The "Save Timeless" fan campaign continues, urging NBC for a third season
In the wake of NBC's announcement of a two-part special event in December, fans work to recruit new viewers in hopes of securing a third season of the cult favorite show
'Timeless' surely has some dedicated fans. NBC formally announced on June 22 that they had opted not to order a third season of the series. Fans rallied on social media to send a message to the cast, crew, Sony and broadcaster NBC that they would fight for the beloved show, in hopes of garnering some form of closure to the second season’s cliffhanger.
The group decided on a 4,000-square-foot banner, flown by helicopter for three hours at San Diego Comic-Con. A second helicopter documented the stunt via live stream for fans unable to attend in person. The campaign raised more than $23,000 in less than two weeks to fund the flyover. Now that NBC has promised a two-part special event to air in December to give them some closure, they want a third season.
'Timeless' ran for two seasons on NBC. The program follows historian Lucy Preston (Spencer), Delta Force operative Wyatt Logan (Lanter) and software engineer/pilot Rufus Carlin (Barrett) as they travel through time, fighting an evil shadow organization known as Rittenhouse, which attempts to alter history for nefarious purposes.
Each week the “Time Team” jumps to a different era, often finding themselves involved in historical events such as the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the Apollo 11 Moon Mission, and the Salem Witch Trials. The trio regularly met real-life historical figures - Davy Crockett, Elliot Ness, Harry Houdini, Ian Fleming, Hedy Lamarr, Marie Curie, Robert Johnson, and Harriet Tubman, to name a few.
The show has the rare distinction of having been rescued from cancellation not once, but twice. Fan outcry after NBC’s decision to cancel after season one brought the show back for a 10-episode season two, with the successful banner flight helping secure two bonus episodes in the fall. "ClockBlockers" are hoping a third time really will be a charm in finding the show a new home for further time travel adventures.
Following a successful stint at San Diego Comic-Con in July, the campaign brings its message to people enjoying late-summer weather along the Southern California coast. Beachgoers will be treated to the campaign’s banners in flight on Saturday, September 15, from Noon to 3 PM PT.
The banners will pass by multiple landmarks en route, including the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, Manhattan Beach Pier, Angel’s Gate Park, Long Beach, Seal Beach, and Balboa Pier before turning back north at Newport Beach and heading inland to wrap up the three-hour flight.
Emily Schepker, who coordinated both banner flights on behalf of the campaign, says Sony’s ongoing support of the show has helped motivate the fanbase, "A lot of 'Timeless' fans haven’t given up hope on a Season Three yet. Right now we have two new episodes airing on NBC in December, but we’re hoping to introduce the show to new viewers in the meantime by advocating for people to watch the show on Hulu. We’re hoping to bring in a lot of new fans, and garner the attention of viewers who haven’t been keeping up with show news."
She added: "We want to help make the 2-episode special into a major viewing event. If we get enough momentum, we’re hoping that will help Sony make a deal later on. ClockBlockers get really excited whenever we fly the banner, so this will help keep our momentum up while we focus on promoting the show for the next few months.”