EXCLUSIVE: Two decades after Quantum Leap ended its run, NBC is looking to launch a new time travel drama series, putting two such projects in development. One hails from The Sarah Connor Chronicles creator Josh Friedman and the other — from former Quantum Leap co-executive producer Deborah Pratt.
Friedman’s Lighthouse, which he is writing and executive producing through his Universal TV overall deal, is an ensemble drama set at a mysterious hotel for wayward time travelers. Pratt’s Timeless, which she also is writing and executive producing for Uni TV, centers on Alexandra King who, time traveling between earth’s future and present day, finds herself caught between two men she desperately loves, the worlds they each inhabit and the secrets that could destroy them all. “Timeless is… about provoking thought and asking the proverbial question, ‘What if?’ which is a feat and I believe that we did that incredibly well on Quantum Leap,” Pratt said. “The availability of visual effects and great human story telling happening in TV opens the medium to a whole new set of dimensions.”
Under his Uni TV overall deal, Friedman also has joined Mathew Arnold’s Wizard Of Oz-themed NBC drama project Emerald City, and serves as a co-executive producer on the upcoming NBC drama series Crossbones. On the feature side, the War Of The Worlds scribe is one of the writers handpicked to collaborate with James Cameron on the upcoming Avatar sequels. He is with UTA and attorney Karl Austen.
Timeless marks Pratt’s return to TV after taking a hiatus to write books, including novels The Vision Quest Trilogy and Age Of Eve. She prepared the pitch for Timeless with her longtime friend and new manager JJ Harris who was supposed to go to the meeting at NBC with her but passed that day. NBC bought the project in the room. “She was the angel in the room and still watches over both me and what will be the exciting evolution of Timeless,” Pratt said. She is with One Talent Management and Hirsch, Wallerstein, Matlof.