The Time Traveler's Wife (TV series)
|The Time Traveler's Wife|
|Based on||The Time Traveler's Wife|
by Audrey Niffenegger
|Developed by||Steven Moffat|
|Written by||Steven Moffat|
|Directed by||David Nutter|
|Country of origin|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Running time||45–56 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||May 15 –|
June 19, 2022
The Time Traveler's Wife is a science fiction romantic drama television series based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Audrey Niffenegger. The series was developed and written by Steven Moffat, who had previously taken inspiration from Niffenegger's novel for his work on the science fiction series Doctor Who. It was directed by David Nutter, stars Rose Leslie and Theo James, and premiered on HBO on May 15, 2022. The series received a generally negative reception, and was canceled after one season in July 2022. The fans of the show started a petition to save the series by approaching other streaming platforms to pick it up for renewal.
Blending romance and science fiction, the series follows the relationship between Henry DeTamble, a man with a genetic disorder which causes him to sporadically travel through time for short periods, and Clare Abshire, a woman who met an older version of Henry when she was a girl who told her they were married in the future. Much like the novel on which it is based, the series raises questions about determinism, free will, and identity.
Cast and characters
- Rose Leslie as Clare Abshire
- Everleigh McDonell as young Clare
- Caitlin Shorey as pre-teen Clare
- Theo James as Henry DeTamble
- Jason David as young Henry
- Brian Altemus as teen Henry
- Desmin Borges as Gomez
- Natasha Lopez as Charisse
- Michael Park as Philip Abshire
- Jaime Ray Newman as Lucille Abshire
- Taylor Richardson as Alicia Abshire
- Peter Graham as Mark Abshire
- Kate Siegel as Annette DeTamble
- Josh Stamberg as Richard DeTamble
- Chelsea Frei as Ingrid
- Marcia DeBonis as Nell
- Will Brill as Ben
- Spencer House as Jason
- Finn Brown as young Mark Abshire
|No.||Title||Directed by||teleplayby||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||"Episode One"||David Nutter||Steven Moffat||May 15, 2022||0.294|
|2||"Episode Two"||David Nutter||Steven Moffat||May 22, 2022||0.224|
|3||"Episode Three"||David Nutter||Steven Moffat||May 29, 2022||0.159|
|4||"Episode Four"||David Nutter||Steven Moffat||June 5, 2022||0.245|
|5||"Episode Five"||David Nutter||Steven Moffat||June 12, 2022||0.213|
|6||"Episode Six"||David Nutter||Steven Moffat||June 19, 2022||0.203|
On July 31, 2018, it was announced that HBO had given the production a straight-to-series order. The series is set to be written by Steven Moffat, based on the novel of the same name by Audrey Niffenegger, who is also set to executive produce alongside Sue Vertue and Brian Minchin. Production companies involved with the series include Hartswood Films and Warner Bros. Television.
In February 2021, Rose Leslie and Theo James were cast as the series leads. In April 2021, Desmin Borges and Natasha Lopez joined the main cast. Filming began on the series in May in New York and ended in October with some filming also taking place in Chicago. David Nutter has directed all six episodes. In May 2021, Caitlin Shorey, Everleigh McDonnell, Michael Park, Jaime Ray Newman, Taylor Richardson, Peter Graham, Brian Altemus, Jason David, Kate Siegel, Josh Stamberg, Chelsea Frei, Marcia DeBonis, Will Brill and Spencer House joined the cast of the series.
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 38% of 42 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.20/10. The website's consensus reads, "While it's easy to get swept up in the romance of performers as appealing as Rose Leslie and Theo James, The Time Traveler's Wife often kills the mood with its overdetermined conceit." On Metacritic, the series has a score of 45 out of 100, based on 26 critic reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Anita Singh of The Daily Telegraph gave the series 2/5 stars, calling it "so lazy that episodes begin with the lead characters reading lines straight into the camera, rather than anyone making the effort to work them into the script." Brian Lowry of CNN called the series "an admirable effort, but one that simply underscores how unadaptable this material might be". Angie Han of The Hollywood Reporter criticized the setup of the romance, and added: "while things do improve from there, hollow characters, an uncertain tone and, most damningly, a total lack of chemistry keep The Time Traveler's Wife from ever quite rising to the level of swoon-worthy." Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly gave it a D grade, saying that it had "Bad wigs, limp characterization, indifferent plotting".
Dan Einav of the Financial Times gave the series 3/5 stars, writing: "The show is buoyed by the charisma of the two lovers, and it succeeds in mining its conceit for some gentle humour and reflections on love and loss." Lucy Mangan of The Guardian also gave it 3/5 stars, saying that Moffat "takes the melodrama down a notch and salts the schmaltz with wit where he can", but criticized the nature of the romance and Clare's passivity. Nick Hilton of The Independent also gave it 3/5 stars, writing: "The Time Traveler's Wife does not have the power of the unexpected. But it has a modest, formulaic appeal that will likely keep you going back (and back) for more."
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