(Updated 12 December 2007, 11 August 2008): NBC will air the twelfth, final produced episode of Journeyman on Wednesday 19 December at 10.00 pm ET/PT in the US. It’s currently screening on Sky One in the UK.
Broadcast reported 12 December that the US network had until 11 December to give a full-season pickup to time-travel drama but has allowed the option to lapse, which means it has all but cancelled the 20th Century Fox-produced series.
This terrific show, which centres on a man who unexpectedly finds he can time travel but has no control over when or where he goes (but it is generally to help people, drawing comparions with Quantum Leap and, perhaps, Early Edition). If you aren’t watching, give it a try — it’s really good!
Produced by Kevin Falls (also producer and writer on legal drama Shark and the The West Wing, interview here on Premium Hollywood), the show stars Kevin McKidd as the time travelling reporter Dan Wasser and Gretchen Egolf as beleagured wife Katie, coping not only with Dan’s disappearances but an eight year old son who thinks his father can do magic and the knowledge that one of Dan’s fellow timespirits is his believed-dead fiance.
Sadly, ratings have not been strong in the States and NBC has opted not to pick up the series for any additional episodes, although a fan campaign is underway to try to convince NBC otherwise. (It looks as though NBC may also have cancelled Bionic Woman starring former Eastenders‘ actress Michelle Ryan). Over 1500 people have signed a campaign petition and one campaign group also tried to boost the show’s chances by organising a mass buy of the episode Blowback via iTunes in the US.
“All indications are that NBC doesn’t want to cancel this show,” say campaign organiser. “They love it. They just can’t justify keeping it on the schedule.”
They’re urging people to send letters in support of the show to NBC’s president and chief executive officer Jeff Zucker c/o NBC, Re: Journeyman, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112 USA – and even send him Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat, which you can buy by the case from Amazon and attach a short message using their sending options. (The length will limit your creativity, however).
“Orders trickling in over several days or weeks at 30 Rock might be even more effective – it’ll keep reminding Jeff Zucker that Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal Television Studio, has an order to place.
• Details on the fan campaign can be found at http://savejourneyman.net
Postscript, August 2008 (with thanks to Ian Cullen): Journeyman was not saved as we all now know, but in August 2008 AintItCool News published an interview with the series creator Kevin Falls about what would have happened on the show if it had continued: read the interview here