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Journeyman vs Time Traveler's Wife

Published September 21, 2007 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of NBC.
Journeyman Journeyman

Time traveling is cool when you're a bachelor with a phone booth or a teenager with a Delorean, but it's hell on serious relationships. There was a book called The Time Traveler's Wife about that very thing. Now there's a TV show called Journeyman about a man torn between past and present lovers. But this is not Time Travler's Wife: The Series.

Kevin Falls Compares Journeyman


"I didn't read The Time Traveler's Wife," said Journeyman producer Kevin Falls. "Let's just remember right now, I don't want to start litigation. I did not read The Time Traveler's Wife."

All joking aside, Falls pointed out the differences between his show and the book. "This show isn't about why he's traveling. We're going to answer that at the very end of the series, hopefully in a number of years, but we are going to be chasing other things in the show, and that's the relationships between these characters. The lead character Kevin McKidd is playing, Dan Vasser, he is going to want to answer all of these questions, and he will pursue them, but he will have difficulty."



So if it wasn't The Time Traveler's Wife, where did Falls get the idea for this show? "I am one of these guys who always kind of wishes he could do everything over, and it has a lot to do with the disasters, dating patterns. I was at a dinner party the other night, and we all started talking about who had Googled old girlfriends or boyfriends, and everybody at this party said they had. And it just started getting me on that road of people sometimes wondering if their life had taken a different course. And I thought, what could be the ultimate love story where the character has to straddle two different families in a way that feels epic. And I thought being married to somebody he loves, and then he travels at a time where he has a fiance that may have been his soul mate, and it's like, 'Now what am I going to do?' That's kind of the genesis of it."

Journeyman premieres September 24th on NBC.

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