Netflix Award ‘OA,’ ‘Travelers’ With Second Seasons

By February 9, 2017

Eric McCormack already had made plans this year to star in a revival of the one-time hit NBC series Will & Grace. But now he’ll have to make room for another series after Netflix ordered a second season of his time-hopping adventure drama Travelers.

The good news, according to The Hollywood Reporter? Both shows will work around each other’s schedules, so the Emmy-winning actor can do both.

Created by Stargate’s Brad Wright, the drama takes place hundreds of years in the future, and focuses on the last surviving humans who discover the means of sending consciousness back through time, directly into people in the 21st century. These “travelers’ assume the lives of seemingly random people, while secretly working as teams to perform missions to save humanity from a terrible future.

The series first debuted on Canada’s Showcase last October before making its American debut on Netflix just before Christmas.

While promoting the series, McCormack told GeekNation his FBI agent character reminded him a lot of what it’s like to be an actor – constantly pretending to be someone you’re not.

“I think most actors feel like a fraud most of the time. You feel like a fraud as an actor well enough, and you feel like a fraud in life because half the time, you’re thinking like an actor. You’re not listening to the conversation. I wonder how I will say that line, and that kind of distraction – that kind of third eye – it plays really well.”

Wright, who has been behind a few long-running series, including Stargate SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis on Syfy, as well as the short-lived Stargate: Universe, told GeekNation in the same interview that he has plenty of stories to come on Travelers.

“I have multiple seasons of ideas, and we have an arc going forward. We are having a lot of fun making this, and I’m in no hurry to wrap anything up.”

Also getting a renewal, according to Dark Horizons, is the Stranger Things-like series The OA.

The series was one Netflix sprung on its viewers virtually overnight, starring Brit Marling, Jason Isaacs and Scott Wilson. It centers on Marling’s blind character of Prairie, who disappeared seven years before only to show up again, and now with her eyesight fully restored.

Fans should expect to see more of both shows later this year.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.