NBC Extends Timeless Mission (Slightly), Schedules Taken Premiere

Timeless Season 1 More Episodes NBC

NBC has given Timeless some more time.

The time-travel drama’s first season has been extended to 16 episodes, TVLine has learned.

In addition, Taken — the series adaptation of the Liam Neeson action films — will premiere Monday, Feb. 27, at 10/9c, immediately following The Voice‘s spring return.

NBC calls Taken a “modern-day prequel to the blockbuster feature film franchise that depicts how [Neeson’s character] Bryan Mills developed and sharpened his particular set of skills.” Vikings‘ Clive Standen will play Mills; Alex Cary (Homeland) and Luc Besson are among the series’ executive producers. Cary also will serve as showrunner.

“Monday nights are critical to our success,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said via statement, “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.”

Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, said via statement, Timeless is a phenomenal new show that takes the audience emotionally to a completely different place and time each week,” added 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.”

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