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NBC solidifies Monday strategy: More 'Timeless,' premieres of 'The Voice' & new action series 'Taken'

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Tue, Nov 1st 2016 06:40 pm
`Timeless` -- `The Alamo`: Pictured, from left, are Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston, and Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan. (NBC photo by Sergei Bachlakov)
"Timeless" -- "The Alamo": Pictured, from left, are Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston, and Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan. (NBC photo by Sergei Bachlakov)

'Timeless,' Monday's No. 1-rated drama, ordered to 16 episodes

NBC has set its midseason Monday strategy in motion with the extension of No. 1-rated Monday drama "Timeless," bringing the full-season order to 16; plus the premiere of its highly anticipated new action series "Taken," which will launch Monday, Feb. 27 (10 p.m.). The series, starring international superstar Clive Standen, immediately follows the debut of the spring cycle of the three-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice."

"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' 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."

"Timeless," which stars Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Višnjić, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit, has averaged a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.7 million viewers overall in live + 7, making it the top-rated Monday drama so far this season in 18-49. 

"Timeless" is undefeated in its Monday 10-11 p.m. ET slot among the ABC, CBS and NBC dramas thus far in "live plus same day" ratings through its first four weeks on the schedule.

NBC's other two new fall series, "This Is Us" and "The Good Place," have been ordered for 18 and 13 episodes this season, respectively.

From executive producer Luc Besson ("Taken," "The Fifth Element") comes a modern-day edge-of-your-seat thriller that follows the origin story of younger, hungrier former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Standen, "Vikings") as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the trauma of the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills. In 30 years, this character is destined to become the Bryan Mills that audiences have come to love from the "Taken" films.

The cast includes Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, James Landry Hébert and Jose Pablo Cantillo.

The upcoming 12th cycle of "The Voice" will feature the return of Gwen as well as season 11 coaches Alicia, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Gwen was previously a coach in seasons seven and nine, and was an adviser for seasons eight and 10.

So far this fall, "The Voice" has averaged a 3.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.9 million viewers overall in "most current" results from Nielsen Media Research. It continues to rank as television's No. 1 alternative series in adults 18-49, a status the show has maintained over the past four seasons. With both its editions ranking in the top 10 among entertainment telecasts on the "Big 4" networks in adults 18-49 this season, "The Voice" remains a key contributor to NBC's consistent nightlong wins among those nets on both Monday and Tuesday nights.

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