The action drama will return for Season 2.
May 13, 2017
In a surprise reversal of decision, NBC has decided to renew Timeless for a second season. The move comes just three days after the network originally cancelled the series to the dismay of the show's fans who were left with a season-ending cliffhanger back in February.
Co-creator Eric Kripke spread the good news on Twitter this morning, writing:
"The #TimeTeam went back 3 days, and changed history. @nbc picked us up for 10 episodes. Seriously. Airs next summer. #TimelessRenewed".
He followed that up minutes later with an update:
"Correction. Info moving fast. We're airing sometime in 2018, not sure when. But we're airing! #ResuscitateTimeless"
Timeless premiered last fall as part of NBC's fall line-up with a lot of momentum behind it. Created by two veteran producers, the series was given a high profile time slot airing after The Voice on Monday nights with heavy promotion, and received high critical praise from early reviews. While its premiere episode got off to a solid start, ratings slipped in subsequent weeks leaving only a limited audience who kept tuning in.
That audience, it turns out, was quite vocal when it was announced that the show would not be returning for a second season. So much so that the series was at the top of USA Today's "Save Our Shows" poll. That reaction seems to have swayed the powers that be to change their minds, resulting in today's pickup.
In this case, I think the network is just erring on the side of caution in case the show doesn't perform well. I imagine if it does, they will probably "top up" the second season, but would likely be in a split season format, like season 2.0's 10 episodes in the summer and season 2.5 with 10 or more episodes in early 2018.
As much as I like this show, airing only 10 episodes means waiting 42 weeks until the next Season comes around and this isn't how I like to watch TV. And, in this case, we'll have to wait until 2018 for this series to come back, and by this time I will have forgotten everything I ever knew about Timeless.
So, I'll pass on this show. I really dislike binge watching TV series--by the 5th episode the show becomes monotonous, and the show's theme song really irritating. Very few shows are worth sitting through 10 episodes in a row.
or someone has season 1 streaming when they finally air those 10 episodes. I also hope they don't leave it with another major cliffhanger unless things are looking better for another season by then. Other than the long wait, I actually like the idea of Timeless being a spring/summer show. I will take it any way I can get it!
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