Warning: This article contains spoilers for Manifest.
If you watch a lot of movies and television, it becomes apparent that at a basic plot level, a lot of shows and films are very similar and a bit repetitive. I'd argue that the same could be said of life in general, but the way to spice things up is specificity.
Can a person — or in the case of entertainment, an entire production team — take a familiar subject and zhuzh it up by finding a unique angle? The death dates in Manifest do just that for the series