TV’s Trav­el­ers waves Cana­dian flag

The Peterborough Examiner - - Arts & Life - DE­BRA YEO

“Trav­el­ers” is a tes­ta­ment to the tal­ent in Canada’s film and TV in­dus­try, says the man who cre­ated the sci-fi show.

“Ev­ery other show I’ve ever done we’ve flown out peo­ple from L.A.,” says Brad Wright, who was also be­hind the se­ries “Star­gate SG-1,” “Star­gate: At­lantis” and “SGU Star­gate Uni­verse,” also made in Van­cou­ver.

“It’s a tes­ta­ment to the growing pool of tal­ent in Canada … Van­cou­ver’s got a real wealth of tal­ent and so does Toronto,” said Wright fol­low­ing a sneak peek of Trav­el­ers’ third season this week at Toronto’s Sco­tia­bank The­atre.

“I don’t have any­thing against Amer­i­cans or peo­ple who are Bri­tish, but my rule is we look here first.”

The show is about spe­cial op­er­a­tives from the fu­ture whose con­scious­nesses are trans­ferred into peo­ple in the present in a bid to save hu­man­ity. It boasts an all-Cana­dian cast and crew led by Toron­to­born and raised Eric McCor­mack.

It’s set in the U.S., how­ever, and it took an Amer­i­can com­pany, Net­flix, to keep the se­ries alive for a third season, which de­buts world­wide Dec. 14.

The show was on the bub­ble af­ter its first two sea­sons aired on Canada’s Show­case. But be­fore Season 2 ended in De­cem­ber 2017, “we did a small (writ­ers) room at my house here in Toronto for a cou­ple of weeks, just so if we got picked up we knew what we were go­ing to do,” Wright said.

And they’ll be “ready to pounce,” he added, if the se­ries gets a green light for a fourth season.

Here’s a spoiler alert if you haven’t yet caught up on the first two sea­sons: when last we saw Grant MacLaren (McCor­mack) and his fel­low trav­ellers, their cov­ers had been blown — not only with the fam­i­lies whose loved ones’ bod­ies they had taken over but with the FBI. So they are deal­ing with the fall­out of all that in the new season while try­ing to keep their mis­sion to save the world on track.

“Ev­ery one of our leads has a huge bur­den this season,” Wright said.

“Af­ter a while we all start to have our doubts and sec­ond guess,” added McCor­mack. “We’re still hu­man be­ings that are fal­li­ble. We think we’re go­ing to stick by the rules. We don’t.”

The ac­tor has also turned di­rec­tor, guid­ing the Season 3 pre­miere as well as the Season 2 fi­nale.

“My big­gest in­flu­ences al­ways di­rected them­selves: Woody Allen and Al­bert Brooks,” McCor­mack said, jok­ing that “it turns out my col­lab­o­ra­tion with my­self was much eas­ier than I thought. I find me de­light­ful and re­ally open to my ideas.”

Turn­ing se­ri­ous, he added, “I’m so proud of ev­ery­one in this show.”

His co-stars MacKen­zie Porter (Marcy) and Patrick Gil­more (David) re­turned the com­pli­ment.

“He knows how to talk to an ac­tor,” said Porter. “He doesn’t rush any­thing. You have all the time in the world to talk and come up with ideas to­gether.”

“He’s like a kid in a sand­box, get­ting us hyped and en­thused,” added Gil­more.

“What I love about the show is the leads are car­ry­ing se­crets, al­ways,” McCor­mack said. “I also love the idea the char­ac­ters come from such an aw­ful dystopian fu­ture that lit­tle things we take for granted are giv­ing them joy.”


Eric McCor­mack, left, MacKen­zie Porter, Jared Abra­ham­son, Nesta Cooper and Reilly Dol­man in Season 3 of “Trav­el­ers.”

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