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Quantum Leap Season 2 - What We Know So Far

When NBC bosses announced their plans for a "Quantum Leap" reboot, expectations for the series were likely higher than anticipated. They were, after all, opting to revisit a series with a significant legacy among viewers from a particular era. And they were doing it without bringing a single star from the original "Quantum Leap" back. 

The creators of the sequel series wisely didn't ignore the first iteration of "Quantum Leap," instead crafting a story that pays loving homage to the original while still doing its own thing. It was a gamble, but it has paid off handsomely for the network, as Deadline claims the new version has been a solid rating grabber. So successful as the latest version of the time-traveling saga has been, NBC has already renewed the series for a second season. Here's everything we know about Season 2 of "Quantum Leap" so far.

When will Season 2 of Quantum Leap debut?

Variety was among the first outlets to report the second season announcement for "Quantum Leap," citing the admiring words of NBC's president of scripted content Lisa Katz, who said, "We're leaping into a second season thanks to the incredible work by our cast, producers, writers and everyone who has played a role in giving this iconic NBC series a new life." Katz said the show had performed so well it's earned a notable spot in the network's 2023 lineup and will continue to be a significant presence on Peacock.

As it stands, we are only at the halfway point of the first season of "Quantum Leap," so NBC is giving the show a clear vote of confidence by renewing it before they know how the entire season will play out on the rating front. But with Season 2 officially green-lit, the series writing team can start plotting their story well beyond the original 18-episode run. While we don't yet know when Season 2 of "Quantum Leap" will debut, assuming it follows the same path as the first, fans can expect the show to return sometime in the early Fall of 2023.

Who will star in Season 2 of Quantum Leap?

With Season 2 of "Quantum Leap" now in the works, the question becomes which of the series' cast members will be back for more time-jumping shenanigans. The short answer to that question is that we have no idea because no official casting announcements have been made. And since we're only halfway through Season 1 of "Quantum Leap," it's a little too early to say with any certainty whether or not any current cast members might be lining up for a dramatic departure by the season's end.

While that doesn't seem likely, it's still not out of the realm of possibility. That being said, it's a safe enough bet that current regulars Raymond Lee (Dr. Ben Song), Caitlin Bassett (Addison Augustine), Mason Alexander Park (Ian Wright), Nanrisa Lee (Jenn Chu), and Ernie Hudson (Herbert "Magic" Williams) will all be back for Season 2, if only because they each appeared in a hilarious Instagram post celebrating the second season announcement. As for who else might be joining them, that's anybody's guess. But "Quantum Leap" fandom is undoubtedly hoping that Scott Bakula, an original cast member of "Quantum Leap," will eventually be among them. 

What is Season 2 of Quantum Leap about?

As we're set to play a guessing game on the "Quantum Leap" casting front, for the time being, that will remain true on the plot as well. That's mainly because it's impossible to say where things might go in Season 2 until we know exactly where they end first. And since we're only halfway through Season 1, it would be a bit irresponsible to speculate about where the action might be headed with the next run of episodes.

There is, of course, one narrative certainty for the next season of "Quantum Leap," and it's that Dr. Ben Song will continue to jump back and forth in time and into the bodies of seemingly random individuals to correct certain perceived historical wrongs. Likewise, his hologram fiancee will no doubt continue working with a brilliant scientist team to figure out how to bring Ben home. As we now know, Ben initially jumped to save Addison from some uncertain doom (via SyFy), and the overarching narrative will likely carry over to the new season as well. Ditto for the still unresolved "Leaper X" plot twist and several other dangling threads. But for now, it seems "Quantum Leap" fans should rejoice that series creatives will have a chance to continue exploring those twists in the new season.