Will evil escapists appear, or is there some other related myth from the original?
Right. […] We can talk later in the season!
I would be disappointed by that.
Whenever you want! When we close the door around [episode] 7 or 8, the first thing I’m happy to go back and talk about it all… it’s tough, because I don’t want to spoil the trip!
Raymond Lee is a very talented performer, extremely charismatic. How was he chosen and attached to the role?
He’s been in my sights for a long time. He was really cool, and then we had a chance [to make] a short film together in 2019, it’s just a weird thing that sometimes I like to do, and no one watches them. It’s been a pleasure working with him, and he’s on the rise. Just spending a day with him on set, you’ll really get a sense of how professional and personal a person is. When this came up, one of my production partners, Mike Pfister, said, “This must be Ray,” and we suddenly said, “Oh my gosh, absolutely!” Luckily for us, “Kevin Can F *** Himself” is taking the world by storm. Right on time, so we called him and said, “Hey, this is a crazy question, but do you want to be the host of the new ‘Quantum Leap’ show?” Luckily he said yes.
I also like that there is more inclusivity of the team and they are obviously going to be the focus. Tell me about how you decided to cast.
We just spread a wide net. There are many auditions. Ernie, obviously, we went after, because he was Ernie Hudson and anyone is lucky to have him on a TV show. Caitlin, Nanrisa and Mason, they just auditioned and they were amazing. That’s our job as writers – when you write a character before it’s cast, it’s like a first draft. Then when you pick someone and get to know them, and we’ve had the privilege of piloting [would] end up not airing, so we actually learned a lot about them during the intervening period. This new first episode was really announced and written especially with them. I think that’s why the chemistry between them all sings immediately, because they haven’t seen each other for two days. They met for months. We’ve spent months getting to know them and find their voices, and so it’s truly a pleasure to know this incredible group of people and be able to write to them.
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