The title of the series predicted this could happen: after cancellation, Manifest may still manifest a new season. Aided by its passionate fan base, and boasting out of this world streaming numbers, the NBC drama has the potential to be resurrected following its cancellation by the network.
The drama surrounding Manifest has been a long and winding journey. First, the missing plane drama was canceled by NBC after three seasons, and then Netflix opted not to pick it up even as it soared to the top of their most-streamed titles. But now, per Deadline‘s reporting, NBC is in conversations with Manifest studio Warner Bros TV about a possible renewal. Even more shocking, Netflix has also resumed conversations with Warner Bros TV about a potential fourth season on the mega-streamer.
Manifest made its Netflix debut earlier this summer, dropping the first two seasons back in June. Viewership surged on the platform in the U.S. as the #SaveManifest fan campaign rocketed across social media. And in the most recent Nielsen ratings, Manifest ran away with the title for most streamed program, drawing in almost 2.5 billion viewing minutes for the two seasons currently on Netflix.
Two recent moves in NBC’s 2020-21 drama series budget have apparently freed up space for Manifest to potentially return to the channel. On June 25, the network announced that Good Girls was also canceled, and they would not be going forward with spinoff series Law & Order: For the Defense. These two nixed series are believed to have helped reopen renewal talks for Manifest.
Manifest creator Jeff Rake has continued to call for support on social media, engaging with fans in live-tweeting sessions and trivia contests. Rake has been hinting at new developments, retweeting stories about Manifest‘s strong performance while teasing about “The case for renewal” was building. Yesterday (July 20), after a Showbiz 411 story reported that NBC insiders were rethinking the cancellation, Rake addressed the rumors in another tweet.
“Lots of speculation out there,” he wrote. “No comment. Other than, if the impossible happens and the dead rise again, it’s because of YOU. #SaveManifest”
NBC’s cancellation of Manifest marked a premature ending for the show, leaving a slew of unanswered questions and a Season 3 cliffhanger. Rake conceived a six-season run for the Lost-Esque drama. The cast, which includes Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina, Parveen Kaur, and Matt Long, has been let go from the series — but per Deadline‘s reporting, they’ve “expressed their willingness to come back.”
Originally published at https://decider.com/2021/07/21/manifest-nbc-netflix-resurrect-series/ on .