Quantum Leap set to make a comeback with NBC pilot order

By Rhianna Benson

The wait for Quantum Leap's long-anticipated return to our television screens might finally be over.

US broadcaster NBC has handed out a pilot order for the widely-adored 90's sci-fi series, which starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Samuel Beckett and Rear Admiral Upper Half Al Calavicci as Dean Stockwell.

The potential reboot, which will be set in modern day, follows the life of the time-travelling doctor 30-years since he stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and disappeared.

Now, with a fresh-faced team of scientists being called to restart the project in the hopes of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it, the main man himself will finally make his return.

Bakula, now 67, played the leading role, which earned him a Golden Globe, between 1989–1993.

Despite not being believed to reprise his role or produce the new series, the actor is reportedly aware of the reboot and has discussed with producers the potentiality of getting involved.

His co-star and companion from the original show, Stockwell, sadly passed away last November age 85.

The 90's NBC 97-episode series saw physicist Beckett "leaping" into the bodies of others by time-hopping through various eras with sidekick Calavicci, who appeared as a guiding hologram.

Dean Stockwell (left) and Scott Bakula (George Rose/Getty Images)

The potential return of the smash-hit show has been in discussion for a number of years now, however after Bakula confirmed that the producers were having "very significant conversations" whilst speaking on Bob Saget's podcast last year, it seems that fans can finally get excited.

He reported in September: "The rights were a mess for years. I don’t know if they’re even sorted out now. That’s always been the biggest complication.

Bakula also added that he had suggested a comeback to the show's Creator and Executive Producer Don Bellisario several times over the last few years, but that "he would always say, ‘I can’t write it without thinking of you and Dean'".

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