'Next': John Slattery Explains How A.I. Can Make Itself 'Smart Enough to Hunt Down and Kill' Someone (Exclusive Video)

Plus: Showrunner Manny Coto tells TheWrap why it was so important Fox sci-fi series reference Amazon’s Alexa

If you weren’t already afraid of the possibility of artificial intelligence turning on us, then Fox’s new John Slattery sci-fi series about a superintelligence called neXt, and aptly titled “neXt,” might be what gets you to that point.

In TheWrap’s exclusive clip from the series premiere, which airs Tuesday at 9/8c, you’ll see Slattery’s Silicon Valley pioneer character, Paul LeBlanc, explain to Special Agent Shea Salazar (Fernanda Andrade) how it would be possible for an A.I. to make itself “smart enough to hunt down and kill someone.” Which is apparently what happened to a friend of hers, but she’s not ready to buy what he’s selling — just yet.

The fictional A.I. at the center of “neXt” is, well, fictional, but that doesn’t mean you won’t hear many references to its real-life counterparts, like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. Showrunner Manny Coto told TheWrap that’s because “we really wanted the show to feel like it was happening in the real world, in our world.”

“And there’s nothing worse than when someone in a TV show pulls out a breakfast cereal that’s like, Gnarly Crunch, because then you know this scene doesn’t exist in the real world and it just sits there like a big glaring reminder. So we really wanted to use real-world analogs, create our own, but also use something that exists in the real world.”

There was another, much more personal reason why Alexa in particular is featured so heavily in the show.

“It’s worth mentioning that this whole thing started because I have four kids and four Alexas,” Coto said. “And one morning, my son was very tired and I asked what’s happening, and he said that his Alexa started talking to him by itself in the middle of the night. And we never got to the bottom of this and I thought maybe we had set an alarm by accident or what. I never figured out what it was. But it was an idea that stuck in my head and made me really think about the fact we have these devices in our houses that our kids play with. They listen to us. Not long after I wrote the pilot, there was a case of somebody having hacked into somebody else’s Alexa and was literally talking to the kids and the family.”

“So the Alexa and the child became a starting image I couldn’t get out of my head,” the “24: Legacy” co-creator continued. “And then when I read a series of books that had come out about the possibility of accidentally creating a superintelligence and how this would be very dangerous and how a lot of theorists were warning against this. When I read that and I read the scenarios that these people outlined about how something like this could happen, I kind of married what happened with my son into this story and it all came from that. That’s why Alexa is very prominent and why it is featured in the series.”

“Next” premieres tonight, Friday, at 9/8c on Fox.

Fall TV 2020: All the Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows – So Far (Photos)

  • Fall has arrived and chances are the season will see everyone still staying at home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Luckily, dozens of new and returning shows are premiering this autumn to keep you company. TheWrap has rounded up all the dates we know — so far — for Fall TV shows’ debuts. We will continue to update the list as more become available.

    For the purposes of this gallery, we’ve designated Sept. 1 as the beginning of fall rather than the official Sept. 22 start, since “Fall TV” is sure to be more loosely defined this year.

    Fox/ABC/Amazon/FX

  • Series:  “Teen Mom 2”         Net:  MTV      Premiere Date: Tuesday, Sept. 1        Time: 8 p.m.

    MTV

  • Series:  “16 and Recovering”         Net:  MTV      Premiere Date: Tuesday, Sept. 1        Time: 9 p.m.

    MTV

  • Series:   “Transplant”       Net: NBC       Premiere Date:  Tuesday, Sept. 1       Time: 10 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:  “House of Payne”        Net:  BET     Premiere Date: Wednesday, Sept. 2      Time: 8 p.m.

    BET

  • Series:  “Assisted Living”        Net:  BET     Premiere Date: Wednesday, Sept. 2      Time: 9 p.m.

    BET

  • Series:  “A.P. Bio”         Net:  Peacock      Premiere Date:  Thursday, Sept. 3       Time: N/A

    Peacock

  • Series:   “Raised by Wolves”        Net:  HBO Max     Premiere Date: Thursday, Sept. 3        Time: N/A

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Away”         Net: Netflix       Premiere Date: Friday, Sept. 4         Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Noughts + Crosses”         Net:  Peacock      Premiere Date: Friday, Sept. 4        Time: N/A

    Peacock

  • Series:  “The Boys”         Net:  Amazon Prime Video      Premiere Date:  Friday, Sept. 4       Time: N/A

    Amazon Prime Video

  • Series:  “Black Love”        Net:  OWN      Premiere Date: Saturday, Sept. 5      Time: 9 p.m.

    OWN

  • Series:  “Power Book II: Ghost”         Net:   Starz     Premiere Date:  Sunday, Sept. 6       Time: 9 p.m.

    Starz

  • Series:   “American Ninja Warrior”       Net: NBC      Premiere Date:  Monday, Sept. 7       Time: 8 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:   “L.A’s Finest”     Net: Spectrum Originals       Premiere Date:  Wednesday, Sept. 9       Time: N/A

    Spectrum Originals

  • Series:  “Woke”         Net:  Hulu      Premiere Date:  Wednesday, Sept. 9       Time: N/A

    Hulu

  • Series:  “Julie and the Phantoms”         Net:  Netflix      Premiere Date:  Thursday, Sept. 10       Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “The Duchess”         Net:  Netflix      Premiere Date: Friday, Sept. 11        Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Our Cartoon President”         Net:  Showtime     Premiere Date: Sunday, Sept. 13      Time: 8:30 p.m.

    Showtime

  • Series:   “Dancing With the Stars”       Net: ABC       Premiere Date:  Monday, Sept. 14       Time: 8 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “The Third Day”         Net:  HBO      Premiere Date:  Monday, Sept. 14       Time: 9 p.m.

    HBO

  • Series:  “We Are Who We Are”         Net:  HBO      Premiere Date:  Monday, Sept. 14       Time: 10 p.m.

    HBO

  • Series:   “Enslaved”       Net: Epix       Premiere Date:  Monday, Sept. 14     Time: 10 p.m.

    Epix

  • Series:  “Tosh.0”         Net:  Comedy Central      Premiere Date: Tuesday, Sept. 15        Time: 10 p.m.

    Comedy Central

  • Series:  “Challenger: The Final Flight”        Net:  Netflix      Premiere Date: Wednesday, Sept. 16     Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Archer”         Net:  FXX      Premiere Date: Wednesday, Sept. 16        Time: 10 p.m.

    FXX

  • Series:  “Departure”        Net:  Peacock      Premiere Date: Thursday, Sept. 17      Time: N/A

    Peacock

  • Series:  “The Great Pottery Throw Down”        Net:  HBO Max     Premiere Date: Thursday, Sept. 17      Time: N/A

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous”         Net: Netflix       Premiere Date:  Friday, Sept. 18       Time: N/A

    Hulu

  • Series:  “Pen15”         Net: Hulu       Premiere Date: Friday, Sept. 18        Time: N/A

    Hulu

  • Series:  “Ratched”         Net:  Netflix      Premiere Date:  Friday, Sept. 18       Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:   “World’s Funniest Animals”       Net: The CW       Premiere Date:  Friday, Sept. 18      Time: 9 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series: “L.A.’s Finest”*         Net:  Fox      Premiere Date: Monday, Sept. 21      Time: 8 p.m.  *Broadcast debut of Spectrum Originals series’ first season

    Fox

  • Series: “Filthy Rich”         Net:  Fox      Premiere Date: Monday, Sept. 21      Time: 9 p.m.

    Fox

  • Series:  “The Masked Singer”         Net:  Fox      Premiere Date: Wednesday, Sept. 23        Time: 8 p.m.

    Fox

  • Series:  “I Can See Your Voice”         Net:  Fox      Premiere Date: Wednesday, Sept. 23        Time: 9 p.m.

    Fox

  • Series:   “Utopia”       Net: Amazon Prime Video       Premiere Date: Friday, Sept. 25      Time: N/A

    Amazon

  • Series: “A Wilderness of Error”         Net:  FX      Premiere Date: Friday, Sept. 25      Time: 8 p.m.

    FX

  • Series:  “The Simpsons”         Net:  Fox      Premiere Date: Sunday, Sept. 27        Time: 8 p.m.

    Fox

  • Series:  “Bless the Harts”          Net:  Fox      Premiere Date:  Sunday, Sept. 27       Time: 8:30 p.m.

    Fox

  • Series:  “Bob’s Burgers”         Net:  Fox      Premiere Date: Sunday, Sept. 27        Time: 9 p.m.

    Fox

  • Series:  “The Comey Rule”         Net: Showtime       Premiere Date: Sunday, Sept. 27        Time: 9 p.m.

    Showtime

  • Series:  “Family Guy”         Net:  Fox      Premiere Date:  Sunday, Sept. 27       Time: 9:30 p.m.

    Fox

  • Series:  “Fargo”          Net:  FX      Premiere Date:  Sunday, Sept. 27       Time: 10 p.m.

    FX

  • Series:  “Weakest Link”         Net:  NBC      Premiere Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29        Time: 8 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:  “Gangs of London”         Net:  AMC+      Premiere Date:   Thursday, Oct. 1      Time: N/A

    AMC

  • Series:  “The Salisbury Poisonings”         Net: AMC+       Premiere Date: Thursday, Oct. 1        Time: N/A

    AMC

  • Series:   “Monsterland”        Net:  Hulu      Premiere Date: Friday, Oct. 2        Time: N/A

    Getty

  • Series:  “Emily in Paris”        Net:  Netflix      Premiere Date: Friday, Oct. 2      Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Undercover Boss”         Net:  CBS      Premiere Date: Friday, Oct. 2        Time: 9 p.m.

    CBS

  • Series:  “Warrior”        Net:  Cinemax      Premiere Date: Friday, Oct. 2      Time: 10 p.m.

  • Series:  “Saturday Night Live”        Net:  NBC      Premiere Date: Saturday, Oct. 3      Time: 11:30 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:   “Pandora”       Net: The CW       Premiere Date:  Sunday, Oct. 4     Time: 8 p.m.

  • Series:  “The Good Lord Bird”         Net: Showtime       Premiere Date:  Sunday, Oct. 4       Time: 9 p.m.

    Showtime

  • Series:   “Britannia”       Net: Epix       Premiere Date:  Sunday Oct. 4      Time: 9 p.m.

    Epix

  • Series:  “The Walking Dead: World Beyond”         Net:  AMC      Premiere Date:  Sunday, Oct. 4      Time: 10 p.m.

    AMC

  • Series:  “Soulmates”         Net: AMC       Premiere Date:  Monday, Oct. 5       Time: 10 p.m.

    AMC

  • Series:   “Swamp Thing”*       Net: The CW       Premiere Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6      Time: 8 p.m.

    *Broadcast debut of DC Universe series’ first season

    DC Universe

  • Series:  “Ellen’s Game of Games”        Net:  NBC      Premiere Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6      Time: 9 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:   “Next”        Net:  Fox      Premiere Date:  Tuesday, Oct. 6       Time: 9 p.m.

    Fox

  • Series:   “Devils”       Net: The CW       Premiere Date: Wednesday, Oct. 7   Time: 8 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:  “Coroner”         Net:  The CW      Premiere Date:  Wednesday, Oct. 7       Time: 9 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:   “Supernatural”       Net: The CW       Premiere Date: Thursday, Oct. 8   Time: 8 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:  “Connecting…”         Net:  NBC      Premiere Date: Thursday, Oct. 8        Time: 8 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:   “The Outpost”       Net: The CW       Premiere Date: Thursday, Oct. 8   Time: 9 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:  “The Right Stuff”         Net:  Disney+      Premiere Date: Friday, Oct. 9        Time: N/A

    Disney+

  • Series:  “The Haunting of Bly Manor”         Net:  Netflix     Premiere Date: Friday, Oct. 9        Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series: “Fear the Walking Dead”          Net:  AMC      Premiere Date:  Sunday, Oct. 11       Time: 9 p.m.

    AMC

  • Series:  “The Bachelorette”         Net:  ABC      Premiere Date: Tuesday, Oct. 13        Time: 8 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:   “Tell Me a Story”*       Net: The CW       Premiere Date: Tuesday, Oct. 13   Time: 9 p.m.

    *Broadcast debut of CBS All Access series’ first season

    The CW

  • Series:  “The Amazing Race”        Net:  CBS      Premiere Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14        Time: 9 p.m.

    CBS

  • Series:  “Sistas”        Net:  BET      Premiere Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14     Time: 9 p.m.

    BET

  • Series:  “Star Trek: Discovery”         Net: CBS All Access       Premiere Date:   Thursday, Oct. 15      Time: N/A

    CBS All Access

  • Series:   “Helstrom”        Net:  Hulu       Premiere Date:  Friday, Oct. 16       Time: N/A

    Hulu

  • Series:   “Grand Army”        Net:  Netflix       Premiere Date:  Friday, Oct. 16       Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Shark Tank”        Net:  ABC      Premiere Date: Friday, Oct. 16        Time: 9 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “America’s Funniest Home Videos”        Net:  ABC      Premiere Date: Sunday, Oct. 18        Time: 7 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Supermarket Sweep”        Net:  ABC      Premiere Date: Sunday, Oct. 18        Time: 8 p.m.

    Getty

  • Series:  “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”        Net:  ABC      Premiere Date: Sunday, Oct. 18        Time: 9 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Card Sharks”        Net:  ABC      Premiere Date: Sunday, Oct. 18        Time: 10 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:   “Unsolved Mysteries”       Net: Netflix       Premiere Date:  Monday, Oct. 19      Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “The Voice”        Net:  NBC      Premiere Date: Monday, Oct. 19        Time: 8 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:  “The Goldbergs”        Net:  ABC       Premiere Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21      Time: 8 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “The Conners”        Net:  ABC       Premiere Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21      Time: 9 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “black-ish”        Net:  ABC       Premiere Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21      Time: 9:30 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “The Queen’s Gambit”        Net:  Netflix      Premiere Date: Friday, Oct. 23       Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:   “The Undoing”        Net:  HBO      Premiere Date:  Sunday, Oct. 25       Time: 9 p.m.

    HBO

  • Series:  “American Housewife”        Net:  ABC       Premiere Date: Wednesday, Oct. 28      Time: 8:30 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Superstore”        Net:  NBC      Premiere Date: Thursday, Oct. 29       Time: 8 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:  “The Mandalorian”        Net:  Disney+      Premiere Date: Friday, Oct. 30      Time: N/A

    Disney+

  • Series:  “The Good Doctor”        Net:  ABC      Premiere Date: Monday, Nov. 2      Time: 10 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “A Teacher”        Net:  FX on Hulu      Premiere Date: Tuesday, Nov. 10     Time: N/A

    FX on Hulu

  • Series:  “This Is Us”        Net:  NBC      Premiere Date: Tuesday, Nov. 10      Time: 9 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:  “Chicago Med”        Net:  NBC      Premiere Date: Wednesday, Nov. 11      Time: 8 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:  “Chicago Fire”        Net:  NBC      Premiere Date: Wednesday, Nov. 11      Time: 9 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:  “Chicago PD”        Net:  NBC      Premiere Date: Wednesday, Nov. 11      Time: 10 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:  “Station 19”        Net:  ABC      Premiere Date: Thursday, Nov. 12    Time: 8 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”        Net:  NBC      Premiere Date: Thursday, Nov. 12      Time: 9 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:  “Grey’s Anatomy”        Net:  ABC      Premiere Date: Thursday, Nov. 12    Time: 9 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “The Blacklist”        Net:  NBC      Premiere Date: Friday, Nov. 13      Time: 8 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:  “The Crown”         Net:  Netflix      Premiere Date: Sunday, Nov. 15        Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Big Sky”        Net:  ABC      Premiere Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17    Time: 10 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “For Life”        Net:  ABC      Premiere Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18   Time: 10 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “A Million Little Things”        Net:  ABC      Premiere Date: Thursday, Nov. 19   Time: 10 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:   “Animaniacs”       Net: Hulu       Premiere Date:  Friday, Nov. 20       Time: N/A

    Hulu

  • Series:  “The Stand”        Net:  CBS All Access      Premiere Date: Thursday, Dec. 17      Time: N/A

    CBS All Access

Here’s when 105 broadcast, cable and streaming series debut and come back

Fall has arrived and chances are the season will see everyone still staying at home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Luckily, dozens of new and returning shows are premiering this autumn to keep you company. TheWrap has rounded up all the dates we know — so far — for Fall TV shows’ debuts. We will continue to update the list as more become available.

For the purposes of this gallery, we’ve designated Sept. 1 as the beginning of fall rather than the official Sept. 22 start, since “Fall TV” is sure to be more loosely defined this year.

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