Timecop (TV series)
Timecop is an American science fiction television series. The show was broadcast on the ABC network and first aired in 1997. The series is based on the successful Jean-Claude Van Damme film, Timecop (1994) from Universal Studios, which was in turn inspired by the Dark Horse comic of the same name. Thirteen episodes of the series were ordered, but only nine episodes aired.
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|Created by||Mark Verheiden|
|Directed by||Peter Hyams|
|Theme music composer||Brad Fiedel|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||9|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Lawrence Gordon Productions|
December 3rd Productions
Dark Horse Entertainment
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 22, 1997 –|
July 18, 1998
The show was broadcast on the ABC network and first aired in 1997. The series featured an all-new cast and characters. The show focused on TEC agent Jack Logan who hunts down rogue time travelers and brings them to justice before they can alter the past.
- Ted King as Officer Jack Logan
- Don Stark as Eugene Matuzek
- Cristi Conaway as Officer Caire Hemmings
- Kurt Fuller as Dr. Dale Easter
The series featured a number of fictionalized historical figures:
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"A Rip in Time"||Allan Arkush||Alfred Gough, Miles Millar||September 22, 1997|
|2||"The Heist"||David Grossman||Mark Verheiden||September 29, 1997|
|3||"Stalker"||Philip Sgriccia||Elliot Stern||October 6, 1997|
|4||"Public Enemy"||Chris Long||Alfred Gough, Miles Millar||October 13, 1997|
|5||"Rocket Science"||Robert Singer||Mark Verheiden||October 20, 1997|
|6||"Alternate World"||Martha Mitchell||Alfred Gough, Miles Millar||June 20, 1998|
|7||"Lost Voyage"||Jim Charleston||Mark Verheiden||June 27, 1998|
|8||"D.O.A"||Philip Sgriccia||Linda McGibney||July 11, 1998|
|9||"The Future, Jack, the Future"||Oz Scott||Art Monterastelli||July 18, 1998|
Due to low ratings and poor advertising, the series was cut short after less than a season, and only nine out of the thirteen episodes were aired.
“ In 20/20 hindsight, I wish the show had been darker and grittier both in terms of the storytelling and stylistically. But we were trying to deliver an 8:00 pm show. That meant doing something 'suitable for children,' so gritty wasn't going to happen. We were just getting our sea-legs, story-wise, with our last episode, which was a sweet story about Don Stark's character Matuzek trying to reconnect with his teenage son. But we were canceled as that episode was wrapping production, and that, as they say, was that."
Daniel Parkinson was hired to write an adventure spin-off trilogy based on the series that continues the adventures of TEC agent Jack Logan as he hunts down rogue travelers and brings them to justice before they can alter the past. The trilogy consisted of The Scavenger (August 1998), Viper's Spawn (September 1998) and Blood Ties (March 1999). It was published by Del Rey Books.
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