‘Timeless’ Is Once More On NBC’s Chopping Block

‘Timeless’ Is Once More On NBC’s Chopping Block
10 May


NBC has a pretty terrible track record for ambitious sci-fi shows.  The network orders them, hypes them, but if they don’t turn into instant water cooler sensations, they get the ax pretty swiftly.  (See: ‘Constantine‘, ‘Dracula’, etc.)  In all fairness, these shows are expensive to produce, so they need to perform up to a certain point.  Unfortunately, the time travel series ‘Timeless’ hasn’t done that.  NBC rolled it out in fall of 2016, but after it only achieved lukewarm ratings, cancelled it.  But in a rare case of fans making a difference, NBC reversed its decision and decided to give the series a second season.  Unfortunately, the show’s popularity has not increased and it is once more facing cancellation.

‘Timeless’ was created by Eric Kripke (‘Supernatural’, ‘The Boys’) and Shawn Ryan (‘Angel’, ‘S.W.A.T.’) and stars Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston, Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan and Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, a trio of adventurers who must travel through time to preserve history.  Goran Višnjić co-stars as Garcia Flynn, their one-time enemy, turned unlikely ally.  The show also features Sakina Jaffrey as Homeland Security agent Denise Christopher, Paterson Joseph as Connor Mason, who owns the company that created the trio’s time machine, and Claudia Doumit as Jiya Marri an employee of Mason Industries.

Kripke posted a heartfelt letter to fans, on behalf of himself, Ryan and the entire cast and crew, pleading with fans to show their support.  He primarily urged fans to live-view the two-hour season finale, which airs on May 13, one hour earlier than normal, at 9pm instead of 10.  He also asked fans to stream the show on Hulu and other outlets in order to boost ratings.

You can read his full letter, which he shared via Twitter, below:


On May 2, ‘Timeless’ won the annual USA Today poll “Save Our Shows” which allows fans to vote for which bubble shows that they most want to see return.  ‘Timeless’ earned 58% of the votes.  (‘Timeless’ also won last year’s poll, which is likely why NBC decided to bring it back.)  ‘Timeless’ bested ‘Designated Survivor’, ‘The Blacklist’, ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Elementary, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine, ‘Scorpion, ‘The 100’, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and more.

Alison Maxwell, managing editor of USA T0day’s Life section stated:

“Timeless fans have outdone themselves again.  It’s amazing to see the passion and dedication of TV fans, and we’re proud that Save Our Shows is the outlet for fans to have their voices heard.”

Are you a ‘Timeless’ fan?  If so, make sure to show your support!

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.



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