Traveler script
Traveler  Episode #Pilot (2007)
Synopsis: Traveler is an American television series that ran from May 10, 2007 until July 18, 2007 on ABC in the United States. The series was produced by Warner Bros. Television.

ACT ONE:

OVER BLACK; THE SOUND OF RUNNING FOOTSTEPS

FADE IN:

INT. STAIRWELL - LOCATION UNKNOWN

Feet fly up stairs. WIDER REVEALS: two MEN rushing up a dimly

lit stairwell. Floors rush by... 12...15...19.

JAY BURCHELL (26) has an athletic build and the serious

expression of a man much older than his years. He wears green

sweats and sports a buzzcut you could give yourself.

TAYLOR FOG (28) is tall and rail thin. His model-good looks

are framed by long hair. He wears a wrinkled Oxford shirt and

sucks wind as he struggles to match Jay's pace.

INT. HALLWAY - CONT.

A door bursts open. Jay and Taylor emerge, rush past a bank

of gold elevators. They reach a door. Jay frantically inserts

a keycard and enters...

INT. THE ESSEX HOUSE HOTEL - EXECUTIVE SUITE - CONT.

A luxury suite. More than a hotel room. Less than a condo.

Ceiling high windows overlook New York's Central Park.

JAY:

(calling)

Will! Will! You in here?!

Jay pushes open a door to one of the bedrooms. No reply.

Taylor turns on a TV in the living area.

TAYLOR:

Jay!

Jay joins him. NEWS FOOTAGE shows a REPORTER standing outside

New York's famed Guggenheim Museum. Fire trucks line Fifth

Avenue. Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece is burning.

REPORTER (ON TV)

We're at the Guggenheim Museum,

where an explosion has ripped

through this New York City

Landmark...

ON JAY AND TAYLOR reacting. They know something about this.

2.

REPORTER (ON TV) (cont'd)

So far there are no reports of

casualties and details are hard to

come by. But Police are not ruling

out the use of a bomb. We just

don't know at this time, but two

men were seen fleeing the museum

moments before the explosion.

TAYLOR:

(turning pale)

Jesus. He's talking about us.

Jay rushes to the hotel window. A column of smoke rises

halfway up the Eastern edge of the park.

TAYLOR (cont'd)

He's talking about us, Jay!

JAY:

I know, Taylor!

TAYLOR JAY *

I think I'm gonna puke...

Where the hell is Will? *

...I'm not sure if it's from *

running across central park. *

Relax for a second... *

Relax? Our best friend just *

blew up the goddamn *

GUGGENHEIM! *

JAY (cont'd)

WE DON'T KNOW THAT!

Jay's outburst finally silences Taylor. Jay fixes Taylor with

a cool, reassuring stare and continues.

JAY (cont'd)

We've got no proof Will did this.

And we haven't done anything wrong.

So let's calm down, pack up Will's

stuff and go to the police. They

can handle this. Sound good?

Taylor finally nods. He's calming down. He rushes to one of

the bedrooms and disappears inside.

Jay turns back to the window. He notices a copy of Jack

Kerouac's ON THE ROAD on a side table. He picks it up.

3.

TIGHT ON:
the book. Jay looks up and we...

MATCH CUT TO:

EXT. THE NEW HAVEN HOUSE - DAY - FLASHBACK

Jay has just received the book as a gift from the third

roommate WILL TRAVELER (30, rimless glasses, red hair, and a

boyish face). Taylor is also there. He wears a Yale baseball

hat and types a message on a blackberry.

WILL:

Our guide book.

JAY:

Guide book?

The three stand in front of Taylor's 2006 Toyota 4Runner. The

car is parked in front of an old white Victorian house with a

gabled roof and blue trim.

TITLE CARD:
NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT

YESTERDAY:

WILL:

Jack Kerouac wrote the great

American novel in less than three

weeks. How? Because he didn't need

to invent Dean Moriarty and Sal

Paradise's adventures. He lived

them.

Taylor looks up from his blackberry.

TAYLOR:

They teach you that in chemical

engineering?

WILL:

I'm not an engineer for the next

two months.

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David Digilio

David DiGilio is a screenwriter, and producer. As a screenwriter, David DiGilio has worked on "Eight Below", released in 2006. David DiGilio has also produced "The King's Guard", released in 2000. more…

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