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New Quantum Leap Showrunners On Fixing The Mistakes Of Season One


The new Quantum Leap got off to a rocky start, but the new showrunning team has helped to right the ship.

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Launching any new show is difficult but doubly so for one that’s not only a new take on a beloved franchise but an in-continuity sequel. If that was all the new Quantum Leap had to contend with it would be a lot for any group of creatives to deal with but the show was faced with a major creative shift near the start of production.

After filming three episodes, new Quantum Leap series developers Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt stepped down as showrunners. Martin Gero and Dean Georgaris then took over and have stayed with the series since. Since the two didn’t originate the concept and direction of the season, they were forced into stories that the previous showrunners had started. Gero freely admits that the initial direction of season one being out of their hands was difficult. 

“The mythology of the show or how the mythology was going to work was not our choice.”

The first season, while pulling off many plots in the style of the original Quantum Leap, also featured an ongoing story line set back at Project Quantum Leap as the cast there struggled to unravel a mystery about why Ben (Raymond Lee) leaped in the first place. It led to many scenes of exposition, explaining time travel, dealing with a seemingly evil “Leaper X,” and elements of a “mystery box” story line. During the writing of season one, Gero explains, they were already figuring out what they didn’t like about how the show was going and how they might change it.

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