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‘Time After Time’ Creator Addresses Recent Spate of Time Travel Shows

TCA 2017: ”We just have to look at what sets us apart,“ Kevin Williamson says

“Time After Time” executive producer and creator Kevin Williamson isn’t sweating comparisons between his show and the other recent time travel-themed shows, like NBC’s “Timeless” and Fox’s upcoming “Making History.”

“When you start to develop a show, you never think someone else is developing another time travel show,” Williamson said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday. “We just have to look at what sets us apart, I guess, which is we have time travel as an element of the show but it’s really conceived to be about the young H.G. Wells.”

The series follows famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells (“UnREAL” alum Freddie Stroma), who is transported to modern-day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper, played by “Revenge” star Josh Bowman. Genesis Rodriguez stars as Jane Walker and Nicole Ari Parker plays Vanessa Anders.

Stroma also touched on plot points that will focus on his character’s lack of understanding of current gender roles, given the fact he is coming from a pre-feminist period of history.

“We’ve got two guys from Victorian England who are used to being spoken to in a certain way and how they speak to women,” he said. “I think he’s just thoroughly impressed by Jane and she’s got a few decades of feminism behind her and I think he likes that.”

Based on the 1979 novel by Karl Alexander and movie adaptation by Nicholas Meyer, “Time After Time” comes from executive producer Williamson of “Dawson’s Creek,” “The Following” and “The Vampire Diaries.” Marcos Siega is also an executive producer and a director.

“Time After Time” will premiere on March 5 at 9 p.m/8c on ABC.


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