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Which Timeline Is the 'Real' One on 'Ordinary Joe'?

Which Timeline Is the 'Real' One on 'Ordinary Joe'?

Ordinary Joe follows its protagonist in three separate timelines – but is there one real one?

The NBC series stars James Wolk as Joe, who is forced to make a pivotal decision at his college graduation ceremony: ask Amy (Natalie Martinez) on a date, meet up with his best friend Jenny (Elizabeth Lali) or go to dinner with his family. The show explores the direction his life could have potentially taken based on what choice he makes.

According to TVLine, James Wolk revealed whether there was one “real” timeline on the show during a panel on the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

Click inside to find out what he said…

“There is no real world. It’s all a real world,” the actor said. “None of them are a fantasy or like he’s dreaming the other two, like Walter Mitty-style.”

He went on to say that none of Joe’s choices are more “correct” than the others.

“I don’t think there is a right way that Joe should have gone. In fact, I know there isn’t,” James said. “There’s just life that happened. It’s playing with the idea that he married one woman in one life, he married another in another life, he didn’t get married in the third life. And none of those lives are better than the other; they’re just the way that life played out for him.”

He added that the series explores “how choices make different paths for us.”

“But you’re not seeing, ‘Oh, this is one that they should have chosen.’ You’re seeing heartbreak, you’re seeing happiness, you’re seeing challenges, you’re seeing success in all of their lives,” he explained.

Executive producer Russel Friend agreed, adding, “We dramatize that idea that no choice is better than the other. Whatever choice you make, that’s the right choice. No life is better than the other one.”

Ordinary Joe airs Monday, Sept. 20, at 10 p.m. E.T. on NBC.

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