NBC on 'Timeless' reversal: 'We went back to the drawing board'

NBC canceled #Timeless. We're surprised & upset. The series rises from the recent dead to land a season 2 renewal at NBC.

Ever since Quantum Leap was given the most heartbreakingly abrupt ending back in 1993, I've been hoping that the American TV Gods could come up with another fun time travel series.

Eric Kripke and his fellow series creator, Shawn Ryan, both took to Twitter in order to rejoice with the fans who all seemed to help save the show from ending prematurely. "Its true. NBC cancelled Timeless", he said. "Odds are long, but trying to find another home".

One of the fans dismayed by the cancellation news is "Saturday Night Live" star Leslie Jones.

Kripke's announcement of the show's twist of fate was appropriately on theme: "The #TimeTeam went back 3 days, and changed history". Co-creator/co-showrunner Eric Kripke initially noted that it would air in summer 2018 with 10 new episodes, but that is not set in stone.

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It's unclear when season two of the drama will air.

While Timeless was still on the bubble, Sony TV is believed to have offered guaranteed profits - which is one of the avenues pursued by networks these days, along with ownership stakes, license fee reduction and domestic/international distribution rights - but couldn't get to the level required by NBC.

It's likely that the entire lead cast will be brought back for future episodes. It's a twist that can only point to the Timeless team (Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter and Malcolm Barrett) booting up the old time machine and changing history.

"Timeless" follows the life of a mysterious criminal who steals a state-of-the-art time machine that he uses to alter past events that could destroy the country in present time.

  • Stacy Houston