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ABC's Traveler: The Final Secrets Are Revealed

As promised, David DiGilio, the creator of ABC's unjustly dispatched Traveler series, has come forth with a final celebrity blog entry revealing not just the secret of the Fourth Branch and the true identity of the Porter, but also the (would-be) game plan for Seasons 2 and 3. Explaining the Fourth Branch alluded to in the "series" finale, he writes, "Our founding fathers wanted independence from England, and they needed to unify a fledgling country populated by a multinational constituency to win the war. What better way to rally a disparate army against the oppressors than to promise the common man a voice in the new government? But what if the founding fathers were also scared of the common man’s power? Would they have perhaps put safeguards into place? A branch that sits above the people’s three official branches of government? That, my friends, is the Fourth Branch. It is the realization of one of our worst fears, that though we live in the world’s g... read more


Aaron Stanford and Neal McDonough by David Gray/ABC

Hello Porters, fans of Traveler and any folks who may have randomly found this page. First off, on behalf of the cast, writers and everyone involved in Traveler, I want to thank all those who fought so hard over the past two months to get our show back on the air. It was inspiring to see your effort and devotion. And you fought valiantly. But in the end, I think the same thing that doomed our show — lack of awareness — also made it impossible to muster the kind of numbers needed to save it. So, while I will never forget the great — albeit frustrating — experience of Traveler, the time has come for all of us to move on to new season passes, new Web page bookmarks and new "save the show" campaigns, as I'm sure there will be some deserving series this fall that will get the short end of the marketing/ratings stick. But before I get to your much-deserved (and lengthy) Traveler answers, I also wanted to say that it's been a blast interacting with you here and on the T... read more

Why haven't ABC, CBS and NBC ...

Question: Why haven't ABC, CBS and NBC copied the cable networks with new summertime programs like The Closer, Damages, Burn Notice, etc.? Don't they know the public is clamoring for good programs to watch during the summer hiatus? Answer: The networks often say they'd like to put good stuff on in the summer months, not just failed burn-offs and shows they've otherwise given up on (Traveler, for instance). And the trades continue to announce provocative projects (like a horror anthology for NBC) that could air in the off-season. But for the most part, I'm betting we'll still see mostly reality on the networks in the summer. Some good (So You Think You Can Dance), some awful but popular (America's Got Talent), some hateful (Big Brother), and many that come and go without a ripple (Pirate Master, anything on ABC). The reason: economics. Cable networks see the summer as an opportunity to promote and produce some of their best work, to establish their brands and make noise. The networks will ... read more

Why is it that networks ...

Question: Why is it that networks rarely grab each others' shows after they are canceled? This year there were a few cases where this would have made a lot of sense. For example, a show like The Class had average ratings, but it was canned because CBS didn't have many hours available. Wouldn't it have made sense for ABC, which is starving for even a marginal comedy, to pick it up instead of renewing According to Jim or Notes from the Underbelly? Traveler and Masters of Science Fiction are other shows that I think have some cult following despite the lack of network support and might prove profitable elsewhere. Why do networks put their faith in ratings-challenged or untested shows rather than something that can obviously improve their present situation? Answer: The reason this rarely happens is the same reason situations like Jericho's (being resurrected after cancellation) are so rare. When a show fails on one network, there usually isn't a clamor elsewhere to keep something alive that ... read more

Preview: Has The Closer Met Her Match in Steven Culp?

Steven Culp, The Closer

Tonight at 9 pm/ET, TNT's The Closer kicks off a two-part season-ender that pits Brenda against one of her toughest-to-crack cases ever, and in turn a formidable adversary in the form of guest star Steven Culp. asked the alum of Desperate Housewives to tease the drama ahead. Plus: What happened with ABC's Traveler? Obviously we don't bring in Steven Culp for just anything, so what have we got you doing these two weeks?Steven Culp: Well, I don't know how much I'm allowed to give away about the plot, but it's a two-parter, and I'm playing Lucas Cordry, a lawyer who's defending the guy accused of murder. So he has to go up against read more

Do you have any news on ...

Question: Do you have any news on Traveler's Aaron Stanford's guest-starring role on Numbers this coming season?

Answer: His episode airs Oct. 5 and he plays a movie star at the center of a murder investigation in a classic "Hollywood whodunit" saga.

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Traveler, Tori & Dean and More Short Cuts

Dean McDermott and Tori Spelling courtesy Oxygen

A fan campaign is under way to resurrect ABC's Traveler on TNT. Visit for more.... Oxygen's Tori & Dean: Inn Love hit a new series high on Tuesday, drawing 551,000 viewers.... The New York Television Festival will on Sept. 6 offer an advanced screening of Fox's New Amsterdam at the New World Stages in midtown Manhattan. For more info, visit HBO has set a Sept. 9 season premiere for Curb Your Enthusiasm.... Nickelodeon debuts The Backyardigans' first hourlong movie, Super Secret Super Spy, Sept. 17 at 7 pm/ET. My boys thought it was "OK".... The 2007 American Music Awards will air live on ABC Nov. 18, starting at 8 pm. read more

Please tell me that there are ...

Question: Please tell me that there are at least some rumors flying around about a possible renewal of the ABC show Traveler. From what I've heard online, this show has a huge following despite the Nielsen ratings. ABC did Traveler a great disservice by airing it in a 10 pm timeslot during the summer, following two reality shows. Traveler has action, suspense and all-around great acting. It's an intelligent show that appeals to all age groups. I can't believe ABC is canning it after only eight episodes, barely even giving it a chance! It surely would have done well with a little more promotion. It hasn't been officially canceled yet, so the fans were hoping that maybe ABC is "thinking it over" or at least planning a real series finale to conclude it. Please tell me you have some news! Answer: I don't know what you've been reading, but beware of buying into Internet fan chat, where you could convince yourself that every show is a hit. And I'm only addressing this again because the mail ... read more

The Nine's Lives Are Up as Final Eps Move to

The Nine courtesy Craig Sjodin/ABC

What happened in there? How about, "What's happening in the ABC programming department?" The poor and the beleaguered The Nine has been pulled from the Alphabet net's schedule, leaving the final four episodes to see the light of day (or at least the light of that crappy lamp in your home office) at Episodes 8 and 9 are already online, with 10 and 11 due imminently. Episode 12 will post Aug. 23, and the series finale goes up Aug. 30. A tiny ray of light at the end of this dark tunnel: Starting Aug. 31, I will be taking your "burning questions" regarding The Nine, and then getting them answered. Sound good?PS. to Traveler fans: I spoke to Steven Culp today, and he let slip an interesting spoiler about the Fourth Branch. Watch for that full Q&A on Sept. 3, when Culp guests on The Closer. read more

Regarding ABC's Traveler, ...

Question: Regarding ABC's Traveler, fans are all abuzz about Stephen McPherson's press tour comments. I was just curious: In what context was the comment made?

Answer: A reporter asked why the show was banished to summer, and here's his verbatim response: "We were disappointed in the way that that show was creatively developed, and [it] ended up being just not… not to the level that we thought it could succeed. And so it didn't get the kind of support that, you know, we gave some other shows that we believed in a lot more." Don't shoot the messenger!

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