NBC Greenlights Quantum Leap Sequel; Will it Be Sufficiently “Woke”?


The possible return of Quantum Leap is taking a big step forward at NBC, THR reports. The network has greenlit the sequel pilot to the 1989 time-travel adventure-drama that ran for five seasons on the network.


The synopsis reads, “It’s been 30 years since Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. Now a new team has been assembled to restart the project in the hopes of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it.”


The description makes it sound like original series star Bakula is on board. Nothing is official, but per sources, the actor may be involved.



While some people reflect on the show and recall many progressive storylines, with some even saying it was “woke,” the arbiters of sufficient wokeness at CBR believe the sci-fi series wasn’t nearly “woke enough”


Quantum Leap was made in the ’90s, and featured a character originating from the early 21st century being transported to other time periods. For the most part, Quantum Leap is progressive. Sam Beckett’s attitudes are not far from commonly held opinions in the 2000s towards many issues.

Quantum Leap’s few slip-ups stick out like a sore thumb, however. Major character Al is casually misogynistic and even voyeuristic towards women, something that is viewed as not fodder fit for jokes today. Furthermore, Sam uses ableist slurs.


But the original creator, Don Bellisario, is on board for the revival as executive producer. Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt (Gotham) are showrunners. Deborah Pratt and Martin Gero are also executive producers. Is there any hope for this once beloved franchise? Will it lean in on the identity politics, or focus on entertaining viewers with great stories?


The project is for series consideration next year and produced by Universal Television.


Todd Fisher

Todd lives in Northern California with "the wife," "the kids," "the dogs," "that cat," and he occasionally wears pants. His upcoming release, "Are You Woke Enough Yet?", is the culmination of too much time on social media and working in the film industry.