Restart of ‘Quantum Leap’ gets pilot order from NBC

This news certainly justifies a “Oh, boy!”: A Quantum leaps reboot is officially underway, securing a pilot order with NBC, TVLine has learned.

According to the official logline, this iteration of Quantum leaps would take off 30 years after Scott Bakula’s Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and disappeared, at which point “a new team has been assembled to restart the project in hopes of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it.” (To answer the No. 1 question you’re thinking, a source tells TVLine that Bakula’s involvement in the new project “needs to be decided.”)

The original series creator Don Bellisario is among the executive producers of the restart, just as Deborah Pratt, who was co-author, co-produced and told the introduction of OG Quantum leaps. Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt (God made me a friend) will write and execute the new version, while Martin Gero (Blind angle) will also act as an EP.

Broadcast on NBC from 1989 to 1993, Quantum leaps followed Bakula’s physicist character as he traveled through time, “jumping” into someone else’s body in each episode, often to correct something that had gone wrong in the past. Sam was joined on his time-hopping excursions by hologram companion Admiral Al Calavicci, played throughout the series by Dean Stockwell, who died in November.

In September 2021, Bakula told the late Bob Saget (in an episode of The Case’s podcast) that “very significant conversations” about a potential Quantum leaps reboot happened even though he admitted: “I do not know what it would be. I do not know who wanted it. The rights were a mess for years. I do not know if they are fixed at all now. It has always been the biggest complication. ” Earlier that year, the actor told TVLine Quantum leaps “is very special to me” and that he hoped that any potential reinvention of the show would preserve the “peculiarity” of the original.

“I hope they get the truth about it and the feelings right, and not try to make it slippery,” he told us. “Sam was this naive kid who happened to be an ingenious scientist who stumbled upon something … I was just hoping they would try to keep it, but you know, I do not know what they will do.”

Also on Thursday, NBC ordered to pilot Found, an hour-long drama from All American‘s Nkechi Okoro Carroll (which is also linked to the network’s potential Life goes on sequel series). The project follows a PR specialist – who herself was once a missing person in the US – and her crisis management team, who now make sure that there is always someone keeping an eye on the missing people in the country, especially people of color. “But without anyone knowing, this everyday hero hides his own scary secret,” teases the log line.

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