NBC is Jumping Into the Past With Time Travel Drama Timeless

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Image: NBC

Despite the bloodbath of television cancellations last week, NBC is on a roll picking up new shows to fill the fall schedule. Today, it officially ordered a season for its time travel drama, Timeless.


We’ve been intrigued by Timeless and its premise since it was announced last year (simply titled Time). After a time machine is stolen by a master criminal, a scientist (Malcolm Barrett, Better Off Ted), a soldier (Matt Lanter, 90210) and history professor (Abigail Spencer, Rectify) team up and use a prototype machine to try and stop him, visiting critical events in American history.

The trailer for this looks like this could be a fun show, with some entertaining team dynamics, year-of-the-week adventures and a season-long mystery.

Timeless will be helmed by Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Revolution) and Shawn Ryan (Last Resort, The Shield), with Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, Constantine) directing the pilot.

Time travel shows have become popular in the last couple of years, with Twelve Monkeys and Outlander each doing well with audiences (Not to mention Doctor Who). It will be interesting to see how this one stands apart, and where (or when?) the story takes us.


Andrew Liptak is the former Weekend editor of io9/Gizmodo. He is the co-editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction and hails from Vermont.


Ravenous Sophovore

It looks interesting, but is there an in-story reason to limit it to American history only? It sort of feels condescending, like the creators think Americans wouldn’t know about or care about the history of anywhere else. Or it could just be creator provincialism, I suppose.