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HBO recently canceled The Time Traveler’s Wife after a single season


HBO makes another cancellation decision.

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The intricate and magically laced sitcom The Time Traveler’s Wife has been canceled by HBO after just one season.

There will only be six episodes of this HBO Max series, which adapts Audrey Niffenegger’s novel of the same name for television, according to a spokeswoman for the network who talked to Deadline(opens in new tab).


The Time Traveler’s Wife’s second season will not be produced by HBO, but it was still an honor to work with master storytellers Steven Moffat and David Nutter, the HBO representative stated. “We are incredibly appreciative of their enthusiasm, diligence, and concern in adapting this cherished book. We also want to congratulate Theo, Rose, and the rest of our amazing cast for their moving performances that had the audience enthralled.

The Time Traveler’s Wife, created and written by Steven Moffat of Doctor Who fame, follows Henry DeTamble (played by Theo James), a man with a genetic disease that causes him to randomly travel through time for small periods (played by Rose Leslie, best known for her roles in Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones).

The plot examines the difficulties of a marriage when time travel is involved; for instance, when Clare was six years old, she met an older Henry who had come from the future; fourteen years later, she ran into him again while he was working in a library, and at that point, she claimed to have known him her entire life and was to be his future wife. The two other notable cast members are Natasha Lopez as Charisse and Desmin Borges as Gomez.


The Time Traveler’s Wife failed to receive favorable reviews despite its intriguing premise, well-known performers, and Moffat’s experience with sci-fi writing.

Based on reviews from critics, it has a 37 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. According to Angie Han of The Hollywood Reporter(opens in new tab), the show failed to deliver any genuine romance, noting that “perhaps there is, in the end, nothing all that romantic about learning to live with some dude you don’t even like that much, but can’t ever escape due to reasons outside your control.”

The Time Traveler’s Wife received a higher approval rating of 85% according to Rotten Tomatoes’ average audience score. However, the general consensus is that it’s not necessary viewing, so it’s not terribly surprising that HBO canceled the series. What is much more surprising is HBO’s decision to axe the critically acclaimed Made for Love.


If you were planning to watch The Time Traveler’s Wife but changed your mind, we suggest Succession or checking out the top TV programs and movies on HBO Max right now. We also have the one Netflix program you must watch in its entirety this month.

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