When it comes to winter in New York, it truly is a mixed bag. Sometimes, you can spend the week facing sunny skies and freezing temperatures, while other days it’s 70 degrees and you can peel off the layers and take a leisurely stroll through Central Park. This past week, included one of those days where I didn’t quite know what to make of the weather. A huge Nor’easter was predicted and I was attending an event in New York City and brought my daughter along because her personal dream is to pursue a career as a costume designer and lucky for us, we were getting the chance to meet the top costume designer for the NBC show “Timeless.” Sometimes, I just love how work and life seem to intersect seamlessly.
In celebration of Women’s History Month and Timeless’ return to NBC on Sunday, March 11th, PEOPLE & Sony Pictures Television hosted a premiere event at the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) in conjunction with the Center for Women’s History. The first such initiative of its kind in the country dedicated to spotlighting female contributions to history, N-YHS’ Center for Women’s History provided the perfect venue to highlight the important and powerful females throughout history and showcase the women of Timeless, both in-front of the camera and behind the scenes.
Just as the event was supposed to get underway, the heavy flakes started coming down but thankfully, we made it – braving the elements and stepping inside the New York Historical Society. While I grew up in New York City and even lived on the upper west side – just five blocks away from this fascinating place – I had never visited before. From the moment I entered the building, I was so impressed with all the exhibits that were on display especially in celebration of International Women’s History Month.
As we entered the lobby, we were able to see an authentic costumes from the NBC series “Timeless” and guess who was standing right in the middle of them? None other than the show’s star, Abigail Spencer!
If you haven’t seen “Timeless” yet, here’s the premise in a nutshell. A beautiful historian named Lucy (played by Spencer) teams up with a group of time traveling good guys who need her help to catch some really bad people who keep manipulating history and screwing up the present and future. The group zaps themselves into pivotal moments in history – from the Hindenburg blowing up to World War I, to the suffragette movement, and more, racing back in time to catch the bad guys who are determined to change history for the worse.
After we checked out a few exhibits — including Billie Jean King’s tennis whites that she competed in at Wimbledon and a Tiffany lamp display created entirely by women, we then met in a private room with the executive producers of the show, Marney Hochman and Arika Lisanne Mittman who talked about how excited they were about the show’s return to NBC this season. They also shared some of their favorite storylines and gave us a preview of some of the incredible women in history they will be featuring this season on the show. Arika is a writer on “Timeless” and was the genius behind the second season premiere episode where Lucy is taken by her mom and evil sister (they’re both with the bad guys) back to World War I where she meets the first woman to ever win a Nobel Prize, Marie Curie. Take a look at this sneak peek clip…
Following a private blogger Q&A with the incredibly talented women behind “Timeless,” we got to see an advanced screening the premiere episode. Editor in Chief of PEOPLE Jess Cagle then moderated a Q&A with Timeless star Abigail Spencer, co-showrunner Arika Lisanne Mittman, executive producer Marney Hochman, costume designer Mari-An Ceo, and Vice President, Chief Historian & Director of the N-YHS’ Center for Women’s History Valerie Paley who discussed the importance of highlighting women in history, the impact they have on today’s culture, and how these trailblazers are illustrated in Timeless. Take a look…
Don’t forget to tune in this Sunday, March 11 to Timeless on NBC 10pm/9c – from the intriguing storylines to the gorgeous costumes, honestly, it’s definitely must see TV!