In 2016 NBC premiered an ambitious series called Timeless, about a group of secret time-travelers attempting to stop another group of time-travelers from altering American history. It had the unfortunate luck of turning up at the same time as three other shows about time-travel from rival networks. They all banged into each other and cancelled each other out, including Timeless. NBC originally called its death in May 2017.
But Timeless has turned out to be the scrappy underdog who just wouldn’t quit. Mere hours after its cancellation was announced, that announcement was taken back and the show was renewed for a surprise second season. That season began airing last March, but the ratings didn’t improve. So last May NBC said “this time, it’s gone for good.”
If you read the headline, you know that’s not true. Timeless is back AGAIN, though not in the form you know it in, and only to say goodbye. NBC and Sony Pictures Television have reached a deal to produce a two-hour Timeless movie that will tie up the loose ends from Season 2 and serve as a series finale.
It must feel like a miracle to this show’s fans, who watched in despair as other shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Lucifer were saved from the brink. There just weren’t as many Timeless fans to make as much noise. Sony, however, is a shrewd negotiator, and many of its shows have had extended lives solely through compromises and backdoor deals like this.
“While we wish we could’ve made another dozen seasons of Timeless, this is the next best thing,” says showrunners Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke. “We’re thrilled to take the Lifeboat out for one last spin and bring closure to our story. The studio, network, cast and crew are all doing this for one reason only: the fans. Because they deserve it. Because the fans made this happen and we thank them for their passion, support and helicopters. So? You guys want to get Rufus back or what?”
The Timeless wrap-up movie, yet to be titled, will air on NBC during the holiday season.