Eric McCormack in Travelers

Sci-Fi Thriller Travelers From Stargate SG-1 Co-Creator Ordered to Series at Netflix, Eric McCormack to Star

Stargate SG-1 co-creator Brad Wright’s latest TV mission is taking him to Netflix, and he’s recruited Eric McCormack as captain.

TVLine has learned that the streaming giant, in partnership with Canadian broadcaster Showcase, has handed a 12-episode series order to Travelers, a time-traveling sci-fi drama written by Wright and starring Will & Grace and Perception vet McCormack.

Official logline and additional casting (including a Stargate reunion!) below:

Hundreds of years from now, the last surviving humans discover the means of sending consciousness back through time, directly into people in the 21st century. These “travelers” assume the lives of seemingly random people, while secretly working as teams to perform missions in order to save humanity from a terrible future. These travelers are: FBI Special Agent Grant MacLaren (McCormack), the team’s leader; Marcy (Hell on Wheels‘ Mackenzie Porter), a young, intellectually disabled woman in the care of her social worker, David (Stargate vet Patrick Gilmore); Trevor (Awkward‘s Jared Paul Abrahamson), a high school quarterback; Carly (Heroes Reborn‘s Nesta Marlee Cooper), a single mom in an abusive relationship; and Philip (Supernatural‘s Reilly Dolman), a heroin-addicted college student. Armed only with their knowledge of history and an archive of social media profiles, the travelers discover that 21st century lives and relationships are as much a challenge as their high-stakes missions.

Travelers will premiere on Netflix later this year. In Canada, the series will air on Showcase.

“My old friend Brad Wright has created a fantastic, complex story with some very rich and complicated characters, and I’m awfully happy to be one of them,”said McCormack in a statement.

Added Wright: “We’re thrilled to be working with Showcase and Netflix and are so proud that Travelers was originally developed at the CFC Prime Time TV Program with Canadian writers. We’re excited to work with this amazing cast led by Eric McCormack. It’s all a dream come true for a Scarborough boy like me.”

The premiere will be directed by Doctor Who/Sherlock vet Nick Hurran.

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  1. Mad Hobbit says:

    could be interesting,seems a lot of time travel shows lately, 12 monkeys, this one,continuum.several eps on the flash .

  2. nikki says:

    Quantum Leap 2.0? Sounds okay but why cast 3 men and only 2 women? Why couldn’t they, say, make the show’s lead a female too? I don’t want to watch another sci-fi show with a dude as a lead there are too much of them already.

    • Dhd says:

      Continuum has a female lead.

      • nikki says:

        Continuum is over and it was on of the few rare sci-fi female led shows. How many of them are there anyway? 3,5?
        Meanwhile, 12 monkeys, The Expanse, Person of interest, 11.22.63, second chance, killjoys, hunters, limitless, alll of them have a male lead. Not to mention 24354758 of male-dominated old sci-fi shows from 60s to our days. Frankly, I’m super tired of this.

        • tvjunkie says:

          Vampire Diaries (before this season), The 100, iZombie, Supergirl, Bitten (which is ending) … all, um, no wait a minute … all female leads and that’s just off the top of my head.

        • Nikki don’t forget everything on AMC and USA! And tvjunkie, Vampire Diaries has always been led by two male leads, the two vampire brothers and then one female lead! They then had 3 more main male characters on the show, and only two more female main characters as supporting cast members! Again the men out number the woman! Almost every show is like this! Especially if there action type shows! Oh and on The 100, Clarke and Bellamy share the lead part, its very obvious sense they wouldn’t even make Clarke the official leader of the group of young people in the first and most of the second seasons! And really if take all the show on TV, not just those on the big networks, but cable and online, men lead shows out number woman lead shows by allot! No one is saying there aren’t any, the problem is, some that are female lead shows, aren’t a big deal! Like comedies for instance, or shows like Grey’s Anatomy, which is more of a romance type show, or what I think of as a typical show for woman, with lead females! We want Strong female leads, in Scifi, action, cop, FBI, fantasy, shows, not another comedy with a quirky female lead, looking for Mr right, or another show like The Good Wife or Grey’s Anatomy, where the woman still spend most of their time looking for Mr Right! I mean even some of those they have with strong female leads, like Castle and Rizzoli And Isles has to put some romance in it, Castle of course is more about Castle then Beckett, who is being killed off probably by the end of this season, sense they are not keeping Stana Katic for season 9! And its because ABC wants to cut costs, so they are cutting Beckett out of the show! And of course Liz from The Blacklist is being killed off this week, Sleepy Hollow got rid of their female lead! A few years ago Criminal Minds got rid of two of their female leads, sure one was brought back, but its still a male lead show! And I Zombie may be lead by a female, but it has at least 3 to 4 male regulars on the show, if you count the one zombie bad guy too! The other female characters are hardly ever seen! Its like if its a drama and a action type show, it has to have more men then woman in it, even if the lead character is a woman! Its always been that way, and it looks like its now getting worst, instead of better! Sense now they are killing the lead females off of the few shows that have them!

        • Zeph says:

          Sorry, sweetie, but you need to check your facts…. Killjoys does not have a ‘male lead’…. Yes there are two men to one female, but that female is the team lead and her backstory is what drove half the first season. If you’re going to complain about lack of equality, at least make sure you are using the correct ammunition.

    • Zayne says:

      Then don’t watch it. Why is the gender of the lead that important to you? Maybe it’s an ensemble show and they’ll all get their own arcs and backstories.

      • nikki says:

        Why is the gender of the lead that important to you?

        You wouldn’t understand anyway you don’t have this problem when your gender is underrepresented and underpaid. I’ll stop worrying about gender only when there will be 50% female led shows and 50% male led shows. I want to see more fellow women on screen. Until then… I’m sorry I can’t pretend that everything is ok.

        • Zayne says:

          Haha, repeating my question back. Solid rebuttal. I don’t care about which gender the lead is whatsoever. I’ll watch the show and decide on the merits of its characters and storytelling regardless of gender/race/sexuality whether or not I’ll continue watching it. My point is prejudging and complaining about a show based on a paragraph and the cast’s gender distribution is silly.

        • tvjunkie says:

          50% of them better be black lesbians or are you racist and homophobic? [end sarcasm]

  3. Alia says:

    And the promised Stargate Atlantis tv movies?????.

    • Phoenix5634 says:

      THANK YOU! I was literally just about the type that! They’ve already written season 6/ the intro for the movie, and it’s just sitting on a shelf somewhere collecting dust. Even some of the original main actors want this to happen. There’s petitions and fans want it. I really want Stargate to continue now

      • T H says:

        Agreed! It’s not too late for them to fulfill their promise of a Stargate Atlantis movie AND the third Stargate SG-1 movie! My love for those shows will never fade, and they really ought to ride the current nostalgia wave that’s making all these revivals pop up currently.

    • David4 says:

      Stargate is going to be rebooted. Atlantis is (thankfully) dead, but so is all of Stargate Prime.

  4. Lysh says:

    SG-1 was such a good show. I’d probably check this out. Glad it’s Netflix and not SyFy.

  5. jr. says:

    No zonmbies? At least that’s a plus! :)

  6. lrdslvrhnd says:

    Oh man, I read that as “Travelers From Stargate” and got REALLY excited for a second.
    And time travel is clearly the new zombie…

  7. David4 says:

    This sounds fun. They should just bring back Odyssey 5 where the main characters are sent back in time to prevent the Earth from literally blowing up.

  8. HAP says:

    Hmmm. An interesting partnership between Netflix and Corus.

  9. DavidSask says:

    If this is all 12 episodes out at same time binge worthy for US. Netflix, Canucks will just download it illegally not wait for Showcase airings?!

  10. herman1959 says:

    This sounds interesting, so I’ll give it a try. But, the FBI AGAIN? It’s hundreds of years from now, couldn’t they come up with a new agency?

  11. killmotion says:

    Time travel? I’m in.

  12. Hector Pagan says:

    Big fan of McCormack’s work. Loved Perception! Felt like it needed more time.
    But anything Stargate related I’m excited about. Let’s hope that it’s not rushed to succeed. McCormack can handle this role.