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NBC Orders Drama Series ‘Timeless’ from Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan

NBC continues to fill out their jam-packed drama slate for 2016-17, ordering “Timeless” to series, Variety has learned.

Hailing from “Supernatural’s” Eric Kripke, “The Shield’s” Shawn Ryan and the producers of “The Blacklist,” the action-adventure project has been at the top of NBC’s list all throughout pilot season.

In “Timeless,” a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, soldier and history professor who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive. NBC’s description of the show reads, “Can this handpicked team uncover the mystery behind it all and end his destruction before it’s too late?”

The cast includes Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Visnjic, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit.

Kripke and Ryan are writers and exec producers, along with John Davis, John Fox, Marney Hochman and director Neil Marshall. “Timeless” is produced by Davis Entertainment, Kripke Enterprises, MiddKid Productions and Sony Pictures Television.

Also ordered this week for NBC’s new slate are dramas “Midnight, Texas,” based on a book from the “True Blood” author; the fourth installment in Dick Wolf’s franchise “Chicago Justice;” plus comedies “Great News” from exec producer Tina Fey;  “Marlon,” starring Marlon Wayans; “Trial & Error,” starring John Lithgow and Sherri Shepherd; and “Powerless,” a DC Comics workplace comedy, starring Vanessa Hudgens.

While the network’s drama slate is full with returning shows and newbies, insiders say that “Cruel Intentions,” the reboot starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, is still alive. Also still in contention is “The Blacklist” spinoff, which aired its backdoor pilot last night.

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