TIME AFTER TIME opens in London in 1893. HG Wells is not yet a famous science fiction writer, but he is an inventor. One night he invites a group of friends over to see his latest invention: a time machine. What he doesn’t know is that his friend John Stevenson — a surgeon — is actually the infamous Jack the Ripper. When the police arrive looking for him, John jumps into the time machine and heads to present day Manhattan. Naturally, Wells follows in order to apprehend him.
Wells arrives in Manhattan in the middle of a museum exhibit featuring himself. He’s hauled off to the office of the curator, Jane Walker, who is intrigued by his appearance. He, on the other hand, is flabbergasted by the future and acts like a fish out of water.
John, meanwhile, needs Wells’ key to the time machine so that he can continue his murdering rampage throughout the centuries. Wells manages to hold on to the key, but John slips through his fingers. Wells reconnects with Jane after being struck by a taxi and she helps transform him into a modern-day man. He admits the truth of his identity to her and they travel three days into the future together. But when they learn that Jane will become a victim of The Ripper, the two must figure out a way to stop him.
The cast includes Freddie Stroma as H.G. Wells, Josh Bowman as John Stevenson/Jack the Ripper, Genesis Rodriguez as Jane and Regina Taylor as Vanessa Anders. Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega (BLINDSPOT and THE FOLLOWING) serve as executive producers.
TIME AFTER TIME will premiere at midseason on ABC (see ABC’s full fall schedule).