Timeless - Season 1
Although NBC canceled the series after one season, the series was renewed three days later following negotiations with Sony Pictures Television. The ten-episode second season premiered on March 11, 2018, and ran until NBC canceled the series again in June 2018. One month later, NBC ordered a two-part finale to conclude the series, which aired on December 20, 2018.
Timeless - Season 1
Long considered one of NBC's hot pilots, it was ordered to series on May 13, 2016, after lengthy negotiations to obtain the series' "in-season stacking rights", which allow a network to stream all episodes of a series' current season via all the network's online platforms. On November 1, 2016, NBC ordered three additional episodes, increasing the first season order to 16. The season concluded on February 20, 2017.
On May 10, 2017, NBC cancelled the series after one season. Three days later, following negotiations with Sony Pictures Television, NBC renewed the series for a ten-episode second season, which premiered on March 11, 2018. On June 22, 2018, NBC announced that the series had once again been cancelled, although the production of a possible two-hour movie finale to properly conclude the series was being discussed. On July 31, 2018, NBC announced it had ordered a two-part finale to properly conclude the series, which aired on December 20, 2018.
The first season of Timeless received generally positive reviews from television critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the first season an approval rating of 83%, with an average rating of 6.39 out of 10 based on reviews by forty critics. The site's critical consensus states, "Timeless is a fun throwback action series with a kooky premise worth watching, even if it is delivered clumsily at times." The second season fared significantly better, receiving a 100% rating, with an average rating of 8.43 based on fourteen reviews. Metacritic, which uses a normalized rating, gave the first season a score of 65 out of 100, based on reviews from 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". A 90% approval rating for the finale was reported by Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 8.83/10 based on 10 reviews, and a critical consensus reading, "A fitting farewell, Timeless wraps with a fun, festive finale that ties up loose ends and provides enough fan service to satisfy."
The Timeless season 1 finale did just what it needed to do by pulling out a lot of ingredients that would be perfect moving forward for a season 2, should there be one. Some were unexpected twists and others were eye-opening moments that expanded the possibilities of what the show could explore. Although the quick turnabout for Flynn was a bit dissatisfying, there was lots to love about this finale for most of the other characters. Even the historical era of 1954 provided just the right background to this season ender.
Filled with action, romance, mystery, and the exhilarating battle of good vs. evil, Timeless is a fun way to learn about history. The show also does a great job of showcasing unsung American heroes, especially in the second season when the focus shifts to women and people of color, members of marginalized communities whose contributions to society are often forgotten or prescribed to someone else. The second season performed better among critics than the first (it even received an 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes). But alas, it was announced in June 2018 that the time travel series was cancelled. Now what?
Timeless season 3 didn't happen since the NBC TV show was cancelled after season 2, though it did get a two-hour series finale wrap-up movie - here's everything you need to know about the Timeless cancellation.
Timeless was never a massive ratings hit for NBC, but it did have its own legion of devoted fans who managed to keep the show alive despite low ratings. As such, Timeless was actually cancelled twice, but revived twice as well, before finally wrapping up with a two-hour series finale movie. Now, we break down the confusing history of Timeless season 3's cancellation.
In May 2017, NBC cancelled Timeless after season 1. It was revealed by co-creator Shawn Ryan that the decision was based on financial reasons; Timeless was produced outside NBC by Sony Pictures Television. However, just three days after news of its cancellation broke, Timeless was renewed for season 2 by NBC, un-cancelling the show. It was announced the series would return for a shortened season 2, running only 10 episodes, compared to the first season's 16 episodes. Timeless season 2 premiered in March 2018, concluding in May 2018.
Toward the end of season 2, co-creator Eric Kripke warned fans that Timeless was once again on the bubble, meaning its ratings weren't high enough to guarantee a season 3 renewal. The creators and the fans had every reason to worry the show would be cancelled once again, with it seeming unlikely Timeless would get another hail mary like after season 1. Still, the Timeless season 2 finale cliffhanger caused fans to hope that the show would be allowed to wrap up in some way. NBC cancelled Timeless (again) after season 2, but left the option open for the series to be given a two-hour finale movie in order to wrap up its storylines.
When Timeless season 3 failed to find a home after the show was cancelled by NBC, the producers came to an agreement with the network for a wrap-up movie. NBC officially announced the Timeless series finale movie in July 2018 and production began. The Timeless two-part series finale aired on NBC in December 2018, wrapping up Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus's storylines, as well as those of Flynn and the show's supporting characters. It was a deserving, if rushed, conclusion to the fan-favorite TV show.
As such, Timeless season 3 never happened and likely never will. Though certain beloved television series with dedicated and vocal fans have managed to get those productions revived multiple times (Arrested Development and Veronica Mars in particular), Timeless is cancelled. At least, for now.
Co-created by TV veteran Shawn Ryan ("The Shield," "S.W.A.T."), "Timeless" aired for two seasons before getting the chance to wrap up its story with a two-hour series finale movie event. It was a hard-earned and costly finale that nearly didn't happen because "Timeless" was actually canceled twice over the course of its two seasons. Now, it's worth asking: How did that happen, and what was NBC's reason for doing it? The answer comes down to network politics and the most crucial consideration in broadcast television: ratings.
The first time "Timeless" was canceled was back in May 2017, following the airing of its 16-episode first season. While the show had strong reviews and a timeslot right after NBC's ratings goliath "The Voice," the drama never managed to capture a broad audience. The one it did was loudly loyal, but by the end of its first season, "Timeless" was averaging lower ratings than "Chicago Med," a TV series already in its second season. Kripke and Ryan's co-creation never quite lived up to the legacy of other post-"Voice" series like "The Blacklist" and "Blindspot."
When "Timeless" returned for its second go, NBC didn't exactly give it a grand return. The network only ordered ten additional episodes of the series, which debuted in March 2018. Despite getting a second chance, the show's ratings fell even lower than its first season's numbers, and NBC canceled "Timeless" again just days ahead of the expiration of the cast's contracts.
Despite that, almost as if someone had tinkered with time, a two-hour series finale was greenlit. The announcement came as an immense relief for the show's fans, who had been left with a cliffhanger by the "Timeless" writers at the end of its second season. "Behind the scenes, Sony has been trying hard to set it up elsewhere, but no luck so far," co-creator Eric Kripke said on Twitter. "I think this 2 hour movie is our best shot. We're ready to make it if @nbc really wants it."
The stars of "Timeless" have all kept fairly busy in the years since the NBC show's unfortunate cancellation. Abigail Spencer, for starters, played the lead role in the Hulu original series "Reprisal" and had a recurring role in the Katey Sagal-led ABC legal dramedy, "Rebel," both of which were canceled after their first seasons. Fortunately, Spencer also continues to reprise her role as Dr. Megan Hunt on "Grey's Anatomy" (via IMDb).
For his part, Matt Lanter has continued to voice Anakin Skywalker in a number of non-live-action "Star Wars" projects, including the final season of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and 2020's "The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special." He also appeared as George Hutchence a.k.a. Skyfox in the first (and only) season of "Jupiter's Legacy" (via IMDb). Meanwhile, Malcolm Barrett has appeared in multiple episodes of Amazon's "The Boys" and recently had a recurring role as Ted White in "Genius: Aretha" (via IMDb).
In recent years, Paterson Joseph has similarly had recurring roles in "Avenue 5," "Noughts + Crosses," "Vigil," and "That Dirty Black Bag" (via IMDb). Sakina Jaffrey has had a particularly busy past few years as well (via IMDb), thanks to her roles in everything from "Lost in Space" and "Defending Jacob" to "Snowpiercer" and "Billions." Additionally, while Claudia Doumit hasn't scored quite as many recurring TV roles as Jaffrey or Joseph, she did make her debut as Victoria Neuman in "The Boys" Season 2, and she's set to reprise that role in the Amazon show's third season (via IMDb).
Our jaws hit the floor and our hearts ached for Lucy this season. When she returned home from her first trip into the past, she found herself in a catch-22: her dying mother was well, but Amy, the sister she so dearly loves, is gone. Lucy made it her mission to bring back her sister. Agent Christopher even made a deal with Lucy and kept her promise until the end. The Time Team delayed Operation Save Amy and followed Flynn into the past in hopes of thwarting Rittenhouse for good. 041b061a72