NBC announces that Timeless, its oft-canceled time travel drama, will return for one last mission, in the form of a two-part series finale event. Few shows on television carry the ignominious distinction of having been canceled twice by the same network, but despite such a dubious distinction, the peacock network will follow through with the rumored movie that was offered up as a consolation to fans for dashing their hopes twice.
The upcoming finale event is scheduled to air sometime later this year, and it will resolve the massive cliffhanger on which season 2 ended. That means the future versions of Lucy (Abigail Spencer) and Wyatt (Matt Lanter) will have a chance to fulfill their promise of saving Rufus (Malcolm Barrett), and help bring an end to the villainous Rittenhouse and their time travel machinations. Presumably, the finale will also find time to resolve the will-they-or-won’t-they drama of Lucy and Wyatt’s shipper-friendly romance, neatly tying up every loose end in the series.
News of the series finale event was delivered via an official press release by NBC, which included a statement from co-creators Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan. The statement reads:
“While we wish we could’ve made another dozen seasons of ‘Timeless,’ this is the next best thing. 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?”
It has been a strange two-season (and a movie!) ride for Timeless, a show that joins the likes of canceled and quickly un-canceled series, like The Expanse and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. All three shows benefitted from an almost immediate outpouring of support by fans via social media. The only difference was the latter two wound up at new networks — or a deep-pocketed streaming service, in the case of The Expanse — while Timeless remained at the network that declined to renew it in the first place. And yet, despite what appeared to be a sizable and passionate fan base, the time travel series didn’t fare much better in the ratings during its second season. It will be interesting, then, to find out how many people tune in to see the series get a proper send off.
The two-part Timeless series finale event will air during the holiday season on NBC.