‘Timeless’: Could the Show Be Revived Again After the Two-Hour Finale?


Timeless | Ron Batzdorff/NBC

Certain shows don’t have huge audiences, but devoted ones. That would fit Timeless given the show has come back twice from the dead thanks to devoted fans. It got a two-hour event in order to wrap things up. But Timeless fans probably still have the hope of it coming back a third time. Could it happen? Here is everything we know so far.

Timeless co-creator, Shawn Ryan says he doesn’t know what will happen in the future


Timeless | NBC

It’s probably not surprising that there is still a question whether the show will come back given its history. The two-hour finale did wrap things up as if it wouldn’t but co-creator Shawn Ryan isn’t prepared to give a straight answer just yet.

“Listen, I don’t want to give false hope to the fans,” he told TV Guide. “Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) is a little cocky about coming back from the dead in the movie, and I’d say that was a function of us feeling a little cocky about coming back from the dead twice now. [Laughs]”

He eventually said, “I don’t know what will happen, I’m certainly not promising something will happen, but I see examples of — you know, Veronica Mars, Psych — you see these shows being revisited and redone. So I think it’s still possible.”

The co-creator also likened the possible comeback of Timeless to another show. “I keep thinking about how Star Trek was a TV show in the ’60s, and then became movies in the ’80s, and became a TV show again in the ’90s, and then became movies again,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I don’t know what form [Timeless] might take [if it were to continue], but…we’ve been killed twice, and we’ve come back both times, so we’ll see.”

The show’s writers room tweeted the 2-hour event’s ratings could give hope for the future of Timeless


Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston, Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan in Timeless | Darren Michaels/Sony/NBC

The people behind the show have been openly hopeful to keep the show around. The account called Timeless Writers tweeted, “Hey ClockBlockers! It’s Timeless week. Time to get serious about getting the word out about @TimelessSPTV 2 Hour Event on Thursday at 8/7CT! Any hope of the show continuing in some form in the future will hinge in large part on viewership numbers Thursday. Get folks to watch!”

According to TV Line, the finale had 3.22 million viewers and a 0.6 rating with the 18-49-year-old demographic. That was the largest audience for the show since Season 1’s finale.

There were other historical moments the show almost included in the finale


Timeless | Ron Batzdorff/NBC

Although there were a lot of things wrapped up in the finale, there were many ideas that didn’t make it in. Co-creator Shawn Ryan revealed what other ideas were bounced around to Entertainment Weekly.

“We had investigated things like Washington crossing the Delaware on Christmas Eve,” Ryan said. So why didn’t that happen? “It was important to me that the history [aspect of the final episodes] not necessarily be about a famous person, that the history be about just a ‘regular’ person — in this case, our pregnant Korean woman. As Lucy says, history is important to everyone.”

It looks like this is another case of never say never. The ratings were certainly up for the two-hour finale, and the people behind the show want to do it.

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