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Journeyman: Episode 12 Could Be NBC Series’ Last — Will It Air?

JourneymanAfter weeks of declining ratings, the creator of NBC’s time-traveling series, Journeyman, thinks it’s likely that the show has run out of time.

Journeyman debuted on September 24, 2007 on NBC. The series stars Kevin McKidd as San Francisco reporter Dan Vasser who suddenly begins jumping through time. Dan begins to realize that he is time traveling because he needs to change people’s lives in some way. Journeyman also stars Brian Howe, Gretchen Egolf, Moon Bloodgood, Reed Diamond, and Charles Wyson.

The series premiere attracted a decent 9.5 million viewers with a 3.7/9 rating/share of the 18-49 demographic. Unfortunately, viewership has been falling ever since and, on November 5th, dipped to a low of 5.25 million with a 2.1/6 rating/share. That’s especially bad when you consider its lead-in, Heroes, attracted 9.88 million and 6.1/9 rating/share.

Last year at this same time, ratings-challenged Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip was attracting almost 50% more viewers with 7.27 million and a 3.3/8 rating/share.

Despite sagging ratings, NBC is still airing its Journeyman episodes, likely because of the writers strike and the network’s concern over running out of new scripted content. This doesn’t mean however that the series has a secure future. Series creator Kevin Falls is fully aware of the show’s chances for survival and doesn’t want to leave the viewers hanging.

In an interview with Premium Hollywood, Falls says that it looks likely that Journeyman will end with episode 12 (episode 13 if you include the pilot). “Episode 12 is the end of our order,” he says. “And let’s not kid ourselves. It’s a longshot that we would get a back nine (episode order), given the strike and our questionable numbers.”

Falls shares that viewers will get some answers to the series’ ongoing mysteries in the 12th episode. He continued, “We wrote it in a way so it could be the series-ending show. I mean, 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.” In the episode, Dan travels to a mental institution and uncovers some answers when he meets a fellow time traveler.

If the unlikely happens and NBC does order additional episodes (or even a second season), Falls says he hasn’t given away all of the show’s mysteries. “In the case we would actually go on to a second season, we didn’t want to turn over every card, but I think people will find (episode 12) satisfying, and it’s really good.”

That being said, it’s looking like a possibility that episode 12 may not even air. While there are schedule slots open for NBC to air episodes 10 (a Christmas show) and 11, there’s apparently no space left for episode 12. Falls shares, “I think the idea is that NBC, what they want to do is tie up all their loose ends. Like, Heroes and Life and our show, have all that stuff done by the first of the year, so that they can, if there’s still a strike, air new programming or mid-season shows… so they can start fresh… so we’ve got this episode 12 dangling out there, and… I don’t know if it’ll ever see the light of day on the network.”

One way or the other, fans should have an opportunity to see the 12th episode. Even if the series is cancelled and doesn’t finish its run on NBC, Falls says that a DVD release is planned. Still, he finds it upsetting, “What makes us so frustrated is that, at a time when writers are striking and networks need programming, why on earth would you not find a place for episode 12? And that’s the question for which nobody seems to have an answer.” Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

 

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LC November 13, 2008 at 9:25 pm

I can’t believe that Journeyman is cancelled. Why do they always cancel the good shows, but leave the reality shows (gag) on the air. Atleast Life is coming back, but I can’t keep up with the time and day changing all the time! Make up your mind all ready!!!

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Sheila November 13, 2008 at 12:11 am

Another one of my favorite shows cancelled and without any real conclusion/finale! Shoot it only lasted one season! What happened to giving a show time to catch on?! What’s the point of getting invested in ANY new show, if this is how we are going to be treated? Now there’s a show on ABC that is similar where the guy is in 1973, LIFE ON MARS, I think.. I refuse to watch just because of the similarities! I feel like getting rid of my tv altogether!

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Kim July 30, 2008 at 11:28 pm

How is it that all the good shows get cancelled? Firefly, Journeyman, Witchblade… among a host of others. Sad, sad, sad. It’s the idiot corporations which make it all about money, just like our government. It’s folks that write these comments who need to get into decision making positions, and/or raise their kids w/the values to get them there and make the changes.

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elizabeth July 10, 2008 at 11:07 pm

please bring back journayman

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ALBA April 9, 2008 at 8:50 pm

I AM ABSOLUTELY SHATTERED! HEARTBROKEN! AND DEVISTATED! I DO NOT WATCH MUCH
TV BECAUSE OF THE BRAINDEAD REALITY SHOWS THAT ARE CONSTANTLY BEING BOMBARDED ON THIS AND MANY OTHER NETWORKS! I HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO WITH MY PRECIOUS TIME. THIS IS ONE SHOW THAT I SPECIALLY GAVE THANKS TO NBC FOR HAVING THE FORSIGHT TO AIR SOMETHING WITH SUBSTANCE AND STILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY IT WITH MY FAMILY. YES, THIS WAS A PROGRAM THAT REALLY MADE YOU USE YOUR BRAIN FOR A CHANGE! I SOO MUCH LOOKED FORWARD ALL WEEK LONG JUST FOR THIS SHOW, I ALSO BELEIVE IF YOU WOULD CHANGE THE TIME SLOT TO 8 OR EVEN 9 IT WOULD MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE. OR IF YOU HAD TO TAKE ANY SHOW OFF THE AIR THEN CHOOSE HEROS IT IS SO LOOOONG WINDED THAT THERE WAS NO POINT IN WATCHING IT ANY MORE ABOUT 2 SEASONS AGO! PLEASE! PLEASE RECONSIDER!
FIRST IT AS “SEX AND THE CITY” NOW JOURNEYMAN? WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMMING TO?

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Amy February 26, 2008 at 2:55 pm

I agree – Journey was great! I am SO disappointed that it likely won’t return. What a bummer to be a dedicated viewer and get invested in the characters only to have a show cance. I will definitely buy the DVD if/when it comes out.

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Karen February 8, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Bring back JourneyMan!
I missed a few of the episodes due to the late time slot.
This was a winner… reconsider and bring them back on the air!

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