Time travel and other TV trends you can count on in 2016 – CNBC

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No one can pinpoint the reason why three broadcast networks — ABC, Fox and NBC — had the idea to greenlight the three separate shows about time travel. Some sources pointed to the successes of CW’s “Legends of Tomorrow” and “Flash.” Others contended that the resurgence of “Dr. Who,” has sent networks scrambling for their own Time Lord.

Or, as one person argued, there must be some big data report using social media analytics that determined the one thing that millennials will sit in front of a TV for is time-traveling shows.

Regardless of the reason, we now have NBC’s “Timeless,” a time-traveling drama about villains trying to change American history. We’ll also have Fox’s “Making History,” a time-traveling comedy about heroes trying to change American history.

If those don’t suit your fancy, there’s ABC’s “Time After Time,” which is based on the science fiction book and movie about real author H.G. Wells traveling in time to stop the also real (but still not identified) Jack the Ripper.

Time travel and other TV trends you can count on in 2016 – CNBC