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Tango0119 May 2017 1:10 p.m. PST

"Primetime television is turning from a grid to a flat circle: this week, two new shows debuted in which people either visit, or talk to, the past. On NBC, Timeless follows the adventures of the heroic crew of a time machine, who have to save history from being destroyed by terrorists who've stolen another, shinier time machine. And over on The CW, home of the Arrowverse, Frequency is an adaptation of the 2000 movie about a ham radio that can communicate across time. Both shows are fun in different ways—but Frequency proves that the best time-travel stories are often the most personal ones.

In Timeless, a young history professor named Lucy (Abigail Spencer) is turned down for tenure, despite delivering a great lecture about LBJ's penis. But she's saved from a life of adjunct poverty when she gets recruited to protect history from time-traveling terrorists alongside soldier Wyatt (Matt Lanter) and science geek Rufus (Malcolm Barrett). Every week, they'll visit another historical period, where Lucy—who, as a historian, obviously knows all of history in exacting detail!—will serve as the guide.

Frequency is somewhat less grandiose in its scope, but that focus helps make it more emotionally grounded. The Tomorrow People‘s Peyton List plays Raimy, a cop whose dad died 20 years ago—but suddenly, his old ham radio sparks to life, and she can talk to him in the past, on the eve of his death. She's able to give him enough information to save his life, but as a result of her intervention, a serial killer is after her mother in 1996—and in 2016, her mother has suddenly been dead for 20 years…"
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Gear Pilot19 May 2017 3:16 p.m. PST

Both of these are already over for the first season, and I'm pretty sure they were both cancelled.

gamershs19 May 2017 3:31 p.m. PST

Frequency was a fairly good movie but I could not see it as a series.

Timeless was a little ridiculous and the subplots killed it.

Timecop was good and could have been used as a basis for a series. Go back in time to stop others from changing/robbing in the past.

The best time travel movie was the remake of H.G. Wells The Time Machine.

KPinder Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2017 3:44 p.m. PST

Everything old is new again.

The Time Tunnel, 1967. Initially fairly interesting, but it went cheesy fast.

Phil Hall19 May 2017 6:38 p.m. PST

I was enjoying TIMELESS as it it seemed to me the writers had done some homework on the time periods they sent tne
characters to. The costumer also did a good job on period clothing. The F&IW introduced us to an Iroquois who was exact to ten decimal places. My wife was also into it. Seems like every show we like gets cancelled.

Dynaman878919 May 2017 7:34 p.m. PST

I thought I read somewhere that Timeless was upped for another season after all – even though it was initially listed as cancelled. Never heard a follow up on the report.

Tango0120 May 2017 10:42 a.m. PST

The Time Tunnel…!… very good memories… as a kid with my father and brother… (smile).


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14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2017 2:46 p.m. PST

Timeless was cancelled, then uncancelled. Returns as a summer replacement in 2018 on NBC. Fun show my whole family watches.

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