[TV Line] Let’s call it a time jump on steroids. A popular drama series is looking to shake things up creatively by jumping ahead in time by upwards of two decades.
A source cautions that the ambitious idea — which would likely find several of the show’s cast members quadrupling their time in the makeup chair in order to authentically morph into their now-older characters — is still in the planning stages and a number of stars (both literal and figurative) would have to align in order to pull off such a narrative gamble.
It’s also unclear how much of the season — and how many of the storylines — would take place in the new, futuristic setting. One likely possibility would find the show toggling between eras (taking a page from This Is Us, Outlander and Westworld’s play books) throughout the season.
Now for the clues: The series in question is slated to return with its new season sometime in 2019. And it does not air on one of the Big 5 broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox or The CW). It is a cable/streaming entity.
It’s not The Crown.
Similar: A Substantial Jump
[Optional] Is a twenty year jump a good idea or bad idea?
TV Series: The Affair
We thought that this show was basically over after Alison got knocked off, but the producers obviously thought that there was more story to tell.
So they are bringing in Anna Paquin and jumping the story line forward twenty years.
Seriously?! Yes, seriously.
According to TV Line:
Anna Paquin Joins The Affair’s Final Season Amid Significant Time Jump
The Affair is taking a quantum leap in its final season, with a key assist from new series regular Anna Paquin. As teased in our recent time warp-themed Blind Item, a portion of the Showtime drama’s fifth season will jump ahead roughly two or three decades in order to tell a story centered on Alison and Cole’s now-adult daughter Joanie Lockhart, played by True Blood vet Paquin. (FYI: When last seen, Joanie was 5-years-old; Paquin is 36.)
According to sources, Paquin’s Joanie returns to a climate-change ravaged Montauk to piece together the truth about what happened to her late mother (played by former cast member Ruth Wilson), bringing The Affair‘s five-season narrative full circle. Wilson’s Alison was killed off near the end of The Affair‘s fourth season, seemingly via suicide. However, in the penultimate Season 4 episode, it was revealed that she had died at the hands of love interest Ben (played by Ramón Rodríguez).
News of the The Affair‘s partial time jump comes amid a dramatic Season 5 cast shake-up. As previously reported, Joshua Jackson (Cole), Catalina Sandino Moreno (Luisa), Omar Metwally (Vik) and the aforementioned Wilson will not be back as series regulars. Cast members confirmed to return (for a present-day storyline) include Dominic West (Noah), Maura Tierney (Helen), Julia Goldani Telles (Whitney), Jadon Sand (Trevor) and Sanaa Lathan (Janelle).
Per The Affair‘s official Season 5 logline, the 10-episode farewell “will chronicle the aftermath of the [Season 4] finale’s horrific events and find the characters coming to terms with the consequences of their choices — as they make the realization that if they really want to change their futures they must first face the past. This final season is about how everything does really fall apart in the end, but somewhere in that wreckage, the seeds of change finally sprout.”
The Affair‘s fifth and final season will premiere on Showtime in 2019.
So they are going to ditch most of the original cast… and time travel twenty or thirty years… and talk about climate change? Oh, boy.
Then again… if you are going to go off the rails, we’d like to see it go totally off the rails.
Let’s give Paquin’s character a flock of geese to tend.
And a piano.
Oh, and let’s bring in Paquin’s real-life husband, Stephen Moyer, to play a vampire.
Now, THAT’S a show people would watch!
Congratulations to Badgerette85 for being first with the correct answer!
I think it;s going to be Handmaids Tale,
Stranger Things, Id love to see a season where the kids get transported into the future year of 2018, Should be the season that takes place in 1987, the NES is entering homes, Blockbusters are popping up and the season end with something taken them to 2018 they wake up in the ruins of the Starport Mall, thinking they are in the upside down util it becomes apparent this is no 1987 anymore.
The Affair on Showtime
Poldark? This is supposed to be the last series and the books cover a lot of time, I expect the BBC would want to wrap it up because the main actors are famous enough that probably won’t come back if they wanted to make more episodes.
This was a disaster move on Desperate Housewives. Don’t do it!
I’m going with Suits for no other reason than I saw a casting call for a spin off and this may be a lead in to that.
Star Trek Discovery
Star clue/ second season is due early 2019
First time commenting! ??
There are rumours that showrunners want recast main cast like The Crown does.
Stranger Things, following the IT movie coming out next year?
If it’s GoT I’m rioting.
Bethany Frankel has to be the one who taught her tricks to someone else on the show. I couldn’t say who since I don’t know the rest of the cast.
Is that even possible with Stranger Things?
I’ll go with Game of Thrones, they have one more season, right?
Better Call Saul
I may be entiiiiiiiiirely off base with this, but I have a hunch this may be the Netflix original ‘Glow’.
Clues: ‘Steroids’ – the show is about wrestling, steroid use is something heavily associated with wrestling.
Glow is scheduled for a new season next year, and streams on Netflix.
I don’t know. At the end of the day, it all comes down to writing and directing. Get a good writer/s and a good director/s and you can pull off nearly anything.
Walking Dead? The Carl Generation?
Tv series : Game of thrones
PBS’ Poldark. They have to make the 20-year jump because that’s what the author of the books Poldark is based on did. I think it’ll be great to see how the kids grow up – to see if Valentine susses out who his read dad is, and really, can Aidan Turner get anything but better with age? Woof!
The next series (or season 5, to us Americans) will be the last for Poldark.
Wild guess…the Handmaids Tale
I like it, actually!
queen mary says
Better call Saul
Awesome! It could show us Saul once he’s in the witness protection program, unhappily serving up stale donuts in his new job. ?
Game of Thrones
The Handmaids Tale
Gotham for season 5
The Handmaid’s Tale?
The Haves and the Havenots, OWN Network. Aging would work for this show.
Game Of Thrones
Game of Thrones
Big Little Lies
Game of Thrones
This better not be Game of Thrones.
No way. They’re done shooting it, and it’s the final season. No one would be planning what to do with the story at this point. They finished all those scripts a year ago. NOT Game of Thrones.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
They’re going to stop the injections and tweaks and look their age.
LOL! And just like that, it’s a horror anthology. 🙂
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I second this!!
Lol, best comment ever!
Game of Thrones
Think it’s a good idea to show us how it all settled down after,no doubt, an epic battle
They wont need too much time in the makeup chair since they always wait a few years for the next season. At least it seems like it.
That wouldn’t make any sense because the kids would be in their mid 30s and the parents would be in their late 50s early 60s…. it wouldn’t be believable
OITNB? The time reference makes me think of the opening theme song.
I don’t know if it’s a good idea or not, i just want the next season already!