Rufus is back! Timeless back on NBC for 2-part finale, helicopter stunt at Comic Con did the trick
After fans took to the sky to reveal their love and anxiety around 'Timeless', the show is finally returning to answer the questions that were left unattended after Season 2.
NBC has announced the much-anticipated return of 'Timeless' and this time it will be a two-part series finale to wrap it all up. Fans had petitioned for a return of the series that was cancelled after its second season, leaving viewers hanging on a cliffhanger. Now the showrunners believe the two-part finale will give fans a proper conclusion as the story finally wraps up.
While showrunner Eric Kripke took to Twitter to announce the victory of saving 'Timeless', co-showrunner Shawn Ryan applauded the fans for their efforts in helping revive the series.
'Timeless' for its two season run was much loved, and fans took their love for the show to Comic-Con on July 21 when a helicopter flew around the area at 12: 00 pm PST with a banner attached to it that read: "You Guys Want to Get Rufus Back, Or What?".
Kripke who was impressed with all the love that was showered upon the show by the fans posted on Twitter about the return of the show. His post read: "I know you wanted more seasons. But this 2 hour finale will let us end the story right & #SaveRufus. EVERY convo I had with @Sony & @nbc was about the fans. Giving them the ending they deserve. Cause they spoke so loudly. Thank you, #Clockblockers #TimelessSavedAgain @NBCTimeless."
Speaking to USA Today, Ryan said it was the tireless efforts of the people which was "very much on [the] radar" of the executives including Sony which produces the show. He mentioned: "Trending on Twitter, months after the cancellation, was super-impressive. It’s such a passionate fan base.”
The show was also on the top of USA Today's 21st annual Save Our Shows poll with over 58% viewers asking for a third season of the time travel fantasy.
Ryan had then mentioned the importance of the show's revival as he said, "I think this show is important to a lot of people...I would argue that NBC has a history of realizing when they have something that's really good and sticking with it. You look at shows like 'Hill Street Blues' and 'Cheers' and 'Seinfeld' — critically acclaimed series that initially lacked rating heat — that eventually started permeating the national consciousness. They ultimately became not just critically beloved shows, but rating juggernauts."
Ryan, who says that the path to the finale was a rather difficult one, said in the exclusive interview with USA Today, "I know for a fact that the passion of the fans had an impact on NBC and (producing studio) Sony, without a doubt...All the helicopter signage stuff at Comic-Con was very much on their radar. Trending on Twitter, months after the cancellation, was super-impressive. It’s such a passionate fan base."
He also believes that NBC took the right call to give the show its desired closure, specifically after the way things turned out in Season 2. "They want the fans to get a proper ending and leave on a high note."
The finale, which is supposed to air sometime later this year, will resolve the cliffhanger that had left the story loose-ended in Season 2. Probably, in this way, Lucy (played by Abigail Spencer) and Wyatt (played by Matt Lanter) will finally be able to save Rufus (played by Malcolm Barrett) and bring down the villainous Rittenhouse.
It might also help resolve the romantic tension between Lucy and Wyatt, thus giving the show the closure that it needs. Regarding the finale, NBC wrote in a statement: "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?”