November 1, 2016
NBC announced today that three more episodes have been ordered for the first season of Timeless. While the small pickup is good news for the freshman time travel drama, the added trio of episodes brings its total to just 16, which is less than what would typically amount to a full season.
While the first season of Timeless will be on the shorter side, it does reflect the recent trend of networks tailoring the length of a season to what best suits each show and how it is performing, rather than keep every show at the traditional 22 episodes. Breakout hit This Is Us, for example, will air 18 episodes in Season 1.
Timeless comes from creators Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan, and follows team of time travelers chasing down a mysterious criminal intent on changing the past in order to destroy America. The series has been a decent performer through its first five episodes following The Voice on Monday nights, though it hasn't been the breakout hit that others have been in the same time slot. Still, its viewership numbers rank it among the top new series on broadcast TV this fall.