Time travel can be treated as a serious plot device; think Hulu’s 11.22.63. It can also be silly as hell, as in the Bill and Ted films or Hot Tub Time Machine. A new Fox pilot from the Last Man on Earth producers, Making History, sounds like it’ll hew to the latter classification.
Here’s the pitch, via TV Line:
The potential series centers on three friends who find a way to travel through time in search of truth, justice, and riches, which complicates their lives in 2016. They visit some of the greatest moments of the past as they try to resolve their personal problems, while history and pop culture comically collide.
So far the biggest name cast is Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester, with Adam Pally (Happy Endings, The Mindy Project) as her co-star. Not much was noted about Meester’s role in her casting announcement today, but here’s what an earlier TV Line article said about Pally’s part:
Pally will play the role of Dan, a nerdy computer science professor at a small college who is credited with inventing time travel. He methodically uses stolen music, movie lines, and popular culture to great acclaim in the past, where people find him interesting, dashing and gallant. We see two Dans — the “nerd rage” guy having a hard time in the present, and the cooler more carefree guy in the past.