This year’s massacre of popular television shows has had me a bit on edge. Nashville got the axe. No surprise there, the show had been operating on soap opera hysteria for the past two seasons or so. Galavant got the axe. I’m saddened by this, but I’m glad we did get two seasons of this show, and it was a good run while it lasted. CSI: Cyber got the axe. Wait … there was another CSI show out there? The Muppets got the axe. I’m sorry, but there are some beloved characters that should not get the “cinema verite” treatment, and the adventures of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, etc. are prime examples of this. Sleepy Hollow got renewed – wait, what? Even after it spent last year in the Friday Night Death Slot …
Then I saw some news that brightened my heart and made me smile.
The adaptation of the 1979 motion picture Time After Time WILL be a series on ABC this fall. Not just a “we’re thinking about it” pilot … but a full-fledged series.
And as I blogged on this subject last March, it’s one of the few shows on the upcoming fall lineup that actually has me excited.
The concept is thus. H.G. Wells, the man who wrote such books as The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine, allegedly built his own time travel device. Before he can test it, however, one of his colleagues – who is secretly Jack the Ripper – gets in the time machine and travels to our modern day. The time machine returns back to Victorian London, and Wells follows the trail of Jack the Ripper to (in the 1979 movie) 1979 San Francisco.
In the TV show, Wells travels to 2016 New York City to chase the Ripper.
And here’s a teaser for the modern series.
This new show features Freddie Stroma (UnReal) as H.G. Wells, with Josh Bowman (Revenge) as Jack the Ripper. And apparently it’s one of three time-travel shows to air on the networks this year; Fox has one show (Making History), while NBC has another (Timeless).
For this I am psyched. I definitely want to see how this show progresses. Okay, I also want to see cameo appearances by Malcolm McDowell, David Warner and Mary Steenburgen, who were in the original film… but that’s just wishful thinking.
Yeah. Definitely excited.