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Hellboy star is a robot detective in exclusive Automata trailer

Doug Jones plays an ‘automaton’ in alternate-history TV pilot

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The TV pilot Automata is set in an alternate-history Prohibition-era New York, where it is not liquor which is outlawed but rather the production of sentient robots or “automatons.” The show follows private detective Sam Regal (Basil Harris) and his automaton partner Carl Swangee (Doug Jones from Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy), who are hired to spy on a prominent businessman’s spouse and, following her unexpected murder, find themselves wrapped up in an investigation filled with increasing intrigue and deception. The pilot also stars Jen Taylor.

Based on the Penny Arcade web comic of the same name, Automata is directed by Van Alan. The pilot was partly financed via Kickstarter, where it raised an impressive $473,494.

The Automata pilot receives its world premiere June 29 as part of the Independent Pilot Competition at SeriesFest in Denver, Colorado.

Watch the trailer for Automata above and see the pilot’s new poster, below.

Dabe Alan