NBC has opted to cancel time travel drama Timeless after one season. The series, which has drawn a vocal and loyal fan base, was one of a slew of time travel projects to debut this season and became first out of the gate when it premiered this fall. However, it wasn’t able to translate the buzz it was generating into renewable ratings, disappointing behind The Voice before sinking lower airing after The Celebrity Apprentice. NBC had been talking about a possible renewal, with the family-friendly show moving to an earlier hour, but the network doesn’t have a whole lot of space while ratings simply got too low to be sustainable going forward.
From Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Timeless starred Matt Lanter (Star-Crossed), Abigail Spencer (Rectify), and Malcolm Barrett (Better Off Ted).
However, NBC didn’t only release bad news today, as bubble drama Blindspot has been renewed for a third season. The series was down from the numbers it was doing after The Voice in season one, but it’s proven to be pretty resilient, recently approaching the ratings of lead-out SVU and seemingly unaffected by airing in an earlier hour post-Daylight Savings Time. Where WB lost a potential syndication drama last season in The Mysteries of Laura, another opportunity to have a series reach syndication, which a third season renewal tends to indicate for broadcast shows that have two full seasons behind them, wasn’t going to be wasted.
From Martin Gero (The LA Complex), Blindspot stars Sullivan Stapleton (Strike Back) and Jaimie Alexander (Kyle XY).
NBC will be revealing its 2017-18 schedule on Sunday, May 14th, with its upfront presentation the following day. You can read what KSiteTV thought could happen here.