Journeyman (TV series)
|Created by||Kevin Falls|
Charles Henry Wyson
|Theme music composer||Amanda Ghost, James Dring, Jody Street|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Kevin Falls
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Left Coast Productions
20th Century Fox Television
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),
|Original run||September 24 – December 19, 2007|
Journeyman is a 2007 American science fiction television drama created by Kevin Falls for 20th Century Fox Television which aired on the NBC television network. It starred Kevin McKidd as Dan Vasser, a San Francisco reporter who involuntarily travels through time. Alex Graves, who directed the pilot, and Falls served as executive producers.
The show premiered on September 24, 2007, airing Mondays at 10 p.m. Eastern Time. The initial order from the network was for 13 episodes, all of which were produced prior to the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike by screenwriters. However, the series suffered from low ratings, and NBC allowed its option for a full season order to lapse by the December 11, 2007, deadline for renewal. According to trade reports, such an action effectively means the series has been cancelled. As of April 2, 2008, the show was officially canceled by NBC. The final episode of Journeyman aired on Wednesday, December 19, 2007. All 13 episodes of the show are available via Hulu.
The series centers on Dan Vasser, a newspaper reporter living with his wife Katie and young son Zack in San Francisco. For an unknown reason, one day he begins "jumping" backward in time. He soon learns that each series of jumps follows the life of a person whose destiny he seems meant to change. Dan's jumping affects his family life and his job, and instills suspicion in his brother Jack, a police detective. While in the past, Dan reconnects with his ex-fiancée, Livia, who he had believed was killed in a plane crash but who is actually a fellow time traveler.
Dan's "shifts" through time occur seemingly at random. The only indication he has to an oncoming jump is a feeling in his head which varies from right before he jumps to several seconds of warning. Initially, the feelings were headaches. However, as the series progresses the headaches become less painful. Dan appears to have no control over the shifts. The first jump is several decades into the past; through a series of jumps, he jumps nearer to the present, usually years at a time. Although, because the series lasted only 13 episodes, it is unknown if Dan was meant to go back further in the past rather than going back until he reached the present. When Dan met Evan in the series finale, Evan told Dan that he was a traveler too. It was implied that Evan had traveled to different time periods at random. The same can be inferred with Livia, who claims that she has gone through many jumps of her own. But her jumps are quite different from Dan's.
The jumps manifest themselves with a small blue flash and a ripple as Dan appears to vanish from the present, and appear instantly in the past. He is missing from the present for a period of time unrelated to the period he spends in the past. His disappearances and reappearances are rarely witnessed by anyone else; it is unclear if this is a factor in his jumps, or merely coincidence. Dan does not arrive in the same location he departed, but instead arrives near the person who he is supposed to help. His jumps are typically restricted to the area he leaves from, usually keeping him in the San Francisco area. Originally, when Dan arrives to the past, he is unconscious. But as the series goes on, Dan somehow gets a hold on the jumps. It becomes evident when Dan feels the jumps coming on and as the jump occurs, he is seen walking with the ripples being shown behind him. It is unknown whether the jumps have no physical effect on him anymore, or whether he has mastered the jumps. Dan is also trying to figure out the mechanics of his travels. He has questioned a physicist who seems to have known his father in the past, and has discussed the possibility of tachyon particles being able to cause time jumps. It is now clear that the scientist is aware of Dan's travels, as well as those of others like him. It has also been discovered that those born around the time of a rare passing comet (the fictional "Joseph-Lee" comet) have this ability.
Dan's journeys appear to each have an innate purpose, which is not always apparent to him, but involves positively changing the destiny of a certain person. Likewise, fate seems to conspire against him if he tries to alter other events beyond his current charge. Alterations Dan makes to the timeline affect the present and the memories of everyone in it. However, his own memories are unaltered, and he recalls events as they originally occurred before his interference.
Dan is not alone in his tendency to time-travel. His ex-fiancée Livia, thought to have been killed in a plane crash, actually traveled back to her "home time", 1948, from where she jumps forward in time. Dan meets Livia on his jumps into the past, as she jumps into her future to offer her experience and assistance with Dan's missions. As revealed in the episode "Perfidia", there was at least one other person who also jumps through time, named Evan. However, the death of that individual occurs shortly before Dan experiences his first jump in the first episode, bringing the whole series full circle, making Dan believe that the loss of Evan as a time traveler created a void which Dan filled. Livia and Dan also sensed that Livia's purpose in accompanying him came to an end at that point, and that they would not see much of each other after that mission. Due to NBC cancelling the show Kevin Falls was not able to comment on whether this decision was based upon the show ending prematurely, or that Dan and Livia's relationship truly was meant to end. Fans of the show have believed that this was done because of the show's cancellation, but believe that Dan and Livia's relationship would continue had the show continued.
Cast and characters
- Dan Vasser (played by Kevin McKidd) is a reporter for the fictional newspaper the San Francisco Register. Dan is the main protagonist of the series, who finds himself jumping through time, unable to stop or control the jumps. He has a son, Zack, with his wife of 7 years, Katie — his brother's ex-girlfriend. Dan was previously engaged to Livia Beale before her disappearance and supposed death in a plane crash. Dan is a recovered gambling addict.
- Katie Vasser (played by Gretchen Egolf) is Dan's wife and mother of their son Zack. Until recently, she was the only one in the present who knew about her husband's time-traveling. Katie was the long-time girlfriend of Dan's brother Jack. Since their break-up nine years ago, the two have remained somewhat distant; partly because Katie ended up getting pregnant by Dan and they married soon after. Before marrying Dan, Katie was a television reporter. In response to cutbacks at the Register, and Dan's traveling, Katie returns to television to ensure a stable income for the family.
- Olivia "Livia" Beale (played by Moon Bloodgood) is Dan's ex-fiancée who was presumed dead after a plane crash nearly ten years before the start of the series. It is revealed that she is actually a time traveler from 1948 who jumps into the future. After not being able to jump home for an uncertain amount of years, she was stuck in Dan's present and adapted to life there, where she began a legal career and fell in love with Dan, only to finally jump back home while on the plane before it crashed. In "Blowback" and in the final episode, "Perfidia", she and Dan speculated that Dan was the target of her extended jump, and that her mission was to get Dan and Katie together (which was arguably a result of her supposed death). For unknown reasons, she now jumps to the same times that Dan visits, and offers him advice and assistance in his missions.
- Jack Vasser (played by Reed Diamond) is Dan's brother. Jack, a police detective, is dating Dr. Theresa Sanchez (Lisa Sheridan), but also has feelings for Katie (his ex). Jack forms a number of misconceptions about Dan's disappearances and apparent irresponsibility, refusing to believe his brother when Dan tries to explain the time traveling. Believing Dan has perhaps returned to his gambling vice, Jack uses his police resources to investigate Dan's life. Jack is finally convinced of Dan's time traveling when Livia meets with Jack to enlist his help in getting Dan out of a desperate situation.
- Hugh Skillen (played by Brian Howe) is the editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Register and Dan's boss and friend.
- Zack Vasser (played by Charles Henry Wyson) is Dan and Katie's son, who has seen Dan disappear, believing it to be magic. Dan often fears leaving his son as his father left him when he was Zack's age.
Kevin Falls, Alex Graves, Joan Binder Weiss, J.R. Orci, Neal Ahern, Megan Mascena, Matt McGuinness, Paul Redford, David Hyman, Juan Carlos Coto, Tom Szentgyorgyi, Dana Calvo, and Robert Ulrich (Casting Director).
Exteriors of the Vasser family home were shot at Foy House, 1337 Carroll Ave., Angelino Heights, Echo Park, Los Angeles. At the end of episode ten the Innes House made famous as Halliwell Manor in the series Charmed can be seen next door to the south-east.
When the show was not renewed for a full season, some Journeyman supporters initiated an attempt to revive production of the series by sending boxes of Rice-A-Roni (a product associated with San Francisco) to NBC, echoing the "Nuts" campaign which led to a second season of the CBS series Jericho. Journeyman creator Kevin Falls acknowledged the campaign in his blog, saying "Your fight to save Journeyman has humbled and moved us. I'm certainly not going to tell you to stop now". However, Falls also said that there were long odds against a revival, stating "Journeyman will likely not be getting a back nine order." As of April 2, 2008, the show was confirmed as officially canceled by NBC.
The series premiere, "A Love of a Lifetime", was watched by 9.2 million people, and received a 3.5/9 share among adults 18–49 years old. Mike Pearson of the Rocky Mountain News felt that Journeyman cannibalized past television shows Early Edition and Quantum Leap. In his opinion, the second episode was more coherent than the first. Tony Whitt of IfMagazine.com gave "A Love of a Lifetime" an A−, and felt that one aspect of Journeyman that was better than Quantum Leap was its love story. He also liked the acting in "A Love of a Lifetime" and called star McKidd "damn watchable". Karla Peterson of The San Diego Union-Tribune felt that "A Love of a Lifetime" was "a deft mix of supernatural wizardry and grown-up drama".
|#||Episode||Air Date||Rating||Share||18–49 (Rating/Share)||Viewers (m)||Weekly Rank|
|1||"A Love of a Lifetime"||September 24, 2007||5.8 ||9||3.5/9||9.16||43|
|2||"Friendly Skies"||October 1, 2007||5.3||9||3.2/8||8.23||50|
|3||"Game Three"||October 8, 2007||4.4||7||2.9/7||6.94||61|
|4||"The Year of the Rabbit"||October 15, 2007||4.3||7||2.7/7||6.75||67|
|5||"The Legend of Dylan McCleen"||October 22, 2007||3.8||6||2.4/6||6.06||72|
|6||"Keepers"||October 29, 2007||3.7||6||2.2/6||5.75||71|
|7||"Double Down"||November 5, 2007||3.4||6||2.1/5||5.13||80|
|8||"Winterland"||November 12, 2007||4.0||7||2.4/6||6.09||70|
|9||"Emily"||November 19, 2007||3.7||6||2.2/6||5.61||66|
|10||"Blowback"||November 26, 2007||3.7||6||2.4/6||6.05||68|
|11||"Home By Another Way"||December 10, 2007||3.5||6||1.7/5||5.28||62|
|12||"The Hanged Man"||December 17, 2007||3.0||5||1.5/4||4.24||65|
|13||"Perfidia"||December 19, 2007||3.2||5||1.7/5||4.62||58|
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|Country||TV network||Weekly schedule (local time)||Start date||End date|
|Australia||Ten HD||Thursdays 10:30pm||December 4, 2007, via Network Ten||February 28, 2008|
|Belgium||2BE||Sundays 06:40pm||January 3, 2010|
|Brazil||Fox TV||Wednesdays 10:00pm||May 28, 2008|
|Chile||UCV TV||Thursday 10:00pm||November 6, 2008|
|Croatia||RTL Televizija||Wednesdays 10:00pm||September 3, 2008|
|Czech Republic||Prima COOL|
|Denmark||TV3+ Denmark||Wednesdays 8:00pm||May 28, 2008|
|Finland||Sub||Tuesday 10pm||December 1, 2009||February 23, 2010|
|France||M6||Saturday 8:50pm||October 18, 2008||November 22, 2008|
|Germany||RTL II||Saturdays 2:25pm ||April 25, 2009||May 30, 2009|
|Hungary||RTL II||Thursdays 10:00pm||October 4, 2012|
Stöð 2 Extra (Re-Run)
Tuesdays 10:45pm (Re-Run)
|October 13, 2008
October 14, 2008
|January 5, 2009
January 6, 2009
|Italy||Italia 1||Wednesday 11.10pm||December 10, 2008||February 7, 2009|
|Ireland||RTE Two||Tuesdays 12:00pm|
|Japan||Fox||Thursdays 9:00pm||April 9, 2009|
|Malaysia||TV2||Tuesdays 10:00pm||June 17, 2008|
|Mexico||XHGC-TV||Sundays 1:30 pm||June 6, 2010|
|Netherlands||RTL7||Saturday 1:00pm||January 7, 2012||..., 2012|
|New Zealand||TV3||Monday 11:30pm||September 7, 2009||November 30, 2009|
|Norway||Viasat 4||Sundays 9:00pm||February 24, 2008|
|Poland||Polsat||Saturdays 5:45pm||December 19, 2009|
|June 25, 2008
May 11, 2009
|Russia||TV3 Russia||Monday to Thursday 7.00pm||January 19, 2009||February 5, 2009|
|Serbia||RTS1||Weekdays 00:25am||July, 2010|
|Singapore||MediaCorp Channel 5||Sunday 04:00pm||May 11, 2008|
|Slovenia||Kanal A||Weekends 11:45pm||September 19, 2010|
|Spain||Fox TV / Fox Crime||Mondays 10:20pm / Sundays 9:54 pm||May 19, 2008 / February 21, 2010||August 4, 2008|
|Sweden||TV3||Mondays 10:00pm||June 30, 2008||September 22, 2008|
|Thailand||True Series||Sundays 9:00pm||April 27, 2008||July 20, 2008|
|United Kingdom & Ireland||Sky1 / Sky3||Thursdays 10:00pm / Wednesdays 9:00pm||November 8, 2007 / July 15, 2009||February 14, 2008 / TBC|
|United States||NBC||Mondays 10:00pm EST / 9:00pm CST||September 24, 2007||December 19, 2007|
Network Ten in Australia aired the first 2 episodes on its main channel, but the show was then moved to its secondary channel, Ten HD, a high-definition digital only multi-channel.
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