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NBC’s Timeless, which had a surprise last-minute renewal after being canceled earlier this year, is now moving production from Vancouver to California.
As part of the third year of the state’s revamped tax-credit program, the time-travel drama from Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke will relocate to the Golden State in season two, where it plans to employ approximately 250 cast, 220 crew and 3,000 extras. The show has been conditionally approved for $9.9 million in tax credits since the series is on track to spend nearly $40 million dollars in qualified expenditures (meaning wages to below-the-line workers and payments to in-state vendors).
It’s worth noting that after NBC reversed course on its decision to cancel the series starring Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter and Malcolm Barrett, the show saw its licensing fee reduced and producer Sony Pictures Television absorbed the bulk of the production costs.
Timeless is the third TV series (after Lucifer, Legion and Mistresses) to leave Canada in favor of California under the state’s new tax-incentives program, and it’s also the 12th relocating TV series under the initiative. Apart from Timeless, the rest of this round of tax credits went to TV series already in the program, including CBS’ S.W.A.T. and Code Black, NBC’s This Is Us and HBO’s Veep.
“We’re pleased to welcome Timeless to the growing list of TV series that have relocated from other locales, including Canada, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Louisiana, Florida and Texas,” said California Film Commission executive director Amy Lemisch. “Program 2.0 is creating long-term jobs while enabling such projects to take advantage of California’s unmatched production resources.”
“Thanks to the tax-credit program, we are able to capitalize on California’s vast talent pool of experienced crew and below-the-line support and infrastructure,” added Ed Lammi, executive vice president of production for Sony Pictures Television. “We know these assets will be a huge benefit for producing the second season of Timeless.”
Because of the program’s ongoing success drawing long-term TV projects, the most recent TV tax credit application period (held May 22-29) was open only to relocating series and recurring series already accepted into the program. In addition to Timeless, 27 recurring series in various stages of production are in the program and are eligible for tax credits. To date, a total of 50 TV projects, including pilots, TV movies, miniseries and TV series have been accepted into the program.
“Each successful TV series has the potential to create steady jobs over multiple seasons,” added Lemisch. “Bringing such high-quality, high-wage jobs back to California is precisely what Program 2.0 was designed to do.” Year three of the program begins on July 1 — the start of California’s fiscal year. The next application period for TV projects will be held Nov. 6-13, when the film commission plans to accept applications for new TV projects, as well as relocating series and season pickups or back orders for recurring series.
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