Timeless defied cancellation one last time as NBC announced that it would bring back the fan favorite time travel show for a two-hour movie, which serves as the series finale and ties up loose ends that were left dangling at the end of season two. Although the show will not live on as a weekly episodic program, this news will bring closure to fans who rallied hard to save the canceled series during San Diego Comic-Con, when an airplane flew a #SaveTimeless banner paid for by a crowdfunding campaign.
In a joint statement with fellow showrunner, Shawn Ryan, Kripke explained, “While we wish we could’ve made another dozen seasons of Timeless, this is the next best thing. 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?”
Timeless Movie Release Date and Trailer
The two-hour Timeless finale event will air on NBC on Thursday, December 20 at 8/7c. Here’s a trailer for the coming series ender.
Timeless Movie Story
An important detail about the Timeless movie finale surfaced back in September. In an interview with Collider, show executive producer Eric Kripke has revealed that the two-hour finale will showcase two different time periods.
Consequently, it appears that the movie finale will essentially resemble two separate episodes of the series, with the team time-trotting to different points in each frame. However, the episodes will still contain a unifying theme. As Kripke explains:
“It’s basically the equivalent of two episodes. As a matter of fact, we tried, at one point, to do one long historical period to last over two hours, and then eventually, [executive producer and writer Arika Lisanne Mittman] wisely said, ‘Why are we doing this? Why don’t we just do what we always do, which is spend an hour in two different time periods?’ And so, though they’re connected and though it’s one long mythology story that plays over both, they really are, in effect, two time periods of Timeless that they visit, and we’ll shoot each one. We shot 8-day episodes, and this will be a 16-day shoot. It will be exactly like two more episodes of the show.”
The idea of two time periods aligns with the previous revelation that the two-hour event will be produced as two separate episodes, written by Lauren Greer and Arika Lisanne Mittman, respectively, and both directed by John Showalter. Said scripts were recently teased in the tweet seen below.
When pressed with the inevitable question about a possible revival of Timeless somewhere down the road, Kripke avoids closing the door entirely, stating:
“Anything is possible. I’m really proud of that show. These are some scary times, and I think that show is a force of positivity, and inclusion and diversity, in a world that, frankly, desperately needs it. I’m really proud of the message of that show. I’m proud of its heart. And everyone else who works on it feels the same. I think we’d be happy to find a way to continue that story.”
Timeless Movie Details
All of the regular cast members, Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Goran Višnjić, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit, are on board for the Timeless movie finale – including (in what might be considered a spoiler,) Malcolm Barrett!
Indeed, executive producer Eric Kripke took to Twitter after the news was announced via TVLine and others, telling Timeless fans who were left worrying about the fate of key character Rufus, played by Barrett, “I know you wanted more seasons, but this two hour finale will let us end the story right save Rufus. Every conversation I had with Sony and NBC was about the fans, giving them the ending they deserved because they spoke so loudly. Thank you, Clockblockers!”
“We’re excited to tell one final chapter to this incredible story,” says Lisa Katz, who co-heads scripted programming for NBC. “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.”
In the director’s chair for the Timeless movie finale will be John Showalter, who directed Season 1 episodes “The Capture of Benedict Arnold” and “The Murder of Jesse James” and Season 2 episodes “Hollywoodland” and “The General.” He’s also a veteran of genre shows (some of which are Kripke-connected,) such as Supernatural, The 100, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow and Supergirl.
Duties for writing the culminating two-part event will be divided up. Lauren Greer, writer of Season 2’s “The Day Reagan Was Shot,” will handle the first hour. Arika Lisanne Mittman, an executive producer who wrote Season 1 episodes “Stranded” and “The Red Scare,” and co-wrote Season 2 episodes “The War to End All Wars” and “The Day Reagan Was Shot,” will handle the second hour.
Intriguingly, after those details were revealed, writer Greer made a Throwback Thursday-hashtagged tweet of an altered-history newspaper that shows the successful trip of the Hindenburg. Of course, the Timeless pilot episode sent the gang back to 1937 in Manchester Township, NJ for a series of events that ultimately prevented the historical zeppelin disaster. Could this be a clue that the Timeless movie finale will somehow take things back to where it all started?