Missing plane mystery-drama and sci-fi series “Manifest” has been canceled by NBC, just days after its season 3 finale last week. The series was said to have low viewership on NBC in the current season.
The decision came down today when Manifest has been the #1 series in the U.S. on Netflix for the past three days after its debut last Thursday. There is a chance that Netflix might buy the full distribution right and renew it for the upcoming season. However, Amazon also holds the right to broadcast the show on its platform in many countries. On 21st June 2021, It has been confirmed that the future of Manifest is officially over as Netflix and other streaming platforms- Hulu and Amazon Prime are not willing to acquire the series to produce more seasons.
According to Deadline, the contract of the cast was set to expire by EOD today (Tuesday). Manifest was conceived by creator Jeff Rake and was sold to NBC with a six-season plan that has been mapped out. That plan — and fans’ three years of the devoted following — will fall through unless another network/platform steps in to pick up the series following its cancellation by NBC.
NBC has recently canceled Debris, and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, which was one of the shows with large viewership.
Manifest was developed at Warner Bros. TV by Susan Rovner, who sold it to NBC and guided it creatively at the studio until she joined NBCUniversal as content chief last fall and made the ultimate call on the show’s future at the broadcast network.
In the two-hour Season 3 finale last week, one of the main characters in the series, Grace, played by original cast member Athena Karkanis, was killed off, Ben (Josh Dallas) and Grace’s son Cal (Jack Messina) returned but has inexplicably aged, and, in the last seconds of the finale, Gupta saw the entire 828 flight appear abruptly at Eureka, with its pilot inside, before just as quickly disappearing for a classic cliffhanger ending.
The season 3 finale was low viewership among adults 18-49, series low with 0.4 ratings while the second hour logged a new L+SD viewership low mark (2.6 million).
As compared to season 3, the season 2 finale drew solid numbers, earning a 0.8 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 4.58 million viewers, with the series averaging a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers after seven days of delayed viewing, according to Nielsen.
The show’s cast includes Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina, Parveen Kaur, and Matt Long. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television, Universal Television, Compari Entertainment, and Jeff Rake Production.
Influenced by the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, “Manifest” centers around the crew and passengers of Montego Air Flight 828 who landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. But in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years - and their friends, families, and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they're all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible.
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