In September of 2018, NBC premiered a supernatural drama that cobbled elements from earlier series (like “Lost”) and managed to stand out to attract viewers. “Manifest” concerns the mysterious phenomenon that shunted a flying civilian airliner and its passengers five years into their future, with the world changing all that time without them, who were presumed dead. Things get even stranger when the passengers begin to have visions, seemingly foretelling events to come, as the government secretly investigates the incident and circumstances begin killing survivors one by one. The premise was solid enough to last three seasons, only to be cancelled by NBC when season 3 ended this past June.
But “Manifest” fans need not fret over the cliffhanger ending of the show on its original network. USA Today tells us that the show has been revived by none other than global streaming giant Netflix. There will be a fourth streaming season of “Manifest,” consisting of about 20 episodes, which will wrap up the storyline to a satisfying conclusion. Netflix announced as much this past Saturday, August 28, much to the excitement of the series production, the cast, and viewers who voted for it on USAT’s “Save Our Shows” poll.
The network might have had a solid reason to pull the plug on “Manifest” for their primetime lineup. Its inaugural 2018-19 season averaged about 12.61 million viewers in the US, ranking 9th in their programming. Its 2020-21 or third season had seen viewership shrink to just 5.35 million and rank 54. On Netflix, where it was put up for streaming rerun right on June 2021, it proved a consistent top-10 rated show, and for a potentially larger audience at that. Netflix sat in on last-minute talks between NBC and producer Warner Bros. Television about season renewal, and it seems the streamer came for the save.
“Manifest” executive producer Jeff Rake gave a statement over the weekend expressing his relief that the series would get a chance to tell its story to completion. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have envisioned the worldwide outpouring of love and support for this story, its characters, and the team who work so hard to bring it all to life,” says Rake. “That we will be able to reward the fans with the ending they deserve moves me to no end.” The cast members also took to Twitter to celebrate their streaming final season.
Netflix has become prominent for rescuing cancelled shows such “You” from Freeform and the DC Comics-based “Lucifer” from Fox, with its final season set to premiere on streaming next month.
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