HBO just canceled a TV series after its first season was roasted by critics
HBO has finally presented its television adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife in May, nearly four years after was originally announced in 2018 with the old Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat at the helm. Despite adapting a popular novel that once inspired a hit movie, the six-episode first season was panned by criticsand now the network has officially confirmed that there will be no second season.
The series (which you can find in streaming with an HBO Max subscription) brought Rose Leslie back to HBO after appearing in game of thrones like Ygrittewhile Theo James returned to television for the project after leaving sandit Next single season headlining. Both actors were mentioned in HBO’s statement (via EO) about cancellation:
HBO certainly brought a team behind the scenes known for his work on TV hits, with David Nutter winning an Emmy in 2015 for directing an episode of game of thrones. He directed all six episodes of The Time Traveler’s Wife.
As for Steven Moffat, the developer/executive producer shared when the show was first announced that he’s been a longtime fan of Audrey Niffenegger’s novel, so much so that he wrote an infamous episode of Doctor Who in response to this. Moffat is credited with writing all six episodes of what is now the first and only season.
Despite what seemed like a recipe for success starring Moffat, Nutter, Rose Leslie and Theo James, the series was not a hit with critics from the start, with many suggesting that the premise of an older man interacting with his woman as a child shouldn’t have been made for TV in 2022.
Steven Moffat addressed the accusations that The Time Traveler’s Wife was about grooming, citing that Henry de James introduced himself as just a friend of Clare de Leslie when the characters met and she was still a child. For some critics, however, the show delivering grooming jokes to acknowledge the age difference didn’t make the situation any more palatable.
Fans will now never know if and how Moffat might have planned to make changes to the show in light of the reviews in a second season. He came to The Time Traveler’s Wife with a string of hits to his name as the second showrunner of the Doctor Who rebirth (which is return to the advice of the first revival showrunner) and co-creator of sherlock. That said, his run on Doctor Who was divisive among some fans.
In addition to Moffat’s “The Girl in the Chimney” episode for the Tenth Doctor Season 2 in response to The Time Traveler’s Wifethe Eleventh Doctor in season 5 (which was Moffat’s first as showrunner) actually met his first mate as a young girl before taking her aboard his time machine at age adult.
If you consider yourself a fan of the one-season show, or just want to see what it was all about before the cancellation, you can find it streaming on HBO Max. The 2009 film of the same name starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana is also available on the streaming platform. For some upcoming viewing options, be sure to check out our 2022 TV premiere schedule.