Quantum Leap reboot leaping onto Peacock

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In 1989, TV’s Quantum Leap stars Dean Stockwell and Scott Bakula.

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Quantum Leap is leaping back onto your screen, because of course it is. The much-loved 1990s science-fiction series starring Scott Bakula and the late Dean Stockwell is returning via NBC’s streaming service Peacock, and will reportedly have a sequel rather than a reboot.

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Airing from 1989–1993, the original show starred Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett, a scientist who was abandoned in a different place of the twentieth century and in the body of a different person every week. The good-natured time-traveller had to solve the person’s problems before taking the leap – each time hoping that the next jump would be the leap home. Stockwell, who died in November 2021, plays Sam’s fast-paced holographic guide Al.

NBC has ordered a pilot episode from La Brea showrunners Steven Lillian and Brian Winbrandt with Blindspot and Kung Fu creator Martin Gero. Original Quantum Leap creator Don Bellisario and producer Deborah Pratt (who also narrated the opening) are also on board, according to time limit, Bakula is not thought to be involved, although the show will reportedly follow a team searching for his character.

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Will a new Quantum Leap series be any good remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: it’s better to have an eye-catching theme tune.

’90s reboots are all the rage these days, with original shows sitting next to streaming services. Peacock has already resurrected Saved By The Bell and re-imagined it this year The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as a Play, Disney Plus replaced Doogie Hauser in Doogie Kameloha MD, The Wonder Years gained a new black cast, and Walker Texas Ranger was re-(cowboy)-booted on The CW.

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