Timecop (TV series)

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Timecop
Timecop (tv series).jpg
DVD cover of Time Cop TV Series
Genre Science fiction
Created by Mark Verheiden
Directed by Peter Hyams
Allan Arkush[1]
Jim Charleston[1]
Starring Ted King
Don Stark
Kurt Fuller
Cristi Conaway
Theme music composer Brad Fiedel
Composer(s) Ross Levinson
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Lawrence Gordon Productions
December 3rd Productions
Dark Horse Entertainment
Universal Television
Release
Original network ABC
Original release September 22, 1997 – July 18, 1998
Chronology
Preceded by Timecop

Timecop is an American science fiction television series. The show was broadcast on the ABC network and first aired in 1997.[2] The series is based on the successful Jean-Claude Van Damme film, Timecop from Universal Studios, which was in turn inspired by the Dark Horse comic of the same name.[2] Thirteen episodes of the series were ordered,[3] but only nine episodes aired.

Development[edit]

In 1996, the Los Angeles Times reported that ABC ordered a new prime-time series based on the 1944 science-fiction movie Time Cop. The pilot was written by Mark Verheidin.[2]

The show was broadcast on the ABC network and first aired in 1997. [2] 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.

Cast[edit]

The series featured a number of fictionalized historical figures:

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "A Rip in Time" Allan Arkush Alfred Gough, Miles Millar September 22, 1997 (1997-09-22)
2 2 "The Heist" David Grossman Mark Verheiden September 29, 1997 (1997-09-29)
3 3 "Stalker" Philip Sgriccia Elliot Stern October 6, 1997 (1997-10-06)
4 4 "Public Enemy" Chris Long Alfred Gough, Miles Millar October 13, 1997 (1997-10-13)
5 5 "Rocket Science" Robert Singer Mark Verheiden October 20, 1997 (1997-10-20)
6 6 "Alternate World" Martha Mitchell Alfred Gough, Miles Millar June 20, 1998 (1998-06-20)
7 7 "Lost Voyage" Jim Charleston Mark Verheiden June 27, 1998 (1998-06-27)
8 8 "D.O.A" Philip Sgriccia Linda McGibney July 11, 1998 (1998-07-11)
9 9 "The Future, Jack, the Future" Oz Scott Art Monterastelli July 18, 1998 (1998-07-18)

Cancellation[edit]

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.[4]

“ 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."

— Mark Verheiden, about the cancellation of Timecop. [4]

Novels[edit]

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.[4] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Timecop - TV Series - Cast, Credits and Awards - NYTimes.com". Tv.nytimes.com. 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d "One Step Forward, One Step Back in TV's Crime Fight". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  3. ^ Allstetter, Rob (August 1997). "'Lois & Clark' Meets Kryptonite". Wizard (72). p. 119. 
  4. ^ a b c Garcia, Frank (4-20-2017). Science Fiction Television Series, 1990-2004: Histories, Casts and Credits for 58 Shows. McFarland[disambiguation needed].  Check date values in: |date= (help); External link in |work= (help);

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