NBC reversed their decision to cancel Timeless, with season 2 expected to arrive next year. The freshman time-travel drama from Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield) debuted on NBC last fall, following a team of three as they traveled back in time to save history from those who would alter it. The show featured 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 attempted to save history from the terrorist Garcia Flynn (Goran Višnjić) – but as they learned about the secret organization known as Rittenhouse, their mission grew more and more complicated.
NBC canceled Timeless earlier this week, with Kripke responding to the news that he and co-creator Ryan would try to find the show new life elsewhere – though it was unclear if he would look at other cable networks or streaming services to revive the fan-favorite series. Now, it appears the response to the network’s decision to cancel Timeless has cause NBC to have a change of heart since the series has been renewed for a second season.
THR is reporting NBC has decided to reverse their cancellation decision, instead renewing Timeless for a 10-episode second season. Initially, Kripke announced season 2 would debut in Summer 2018, but he has since stated Timeless could return as early as Spring 2018. Both Kripke and Ryan took to Twitter to share and celebrate the news. Take a look:
A lot of info flying. Initially thought #Timeless would be on next summer, now it may be 2018 spring. Who knows? Just know we're back!— Shawn Ryan (@ShawnRyanTV) May 13, 2017
According to THR’s report, Sony Pictures Television – the company that produced season 1 of Timeless – fought to get the series renewed at NBC because they believe it has the potential for longevity as a family-friendly drama. Kripke and Ryan pitched the family-friendly slant for season 2 to NBC and it’s likely the network will air Timeless in an earlier timeslot, 8pm, when it returns next year to make it more viable for parents to watch with their children.
Timeless spent much of its freshman season on the bubble despite premiering in the prime post-The Voice timeslot on NBC. The series wasn’t as successful in the timeslot as previous NBC debuts The Blacklist and Blindspot, which were launched to higher ratings. However, Timeless‘ average 2.0 rating was higher than that of its timeslot successor, Taken, which was renewed for season 2 this week – likely because it was a somewhat cheaper in-house production with NBC partners Universal Television and Europa Corp.
It remains to be seen how season 2 of Timeless will continue the storyline established in season 1 and it’s unclear how much Kripke and Ryan’s family-friendly pitch for the show’s sophomore outing will affect its look and feel. However, fans will undoubtedly be pleased with this news of Timeless receiving a second season since the season 1 finale left off on a bit of a cliffhanger. Although Rittenhouse was seemingly defeated, Lucy discovered her own mother was a member of the organization – not to mention Lucy’s sister Amy still hadn’t been restored to the the timeline. So, with Timeless receiving a season 2 order, fans will get to see how this story resolves – presumably through plenty of time-travel adventures.
Timeless will return for season 2 on NBC as early as Spring 2018.