We’ve been asked a number of questions as of late on the renewal effort, so this feels like a good time to address some of them.
Why is NBC taking so long? – There could be a number of different reasons, whether it be determining the episode count or negotiating a specific licensing fee with the studio over at Sony Pictures TV. It could be budget-related, or be focused on finding the right place for it on the schedule. By no means are we guaranteeing a renewal or close to it; however, NBC wouldn’t have waited so long unless they had some interest in bringing the show back. Otherwise they would have canceled it and taken their lumps.
Is NBC sabotaging the show by holding onto it for so long so that when they cancel it, it won’t have time to get a new home before cast contracts expire? – That’s a long question, but we’ve heard it on a number of different occasions. The short answer here is simple: No. They’re not doing that. If they were, it would completely damage their relationship with Sony, which NBC would never want since they have an acting working relationship. There is no conspiracy, trust us!
Should we worry about cast contracts expiring? – There’s no precise date on this that we’ve heard, but in general, we’d say it doesn’t matter as much with Timeless — at least in the short-term. So long as nobody within the cast books a series-regular role elsewhere even after a possible expiration date, the show should be fine since everyone seems to love doing it and could easily renegotiate a deal. No matter what, one of the great things about doing Timeless is that you have the time to do other work, anyway. Look at Malcolm Barrett on Preacher or Abigail Spencer on Grey’s Anatomy. Eventually, everyone may have to get other full-time jobs within the cast, but we’re not at that point yet.
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