In the show Timeless - a show about time travel - Malcolm Barrett's character is named Rufus Carlin. In the movie Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure - a movie about time travel - George Carlin plays a character named Rufus.

This seems like it's very obviously an homage, but I'm wondering if anyone behind the scenes has commented on the reasons behind the character's name.

  • Do you want to write a wiki for timeless, by the way? You asked the first question, so you probably know something about it.
    – Adamant
    Oct 22, 2016 at 23:18
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    @Adamant I've only seen the first three episodes, but I gave it a try.
    – Paul
    Oct 22, 2016 at 23:53

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There are more name Easter Eggs than just that one. Timeless has a character named Lucy Preston. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure has a character named Bill Preston. Timeless has a character named Wyatt Logan; Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure has a character named Ted Logan.

This has been confirmed in an interview with Abigail Spencer, who plays Lucy Preston:

PS: I couldn’t help but notice that the three main characters have similar names to the characters in the ‘80s movie Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Is that purposeful?

AS: Yes! Good for you. You’re one of the only people that have caught that. With Eric and Shawn, everything is purposeful. There are Easter eggs all over the place. They are so good about weaving in other shows or other characters or other stories, and they’re doing that on purpose. We want to be part of the time-traveling family. We want to be in line with what was created before. So yes, there are some great nods.

  • you might want to mention that Wyatt Earp appears in the B&T animated series
    – Valorum
    Oct 22, 2016 at 23:28
  • @Valorum - That’s a good point.
    – Adamant
    Oct 22, 2016 at 23:36
  • I'm glad I asked this, I didn't even notice that the other two characters were named Logan and Preston! Thanks!
    – Paul
    Oct 22, 2016 at 23:54

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