NBC cancels freshman time-travel drama Timeless after one season. Co-created by Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural), the series followed the adventures of history professor Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer), U.S. Army Delta Force Master Sergeant Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter), and programmer Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett) as they traveled to various points in time hunting the terrorist Garcia Flynn (Goran Višnjić). With the additions of a secret organization called Rittenhouse and rich back stories for each of the main characters – not to mention a government conspiracy – Timeless weaved a high concept sci-fi tale in its first season.
As such, the NBC series amassed a small, but dedicated following that included celebrity fans like SNL‘s Leslie Jones, Star Wars‘ Mark Hamill, and Star Trek‘s William Shatner. The network even positioned the freshman drama in the Monday night post-The Voice timeslot that NBC had used to launch such successful dramas as The Blacklist and Blindspot. However, while Timeless’s ratings were decent, the show didn’t quite reach the same level of initial success as the network’s other fare and was on the bubble for most of its first season.
Now, Deadline is reporting NBC has officially canceled Timeless after its first season. The show averaged a 2.0 rating, higher than Taken, which took over Timeless’s timeslot and earned a 1.5 rating with adults. However, Timeless was co-produced with Sony Pictures Television, whereas Taken is a cheaper in-house production with NBC partners Universal Television and Europa Corp. As such, NBC renewed Taken for season 2, while canceling Timeless.
Of course, there’s sure to be many fans disappointed by NBC’s move to cancel Timeless considering the show’s devoted fans. Season 1 of Timeless maintained a Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes score of 84 percent among critics – and slightly higher among audiences at 85 percent. Plus, the series recently received the most votes in USA Today’s Save Our Shows poll, earning the title of the show TV viewers most hoped would receive an additional season.
As for whether Timeless will be able to find another home now that NBC has opted not to renew the freshman drama, Kripke commented on Twitter, saying, “Odds are long, but [we’re] trying to find another home.” The co-creator additionally promised a longer statement on the Timeless’s cancellation. It certainly wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Timeless to land somewhere new – Netflix, Hulu, and Yahoo have revived series that were cancelled at their original networks.
That said, if Kripke is doubtful Timeless will be able to continue on at a different network or on one of the many streaming platforms, fans shouldn’t get their hopes up too high. Certainly, it remains to be seen what comes of Timeless, but for now, the show has come to an end at NBC.
Timeless aired for one season on NBC.