Bravo Clockblockers, you did it. Your relentless efforts, including the kickass SDCC Heliclockters, paid off (huge thanks to @EmilySchepker and @galavantcentral for orchestrating that epic event).
Tuesday, July 31st will go down in the record books as the day fans historically saved ‘Timeless’ not only once, but TWICE. Although we were hoping for more, we are still ecstatic to know that Rufus will indeed be saved.
NBC released this statement, breaking the news about a ‘Timeless’ “wrap-up” movie set to air this holiday season:
Hey Clockblockers, your mission is complete!
NBC and Sony Pictures Television are collaborating on a two-part “Timeless” finale to air during the holidays, giving closure to the globetrotting series that has generated incredible viewer passion.
According to executive producers Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke, audiences can expect the “Timeless” they know and love. A focus on the unsung and underrepresented people of history. And most importantly, one final emotional story for the Time Team.
“We’re excited to tell one final chapter to this incredible story,” said Lisa Katz, Co-President, Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment. “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.”
“While we wish we could’ve made another dozen seasons of ‘Timeless,’ this is the next best thing,” said Ryan and Kripke. “We’re thrilled to take the Lifeboat out for one last spin and bring closure to our story. 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?”
Soon enough, Kripke and the cast shared their excitement on social media and thanked the fans for their unyielding passion:
I know you wanted more seasons. But this 2 hour finale will let us end the story right & #SaveRufus. EVERY convo I had with @Sony & @nbc was about the fans. Giving them the ending they deserve. Cause they spoke so loudly. Thank you, #Clockblockers #TimelessSavedAgain @NBCTimeless pic.twitter.com/g7n79fdSua
— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) July 31, 2018
Some cast members went method and posted fun reactions in-character, while others expressed their joy through song and reminiscent photos:
“Do you want to save me or what?!?”
You guys want to get me back, or what? #Timeless #Clockblockers pic.twitter.com/N8uuZSGqHe
— Verbal The Rapper✊🏾 (@malcolmbarrett) July 31, 2018
“Screw this. I’m going to get Rufus.”
Screw this… pic.twitter.com/wfGqxUOAUN
— Matt Lanter (@MattLanter) July 31, 2018
“Apparently everyone in this fricken bunker loves the guy.”
“The Time Team’s back, alright!!!”
So excited! Jokes & ☕️ come spilling out of me. 🤦🏻♀️. Love you #Timeless fans! Thanks to you & everyone at @Sony & @NBC for making this happen! #timeteam #clockblockers #SaveTimeless pic.twitter.com/lPmyZYRGsQ
— Abigail Spencer (@abigailspencer) July 31, 2018
We know that many of you wanted a 3rd (and 4th and 5th) Season of the show rather than a 2 hour finale, but when it became clear that that wasn't going to be possible, this was our last and best hope to #Save Rufus. We're very grateful to @NBC and @SPTV for making this happen. pic.twitter.com/knT3Hqt1F4
— Timeless Writers (@TheTimelessRoom) July 31, 2018
Sources say filming will begin at the end of October, so the writers will probably get back to work very soon. Of course, we’ll be tracking all of the latest scoop leading up to the ‘Timeless’ movie. Stay tuned for updates!
Hope for More
SONY executive, Chris Parnell, has championed the series from the start. The studio has had this show’s back and their perseverance has immensely contributed to ‘Timeless’ salvation. While some claim this movie event will provide closure, Parnell’s tweet, along with the Timeless Writers’ optimism, offer fans hope for more.
Thank you to all of the helicopters, tweets, paperclips, cupcakes, popcorn, cookies, and the fans. Especially to the fans. We're not done yet. Please encourage everyone to catch up on @hulu and get ready to make the push to watch our show live this holiday. #Timeless #SaveRufus pic.twitter.com/C2mpA7XzXL
— Chris Parnell (@ChrisFParnell) July 31, 2018
We're going to give NBC and our fans a really satisfying conclusion to this 28 episode tale. All you have to do is look at Star Trek to see how fandom can increase over the years and revive shows. Our advice is to get folks to watch #Timeless on Hulu and watch on NBC in December! https://t.co/llLIWkUdCs
— Timeless Writers (@TheTimelessRoom) July 31, 2018
Ever since the first cancellation, NBC has argued that live ratings didn’t balance out the cost of financing the production of this high-quality show. Ryan even revealed that each episode costs about four million dollars to make. That makes sense because each spectacular episode feels like we are watching a mini-movie every week. Which brings me to this conclusion/wish:
Turning ‘Timeless’ into a TV movie franchise (similar to what USA Network, also from NBC Universal, is doing with ‘Psych’) would be the best of both worlds. Instead of funding a ten episode season, NBC Universal and SONY could co-produce yearly or bi-yearly event movies. It would satisfy the fans’ desire for more stories and be more cost effective for both studios.
The movie will now launch Clockblockers on an updated mission. They will continue to promote the show, draw in new viewers and ensure a ratings spike when the ‘Timeless’ special airs. With that said, NBC should also give the two-part “finale” a fighting chance by airing it from 8-10 pm. This is hailed as a family show, so the network should cater to the kiddies. After all, it’s going to air during the holiday season.
So get ready to gather your family around the TV, light up the fireplace and ask Santa Claus for the ultimate gift of more ‘Timeless.’
Way to Flynn it up, Clockblockers!