It seems like everybody's been bouncing around time on TV these days, from Syfy's 12 Monkeys to the CW's Legends of Tomorrow, so another time-tripping series might seem like yesterday's news, but this one comes with a sterling pedigree via horror master Stephen King and The Force Awakens' captain J.J. Abrams.
Based on King's novel of the same name, 11.22.63 is Hulu's new eight-part sci-fi series starring James Franco as a high school English lit teacher who steps back in time to try and prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As most narratives involving time travel eventually realize, meddling with the past is a wibbly-wobbly affair that seldom results in the desired effects.
Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, The Eagle, Marley) directed the show’s first episode, with Franco helming the series’ fifth installment and current galactic wonderboy J.J. Abrams serving as executive producer alongside Stephen King and Bryan Burk. The production values look impressive here, and the attention to period detail is remarkable for a streaming service's early venture into the crowded realm of genre-based dramas.
Take a look at this first full trailer and tell us if you're ready to follow Franco back to the retro-radical '60s.
11.22.63 also stars Daniel Webber, Sarah Gadon, Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, Cherry Jones, George MacKay, Lucy Fry, Leon Rippy and Brooklyn Sudano and premieres on Hulu on President's Day, Feb. 15!