It’s been a bumpy few months for “Timeless” fans, and the news of Abigail Spencer’s role on “Grey’s Anatomy” probably isn’t reducing the anxiety.
ABC announced on Friday that Spencer is joining the cast of the long-running medical drama ahead of Season 14 in the recurring role of Owen Hunt’s (Kevin McKidd) sister Megan. She replaces Bridget Regan, who was initially cast in the part but exited due to a scheduling conflict.
But fear not, “Timeless” supporters: NBC tells TheWrap that “Timeless” is Spencer’s priority and will not be affected. Her “Grey’s” episodes will have been shot by mid-September, and “Timeless” goes into pre-production in the end of October.
Spencer tweeted her reaction to joining the “Grey’s” cast, saying she is “so excited.”
The casting of Spencer on “Grey’s” caused concern for some “Timeless” fans, who have already endured NBC canceling the show in May before a change of heart three days later led to a reprieve in the form of a 10-episode second season airing midseason.
This latest twist in the “Timeless” saga comes a day after NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt appeared to send a bit of a mixed message about the time-hopping drama during his Television Critics Association presentation on Thursday.
Greenblatt said that he loves the show before pointing out that the fan outcry over its cancellation was “smaller than you think.”
“What I say to the fans when they come out in droves when we cancel a show is, ‘Where were you when we had the show on the air, and helping us build this into a huge ratings success?'” he said.