Just in case you needed a little more validation to push to #SaveTimeless, we’ve got some of it courtesy from someone who is working on the situation at the ground level. We’re speaking here about Chris Parnell, the co-president of Sony Pictures Television Studios. This is the group that is responsible for making Timeless, which of course was broadcast and then canceled by NBC early Friday.
In a post on Twitter, Parnell seemingly revealed that he has been talking with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and YouTube about trying to revive the series, but there hasn’t been any sort of deal done this weekend. Of these suitors, none of them should be a surprise — we know that Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon have all saved major network shows in the past, and beyond just that, we also discussed on Saturday the connection between Amazon and NBC that gives the streaming home an interesting inside track towards picking up the show … provided of course that they want to do so.
The inclusion of YouTube on this list, meanwhile, is rather interesting given that YouTube hasn’t quite gotten in the business of reviving canceled shows just yet. At the same time, though, they are in the process of trying to secure more original content. Cobra Kai was a pretty big success for them and picking up a series like Timeless could help to secure them a little bit of a larger audience moving forward. That, in turn, could help some of the rest of their programming.
Out of all of the choices listed, in some ways YouTube has the most to gain — it is rather similar in some ways to when Netflix in the early days picked up Arrested Development or when Yahoo Screen first revived Community. These sort of providers had something to gain in subscribers. Timeless viewers are willing to spend the money to subscribe to a new service, provided of course that this means that they will have a chance to watch the show.
Does tweeting at networks / services work?
In a word, yes. It worked with Longmire and Netflix, it worked for The Expanse over at Amazon, and recently it did work with Lucifer and Netflix. While we do think that these revivals are longshots and that’s not going to change anytime soon, we do think that the Timeless fan base is passionate enough to make a little bit of magic happen here.
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