11:30am PT by Michael O'Connell
'Timeless' Gets More Episodes at NBC
Timeless is getting a few extra episodes for its freshman season. NBC announced Tuesday that it has extended the show's freshman run to 16 hours.
The drama will leave its Monday roost at February's end to accommodate the network's deep bench. Once Timeless completes its 16-episode season, NBC's spin on the film franchise Taken shifts into its post-Voice time slot. Taken, and the new season of The Voice, hit the schedule starting Feb. 27.
“Monday nights are critical to our success,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, “and we’re going strong into the rest of the season with the return of The Voice in February followed by the premiere of Taken, along with additional episodes of our great new series Timeless. We’re very happy to welcome Gwen Stefani back to The Voice, along with Blake, Adam, and our new coach Alicia Keys. And Taken is a thrilling new series inspired by the hit movie franchise but updated in a very clever way.”
Timeless will air all original episodes in two blocks, between Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 and Jan. 16 and Feb. 20, before going dark. The freshman series is averaging a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 11.2 million viewers in the latest live-plus-seven-day stats from Nielsen. That makes it one of the stronger debuts of the broadcast season, currently ranking fifth among the new pack, but it's not as high as some of the previous first-year occupants of the time slot. Timeless is produced by Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television. Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke serve as showrunners.
"Timeless is a phenomenal new show that takes the audience emotionally to a completely different place and time each week,” added NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. “We’re thrilled to be ordering additional episodes so that we can run the final six hours of the season in a row with no preemptions after the new year. Our hats are off to Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan for producing one of the most ambitious new shows anywhere on television.”
NBC, still solidly No. 1 among the Big Four nets this season, did not have many freshmen on the dial — just three. Breakout This Is Us has already seen its order extended to 18, while The Good Place got a straight-to-series order at 13 (creator Mike Schur has said that's the most the comedy will be producing a season).