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.