Tonight, the new Quantum Leap
premieres on NBC. The show is a remake of the original series in ’89 that starred Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett, a scientist who during an experiment with time travel ends up trapped in the past, leaping into different people each episode, trying to return to his original timeline. In the new series, physicist Ben Song, played by Raymond Lee, is part of a new team of scientists trying to understand machine and what happened to its creator.
Most of the cast of the series was familiar with the original show. “My best friend in sixth grade, this was his favorite show,” Star Lee revealed to SciFi Vision during the recent TCA panels. “Prior to that, it was just all, like, X‑Men
and Ninja Turtles
for me, which was the first real show I remember watching, and also my first introduction to sci‑fi. So, I have very fond memories of just, like, playing and then going home and watching it with him.”
Ernie Hudson, who plays the role of Herbert ‘Magic’ Williams said that he used to watch the show with his two older sons. “I was a single parent,” said Hudson, “and we loved watching the show and talking about it, discussing it after.”
Caitlin Bassett, who plays Song’s fiancé and hologram helper Addison, on the other hand, missed it the first time around, but has since watched it and loves it. She's been able to bond with her father over it who was a fan when it first aired.
Nanrisa Lee, who plays Jenn, used to watch it with her father the first time around. “It was a pretty exciting moment when I found out I got to be a part of it,” said the actress. “He and I are both really looking forward to watching it together again. I have yet to go back and re‑binge it, but it's definitely on my list.”
Mason Alexander Park had not watched it with anyone previously but was assured by the cast that they could watch it with their TV family.
During the panel, showrunner Gero also talked about doing a new spin on the old series and how it will appeal to fans and new viewers alike. “It really made sense for this to be a continuation of the story with a brand‑new set of characters, one that could honor the old show, pay service to the old show, but have a really low bar for entry for new viewers.”
Every episode is a different leap, and it’s been a dream for Lee to get to be in so many different time periods in one project. “It's the roles of a lifetime. I'm having so much fun. It's been a blast so far, and I anticipate that it will continue to be a blast.”
Be sure to watch the premiere of Quantum Leap
, tonight on NBC, and stay tuned for our exclusive interview with the showrunner.