ABC Orders Time After Time to Series, Pitting H.G. Wells vs. Jack the Ripper

ABC is hopping aboard TV’s time-travel bandwagon, ordering to series a small-screen adaptation of the Karl Alexander novel and 1979 movie Time After Time.

From executive producer/writer Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries), the drama promises a fantastical cat-and-mouse adventure through time when famed science-fiction writer H.G. Wells (UnREAL‘s Freddie Stroma) is transported to modern day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper (Revenge‘s Josh Bowman). Once H.G. arrives in New York City, he finds a world he never thought possible… and a young woman who captivates him.

The series also stars Genesis Rodriguez (Entourage) as Jane and Regina Taylor (The Unit) as Vanessa Anders. Watch a teaser below:

Earlier on Thursday, ABC ordered to series the dramas Conviction (starring Hayley Atwell) and Still Star-Crossed (a Romeo & Juliet sequel from Shondaland).

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  1. Murica! says:

    Sounds horrible.

  2. sounds awfull but i have hopes to be a trash masterpiece !!

  3. Jimmy says:

    So in other words, it’s Sleepy Hollow without the supernatural element.

  4. Kris says:

    Doesn’t sound terrible, but I’ll be watching Time on NBC instead…

  5. Znachki says:

    I liked the movie, so I’ll give it a chance.

    • Marci says:

      I loved the movie, so I’m willing to give this a chance too. However, the movie is set in San Francisco, so I don’t understand why the TV series is being set in Manhattan.

  6. auntiemm says:

    I’ve seen the movie maybe a dozen times; and, to me, it worked only for the chemistry of Steenburgen and McDowell. Not sure how this will translate to series.

  7. Pamela J says:

    Horrible plot but great main characters, I’ll watch the pilot but am not expecting much.

  8. tallsy says:

    I like Freddie Stroma. Other than that….

  9. ? says:

    Oh, no. No, no, no. This could be a movie. Or a miniseries. I still probably wouldn’t watch. But a 22-episode, multiple season broadcast drama? Hahahaha GTFO.

  10. B says:

    I enjoyed the movie so I’ll check it out.

  11. Zoe says:

    Might be fun if the real Jack the Ripper mystery wasn’t solved recently. They know who he was. And that he’s dead now. So.

  12. Kelly says:

    Trailer too short to really judge people.

  13. dman6015 says:

    ABC should have waited to see how Houdini and Doyle fared (not so good) before greenlighting this one. I smell epic failure.

  14. KayCeeCee says:

    Sounds like a 1-season show unless Jack the Ripper becomes good and starts helping HG Wells. If not, then it will always be a case of Ripper [almost] getting caught and then getting away.

  15. Depending on the script, this *could be* a good Steampunk sci-fi show. It could also be horrible…but I’m going to try to hold out hope. WAIT…This is ABC. Even if it is good, they’ll cancel it. Hope gone.

  16. Jake says:

    I hope all of ABC’s shows bomb. They all look dreadful.
    I won’t be watching any of them or that network. Even if you get hooked on something they cancel it and Jenna Elfman as a thirtysomething? Puh-leez !!!

  17. can’t wait for time after time YES A SC-FY SHOW!