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‘Timeless’ Gets Additional-Episode Order as NBC Sets ‘Taken’ Premiere Date

NBC has ordered an additional three episodes of sci-fi drama “Timeless,” bringing its full-season order to 16.

The network also set the premiere date for fellow freshman drama “Taken,” which will take over the 10 p.m. Monday post-“The Voice” time period currently occupied by “Timeless” with a Feb. 27 debut.

“Monday nights are critical to our success,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, “and we’re going strong into the rest of the season with the return of ‘The Voice’ in February followed by the premiere of ‘Taken,’ along with additional episodes of our great new series ‘Timeless.’ We’re very happy to welcome Gwen Stefani back to ‘The Voice,’ along with Blake, Adam, and our new coach Alicia Keys. And ‘Taken’ is a thrilling new series inspired by the hit movie franchise but updated in a very clever way.”

“Timeless” has averaged a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.7 million viewers in Nielsen live-plus-seven numbers. With the extension, NBC will air new episodes of “Timeless” uninterrupted between now and Dec. 12, then, after breaking for the holidays, will air an additional consecutive string of episodes from Jan. 16 to Feb. 20.

The 16-episode total is short of the traditional 22 episodes for a full-season broadcast drama, but reflects the production demands of a time-travel drama. “Timeless” is executive produced by co-showrunners Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke. John Davis, John Fox and Marney Hochman also serve as executive producers. The series hails from Sony Pictures Television and Universal Television.

“‘Timeless’ is a phenomenal new show that takes the audience emotionally to a completely different place and time each week,” said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to be ordering additional episodes so that we can run the final six hours of the season in a row with no pre-emptions after the new year. Our hats are off to Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan for producing one of the most ambitious new shows anywhere on television.”

Universal TV and EuropaCorp TV’s “Taken” is based on the feature film by Luc Besson. NBC had in May established its intention to slide the series into the post-“Voice” time period at midseason. The drama is executive produced by writer Alexander Cary as well as Besson, Matthew Gross, Edouard de Vésinne, Thomas Anargyros and director Alex Graves.

The upcoming season of “The Voice” will feature Gwen Stefani returning as a coach alongside Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

 

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