The premise is irresistible: legendary science fiction writer H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma) follows Jack the Ripper (Josh Bowman) to modern Manhattan – in a time machine. If that sounds familiar, it’s probably because “Time After Time” is already a well-regarded novel and movie. Seasoned showrunner Kevin Williamson hoped to expand on those predecessors and has done just that with the new series coming to CTV
. The prolific Williamson has a few other shows in the works, but his light-hearted time travel saga appears to be the one to watch. Here are five reasons why.
1. Kevin Williamson
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Best known for writing “Scream,” Kevin Williamson is a TV veteran with several successful shows (“Dawson’s Creek,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Following”) under his belt. If anyone knows how to make a promising idea connect with an audience, it’s Williamson.
2. A good precedent
Written and directed by Nicholas Meyer – who went on to direct “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” – 1979’s little-seen (but much admired) “Time After Time” proved that Karl Alexander’s novel is rock-solid source material.
3. It has a bit of everything
Combining the science fiction of H.G. Wells with the horror of Jack the Ripper, the eclectic “Time After Time” also promises to deliver all kinds of absurdist humour.
4. It’s about time
If you’re a fan of series like “Outlander,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “Doctor Who,” you have reason to be excited for “Time After Time.” With H.G. Wells in its corner, this series is in a better position than any other show to break new ground in time travel.
5. The possibilities are endless
By all indications, “Time After Time” will mine the imaginative potential of time travel –
to intriguing effect. This is evident in the trailer, which concludes with a middle-aged woman revealing that the young H.G. Wells is her great-grandfather.
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