NBC to Develop Pair of Time Travel Series


Josh Friedman


NBC is all-in on time travel, and it has nothing to do with its new sitcom ‘The Michael J. Fox Show.’

The company announced development for a pair of space and time drama, led by creators who have experience with inter-dimensional travel – or at least creating shows about them.

A science-fiction veteran, Josh Friedman will write and executive produce ‘Lighthouse,’ a show about a hotel that serves as a rest stop of sorts for time travelers. As an ensemble drama, it will be a change of pace for Friedman who most notably created the beloved though short-lived FOX series, ‘The Sarah Connor Chronicles.’ Running for two seasons, the spinoff of ‘The Terminator’ starred genre-favourites Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, and Summer Glau, and certainly raises anticipation and expectations for the casting of ‘Lighthouse.’

Friedman has also been tapped by James Cameron to write 'Avatar 2.'

Deborah PrattDeborah Pratt, a co-executive producer of the classic sci-fi show ‘Quantum Leap,’ leads the second sci-fi offering. ‘Timeless’ follows the apparently uncontrollable journey of Alexandra King, a woman travelling between the present and the future involved in various romantic entanglements.

While best known for the Scott Bakula-lead show from the early '90s, Pratt has more recently penned fantasy novels. She now returns to writing for television, a medium that earned her four Emmy nominations.

This isn’t the first time NBC has developed two similarly-themed and sounding shows. In the fall of 2006, NBC debuted the Tina Fey-lead half hour comedy ’30 Rock’ as well as the hour-long drama created by Aaron Sorkin, ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.’ The former went on to redefine comedy and thrive across seven years. The latter went on hiatus midway through the season, returning only to finish off the rest of the episodes before being unceremoniously cancelled.

Perhaps NBC would embrace a similar fate with ‘Timeless’ and ‘Lighthouse.’


- Deborah Pratt
- Josh Friedman

Written by: AnthonyWrites
Oct 11th, 2013, 11:24 am

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Message Posted On Oct 15th, 2013, 12:09 pm

Good Morning Sweetheart was mostly a comedy and a good one at that. But it sounds just like "The Journey Man" but with some romance throwen in for good measure. It didn't work before and I can't see it working now. The proposed show "Lighthouse" has been done in the last 5 years also, where people came to a hotel by unknowen means and had to figure out how to leave. It didn't do well.

Finding a NEW story for a show is almost imposible as there have been so many in the past 75 years that nothing is new. Now days they even combine story lines in an attempt to create something new, like Sci-Fi/Crime-Cop, Fantasy/Action, Adventure/Comedy and so on. Some times this works like in Defiance or Continuum that are Sci-Fi/Crime-Cop shows and like Castle which is a Crime/Comedy show. Lets just hope that there are tallented wrighters out there or we are going to bombarded with even more rubbish Reality TV.

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Message Posted On Oct 13th, 2013, 9:48 am
romance sucks so fn much. romance and shippy crap is what killed usa tv. that and the Lost finale.

Message Posted On Oct 12th, 2013, 3:21 pm
umm...there was a British Show called Good Night Sweetheart with that two-time-periods-romance premise. Lasted awhile too. Anyway, Lighthouse sounds far more interesting.

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Message Posted On Oct 11th, 2013, 11:24 pm

NBC should be very careful with high concept shows especially in the sci-fj genre. I will be amazed if both make it to series and even more amazed if either gets beyond one season.  


Message Posted On Oct 11th, 2013, 11:11 pm
Nah, neither is going to work. We're not yet full circle back at "real" scifi (time travel, space shows and the like). Still stuck with the fantasy stuff for a few more years. I'd guess another 3-5 years then maybe we could start drifting back into "real" scifi and away from all the fairies, vampires and other supernatural entities (which kinda includes the "trend" for scifi rooted in todays reality). I'm gonna predict that the next scifi wave will come riding on the back of the 70's style cop show resurrection. No more TLA shows, hands on cops will rule the screen once again. Superheroes will probably prevail for a long time considering all the movies that are in the pipeline. So there you have my take on the next 5 years of television : Did you care ? :P


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Message Posted On Oct 11th, 2013, 11:41 am

A weekly, time-traveling romantic drama? That's too complicated for NBC to market. Timeless will end up in the dump bin with complex shows like Journeyman and Awake. I can see Lighthouse working okay though, it sounds like the premise would lend itself to a "guest star of the week" type format.

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