NBC has announced a two-hour series finale for twice-cancelled sci-fi drama Timeless, which will air sometime during the holidays.
“We’re excited to tell one final chapter to this incredible story,” said NBC Entertainment co-president of scripted programming Lisa Katz. “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.”
Timeless was originally cancelled in the spring of 2017 after a modestly rated first season. However, after some financial negotiations with Sony resulted in the network getting partial ownership of the property, Timeless was resurrected for a second season that premiered in spring 2018. The show was pushed into a slot that was too late for its family friendliness and co-viewing levels, though, and found itself with a soft lead-in in Genius Junior. Cut to NBC refusing to make a decision on the show at upfronts and delaying said second cancellation about six weeks.
The news comes about a month after NBC cancelled the show while leaving the possibility of a series finale open. It marks the first broadcast movie wrap-up since CBS gave CSI a final go-around in September 2015. No creative specifics were mentioned by NBC at this time, but given the cliffhanger focused on the death and possible resurrection of Rufus, it’s safe to say the main storyline of the finale will center on reuniting the Lifeboat team once and for all.