According to The Wrap, Friends creator Marta Kaufman is developing a TV version of Audrey Niffenegger’s best-selling 2003 novel The Time Traveler’s Wife – the movie adaptation of which opened last weekend to $19.2 million – for ABC. You know, the ongoing travails of a man unstuck in time while the woman he loves is fraught with both issues of abandonment and fear for her husband’s safety is an interesting idea of a weekly drama. So interesting, someone already did it. It was called Journeyman and NBC canceled it in 2007, before it ever made it to a full season.
There are, as they say, no new ideas under the sun. And, to be fair, the novel was written years before Journeyman hit the airwaves. But this concept has been tested on American television audiences and they found it wanting. Sure, there’s more than one way to skin a chronologically untethered cat. And perhaps the name-value of Time Traveler’s Wife will make Kaufman’s take more palatable. Time will tell.
Would you tune in for ABC’s The Time Traveler’s Wife? Did you watch, and love, NBC’s Journeyman? Or do you prefer your time travel to come with Deloreans and/or killer robots?