‘This Is Us’ Season 3: ‘ER’ Alum Goran Visnjic Cast as Beth’s Teacher on Backstory Episode

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“This Is Us” Season 3 returns from its midseason hiatus tonight with a new episode — and will soon return with at least one new face, as “ER” and “Timeless” alum Goran Višnjić has been cast in a recurring role on the family drama.

Višnjić will play Vincent, a teacher of Beth’s (Susan Kelechi Watson), an individual with knowledge of the casting tells TheWrap. He will first appear in the episode focused on Beth’s backstory airing later this season.

The Beth backstory episode has been teased by creator Dan Fogelman and the “This Is Us” cast for a while now. You can read what Sterling K. Brown (Randall) told TheWrap about the episode here, and what Melanie Liburd (Zoe) told us here.

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Višnjić is best known for playing Dr. Luka Kovac on NBC’s long-running medical drama, “ER,” and most recently starred on Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke’s NBC drama, “Timeless,” which just wrapped its 2-season run with a standalone series finale last December.

He will next be seen opposite Drew Barrymore on Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet.” His recent silver screen credits include Steven Spielberg’s futuristic thriller “Extant” and “Red Widow.”

Višnjić is repped by WME, Management 360 & Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.

“This Is Us” Season 3 returns tonight, Tuesday, at 9/8c on NBC.

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‘Timeless’: Power Outage Cuts Philadelphia Fans off From First 90 Minutes of 2-Hour Series Finale

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Time after time, “Timeless” fans get the short end of the stick — and that includes the night of the show’s two-hour series finale.

On Thursday, Clockblockers in Philadelphia missed the first 90 minutes of the show’s two-part farewell special, “The Miracle of Christmas,” due to a power outage at the local station. The pair of back-to-back episodes ran from 8-10 p.m. on NBC.

“NBC’s Philadelphia station suffered a power outage and didn’t join ‘Timeless’ until 9:29 last night, keeping the show off the air in the country’s No. 4 market for nearly 90 minutes,” an NBC spokesperson told TheWrap Friday.

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Yes, that means “Timeless” viewers in Philly were cut off from the first part of the two-part installment and close to half of the second hour of Lucy (Abigail Spencer), Wyatt (Matt Lanter) and Rufus’ (Malcolm Barrett) final romp through history, too.

According to preliminary data from Nielsen, the Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke-created series’ final episode had a 0.6 rating/3 share among adults 18-49 and averaged 3.2 million total viewers. (FYI for all of you fans still hoping to #SaveTimeless, those aren’t stellar numbers.)

The series was canceled (for the second time) by NBC in June and then gifted with last night’s conclusion when the network and studio Sony Pictures Television struck a deal in July to produce the two-part ending.

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If you aren’t one of the Philadelphia-based “Timeless” fans who missed the show last night (or if you’ve managed to catch up since then) you can read our spoiler-packed interview with Ryan about the finale here.

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Here’s the One Scene From ‘Timeless’ Series Finale Co-Creator Shawn Ryan Didn’t Want – at First

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(Warning: This post contains major spoilers for the “Timeless” series finale.)

Final mission accomplished, Time Team.

“The Miracle of Christmas,” the 2-part series finale of NBC’s “Timeless,” aired tonight, giving Clockblockers the early Christmas gift of a conclusion to the series, which was officially canceled for the second time in June and promised this closer the following month, when studio Sony Pictures TV struck a deal with the network to produce the special.

The wild ride through time saw Lucy (Abigail Spencer), Wyatt (Matt Lanter), and Jiya (Claudia Doumit) manage to use the Lifeboat to save Rufus (Malcolm Barrett), Flynn (Goran Visnjic) sacrifice himself so the group would be sure to accomplish their task, the defeat of Rittenhouse, and a future where Jiya and Rufus and Wyatt and Lucy are happily paired off — and there are even a few kiddos!

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However, there was one scene from this final episode that co-creators Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke disagreed on — at first: the one in which Lucy goes back to give her journal to Flynn aka the moment that sets “Timeless” in motion.

“I was actually arguing against that scene early in the story-breaking, it was Eric who was very adamant. And he turned out to be 100 percent right. (laughs)” Ryan told TheWrap in an interview ahead of Thursday’s two-parter. “Eric was very adamant that he felt like- it was definitely something he was talking about even before we made the movie. He was like, ‘At some point we need to see Lucy go back to 2014 and give Flynn the journal.’”

He continued: “And at one point I think we had broken a story, a whole outline, that did not include that scene and Eric wrote an email saying, ‘We’ve gotta find a way to do this thing.’ And then when [finale writers Lauren Greer and Arika Mittman] found a way right at the end to have it come, and just as you feel you’ve gone a long time without Flynn, you don’t think you’re going to see Flynn again, you see how what they have to do preserves the good life that they all have now. That this is a one-time journey. And you see Flynn back at his lowest point knowing that he’s going to have to reach these great heights later on, I thought it was really beautiful and I’m glad Eric kept fighting for that and he turned out to be right.”

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Don’t worry, because Ryan is obviously on board now, he just “didn’t understand exactly what Eric was going for when he first started talking about it.”

“And it felt a little divorced from the story we were telling at that moment,” he added. “Once again, I’m talking about early stages of the story-breaking process, when the story is much more amorphous and we weren’t exactly sure how we were going to end. And I didn’t quite understand the time-travel aspect of it at first. So then when it was explained to me, ‘OK, that does make sense.’ It wasn’t so much that I was adamant about it, it was just something that I couldn’t clearly envision the way that Eric had. And so it was just a case of me needing to understand it more and me being a little bit slower than everyone else to arrive at where we clearly needed to arrive. (laughs)”

Now if you are a Flynn fan, Ryan say you can send your thank-you notes for his finale redemption story to Greer and Mittman, as they “broke the vast majority of the story, with Eric Kripke and I sort of coming in and weighing in, adding a few things.”

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“But really the bulk of the work was theirs,” Ryan said. “And when they pitched the whole idea of this Flynn sacrifice and how it would come about and what it would mean and that it’s really out of love for Lucy and his desire to give her a happy life, I loved it. And you use the word redeeming, I think that’s exactly what it is. You know, so many of his actions over the course of the series were based around trying to recreate a happy life that he once had, and like so many things we become the best versions of ourselves when we stop worrying about ourselves and try to make the lives of others better. And that’s what he did in that moment and I think that makes us love him for it.”

Read more from our interview with Ryan about the finale — including whether this really is the end of “Timeless” — here.

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(Warning: This post contains major spoilers for the “Timeless” series finale.)

And that’s all they wrote, Clockblockers. Or is it?

The Christmas-themed 2-part series finale of “Timeless” aired Thursday on NBC, giving fans of the history-hopping drama the final page in the Time Team’s story. And even though Lucy (Abigail Spencer), Wyatt (Matt Lanter), and Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) all got a happy ending — which co-creator Shawn Ryan tells TheWrap was in fact intended as a “real ending” — Ryan, his co-creator Eric Kripke and the other writers couldn’t help themselves from leaving you with a bit of a cliffhanger.

Yes, we’re talking about the girl who was sketching plans for a time machine at the very end there.

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“This is the ending of the NBC version of the show,” Ryan told TheWrap in an interview ahead of the “Timeless” finale. “And as a result, I think NBC — who we’re eternally grateful for, for allowing us to make this wrap-up movie — I think it was required that we give something that felt like a real ending to this journey. Having said that, I think this is a universe of characters that could have more stories to tell, and thus the final scene of the movie that sort of opens the door a crack, I think, on the possibility.”

“That might be a little cocky on our parts, but kind of like Rufus, we’ve come back from the dead and, you now, we don’t want to declare defeat quite yet,” Ryan says.

As all you #SaveTimeless stans know, Ryan is of course referring to how “Timeless” — which had been in limbo while awaiting a renewal decision for months after wrapping Season 2 — was canceled (for the second time) by NBC in June and then gifted with tonight’s conclusion when the network and studio Sony Pictures Television struck a deal in July to produce the 2-parter.

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“So we’re trying to have it both ways,” Ryan added. “We’re trying to tell something that feels definitively like an end to the 28-episode-NBC-‘Timeless’ journey — and try to do it in a very satisfying way — and yet in a way that sort of says, ‘You know, who knows if our heroes and the Lifeboat might be needed in service again?’”

Hey, with how many canceled series were salvaged by other networks and streamers this year, we have to admit anything is possible, though TheWrap hasn’t heard any rumblings about “Timeless” living on elsewhere.

As for the actual episode, Ryan says they worked in a few callbacks for you serious Clockblockers: “The ma’am callback and all that. Yeah, that was a good one. That’s definitely something the hardcore fans will appreciate more than the casual viewers. One of my favorites was — you know this is reflective once again of a finale — but going back to the pilot we had such fun with our characters using famous current names as their alibis when in the past. You know, ‘I’m Nurse Jackie and this is Dr. Dre,’ from the pilot. And so when Lucy says, ‘I’m Rachel Maddow’ [when they go back to the Korean War on the finale] and she’s trying to think of a name [for Jiya], she finally just gives up and says we’re Lucy and Jiya. I liked that, that sort of came full circle that, ‘Oh, the time of having to pretend to be someone else is gone and we can just be ourselves.”

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Oh, and don’t think Ryan doesn’t know you’re glad Wyatt and Lucy ended up together, a move he says “made sense to us.”

“I mean, it’s something that has been seeded into the show from the very beginning, although the arrival of Jessica at the beginning of Season 2 really threw a wrench into that,” Ryan said. “And also we saw such amazing chemistry between Abigail and Goran [Višnjić], Lucy and Flynn, that in Season 2 — all great love triangles have equal sides, right? And the ‘Lucy/Flynn’ of it all, that got stronger and more interesting to us.”

“I think ultimately she ends up with Wyatt because Flynn sees that that’s really where her heart is and he sacrifices himself so that she could have a happy life,” he added. “But, you know, there’s other realities and other branches of time where she could have ended up with him, I think.”

Read more from our interview with Ryan here.

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NBC has given “Timeless” fans the greatest Christmas present of all: an air date for the two-part series finale.

The special will be broadcast on Thursday, Dec. 20 from 8-10 p.m.

Co-creators Eric Kripke, Shawn Ryan and showrunner Arika Lisanne Mittman are promising fans “an epic, unforgettable thrill ride through the past, present and future, with a healthy dose of Christmas spirit.”

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Per NBC: “Spread across three centuries and two continents, the finale will test Lucy, Wyatt and the entire Time Team like never before as they try to #SaveRufus, preserve history and put a stop to Rittenhouse once and for all.”

The finale will feature series stars Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Višnjić, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit.

“Timeless” — which had been in limbo while awaiting a renewal decision for months after wrapping Season 2 — was canceled for the second time by NBC in June. Self-professed “Clockblockers” suffered through the series getting canceled the first time last spring after just one season, though that decision was quickly reversed by NBC following a huge wave of support from viewers via social media.

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While the outcry following the second cancellation wasn’t enough to get the broadcaster to bring the show back (again), NBC and studio Sony Pictures Television struck a deal in July to produce the two-hour finale.

Ryan and Eric Kripke will write and executive produce the special, alongside Mittman. John Showalter will direct and executive produce, with John Davis, John Fox and Marney Hochman also executive producing.

The drama hails from Sony Pictures Television, Davis Entertainment, MiddKid Productions and Kripke Enterprises.

The two-part “Timeless” series finale will air on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 8/7c on NBC.

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“Timeless” star Abigail Spencer has been cast as the lead in the Hulu drama pilot “Reprisal,” from “Handmaid’s Tale” executive producer Warren Littlefield and A+E Studios, an individual with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap.

The project is described as a hyper-kinetic revenge tale following a relentless femme fatale (Spencer) who, after being left for dead, leads a vengeful campaign against a bombastic gang of gearheads. Littlefield is executive producing the pilot under his The Littlefield Company banner, along with A+E Studios’ Barry Jossen.

Josh Corbin will pen the script and co-executive produce, with Jonathan Van Tulleken set to direct the project.

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Littlefield and Jossen executive produce. Corbin serves as co-executive producer with Ann Johnson and Graham Littlefield.

The role marks Spencer’s first big project since the (second) cancellation of her series “Timeless” at NBC in June. However, Spencer isn’t totally done with the Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan-led drama yet, as she and her co-stars will be reprising their roles for a two-part series finale set to air this holiday season.

If “Reprisal” is picked up to series, it would join several other dramas currently in the works at Hulu, along with George Clooney’s “Catch-22,” Josh Schwartz’ adaptation of John Green’s “Looking for Alaska,” Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington’s drama “Little Fires Everywhere, the Jeff Daniels-led “The Looming Tower” and, of course, Bruce Miller’s critical-darling “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The streaming platform also have several comedies in development.

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Congratulations Clockblockers, your helicopter-campaign money did not go to waste!

NBC and studio Sony Pictures Television have struck a deal to produce a two-hour “Timeless” series finale movie, set to air this holiday season. Yes, the broadcaster saw all the online backlash to the globetrotting drama’s axing and is looking to give you closure after canceling it (again) last month.

“While we wish we could’ve made another dozen seasons of ‘Timeless,’ this is the next best thing,” co-creators Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke said Tuesday. “We’re thrilled to take the Lifeboat out for one last spin and bring closure to our story. The studio, network, cast and crew are all doing this for one reason only: the fans. Because they deserve it. Because the fans made this happen and we thank them for their passion, support and helicopters. So? You guys want to get Rufus back or what?”

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Ryan and Kripke say audiences can expect to see the “Timeless” they know and love on the two-part, small-screen movie — which will air over the course of one night — along with a focus on the unsung and underrepresented people of history, and, most importantly, one final emotional story for the Time Team aka Rufus (Malcolm Barrett), Wyatt (Matt Lanter), and Lucy (Abigail Spencer). There’s no word yet on exactly when during the holidays the movie will land.

“Timeless” — which had been in limbo while awaiting a renewal decision for months after wrapping Season 2 — was canceled for the second time by NBC in June. Self-professed “Clockblockers” suffered through the series getting the axe for the first time last spring after just one season, though that decision was quickly reversed by NBC after a huge wave of support from viewers via social media.

And while NBC didn’t turn back time on its second cancellation decision, the follow through with the movie is a bit of a pleasant surprise, after Ryan said earlier this month he thought plans for a possible Season 3 on another platform and/or a finale flick weren’t looking good, as actor deals expired.

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“We’re excited to tell one final chapter to this incredible story,” said Lisa Katz, co-president, Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment. “A huge thank you to all – our cast, crew, producers and partners at Sony – who have worked so very hard, and to the fans who kept us on our toes and made sure we did our very best week after week.”

The series stars Spencer, Lanter, Barrett, Goran Višnjić, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit.

Ryan and Kripke are the creators, writers and executive produce alongside co-showrunners Tom Smuts and Arika Lisanne Mittman. Don Kurt, Greg Beeman, John Davis, John Fox and Marney Hochman also executive produce.

“Timeless” is a production of Sony Pictures Television, Davis Entertainment, MiddKid Productions and Kripke Enterprises.

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