ABC's "Traveler" Unlikely to Return
JULY 6, 2007: ABC's excellent thriller "Traveler" will wrap things up with the first season finale on July 18. Unfortunately, as series creator David DiGilio explains in his blog entry over at TVGuide.com, the show is most likely not coming back. Read how ABC screwed up the show and what happens in the final two episodes, after the jump.
DiGilio explains ABC has let the drama's cast contracts lapse. Although not a formal cancellation, this is an indication that the network is letting the show fade away quietly.
The creator also explains how the writing team was summoned to the studio for an urgent meeting with ABC management in late November 2006 while they were already writing the script for episode #9 (the original episode order was 13, post production team in LA was working on episodes 2-5 and the cast and crew were putting finishing touches on episode #6).
ABC informed the creative team they cut the episode order to 8 episodes and due to budgetary constraints they had 10 days to rewrite the scripts for the final two episodes (which had already been written by that point) and squeeze in as much of the story they wanted to tell in episodes 9-13 into those 2 episodes. Were the writers able to do an excellent job under such circumstances?
You will be able to tell as ABC airs the final two episodes of "Traveler" on Wednesday, July 11 and July 18. Here is the official synopsys:
"The Reunion," Jay and Kim reunite for the first time since the bombing, while Will Traveler hunts down Maya's killer in New York. Meanwhile, Tyler discovers FBI ties to the bombing and has to stop Jay and Kim from taking evidence to Agent Marlow.
"The Exchange" Will Traveler's past is revealed when he reunites with Jay and Tyler to bring down Jack Freed, the man behind the Drexler bombing. Meanwhile, Marlow is suddenly taken off the case, on the Season Finale of "Traveler."