Annoying News Of The Day: Journeyman Ends At Episode 12

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 9:50 pm,

kevin mckidd Annoying News Of The Day: Journeyman Ends At Episode 12It looks like NBC’s excellent time traveler series Journeyman is a victim of not only the writers’ strike, but poor ratings as well.

Kevin Falls, creator of the series:

“Episode 12 is the end of our order, and let’s not kid ourselves. It’s a longshot that we would get a back nine, given the strike and our questionable numbers”

“Numbers” meaning ratings and “back nine” meaning the remaining number of episodes required to complete a full season.


Unfortunately for Journeyman, it follows the weaker than expected Heroes this season on Monday nights and goes up against one of the seemingly (to me) infinite number of CSI spinoffs (in this case, CSI: Miami).

I’ve thought this show was outstanding from the first episode, except for the lead character’s seeming inability to pin down his ex-fiancee on what and who exactly is behind their “missions.” I like the actors, the dialog and the story, not only in and of itself but the unveiling of it from week to week. If this will be it for the show I’ll be really bummed.

And what about the possibility of leaving the viewers hanging with an unanswered mystery the way CBS did with Jericho? Regarding how the 12th and supposedly final episode was written:

“It wouldn’t answer every question, but it would give you a lot to chew on, We would give you some answers, and we’d withhold others. We didn’t want to turn over every card. But I think people will find it satisfying, and it’s really good… you’ll get some of the answers to what goes on…”

Falls also says that Dan (Kevin McKidd) will encounter another time traveler in that 12th episode who will make a number of things clear.

Tonight the 10th episode will be airing on NBC following Heroes.

Source: SciFiWire

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  1. Heroes, which has finally picked up steam, ends next week. So Journeyman #12 will have to stand on its own?

    Reminds me of Fox’s John Doe and ABC’s Daybreak. Poor Moon Bloodgood. She keeps running out of time! Daybreak never gave the slightest clue how/why the day repeated. (Fans who watched online episodes were screwed even more.)

  2. I think with a different lead actor and a tighter story this show might have been a hit.
    Also a different timeslot would have helped.

  3. I thought it was great how it was, which should have told me early on that it wouldn’t last. Oh well, back to the drawing board.

  4. It sucks that these shows are hit double hard during this strike…
    ^

    I mean look at “Heroes” calling the next episode the “Heroes Finale” and 2 Heroes die!
    Man that sucks.. That means that certain actors took on other projects when the strike hit and T.K. did alter the storyline the last few episodes to eliminate them. I think he planned ahead to do both since we have seen him kill HRG and bring him back anythings possible.
    ^
    I’m looking forward to viewers respones to tonights Heroes???
    ^
    Also I bet, George Takai’s character isn’t totally dead…”Not when you can alter time” I bet Hiro finds a way…
    ^^
    Journeyman canned?!! My last post was based on the masses and the be all end all ratings. I kinda liked the show and thought it had promise…
    Journeyman needed time to improve. It had a cool premise “time travel” they could have done alot with this concept now its flushed…
    It sucks!!!
    ^
    But with enough fan support NBC might change their minds?? You never know…
    ^^^^

  5. Kevin McKidd, very good actor… gives him more time to prepare for Thor. ;)

  6. I have to agree that this is one of the better shows on the air this season, and it was one of only two new shows that I’d been looking forward to watching when the season began. However, I am not surprised that it’s coming to an end after only half a season. That is not uncommon with shows I like.

    Still, I have to applaud the foresight of Mr. Falls. He said he wrote this one so it could serve as a series finale, even before the decision was made about whether to order more episodes. It may not answer everything, but if it was designed the way he said, I believe it may well be satisfying.

    And of course, there are the DVDs he mentioned, which may, potentially, have bonus material that will answer some or all of the questions remaining after episode 12. They may not, but at least the potential is there.

  7. Predictions as to the other traveler? I think it’s dear old dad. Or maybe—his grown son from the future!

    Besides Lost, aren’t these character-driven unfolding mystery/continuity shows pretty much doomed? (And I’m not so sure about Lost with its Sopranos-like schedule). We had Jericho, The Nine, Daybreak, John Doe, maybe Firefly (I didn’t watch it). And I assume Farscape and Battlestar Galactica just couldn’t bring in new viewers, as they became more serialized.

    There’s Kyle XY, and Smallville…for the easily entertained, I guess. (Me!)

  8. Jim,

    LOL, yeah the public is a fickle beast. :-) On the other hand you have daytime soap operas that have been running non-stop for 40 years.

    Go figure.

    Vic

  9. there is a way to save this show, got to the link:

    http://www.petitiononline.com/jmf/petition.html

    and sign the petition and forward the link to all your contacts and secondly goto the peoples choice web site:

    http://www.pcavote.com/pca/showvoting.jsp

    and vote for Journeyman.

    I’m really liking the show, actually better than Heroes… as for the strike– it time to go Non-Union eh? Or at least think about it..

  10. Here’s the information for the person at NBC to contact with your requests to Save Journeyman.

    Park, Joanne
    Senior Press Manager – NBC Entertainment Publicity (Project Assignment: “It’s a Wonderful Life” “The Singles Table” “Journeyman” “The Office”)
    Phone: (818) 840-4579
    Fax: (818) 840-4943
    Email: joanne.park@nbcuni.com