Netflix Goes Canadian with ‘Travelers’ Sci-Fi Series

Netflix is partnering with Canadian channel Showcase on the new original sci-fi series “Travelers,” which has begun production on location in Vancouver. It will air exclusively on Showcase (owned by Corus Entertainment) in Canada and stream on Netflix internationally later this year.

The series is written, created and produced by Brad Wright, co-creator of the series “Stargate SG-1” and creator of related franchise entries “Stargate: Atlantis” and “SGU.”

In “Travelers,” the last surviving humans living hundreds of years in the future discover the means of sending consciousness back through time, directly into people in the 21st century. These “travelers” assume the lives of seemingly random people, while secretly working as teams on missions designed save humanity from its bleak fate.

The serious features a cast toplined by Canadians Eric McCormack (“Will & Grace”), Mackenzie Porter (“Hell on Wheels”), Patrick Gilmore (“Cabin in the Woods”), Jared Abrahamson (“Awkward”), Nesta Cooper (“Heroes Reborn”) and Reilly Dolman (“SGU”).

The pilot is being directed by Brit Nick Hurran (“Sherlock”), but a bevy of Canadians are being enlisted to direct additional episodes — Andy Mikita (“Lost Girl”), Helen Shaver (“Vikings”), Martin Wood (“Killjoys”), Will Waring (“Continuum”) and Amanda Tapping (“Continuum”).

“We’re thrilled to be working with Showcase and Netflix and are so proud that ‘Travelers’ was originally developed at the CFC Prime Time TV Program with Canadian writers,” said Wright in a statement. “We’re excited to work with this amazing cast led by Eric McCormack. It’s all a dream come true for a Scarborough boy like me.”

“Travelers” is being produced by Peacock Alley Entertainment (“Unusually Thicke,” “Money Moron”) in association with Showcase and Netflix and distributed by Sky Vision.