Few TV shows have proven to be as resilient as Global‘s time-travelling drama “Timeless”, which was cancelled after one season only to be resurrected the following season, thanks to outcry from the show’s hardcore fans.
While ratings for the second season weren’t robust enough to warrant a third, on Tuesday NBC announced plans to revive the series a second time in a two-part series finale that will provide fans some closure, scheduled to air later this year during the holiday season.
“We’re excited to tell one final chapter to this incredible story,” said Lisa Katz, NBC co-president, scripted programming. “A huge thank you to all — our cast, crew, producers and partners at Sony – who have worked so very hard, and to the fans who kept us on our toes and made sure we did our very best week after week.”
The show’s studio, Sony, confirmed the news on Twitter:
As viewers will recall, the season-2 finale found soldier Wyatt (Matt Lanter) and historian Lucy (Abigail Spencer) return from a mission that resulted in the death of engineer Rufus (Malcolm Barrett). The episode’s final moments, however, featured a cliffhanger twist when a new-and-improved Lifeboat appeared, with future versions of Lucy and Wyatt emerging from the vessel to ask: “You guys want to get Rufus back or what?”
“While we wish we could’ve made another dozen seasons of ‘Timeless’, this is the next best thing,” said series creators/executive producers Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke in a statement.
“We’re thrilled to take the Lifeboat out for one last spin and bring closure to our story,” the statement continues. “The studio, network, cast, and crew are all doing this for one reason only: the fans. Because they deserve it. Because the fans made this happen and we thank them for their passion, support, and helicopters. So? You guys want to get Rufus back or what?”
Star Spencer likewise thanked the show’s fans, taking to Twitter to share her excitement over “Timeless” being revived one more time.
Lanter also tweeted his gratitude to fans, as did co-stars Barrett and Sakina Jaffrey, along with the show’s writing team.
As you’d expect, “Timeless” fans took to Twitter en masse to express their elation — including an iconic former starship captain.