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Quantum Leap: Scott Bakula Confirms No Involvement, Premieres Today!

Scott Bakula will not appear in NBC revival of Quantum Leap
Scott Bakula in NCIS New Orleans [Image @scottbakula/Instagram]

NBC’s revival of the sci-fi series, Quantum Leap airs today and many fans had asked if the former star, Scott Bakula would be in the show. Meanwhile, the original Sam Beckett has confirmed he won’t be involved in the new series. He recently confirmed that fact in a Twitter thread.

NBC’s Quantum Leap revival

It has been a long time in the making, but finally, the revival of the popular sci-fi series Quantum Leap is officially here. However, since the news came of the revival, fans have been clamoring, wanting to know if Scott Bakula would star as the original hero, Sam Beckett. Sorry, it is official, he won’t be appearing in the show.

Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell in Quantum Leap
Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell in Quantum Leap [Image @scottbakula/Instagram]

Meanwhile, it was clear that Bakula wouldn’t appear in the series, as he had already been cast in NBC’s upcoming drama, Unbroken. However, the actor who played Sam Beckett, took to Twitter and Instagram this week to remind fans that he has no connection to the revived series. In fact, he won’t even be behind the camera. However, Bakula did confirm that he received a script for the pilot. However, he ultimately passed on any involvement in the show. He wrote on Twitter:

As the show has always been near and dear to my heart, it was a very difficult decision to pass on the project.

As so many of you have been asking me the last several months, ‘How could you do QL without Sam (or Al, for that matter)?’ Well, I guess we’re about to find out.

About the revival

NBC's Quantum Leap gets a new showrunner
Raymond Lee as Dr. Ben Seong in Quantum Leap [Image @raymomomo/Instagram]

Fans will recall that in the original 1990s series, Scott Bakula played Sam Beckett. His character traveled through various points in time while helping people along the way. Meanwhile, he did so with the help of Admiral Al Calavicci (Dean Stockwell), his womanizing companion and best friend.

Dean Stockwell
Dean Stockwell [Image @scottbakula/Instagram]

Al appears to Beckett as a hologram, who researches and shapes his opinions of the past. Running for five seasons, the final episode revealed that Sam would be leaping for the rest of his life.

The new, revival (or continuation) series stars Raymond Lee as Ben Seong, who discovered he had the same ability as Sam. Moreover, he and his team discovered this as they tried to uncover the secrets of Sam’s time travel technology.

NBC's Quantum Leap gets a new showrunner
Raymond Lee as Dr. Ben Seong in Quantum Leap [Image @raymomomo/Instagram]

While Bakula isn’t involved, he is more than happy to remind us that the original series’ concept of living a life in other people’s shoes is still potent. He offered his hope that the new series finds an audience, as his hit show did in the 1990s. Scott wrote on Twitter:

I am crossing my fingers that this new cast and crew… tap into the magic that propelled the original Quantum Leap into the hearts and minds of generations past and present.

No doubt, fans of the original show, and new viewers hope so too.

The revived Quantum Leap premieres on NBC on Monday, September 19. Enjoy the trailer for the show below.

Readers, were you a fan of the original show? Are you keen to see the revival of Quantum Leap? Let us know your thoughts by dropping a comment below.



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