Fans believe Timeless's "lack of global appeal" is possibly why Netflix opted to save 'Lucifer' and 'Designated Survivor' instead
Coming to the realization NBC will not renew it for the third time, 'Timeless' fans want streaming giants like Netflix to take it up and continue to air the show
NBC's 'Timeless' is well known as the show that has been canceled and renewed a lot compared to other shows. The series based on time travel ran for two seasons before NBC canceled it. And after fans of the show started a massive campaign, NBC renewed it for the second time after they realized they ended it with a lot of loose ends.
Money was raised by the 'Timeless' Clockblockers (fans) and they hired two helicopters that were used to fly a #SaveTimeless banner during the San Diego Comic-Con to get the attention of the network. When news of the reboot for 'Timeless' was announced - a two-part finale that will air December 20 - fans seemed satisfied with that, for that moment.
Though the series' two-part finale is said to tie up all the loose ends left, fans are still not happy with it ending. They want a season 3 of 'Timeless'. Coming to the realization NBC will not renew it for the third time, fans want streaming giants like Netflix to take it up and continue to air the show.
Some fans have started asking questions as to why Netflix has decided to save shows like 'Lucifer' and 'Designated Survivor' but not 'Timeless'. "I still am sad that we are not getting a season 3? But why? Netflix have saved shows like Lucifer (which is good and had a campaign like Clockbusters!) and then also shows like designated survivor which sucks in s2 (and they had no campaign at all, I didnt see any fans posting [for] it to be saved)," wrote one fan.
There are two possible reasons as to why the streaming giant will not take up 'Timeless' and renew it for another season. The main reason could be that the series lacks the global appeal the other two series garner. Though 'Timeless' is a huge hit when it comes to U.S. ratings, it has a minor international audience. 'Lucifer' and 'Designated Survivor', on the other hand, both have major international audiences.
The second reason why Netflix or another streaming giant might not take up 'Timeless' is because it is not cost-effective. "First of, money. Timeless is very expensive to make. That’s why it looks so good! And second, just because you like one show more than another does not mean everyone sees it that way. Netflix exec’s probably saw more of a future in the shows they did save. And they probably cost a lot less too," pointed another fan.
Making a time travel show can be much more expensive than regular shows, considering the VFX for every episode. New locations will result in a new set every week. The different eras will result in different costumes and especially so in Timeless' case. Considering the above, other shows are more cost-effective compared to a time travel series.