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 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.’