Topic: All Our Wrong Todays
Elan Mastai and Seth MacFarlane developing a series for Peacock streaming based on Mastai’s novel “All Our Wrong Todays”:
You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have?
Well, it happened. In 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed . . . because it wasn’t necessary.
Except Tom Barren just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside-down. Blindsided and heartbroken by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.
But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.
Very much in the Sliders vein, but seems to be focused on a more thorough examination of any given alternate reality. I haven’t read the novel; but Mastai is a writer / producer on “This is Us”, so we can probably expect a similar flavor of flashbacks complimenting current day stories.