Timeless renewed! NBC reverses cancellation, to air in 2018

Posted May 14, 2017

Days after NBC announced that it would not be moving forward with a second season of its fan-favorite drama Timeless, series creator Eric Kripke took to Twitter to reveal that NBC has reversed its decision to pull the plug on the show - but there is a slight twist to the Timeless cancellation tale. The series rises from the recent dead to land a season 2 renewal at NBC.

The Time Team has done it again!

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The rare move follows three days of very strong reaction from fans to the cancellation of the time-travel drama, which was the top pick in USA Today's Save Our Shows poll. Kripke tweeted early Saturday. According to Screen Rant, although "Timeless" did much better with an average rating of 2.0 compared to the other show's 1.5, NBC has chose to renew "Taken" for another season as it is cheaper to produce.

The series stars Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Višnjić, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit. We went back and I'm pretty sure we changed NBC's minds so yeah, we got more episodes coming. "Who knows? Just know we're back!" Showrunner Eric Kripke, who had been active on social media to try and rally fan support for months, had hinted at the slim possibility of shopping Timeless season 2 around to other distributors, but now it seems that won't be necessary.

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This renewal also is further proof that live+same day ratings are no longer the only thing that matters when it comes to keeping a show around.

In Timeless, the heroes travel back in time to a major event in history, making the show a potential teaching tool for schools.

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Delayed viewing did at times bring in 80% or more additional viewers, but with the ownership of Timeless being shared between NBC and Sony, the initial decision to cancel wasn't entirely surprising.