From time to time certain aspects of sci-fi will receive more attention from TV and movie studios than the rest of the genre, and right now it appears that time travel is that current “thing” to watch. Whether this is a result of the long running series Doctor Who, or if this is a leftover from the series Continuum or possibly even DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, no one can be sure. However, one thing we can be sure of, according to CBR, time travel is hot enough to where we will be seeing two new series for the 2016-2017 television series on both NBC and ABC.
Starting with NBC’s Timeless, the series is from Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and the producers of The Blacklist and is described as an action-adventure series that stars Abigail Spencer (True Detective, Rectify), Matt Lanter (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Malcolm Barrett (The Hurt Locker) as members of a team recruited to travel back in time to protect the past from a mysterious criminal. Watch the trailer below.
ABC, meanwhile, greenlit Time After Time, the Kevin Williamson drama based on the Karl Alexander novel and 1979 movie. It’s a cat-and-mouse adventure through time as legendary science fiction author H.G. Wells is transported to modern-day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper. Josh Bowman and Freddie Storma star. Watch the trailer below.
And then there’s Fox, which takes the comedy route with Making History from Julius Sharpe (Family Guy, The Cleveland Show), about three friends who use a time machine to alleviate the boredom of their humdrum lives.
How do these trailers seem to you? Do you think the networks stand a good chance at creating an intelligent time travel series? What would you like to see each series do? What pitfalls would you like to see each of them avoid?
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