Saved mere days after cancellation last year, the Sony produced time-travel drama Timeless has been cancelled for a second time by NBC.
The drama saw NBC reverse its cancellation after its first year due to public outcry by its loyal and very vocal fan base. The shows first season had sixteen episodes, while the second season was shortened to only ten episodes.
The second season two part finale that aired on May 13th had over 4 million viewers. I
t was a cliffhanger where future versions of Wyatt (Matt Lanter) and Lucy (Abigail Spencer) appeared to tell their younger selves it was time to save Rufus (Malcolm Barrett).
Brainchild of The Shield creator Shawn Ryan and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, “Timeless” averaged nearly five million total viewers with seven days of delayed viewing.
Ryan took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the news:
“This is a sad day for the writers, actors, crew, and especially the viewers of Timeless. We are all extremely proud of what we made and know that it was more than just a show for so many of our fans. It became a passion and a cause for many of them.”
In May, Sony TV chief Jeff Frost said they had begun preliminary discussions about finding a potential new home for the drama should NBC pass on a third-season pickup, however, Sony gave up a 50% ownership to NBC’s Universal Television last year in order to get the second season renewal.
“In the event that it doesn’t go forward, we have a number of conversations going on with a number of interested parties. We really hope that NBC sees the light. If they don’t, we are very anxious to try set it up some place else.”
This news comes right as the options for the show’s cast are about to expire. The cast already had to renegotiate their contracts after the first season due to the cancellation and short-order renewal.
The studio and network are, however, reportedly continuing talks for a potential two-hour movie to wrap up the finale cliffhanger.
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