‘Timeless’ Renewed: Will Abigail Spencer’s Show be Back for Season 2?

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Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston. (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

The season finale of NBC‘s Timeless aired tonight, so you will be wondering if the show is coming back for a second season. The time-travelling show starring Abigail Spencer and Matt Lanter has been renewed! The show will return in 2018, with 10 new episodes.

Deadline confirmed that Timeless was cancelled on May 10, but in a stunning decision, NBC reversed course. Three days after the show was cancelled, the network brought it back from the dead!

In an interview with TVLine, creators Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke said they didn’t think about whether the show would be renewed or not when writing the season one finale. Kripke said they wrote it as if the show was coming back so they didn’t compromise their story.

“When you write these things, you plan for success,” Kripke explained. “You just sort of have to, and whatever happens happens. But you write it as if the show’s coming back, because I think doing it any other way, you’re compromising the story you set out to tell.”

“We’ve always set out to tell this one-season story that then would provide a launching point for a Season 2, but that would answer a lot of things, and I think we did it,” Ryan told TVLine back in February. “We didn’t have any conversations where we were pulling out ratings and trying to do the math. We’re just writers, and we told the best story we could. So we’ll let the chips fall where they may.”

While Ryan and Kripe are confident in the show’s future, TVLine also notes that the show’s ratings haven’t been doing well. Since October, it’s been averaging in the 1.1 to 1.2 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. The February 3 episode also drew less than 3 million viewers. Another point going against the show is that it is expensive to produce.

Kripke told fans – dubbed “#TeamTimeless” – that they still need their help to convince NBC to renew the show.

He also tweeted this letter to fans:

Deadline reports that NBC is considered moving it to 8 p.m. on Fridays if the show gets picked up, since it is a show families can watch together.

Notably, the show also has a lawsuit hovering over it. In September, Onza Pictures sued Sony, the studio that produces Timeless, claiming that the show was ripped off from a Spanish-language show with a very similar plot. Inza also said it was in talks to make an English-language version if their show. On February 15, The Hollywood Reporter reported that a California federal judge denied a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed.

Timeless starred Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter and Malcolm Barrett as a group of time-travelers who have to stop criminals from ruining history. The first season ran an 16 episodes.

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  1. The show is something to look for to each week at 63 year old outside of voice nbc offers nothing give it a 9 pm time slot and a chance!

  2. What a thrill, history, time travel, I love it and need to know what happens next!!! Pleaseeee don’t quit now, I’m sick of reality tv, comedy sitcoms, at least your show makes me think, don’t change history too much! Stick with the initial theme….oh hell just solve the the answers to the questions! Don’t leave us hanging!

  3. Love this show. It’s smart, interesting and riveting. I’d love to see it continued. The twists and turns on tonight’s finale lend themselves to more of this story. This is not one of those bland vanilla custard shows with little other than time filler. It’s exciting to see the unexpected turns. Bring back more please.

  4. Please renew, I love it and my 3 granddaughters love it too! We have great conversations about the different episodes and the history related to them.

  5. I love this show too! It really needs to be renewed! I’m so tired of getting into a great show and it gets cancelled after one season. The networks need to give it a chance, because one season isn’t enough! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Please, please RENEW Timeless. It is a terrific show with a great premise! Also, the fact that is FAMILY friendly is a huge positive. So sick of crap shows that one can not watch with teens or children and equally sick and tired of reality shows!! KEEP Timeless and simply promote it in a stronger manner.

  7. Please, please RENEW Timeless. It is a terrific show with a great premise! Also, the fact that is FAMILY friendly is a huge positive. So sick of crap shows that one can not watch with teens or children and equally sick and tired of reality shows!! KEEP Timeless and simply promote it in a stronger manner.

  8. Not only is “Timeless” incredibly entertaining and educational in its historical accuracy, it provides viewers with role models who can actually be admired for putting themselves at risk to do what needs to be done. These characters hold virtue, honor, responsibility and respect in high esteem. They strive to be on the right side of history. Perhaps the current Commander-in-Chief should take a page from their book….Please keep this show alive….America needs it !!

  9. Please renew Timeless. I look forward every new episode. I just watched the season finale. It left a lot of open questions that need answered next season.

  10. ok…even if the show is cancelled, they can go back in time and get rid of the person responsible for the decision to cancel it…WIN WIN!!! So mr Big Wig NBC exec with this hanging over your head, ……….go ahead and cancel it!…LOL…

  11. Please give this entertaining and educational show another timeslot, maybe on another day, and definitely a second chance. I learned some new things, like the fact that the assassination of Abraham Lincoln was a part of a conspiracy to kill 4 men, but was the only one that was succsesful.

  12. If you are making it return, please tell me when. I haven’t missed an episode, and I don’t plan to anytime soon. thx

  13. Please renew it,it might not seem like there aren’t allot of people watching but there is and for me I watch the recording cause I can’t watch it live cause I miss it but I love this show sooo much and It can’t end please NBC renew it

  14. Please renew Timeless!! My husband and i looked forward to it every week… Weve been waiting for season 2!!

  15. I love the show. What a great way to learn history again. One of my favorite shows of last fall season. Love time travel !! Renew please!!!!