'It Would Be Crazy to Cast a New Sam,' says Quantum Leap boss

'It Would Be Crazy to Cast a New Sam,' says Quantum Leap boss ...

Ben Song (played by Kevin Can F**k Himselfs Raymond Lee) will traverse time and space while assisting those in need. NBC's new Quantum Leap presentation, which will air this Monday at 10/9c

The addition of a new cast member to the story, rather than a complete reboot, was a no brainer for showrunner Martin Gero.

Ben's unexplained jump in the Quantum Leap accelerator is consistent with that of his predecessor Sam Beckett (played in the original series by Scott Bakula). Sam never returned home, and now Ben faces a similar dilemma.

Raymond Lee, who plays Ben, says Ben, must have seen what Sam Beckett did and the algorithm he created, and he was probably enthralled by that. So at some point, he joined the project to become involved in something of that nature.

Ben's sudden move leaves the rest of his crew scrambling to explain why he did it and how to bring him home. Magic is the project leader; Addison (Caitlin Bassett), an Army vet who appears as a hologram only Ben can see and hear; Ian Wright (Cowboy Bebops Mason Alexander Park), who leads Ziggy's Artificial Intelligence unit; and Jenn Chou (BoschsNanrisa Lee), who heads up digital security.

Lee believes that the inclusion of a whole group supporting Ben on NBC revivals allows the audience to understand the inner workings of how these leaps were constructed, [what] it takes for them to happen, and the kind of politics that are at play that we never saw in the original show.

As seen in the original series between Sam and his holographic co-pilot Al, Ben is now accompanied on his leaps by his fiancee Addison, in hologram form.

Al and Sam, they had an incredible chemistry throughout the generations, and wed be foolish to attempt to recreate anything like that, Lee states. Why not see a romance instead of a bromance as a result? I think this is a great opportunity to investigate different aspects of what these leaps can be like, especially when there's more at risk than just a friendship.

Gero adds that Quantum Leaps' main romance is just a really neat twist on what is ultimately the worst long-distance relationship, which is like completely different time zones in a way that no one has experienced.