now, LeBlanc and Special Agent Shea Salazar must work together to prevent a potential global catastrophe, fighting the emergent superintelligence that, in the hands of LeBlanc’s brother Ted, who kicked him out of his own company, could mean the end of the world.
Mixed in with the heart-pounding action of their team chasing after a villain that is literally everywhere they go, both Agent Salazar and LeBlanc are also fighting their own personal demons – estranged family and complicated relationships.
Who’s playing who?
Paul Leblanc is played by Emmy Award nominee John Slattery (Mad Men, Veep). His daughter Abby, often deprioritized and neglected due to work, is played by Elizabeth Cappuccino (Jessica Jones, Deception).
Ted Leblanc, Paul’s younger brother who now runs Paul’s company, is played by Jason Bulter Harner (Ozark, Ray Donovan). Meanwhile, Special Agent Shea Salazar is played by Fernanda Andrade (The First, Here and Now).
Other announced cast members include Salazar’s colleagues Gina, Ben, and CM, played by Eve Harlow (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Aaron Moten (Disjointed, Mozart in the Jungle), and Michael Mosley (Seven Seconds, Ozark), respectively.
The upcoming neXt is described by Fox as a series that asks us to look closely not only at our relationship to technology but to one another. It will be interesting to see how LeBlanc and Salazar are able to fight a superintelligence that instead of launching missiles, will deploy machine learning and other A.I. to eliminate obstacles and fight for its own survival.
The series has a loaded cast and a story that will examine how technology is invading our lives. neXt presents the show with a villain unlike anything we’ve ever seen. One whose greatest weapon against us is ourselves. We’re sure to expect pulse-pounding drama and murder mystery.
Stay tuned for the premiere date and more news and updates about neXt on Fox.