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ABC Making The Time Traveler's Wife Into a Series?

ABC Making The Time Traveler's Wife Into a Series?

I wonder if adapting Audrey Niffenegger's novel The Time Traveler's Wife would have worked better as a TV series in the first place, rather than trying to cram a lifetime of time traveling and intense romance into one movie. But now that the movie has opened in theaters, how will there be a television series about Henry and Clare?

It's a question ABC is apparently ready to tackle. It appears that the network is teaming up with Friends creator Marta Kauffman for a weekly series based on the novel, and it's apparently something that ABC and Kauffman have been trying to develop "for years." Here's more:

ABC executives believe the complex plot of the original novel will work well in series form, since Kauffman will be able to explore the romantic relationship at the core of the story over the course of several seasons.

Individual episodes will likely feature self-contained storylines as well.

I felt that the film adaptation was a bit of a letdown; I can't imagine how a TV series will be much better at this point. But at the same time, I'm intrigued to find out how they'll try to do it. Do you think this story lends itself better to a television series? Or are they just sucking out all the magic of this story by continuing to mess with it?


shmoo15 shmoo15 8 years
Ugh. Stop.
reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
lizlee, an hbo miniseries is right on the money. i feel like something like quantum leap is interesting, but i feel like a weekly show based on this book would drag on. one week he's in a meadow, next week he's naked somewhere else. no...a miniseries could have better played out henry and claire's story.
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
i agree w/ lizlee....i don't think abc would be able to capture some of the books more dark and gritty themes. i'm sure HBO could though...they seem to be able to do anything lately! seems a bit over kill though...especially so soon after the movie!
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I disagree; just like I think a movie simply doesn't have enough time to adapt this book; I think a tv series would be too long. My ideal would be a miniseries by HBO; since it seems to be one of the only networks that can put out decent television...
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I agree with those that say that this has already been done in the form of Journeyman. It might not be the exact same story, but it was seriously close enough.
pargie pargie 8 years
Journeyman already came out , and it was good! Nobody watched but me so it got canceled, so I wouldn't count on it. I enjoyed The Time Traveler's Wife though. Lets bring Journeyman back please!
tiabia tiabia 8 years
I have absolutely no faith in ABC shows anymore. After the honchos gave the kibosh to Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone, Dirty Sexy Money and Samantha, Who? there's no way that I could invest viewing time into a well done show :-(
DCBaxter DCBaxter 8 years
I personally loved the movie and was very moved by it. Yes, there were parts of the book missing, but aren't there always? I'm not sure about a TV series, now that I've seen Rachel and Eric in the roles...I'm not sure I'd be happy with others!
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
i havent read the book...but enjoyed the movie very much. a show would probably work.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
I haven't seen the movie yet but I think a TV series would be amazing!!
Grantz Grantz 8 years
I just finished reading the rest of your article Buzz. The movie was a significant let down for me as well. I just think with the time given to a television series the story could articulate its essence so much better than a film.
Grantz Grantz 8 years
I think as a TV series it has a chance to work very well. And definately be more uplifting than the film version. Cheers~ Grantz
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I think it would be more suiting for a TV show, definitely. I don't know if they can pull it off, though.
keiren63 keiren63 8 years
Umm...Journeyman anyone?
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 8 years
If done right I think this would be amazing..since sooo much was left out of the movie. But I did enjoy the movie, they changed just enough to make work but not enough to ruin it!
sarcasticmom sarcasticmom 8 years
I haven't seen the film, but did read that there were many needed characters and scenes missing from the film. I do think that a TV series would have worked better in this books case, but at the same time, I don't want this to be another Quantum Leap, where he only appears and disappears at the beginning and end of the show.
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