Time After Time Team Previews ABC Drama's 'Epic Love Story' (Video)

Time After Time may belong to the 2016-17 TV season’s time-travel class, but it has more in common with executive producer Kevin Williamson’s previous series, The Vampire Diaries and The Following, than it does with Timeless and Making History.

The ABC drama — which is based on the 1979 book and movie about sci-fi author H.G. Wells (UnREAL‘s Freddie Stroma) and his pursuit of Jack the Ripper (Revenge‘s Josh Bowman) in modern-day New York City — is “very Kevin Williamson” with its “epic love story” and “twists and turns,” executive producer/director Marcos Siega tells TVLine’s Michael Ausiello in the above video.

Rounding out the show’s love triangle is Jane (Entourage‘s Genesis Rodriguez), a museum curator who “just wants a lot out of life,” Rodriguez describes. “And then in strolls H.G. Wells, with this time machine and this whole experience. She just follows him along and wants to help him with the situation because she feels like this is her destiny. She needs him, and he needs her in this modern-day world.”

For Wells, that world is a very disheartening place, and not at all what he imagined. “He believed when technology evolved, the future would be a utopian society,” Siega notes. But when Wells arrives in the present, he’s “profoundly disappointed” by “the shootings and the wars and all the issues we’re having.”

Siega believes that evolution of humanity is partly responsible for the popularity of time-travel shows.

“I think there’s a fascination with changing the course of mankind,” he says. And because “you have different ways of time travel and what happens when you do it,” the genre also contains “an endless amount of story.”

Time After Time‘s two-hour premiere airs this Sunday, March 5 at 9/8c on ABC.

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7 Comments
  1. Wrstlgirl says:

    Really can’t decide whether I want to watch this or not. I don’t have high hopes for it sticking around.

  2. Butch says:

    Sounds like a good companion show to “Once.” I enjoyed the movie. I will be watching.

  3. Ram510 says:

    I’ll only check it out because it’s Kevin Williamson (long live Nikita!) but this show looks cheap and like true ABC dud

  4. Debbie says:

    If you’ve seen the movie or read the book, you’d know that this was a charming little thriller more suited for a limited run series and not something that is open ended that you can spin a new show from. As talented as the cast may be, I don’t see it surpassing the pairing of Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen. After all, this is the vehicle that introduced them to each other and lead to their marriage. While I love time travel stories because of the many permutations it allows, I’m going to be watching Feud on Sunday night.

  5. Craig says:

    Like the cast well enough and they play off each other quite well, but the script isn’t clever enough / the characters are ‘too stupid to live’ (sorry). I was hoping for something less obvious than the Wells character being unable act decisively when face-to-face with Jack (much like the original Malcolm McDowell) even though he knows jack is ‘back to work’. why bother chasing if you’re incapable of resolving the problem. Then Well’s new girlfriend, again likeable, but too stupid and timid to resolve the problem whe SHE gets the chance by knocking him cold. For God’s Sake you had her voluntarily walk back up a set of stairs to ‘Jack the Freaking Ripper’ instead of bolting out the door to guaranteed freedom. Nobody cares he’s got a knife on a complete stranger, get real, this is Jack the Ripper. Bottom line, if you’re going to make us watch Jack escape every episode you need to write it better or I won’t stick around.

  6. mary says:

    Love story??? Yea the two will probably fall in love. But your preview is terrible. If I didn’t know more about this series, I would have a skipped it based on the above.