NBC has a pretty terrible track record for ambitious sci-fi shows. The network orders them, hypes them, but if they don’t turn into instant water cooler sensations, they get the ax pretty swiftly. (See: ‘Constantine‘, ‘Dracula’, etc.) In all fairness, these shows are expensive to produce, so they need to perform up to a certain point. Unfortunately, the time travel series ‘Timeless’ hasn’t done that. NBC rolled it out in fall of 2016, but after it only achieved lukewarm ratings, cancelled it. But in a rare case of fans making a difference, NBC reversed its decision and decided to give the series a second season. Unfortunately, the show’s popularity has not increased and it is once more facing cancellation.
‘Timeless’ was created by Eric Kripke (‘Supernatural’, ‘The Boys’) and Shawn Ryan (‘Angel’, ‘S.W.A.T.’) and stars Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston, Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan and Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, a trio of adventurers who must travel through time to preserve history. Goran Višnjić co-stars as Garcia Flynn, their one-time enemy, turned unlikely ally. The show also features Sakina Jaffrey as Homeland Security agent Denise Christopher, Paterson Joseph as Connor Mason, who owns the company that created the trio’s time machine, and Claudia Doumit as Jiya Marri an employee of Mason Industries.
Kripke posted a heartfelt letter to fans, on behalf of himself, Ryan and the entire cast and crew, pleading with fans to show their support. He primarily urged fans to live-view the two-hour season finale, which airs on May 13, one hour earlier than normal, at 9pm instead of 10. He also asked fans to stream the show on Hulu and other outlets in order to boost ratings.
You can read his full letter, which he shared via Twitter, below:
— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) May 5, 2018
On May 2, ‘Timeless’ won the annual USA Today poll “Save Our Shows” which allows fans to vote for which bubble shows that they most want to see return. ‘Timeless’ earned 58% of the votes. (‘Timeless’ also won last year’s poll, which is likely why NBC decided to bring it back.) ‘Timeless’ bested ‘Designated Survivor’, ‘The Blacklist’, ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Elementary, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine, ‘Scorpion, ‘The 100’, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and more.
Alison Maxwell, managing editor of USA T0day’s Life section stated:
“Timeless fans have outdone themselves again. It’s amazing to see the passion and dedication of TV fans, and we’re proud that Save Our Shows is the outlet for fans to have their voices heard.”
Are you a ‘Timeless’ fan? If so, make sure to show your support!