Timeless canned by NBC as science fiction drama gets cancelled for a second time

Timeless canned by NBC as science fiction drama gets cancelled for a second time

NBC has cancelled the science fiction time travel drama Timeless for a second time.

But there may be a silver lining for fans; negotiations are reportedly ongoing for a two-hour series finale that would wrap up the season two cliffhanger.

Timeless was not a breakout hit but it did have respectable numbers when it came to the all-important ratings. 

It averaged 1.2 in the key adults 19-49 demo and nearly five million total viewers with seven days of delayed viewing. 

Not long after the news broke on the cancellation, star Abigail Spencer got nostalgic and shared a photo on Instagram of her on the set with co-stars Malcolm Barrett and Matt Lanter with the caption: ‘Timeless babies. The moment #TimeTeam met. First day of pilot.‘ #Timeless.

Series co-creator Shawn Ryan took to Twitter to share his disappointment.

‘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,‘ he wrote in the first of a series of tweets. 

He then reaffirmed the talk of a series finale: ‘… If NBC is sincere in wanting a two-hour movie to give much needed closure to our amazing fans, we are ready to make it. We don‘t want the journeys of Lucy, Wyatt, Rufus and the others to end yet.‘ 

Timeless starred Abigail Spencer, Malcolm Barrett and Matt Lanter as a team that attempted to stop a mysterious organization from changing the course of American history through time travel.

It also featured Goran Visnjic, Sakina Jaffrey, Paterson Joseph and Claudia Doumit.

NBC cancelled the series in May of 2017 after just one season, but just three days later, executives brought it back for a ten episode second season following some tough negotiations with Sony Pictures Television.

This latest cancellation came just days before the options of the show‘s cast expire. That means, if they do agree to do a two-hour movie finale, NBC and Sony TV would have to sign them to new deals.