#AlmostHuman: New Show—New Team—New Website—New Premiere Date
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A new show—a new team—a new website. And now, a new premiere date.

We have been planning to generate some social media buzz for Almost Human, since it was officially picked up to series by FOX. Deep in the shadows of Facebook, a group was established—Almost Human Task Force—in order to provide a place to collaborate on art, marketing, and social media strategy. Our team has topped out at 17 members, with a variety of talents, most of which worked with or were well-known to Fringenuity.

While morethanoneofeverything.net has served as the home that launched a large, unifying fandom movement, it was decided that a new domain, website and Twitter account would better serve Almost Human fans, especially once the show launches.

As part of our team, @Hanko9 offered a home for the site and furiously worked all weekend to get the face of the Almost Human Task Force running. His hard work has produced a slick, well-organized and adaptable site.

Almost Human Task Force has a home at:

http://www.AlmostHumanForce.com

We are on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/AlmostHumanTF

Fringenuity’s Twitter account will continue to support Almost Human, but we plan to taper off activity as more people follow the Almost Human Task Force account.

The most important thing to know is that at the eleventh hour, FOX changed the series premiere date.

Almost Human will be airing two episodes on two nights: Sunday Nov 17 and Monday Nov 18 8/7 C.

Almost Human Premieres Sunday Nov 17

There were tons of billboards, bus, and subway posters that were advertising the old date, and people were tweeting and posting pics on other social media. Our poor artists had to scramble to remove any artwork featuring the old date. And this put a dent in the celebration we were hoping to have due to the Fringe connections for Almost Human and John Noble’s debut on the November 4 episode of Sleepy Hollow.

Thanks to the artists, all materials have had the dates changed. After working so hard to drill a date that no longer matters into people’s heads, it now important to get the word out that FOX is planning an event, yes an event, for the series. There are going to be people who tune in Nov. 4 hoping to see Almost Human and they’ll find Bones instead. Which is a plus for Bones that night, I guess, but not for this show.

While I am sure that FOX will blitz the airwaves with promos advising of the new nights, we should be prepared to help people on social media who are confused about why Almost Human is not on. (I just hope the basically forced ratings numbers from having a football lead-in doesn’t backfire and make the show look bad when that number deflates for subsequent episodes… Cross your fingers that there’s enough to catch the long-term attention of a lot of people who see it after the game.)

Feel free to use and share the artwork at the Almost Human Fan Art Matrix to get the word out, and let’s chirp a bit more about this series. Tell the world why you are ready.

Sometime during the next few weeks, there will be a post that further delves into how we can best tailor our tweets to aid the Nielsen social TV ratings. Stay tuned!

 

 

Spreading the Excitement for #AlmostHuman
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Almost Human’s premiere (November 4 – 8/7C) is less than a month away, so it’s time to assemble and to start talking up the series via all available social media channels. We knew that the television world was heading towards placing a larger emphasis on social media activity, and now that time is here. Too late for our beloved Fringe… but useful for the future of TV. Dust off the tweeters, and let’s cultivate some social media influence for Almost Human.

Why is Fringenuity so interested in Almost Human out of all Fall shows?

Almost Human was created by Fringe executive producer J.H. (Joel) Wyman. It’s filmed in Vancouver (like Fringe) and employs a large percentage of the old Fringe film crew.  Plus, “because it’s cool.” There were lots of people interested in the concept before it was even cast, filmed, and picked up by the network. We wanted to “Make Human Reality.” Now that it’s real, we want to keep it around for some time.

So, what can we do to help?

We can employ some of the same tactics that we used for Fringe to help get the word out for Almost Human. The broadcast networks are using some of the things that Fringe fans used during our campaigns, but fans who actually care for a show will always do a better job getting the word out. We form real communities with each other, and no network herding will ever change that. We have the power to influence social media users to watch, discuss, and keep coming back for more.

We’re not considering trending unique hashtags for each episode of the show. That was a special effort out of love for Fringe, and has worked to help fans of Community and Hannibal.  For a new show, the focus should be on just generating genuine social engagement.

When the time comes, let’s be sure to search for Almost Human viewers to follow and interact with on Twitter.  Like with Fringe, it’s helpful to have lots of followers and to interact. Share Almost Human content such as videos from FOX, articles, and fan art.

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June #Fringe Event Alert: Let’s Wish a Happy Birthday to Anna, Lance, and Josh!
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June is a month for birthdays in the Fringe universe. We have several cast members whose big day is coming up!

* I also have the cosmic luck of sharing my June 27 b-day with the man himself, J.J Abrams. You can send me condolences for turning 35…

 

Anyway, we haven’t had a good trending party since… well…. since #WeCrossedTheLine. So, let’s see what we can do for our beloved cast members, eh? We were able to trend for Josh’s birthday last year, so let’s give all three of our Geminis a Twitter party! (Although I regret to inform Mr. Gemini that he is not invited.)

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“Friend” Contest Entries!
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Last week we announced a promotional contest for Jess Noble’s Friend, (starring her dad, John) asking for your visual representations of the meaning of the word. Here are the inspiring responses we received! Entries are to be judged by the inestimable Mr. Noble himself, at his convenience – we’ll let you know when we have a winner. Thanks to everyone who participated, and good luck!!

 

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You’ve Got a Friend in Me
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“There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe…warp drive…wormhole refractors…you know the thing you need most? You need a hand to hold.”    – The Doctor

No one knows better than a Fringie how an unexpected friend can change your life. The Doctor was right; in a world peppered with pitfalls of loneliness and uncertainty, it can be nearly mpossible to get back up once we’ve fallen, unless we can reach for the proffered hand of a friend. That bright smile, that caring presence, can bring us back to ourselves again when we’re ready to give up.

Friends come an all shapes and sizes. They can be lifelong companions, or they can drift into your life for just a little while, and change you forever. They’re the family of your choice, the people who make life a little less scary, and a lot more fun. They’re not afraid to laugh at you as well as with you. They’re the ones who listen to you even when you don’t make sense, who love you in spite of (or maybe because of) your flaws. They’re there when you need an ear, or a shoulder…or a hand to hold.

In honor of the upcoming release of the short film “Friend,” starring John Noble, written by his daughter Jess, and produced by members of the Fringe crew, Fringenuity is once again issuing a challenge to your boundless creativity. We’re holding a contest!

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