An Ode to JOURNEYMAN

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Every season has one. An under-appreciated yet highly entertaining new series that for some reason or another fails to catch on with the majority of the viewing public. Last year, NBC gave us KIDNAPPED. This season’s victim was JOURNEYMAN. And with JOURNEYMAN’s journey coming to an abrupt halt last night, this TV Addict wanted to take a moment to recognize creator Kevin Falls and his entire team both in front of and behind the camera.

From the moment the series premiered, JOURNEYMAN had all the classic symptoms of a soon to be brilliant-but-cancelled series. Frankly, a seasoned TV Addict such as myself should have seen it coming.


Showrunners Kevin Falls and Alex Graves (both veterans of another TV Addict favorite THE WEST WING) gave us a simple romance with a twist. Unfortunately, an intelligent, well acted weekly series featuring interesting adult protagonists isn’t exactly at the top of NBC’s wish list as of late.

Perhaps if Dan were bionic, solved crimes, was looking to lose weight or β€” in the case of a network executives wildest dream β€” happened to be a talentless good-looking twenty year old singer, JOURNEYMAN would have stood a better chance. Alas, Dan was a mere San Francisco reporter and family man who had the inexplicable ability to travel through time and change people’s lives.

JOURNEYMAN will soon find a welcome home on this TV Addict’s DVD shelf, alongside such other shortened season luminaries such as GROSSE POINT, FIREFLY and JACK & BOBBY [yes WB, I’m still waiting for a single season box set].

Thank you Kevin Falls for the journey. Too bad it ended just as things were really starting to get interesting.

For information on how you can help support JOURNEYMAN. Visit savejourneyman.net

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  • Linda B.

    I will so miss this show. It was one of mine and my husband’s favorites. To my knowledge i don’t think i’d seen Kevin McKidd in anything else before (I know he was in Rome, but i never watched it). He is such a good actor and I hope to see him in more things in the future.

    TVa – Has the cancellation been officially announced? Is there any hope yet?

  • I don’t believe the show has OFFICIALLY been cancelled. But things aren’t looking good.

  • Linda B.

    If they bring Bionic Woman back for a second season, I’m gonna be pissed. This show was so much better than that. Why didn’t NBC try this show on other nights a lot sooner? And, why, why, why did they stop promotion for it? If they can’t stand behind a show, how can they expect to gain new viewers?

    They should have at the very least aired repeats of it on Saturday nights like they did w/ Chuck and BW. I don’t think they ever did.

  • SR

    I DVR many many shows, and this was one of the few I would always watch right away (along with 30 Rock, The Unit and Friday Night Lights). The show was so well done, much like NBC’s Kidnapped last year, I can’t believe the network wouldn’t push it more. Damn!

  • SimplyKimberly

    I would have loved to have seen Journeyman receive 1/4 of the support that Bionic Woman did from NBC.

    This is one series that died way before its time. It deserved a lot better than it got from the network.

  • I haven’t been this disappointed since Fox canceled Reunion. I am still waiting to find out who killed Samantha. This is not the first time or last time a network will get it wrong.

  • Sean

    Dead on with what NBC is looking for today from their shows. Apparently they are just looking to target the low IQ, easily amused crowd. This was a great show with unlimited potential. It seems as though some execs wanted this to fail out of the gate by pitting it in a bad timeslot, not promoting it, and not letting it develop. Shows like this take a season or two to build their audience. They take people checking out their DVD or picking up the DVD after the first season. But NBC is looking for quick hits and not building up a long term base. It’s why they are dead last in the ratings pool year after year.

  • Robert Bishop

    Again, “the masses are asses” theory. We’re collectively stoopid, eh? Journeyman was too hip for the room…the corporate baord room anyway. NBC failed to realize that an intellectually stimulating script with challenging postulates can be counterbalanced by a simple love story with family values. Outstanding acting brought these scripts to life. This was one of a scant few shows I could watch repeatedly, sometimes up to three times p episode. This network, under new leadership, failed to believe in the show from the start. They bought into the poor reviews, the unfair comparisons to Quantum Leap and never gave it a chance. It took awhile to set the stage for this show. A reviewer with only a pilot was bound to trash it. Promotion was almost nonexistent and the time slot was poorly chosen. It took several episodes to create the all important “suspension of disbelief” and to lure viewers into the layered plot and story lines. Journeyman worked on several levels, ranging from commonplace to the space time continuum and had fantastic potential to explore so many different theories and perceptions. This reminds me of the aborted John Doe program on Fox, excellent TV, a cliffhanger season finale and then kKaput, never to be heard from again. As for NBC, check the underwhelming vote for Medium on this site. That is, no doubt, the show that will “replace” Journeyman. Yawn. But hey, this is NBC, more Law and Order’s are on the way. Guarantee I will not be watching. Even Heroes had lost it’s edge. What? The worlsd will continually be saved in 13 episode increments? Pass. Travel on Journeyman…..we hardly knew ye.

  • Robert Bishop

    Again, “the masses are asses” theory. We’re collectively stoopid, eh? Journeyman was too hip for the room…the corporate baord room anyway. NBC failed to realize that an intellectually stimulating script with challenging postulates can be counterbalanced by a simple love story with family values. Outstanding acting brought these scripts to life. This was one of a scant few shows I could watch repeatedly, sometimes up to three times per episode. This network, under new leadership, failed to believe in the show from the start. They bought into the poor reviews, the unfair comparisons to Quantum Leap and never gave it a chance. It took awhile to set the stage for this show. A reviewer with only a pilot was bound to trash it. Promotion was almost nonexistent and the time slot was poorly chosen. It took several episodes to create the all important “suspension of disbelief” and to lure viewers into the layered plot and story lines. Journeyman worked on several levels, ranging from commonplace to the space time continuum and had fantastic potential to explore so many different theories and perceptions. This reminds me of the aborted John Doe program on Fox, excellent TV, a cliffhanger season finale and then Kaput, never to be heard from again. As for NBC, check the underwhelming vote for Medium on this site. That is, no doubt, the show that will “replace” Journeyman. Yawn. But hey, this is NBC, more Law and Order’s are on the way. Guarantee I will not be watching. Even Heroes had lost it’s edge. What? The worlsd will continually be saved in 13 episode increments? Pass. Travel on Journeyman…..we hardly knew ye.

  • Eric

    Whoever is involved in the decision regarding this show really needs to re-think. NBC was surprising me with many good shows.. it had me convinced that there was some intelligence in the TV show making business.. with shows like this one.. as well as Heroes and Chuck… I think this one was beginning to surpass the others in quality however.. and to go now and cancel this one is a serious mistake… why go back to mediocre?? Just when you are most likely gaining a large group of people who otherwise do not watch TV .. you go and blow it.. I think people are sick of reality shows, and programs like this one set you well ahead of other networks.. only shortsightedness can explain such a decision!!!

  • I’m also really disappointed in the cancellation of this show. It was one of my favorite new shows. NBC is starting to pick up some of Fox’s bad habits.

    Despite the inevitable comparisons to Quantum Leap, I felt the shows was different enough and, in some ways, better. I was always more interested in how Dan balanced family and work with his traveling than with the missions themselves. The drama of the story helped me overlook the lack of answers as to how & why Dan was time traveling.

    I’m really frustrated that the show got cancelled, but *at least* the last episode had a sense of closure to it. I’d hate for it to just drift away like Firefly or Commander-in-Chief, or even worse, end on a cliff-hanger like John Doe.

    First, a writers strike; now the cancellation of Journeyman and The 4400. What next? Maybe I should just stop watching TV and start waiting until a show makes a run on DVD.

  • Rich S

    The problem with Journeyman lies in the first 6 to 8 episodes where it looked like the series was going to follow a pattern. Many people compared the show to Quantum Leap when the storylines were repetitive week after week. Journeyman moved slowly and I thought that Kevin McKidd was miscast. I was wrong and by episode 9, I was hooked. By that time many people would have sampled the show and moved on.

    By the way, I believe the reason that the Bionic Woman was so heavily promoted is that the show is owned by NBC Universal, while Journeyman is owned by Fox. Also it costs a few more dollars to keep Journeyman on NBC even if Journeyman and Bionic Woman cost the same to produce.

  • Rich S

    I forgot–all the episodes of Firefly are playing now on Hulu.com.

  • just finished the finale… IT WAS SO GOOD!!! why NBC killed a Show like that and maybe still runs Bionic woman…. just because there is Michelle Ryan and cause she is hot??? pfff… don’t agree…

    nbc is looking for entertainment, not great show…

  • Disgusted

    It’s because they brought in Lisa Sheridan to play Theresa πŸ™ First Invasion and now Journeyman. So beautiful to be so deadly…

    j/k

    Though I think she may also have been on an episode or two of 4400…hmm…

    Seriously though, the TV execs these days are idiots. I think the days of serialized drama are slowly disappearing. It’s like the networks will allow 1 or 2 on the schedule at best. Even the soaps are dying. Don’t people want to follow a story anymore? I know I do.

  • Linda B.

    I didn’t know The 4400 got cancelled. When did this happen?

    TVa – how come you didn’t tell us???!!!

  • nick

    Maybe the fans can get together and pull a Jericho!
    Force them to bring it back…
    (and i know im the only 1 but i thought Bionic Woman
    was getting good.)

  • Linda B, the announcement about The 4400 and Dead Zone getting cancelled came this week, Monday or Tuesday, I believe.

    In the announcement, the USA Network suit basically said something like: We’d love to keep all our shows going forever, but sometimes we have to cut old shows to make room for new ones.

    He might have also mentioned something about the cost of the shows. The 4400 did decent sci-fi without much special effects, but they also had a large cast of characters, which may have gotten pricey. The Dead Zone already reduced their cast and moved from Vancouver to Montreal to save money. I guess it still cost too much.

    As for needing room for new shows, how much airtime were these two shows taking up. They aired during the summer and had short seasons, more like 13 instead of the regular 22. Ratings may not have been great, but does anything get good ratings in the summer? Speaking of summer air times, very sneaky of them to cancel during the winter. πŸ™

    I watched Dead Zone but was rarely blown away by it. It’s The 4400 that I’m bummed about. Their fourth season felt “strange” yet oddly satisfying in the end. And their 2nd & 4th season finales were two of the very best season finales of all shows in the last four years.

    Are there any write-in/send-in-props campaigns to save Journeyman and/or The 4400?

  • Linda B.

    Yes, fans of Journeyman have a Rice A Roni campaign going on right now. All the details are at http://savejourneyman.net/campaign/

  • Tom

    Journeyman is such a good show!! I’m actually having a hard time accepting that someone up there can really throw the axe at it after watching those last shows. I really think that the show is that good that there is still a chance for it being picked up by another SMART network or that someone at NBC will wake up (or get fired to be replaced by someone with passion and vision for TV.) anyways… thank you for everyone involved with this great show!

  • jimmy

    is there any chance the show will reappear on another network? its just too good to be cancelled…

  • nick

    Cool,thank you..

  • Jay

    I really liked this show. I haven’t seen the last few episodes because I’ve been watching October Road but I collect DVD’s like crazy. So I would have picked up the DVD.

  • SkumChiken

    NBC = Never Broadcast Creativity

  • Alfonso

    I’m 38, I have seen good and bad tv.

    This is one of the greatest show I have ever seen, period, and it’s taken away from us because the executives don’t contemplate viewers with an I.Q of over three diigits in their numbers?????

    I’m sad, very VERY sad. I won’t see a NBC serie again. Sorry. I had been betrayed.

  • Kip

    Unbelievable. Another great show canceled. It now seems that every show my wife and choose to dedicate time to gets canceled after a short run. I’m about to completely give up watching network TV. It’s amazing how hopelessly short-sighted these corporations are. They seem to be walking away from viewers that want intelligent, creative dramas.

  • Jay

    Mondays at 10pm on NBC are deadly! I mean look what happened 2 The Black Donnelly’s. πŸ™

  • Dennis

    Has anyone bothered to Google “Journeyman Petition”? If they had, they’d discover that there are already a lot of folks trying to save this show. Now quit complaining to the TV Addict, and go sign the petitions. Maybe the network execs are getting tired of sitting around drinking coffee & will pay some attention.

  • Becka

    Journeyman is an incredible series, and I’m not exaggerating to say that it’s the only thing that I watch on TV right now. It’s intelligent, clever, thought-provoking and intriguing, so much more appealing than the masses of reality shows that are flooding the airwaves. Unfortunately, intelligence tends to be a death sentence in network series of late, and that, paired with a bad timeslot (10pm on a Monday night?? That was asking for trouble), killed this show before it had a chance to prove itself.

    There is a campaign to save it, though, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the efforts of us fans will make some kind of impression on NBC, or at least on someone who can do something about keeping this show on the air, on NBC or otherwise. This show is to us what Katie is to Dan – too good to lose without a fight.

    Save Journeyman!!

    -Becka πŸ™‚

  • nick

    Hey Dennis…Chill out…
    if i want to complain here i will..

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  • B.

    Thanks for this great ode to a wonderful show.

    There are still strong fan efforts to convince NBC to give this show another chance at that site you mentioned.

    But right now FOX isn’t planning to release a DVD. I’m going to write to ask for one. kevin.reilly@fox.com

  • Tam

    It’s a shame that an excellent program like Journeyman can be so terribly mishandled (or just plain abused) by NBC, and then be allowed to quietly die. As if the program itself were to blame for its ratings, rather than NBC’s complete lack of commitment to it. It was jammed in an off the wall time slot for its subject matter, had little or no promotion after the pilot, and none of the opportunities for repeat viewing that all of their other new shows got.

    It’s not like people watched it and didn’t like it. It’s that the target audience didn’t even know it existed!

    I really do hope the fans are successful. Journeyman is one of those very rare shows that HAS to be saved!

  • Carolyn Cooper

    This is ( I don’t want to say “was” yet) a brilliant show with great twists on the time travel genre. Wonderfully sympathic acting and a great and totally inviting cast, not to mention the wonderful special effects made me tune in each week. The final 2 episodes that aired were filled with enough surprises that I can’t wait for any of the paths the story line can take. Television would not be suffering from the dearth of creativity if well written and produced shows like Journeyman were kept on the air. Please bring this show back !

  • Jeff

    Thanks for the Ode to Journeyman. Hopefully we can a revival! This show is TOO GOOD to cancel. The compilation of the cast was great! The writing, the twists, complication relationships and the whole concept was great!

    I don’t understand why such intelligent shows with a large following gets axed. I want my show back!

  • RadioBabe

    WHY??? WHY ? WHY? would this be cancelled?????
    this was one of only a very few shows worth watching.
    Not all of us want reality TV. This was a total mind boggling show, and I LOVED IT!! I am so sad, and disgusted with NBC. It’s not the shows fault that NBC lacks the ability to promote & back their own shows.

  • Elizabeth

    my friends and I were obsessed with this show. literally. every Monday there would be about seven of us that gathered in someone’s living room at around 9:45 to recap the previous Monday’s episode and to watch the greatness of the current week. it was a brilliant, edge-of-your-seat show – you could hear a pin drop until the commercials, and then there would be an outburst of “WHAT?!”s and “she IS his first wife!!”s – good memories. I wish more people had known about this gem among the ruins of episodic television – maybe then it could’ve been saved.

  • Phillip Bradley

    Me and my wife loved Journey man. This a ream shame.