Beyond the Mirror Image

f9acdd1c1bfaf3f939aa00ec2d6d61b7_originalThe Quantum Leap Podcast is proud to bring you an interview with Matt Dale and Kevin West, the creative team behind the upcoming Quantum Leap book:

68d3c84ed9813a16649f53f3d8969337_originalBeyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap.

Author Matt Dale launched the Doctor Who website in 1998 and has been writing detailed analysis of TV series ever since. He’s most well-known for covering Doctor Who spin-offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures — the Saw films — and the Jeff Wayne concept album The War of the Worlds, amongst other things.

Kevin West has been Matt’s collaborator for 20 years, contributing articles to TME and creating TME Books in 2006.

Matt came up with the idea for Beyond the Mirror Image after decades of knowing a little bit about Quantum Leap and waiting for an official book that would tell him everything….

While he waits, he has written this unofficial but extensively comprehensive show guide. And both Matt and Kevin have taken the time to tell us all about it.

The book is available for preorder now exclusively through the Beyond the Mirror Image Kickstarter Page.

So please listen as the Quantum Leap Podcast takes you Beyond the Mirror Image.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Kristine-Grayson-Author-Photo-671x1024USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her works include:
The Fey series: With a sweeping scope reminiscent of George R.R. Martin’s Westeros and  intricate characters like those in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Fey series takes fantasy in a whole new direction. When the most powerful ruling family in the world attempts to conquer a tiny, seemingly helpless island kingdom, they meet forces they never knew existed. In a fight spread over generations, this saga of hope and magic proves that the greatest power of all comes from love;
The Retrieval Artist series – a series of 15 books, consisting of seven standalone novels and the Anniversary Day Saga, an epic, eight-book story of conspiracy, revenge and shadowy justice. Miles Flint, no stranger to tough cases, walks a razor edge as he and others struggle to save the Moon from total destruction. Where will you be when the bombs go off?
And the Diving series: a space opera set in a vividly imagined far-future universe, featuring a strong, capable female heronie, blending fast-paced action with an exploration of the nature of friendship and the ethics of scientific discoveries.
Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov’s Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award.
Rusch publishes mystery novels under the pseudonym Kris Nelscott. Publications from The Chicago Tribune to Booklist have included her Nelscott mystery novels in their top-ten-best mystery novels of the year. The Nelscott books have received nominations for almost every award in the mystery field, including the best novel Edgar Award, and the Shamus Award. Her Nelscott mystery novels include the Smokey Dalton series: Memphis, 1968. Black P.I., white client. And Martin Luther King’s on the way… Memphis P.I. SMOKEY DALTON is hired by a wealthy woman from Chicago to find out why her mother left him $10,00 in her will. Toss in the fact that 1968 Memphis is a racial powderkeg set to go off, with an on-going Sanitation Workers’ Strike and the impending arrival of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. contributing to the mix. Now add in that Smokey’s developing a strong, and apparently mutual attraction to his white client, and you’ve got one hell of a read that offers an unflinching look at a pivotal moment in American history. He’s an appealing private eye, a loner with a strong set of ethics, burning with anger at the injustices he sees everyday, but careful to distance himself from the struggle for equality swirling all around him, or any personal involvement. He doesn’t even commit himself to his profession –he prefers to call himself an “odd-jobs man.” But the distance Smokey tries to keep is rapidly shrinking, even as his attraction grows, and it soon becomes obvious that somehow, somewhere, his client’s life and his are inextricably linked.51KKC261VJL
Rusch writes goofy romance novels as award-winner Kristine Grayson, romantic suspense as Kristine Dexter, futuristic science fiction as Kris DeLake, and has sold a number of short stories.
She also edits. Beginning with work at the innovative publishing company, Pulphouse, followed by her award-winning tenure at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, she took fifteen years off before returning to editing with the original anthology series Fiction River, published by WMG Publishing. She acts as series editor with her husband, writer Dean Wesley Smith, and edits at least two anthologies in the series per year on her own.
Rusch is one of the few people who can boast having both “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” on her resume, being the author of Star Wars: The New Rebellion, and writing or co-writing ten novels set in the Star Trek universe.
Sandy Schofield is the pen name that Kristine Kathryn Rusch and her husband Dean Wesley Smith use for their collaborative writing works. Leapers will know Sandy Schofield best as the “author” of the Quantum Leap novel “Loch Ness Leap”: Dr Donald Harding, theoretical physicist, believes only in science. His son Travis believes in the unbelievable. It’s March of 1986 when Sam leaps into Harding, who has come to Loch Ness, where his son is attempting to prove to him the existence of the fabled monster. Ziggy says that there is a fifty percent chance that Sam is there to keep the two from becoming permanently estranged. But Sam suspects that there is something more to the leap – something concerning Travis Harding’s girlfriend, an oddly familiar young woman who calls herself Dixie Fuller. Sam is right. He is not at Loch Ness for Donald Harding’s son – he is there for his own daughter. And what he does will be the key to her future – as well as his own…




Scott Bakula Interview


This interview has a spoiler level of “Mirror Image”.

SCOTT BAKULA has been recognized for his work in a variety of mediums, from feature films to television to musical theatre and more.

Bakula is now starring as the lead agent for “NCIS: New Orleans.” As ‘NCIS Special Agent Pride,’ Bakula’s character is described as “the embodiment of New Orleans, a unique federal agent working in one of the country’s most unique cities. He’s driven by the need to do what’s right, and he does it all with warmth, passion, strength and humor.’

The “NCIS” spin-off is executive produced by Gary Glasberg and Mark Harmon. CCH Pounder, Lucas Black, and Zoe McLellan have also joined the New Orleans team.

Bakula was recently nominated for an Emmy for his supporting role in the award-winning HBO Films Liberace biopic BEHIND THE CANDELABRA. Bakula reteamed with his THE INFORMANT! co-star Matt Damon and director Steven Soderbergh in the film that features Michael Douglas starring as the famed performer, and Damon as ‘Scott Thorson,’ his young live-in lover. His fifth nomination (the previous four were for his work in “Quantum Leap”) was for Bakula’s portrayal of ‘Bob Black,’ the choreographer who introduced Liberace to Thorson. The film also enjoyed many nominations and several wins at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards.

Currently, Bakula is starring in the new HBO dramedy “Looking” from creator/writer/executive producer Michael Lannan. In the series about three 30-something friends living in San Francisco grappling with the modern gay experience, Bakula recurs as ‘Lynn,’ an attractive entrepreneur and pillar of the Castro community who befriends one of the series leads. HuffPost TV praised Bakula’s performance, saying:

“As he did in ‘Behind the Candelabra,’ SCOTT BAKULA steals every scene he’s in. He plays an older gay man who wryly observes the dating and mating habits of the younger generation, and he brought such warmth and depth to the character that one of my main takeaways from ‘Looking’ is that BAKULA, who was similarly great in ‘Men of a Certain Age,’ should be cast in just about everything. In any event, Bakula’s presence and air of experience add weight and depth to the show!”

Bakula has several projects in the can. He traveled to India to shoot the musical feature BASMATI BLUES with Brie Larson, Tyne Daly, and Donald Sutherland. He recently wrapped the feature ME HIM HER, the directorial debut from CHRONICLE screenwriter Max Landis. Bakula will play the middle-class Republican father of the film’s lead character, a young Hollywood star (Luke Bracey) who comes out as gay in the comedy film about friendship and sexual identity. The movie will also stars Dustin Milligan, Jake McDormand, Emily Meade, and Geena Davis as Bakula’s wife.

Bakula also shot the indie feature ELSA AND FRED starring opposite Christopher Plummer and playing Shirley MacLaine’s son ‘Gabriel,’ a character described as “Elsa’s conservative banker son, a bit stuffy and judgmental, who often argues with her about her spending habits.” The indie feature SNAP, in which Bakula c0-starred opposite Nikki Reed, Thomas Dekker, and Jason Priestley, premiered at the latest South-by-Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

Bakula was last seen starring in the critically acclaimed TNT series “Men of a Certain Age,” with Ray Romano and Andre Braugher. The series focused on three best friends since college who are were each experiencing their own form of mid-life crises as they approach 50. Bakula received much buzz from critics and fans alike for his performance as ‘Terry,’ a womanizing bachelor who becomes increasingly jaded as a fading actor, and is forced to consider beginning a “real career.”

In between his many film projects Bakula was also seen guesting on “Law & Order: SVU” and recurred on the final episodes of “Desperate Housewives” as a love interest to Marcia Cross’ character, through its finale.

In 2011, Bakula made his UK stage debut in the world premiere of “Terrible Advice,” a new play from Saul Rubinek (“Warehouse 13”), at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. Directed by Frank Oz, “Terrible Advice” tells the story of Bakula’s ‘Jake,’ who shares some secrets and imparts some advice to best friend ‘Stanley’ on the verge of marrying the woman he loves.

Bakula made a well-received return to the big screen in 2009 as ‘Agent Brian Shepard’ opposite Matt Damon in the Warner Bros film THE INFORMANT!, based on the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in US history. Helmed by Steven Soderbergh, the dark comedy film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, with Entertainment Weekly praising his appealing performance, relating “the square-jawed, Missouri-born Bakula helps ground a story that grows increasingly absurd!”

Bakula previously served a four-year mission as Captain Jonathan Archer in “Star Trek: Enterprise,” for which he received a People’s Choice Award nomination for Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series. His other recent credits include a multi-season recurring role on NBC’s action comedy “Chuck” (playing Zach Levi’s estranged father), and a recurring role in the sitcom “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” He has also appeared on Tracey Ullman’s “State of the Union,” “Boston Legal,” and the Nora Roberts MoW “Blue Smoke.”

Television fans know and love Bakula for his five-year stint on the innovative series “Quantum Leap.” For his multi-faceted portrayal of time traveler Sam Beckett, he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series, in addition to earning four Emmy Award nominations, three more Golden Globe Award nominations, and four Best Actor Awards from the Viewers for Quality Television. Bakula also directed three episodes of the series. “Quantum Leap” still remains one of the most popular series in syndication around the world. There is also a “Quantum Leap” soundtrack album, which features songs performed by Bakula in several episodes of the show.

Bakula also starred in and executive produced the Showtime movie “What Girls Learn,” the CBS telefilm “Papa’s Angels” and the CBS movie “The Bachelor’s Baby.” Among his other longform television credits are the Showtime projects “A Girl Thing” and “Mean Streak”; the Lifetime movie “Blue Smoke,” based on Nora Roberts’ bestseller; the television adaptation of Tom Clancy’s “NetForce”; and the miniseries “The Invaders,” to name only a few. He also recently guest starred on “Boston Legal” and has had recurring or regular roles on such series as “Designing Women” and “Murphy Brown” among others.

On the big screen, Bakula has been seen in a broad range of feature films, including Irwin Winkler’s “Life as a House”; the indie film “Role of a Lifetime”; 1999’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture “American Beauty,” for director Sam Mendes; “Major League: Back to the Minors”; Clive Barker’s supernatural thriller “Lord of Illusions”; “Mi Familia (My Family)”; “A Passion to Kill”; “Color of Night,” with Bruce Willis; the football comedy “Necessary Roughness”; and Carl Reiner’s “Sibling Rivalry,” which marked Bakula’s feature film debut. He was also heard as the voice of Danny the cat in the animated musical “Cats Don’t Dance.”

Born in St. Louis, Bakula moved to New York in 1976 where he began his career on the stage. He made his Broadway debut in 1983, starring as Joe DiMaggio in “Marilyn: An American Fable.” In 1988, he was honored with a Tony nomination for his starring role in the Broadway musical “Romance/Romance.”

Throughout his career, Bakula has continued to return to the stage, recently appearing at the famed Hollywood Bowl, starring as ‘Nathan Detroit’ in a limited run of the musical “Guys and Dolls” featuring Jessica Biel and a handful of Broadway heavyweights. Over the past few years, he has also starred in “Dancing in the Dark” at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater, and Jane Anderson’s “Quality of Life” at the Geffen Playhouse. His other recent theater credits include “No Strings” at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse, and a production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Shenandoah” at the historic Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC. Further stage credits include the critically acclaimed off-Broadway and Los Angeles productions of “Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down” and the Los Angeles and Boston productions of “Nite Club Confidential.” Bakula’s singing talents have also been showcased in performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center Honors, and at the Hollywood Bowl.

Bakula joined the SAG Awards Committee in 2009. He was elected to Screen Actors Guild’s Board of Directors in 2008 and serves as an alternate to SAG’s National Executive Committee.



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QLP Donald P. Bellisario Interview


Donald P. Bellisario

A prolific writer, producer and director, Donald P. Bellisario has been crafting words and stories for a variety of readers and audiences for more than 30 years, and did so long before he gained notoriety as a creator/producer of groundbreaking television series such as “Magnum, P.I.”, “Quantum Leap” and “NCIS”. 

In 1961, armed with a degree in journalism from Penn State University, he began his writing career at the Centre Daily Times for four years before becoming a copywriter for a small advertising agency in Lancaster, Penn.  He later moved to Dallas to take a prestigious copywriting position at the famous Bloom Agency. After eight years at Bloom, Bellisario had risen to the level of senior vice president, head of film production, creative director, and member of the board of directors.  Yet, at the age of 42, he was still eager to gamble on a new career. 

Moving to Hollywood, he became a story editor on the 1976-78 series “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” with Robert Conrad.  After just five episodes, he was promoted to producer, a position he held for one year.  He then became supervising producer of “Battlestar Galactica” and, subsequently, began to develop his own series. 

Bellisario is best known for his creations “Magnum, P.I.,” “Quantum Leap,” “JAG,” and “NCIS.”  Running from 1980-88, “Magnum, P.I.” starred Tom Selleck.  Among other honors, Bellisario’s work on the series won him an Edgar Allen Poe writing award.  “Quantum Leap,” the 1989-1993 science fiction drama starring Scott Bakula, garnered four Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Drama Series.  Running for ten seasons, from 1995-2005, “JAG” starred David James Elliott.  Running from 2003 to the present, “NCIS” is currently in its eleventh season. 

Bellisario’s other “created by” credits include “Tales of the Gold Monkey” with Stephen Collins; “Airwolf” with Jan-Michael Vincent; “Tequila and Bonetti” with Jack Scalia; and “First Monday” with James Garner and Joe Mantegna.  He served as executive producer for all eight series, and also in that same capacity on Paramount’s 1995 detective telefilm “Crowfoot.” 

For the big screen, Bellisario wrote, produced and directed the 1987 feature film “Last Rites,” starring Tom Berenger. 

Bellisario also received the 2001 Producer of the Year award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors.  In addition to industry awards, Bellisario has been the recipient of numerous other awards including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Penn State University; Marine Corps Scholarship Fund Globe and Anchor Award 2002; Red Cross Spirit Award; an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Washington-Jefferson University; and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Born in Cokeburg, Pennsylvania, Bellisario served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Bellisario and his wife Vivienne live in Montecito, CA and Sydney, Australia.

QLP Marshall R. Teague Interview


Marshall R. Teague played the part of Wayne in the Quantum Leap episode How the Tess Was Won.

Marshall Teague is an American actor who has appeared in over 130 films and TV shows. His talent for balancing starring roles with powerful supporting characters has allowed him to build a varied and pivotal body of work. His theatrical breakout role was as Jimmy Reno in the 1989 cult classic Road House. From there he went on to work in The Rock with Sean Connery and Armageddon with Bruce Willis to name a few. He was also reoccurring star on TV series like Walker Tx. Ranger, American Heiress, and Babylon 5. Marshall holds an industry record of 103 deaths on screen. In addition to his acting, Marshall is a motivational speaker, also an accomplished singer and song writer and has a CD titled ‘The Steps I Took’. He is also a writer delving into fiction and fact. From villain to hero; cowboy to physician; drama to comedy; from contemporary settings to the surreal world of science fiction, Marshall Teague has traversed the acting spectrum.


@marshallrteague on Twitter


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QLP Teri Copley Interview

Teri Copley 
is an actress and model. She is best known for roles on the American television series We Got it Made and I Had Three Wives. She also appears in the 1984 television film I Married a Centerfold and the 1991 film Brain Donors.  In 2014, Copley returned to acting in the movie Redeemed.

Teri Copley played Dixie in “The Right Hand of God” – October 24, 1974 (1989)

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QLP Michael Gregory Interview

Michael Gregory
 is an actor who appears in many character roles in television and films, and has done a lot of voice acting.

Michael played Colonel Wojohowitz in the Quantum Leap episode Star-Crossed – June 15, 1972 (1989)

Some of his standout roles include Total Recall (1990) , Robocop (1987) , and Beverly Hills Cop (1984).

He played Dr. Rick Webber in episodes of the soap opera, General Hospital, from 1976 to 1978, and played Nikolai in three episodes of Dynasty in 1985.


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QLP Fabiana Udenio Interview


Though born in Argentina, Fabiana Udenio grew up in Italy and at the age of 14 was crowned Miss Teen Italy. She began her professional acting career that same year. She has worked as a character actress for more than 20 years, often playing the foreign beauty, whether it be Italian, Brazilian or Ukrainian. She has worked extensively in film and television with starring roles in such movies as Summer School (1987) and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) and recurring roles in series such as Mad About You (1992). Babylon 5 (1994) and The Magnificent Seven (1998). She starred alongside C. Thomas Howell and Carol Alt in the syndicated series Amazon (1999) and guest-starred in dozens of television shows, including Cheers (1982), NYPD Blue (1993) and Baywatch (1989).

Fabiana played the role of Eva Panzini in the Quantum Leap episode Leaping in Without a Net – November 18, 1958


QLP S08 Michelle Joyner Interview

9246302-largeKnown for her roles in the vertigo inducing Cliffhanger with Sylvester Stallone, The Star studded thriller Outbreak, and many memorable television guest appearances like a woman scorned turned monster in the seventh season X-Files episode “Chimera”, Michelle Joyner, is an actor, writer, and mother, who has had a career spanning almost three decades. Using her talent and adaptability Michelle has been able to play a diverse list of characters on both stage and screen. Quantum Leap fans may know her best as Sister Angela in  “The Right Hand of God” where she played a nun who inherited a boxer’s contract who had to win the big fight to be able to build a dream church she envisioned as a little girl. Albie absolutely loved talking with her, we hope you love listening to their conversation.

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QLP S07 Jay D. Schwartz Interview

Jay-D-Schwartz_by-John-RussoJay D. Schwartz brings extensive public relations experience and the professional zeal of “an aggressive New Yorker” to his approach of doing publicity. His eclectic roster of clients includes Scott Bakula, Rocky Carroll, Cheryl Ladd, Mary Murphy, Jaclyn Smith, Louis Van Amstel, and Mary Wilson among others.

Best known for his personality representation, Schwartz achieved initial success in the field of theatre. In his first position in PR at Solters/Roskin/Friedman in New York, he worked on the Broadway hits “Nicholas Nickleby,” “42nd Street” and “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music.” After a brief stint with Burnham-Callaghan & Associates working on accounts such as Patti LaBelle, Al Green and Elliot Gould, Schwartz worked on “Night Mother,” “Hurlyburly” (both New York and Los Angeles productions) and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” with Broadway producers Fred Zollo and Barbara Ligeti.

In 1985, Jay moved from New York to Los Angeles and joined Nanci Ryder Public Relations, which evolved into Baker/Winokur/Ryder Public Relations (BWR). Jay opened his own PR firm, JDS, in 1995. Over the years, Jay has worked with such diverse clientele as Christopher Walken, Drew Barrymore, Jean Claude Van Damme, Lauren Bacall, Danny Aiello, Anita Baker, Gladys Knight, Luc Robitaille, Sugar Ray Leonard and many others.

Jay has always approached publicity with a personal touch, merging a roll-up-your-sleeves work ethic with an emphasis on building and maintaining relationships at both the personal and professional level.

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Some of Jay’s favorite episodes of Quantum Leap are Jimmy, The Color of Truth, Shock Theater, Double Identity, What Price Gloria?, Catch A Falling Star, and Lee Harvey Oswald.

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