It's always a bummer whenever a network cancels your favorite show, but just because a program's gone the way of the dinosaur doesn't mean that it can't find new life on another network or even platform. You is a perfect example. The Penn Badgley–led dark drama series about a stalker/murderer who obsesses over potential love interests found new life and multiple seasons after Netflix picked up the show. Will the same happen with Manifest, however?
Will Netflix pick up 'Manifest' after it was dropped by NBC?
Maybe NBC decided that it was out of the Lost-esque mystery show business, or they were upset that the series didn't become a cross-cultural phenomenon that did gangbusters numbers for ABC, but for one reason or the other Manifest was ultimately canned by the Peacock after Season 3.
Recent developments between NBC, Netflix, and Warner Bros. TV may hint that 'Manifest' could get renewed for a fourth season.
When the streaming giant placed the first two seasons of the show on its platform, it jumped up the ranks, easily cracking the top ten of most-watched content and staying there.
There was obviously a big fan reaction to Manifest, and with future seasons mapped out already by series creator Jeff Rake, along with a production team at WBTV ready to work, it seems that there is hope for Manifest to keep going.
Deadline now reports that Netflix could be committed to a fourth entry in the sci-fi drama, but no official deal has been struck yet. News of the show's cancellation hit especially hard for fans who wanted to know the gnarly secret behind Flight 828's disappearance. Is there some kind of government conspiracy? Was there a black hole/time warp at play? Or did the writers just add crazy twist after crazy twist and then say, "Ahh, we'll figure it out down the line"?
The "mystery" nature of the series may be better served on a more "bingeable" service, like Netflix. It's worth mentioning that there are other shows that managed to find new life on the platform, like You and Lucifer. It also just so happens that WBTV is the same production company behind both Lucifer and Manifest, so perhaps that preexisting relationship of success could bode well for the series' future.
The show's cast, along with creator Jeff Rake, have participated in a #SaveManifest online campaign to try and get the life cycle of the show extended, too.
Although the options of the cast's contracts have technically expired on Manifest since its cancellation on NBC, Deadline also reported that sources indicate they're all willing to come back for more potential seasons of the series.
Manifest isn't the only recent series to trend on Netflix after being canceled on Network TV: Good Girls, which is produced by Universal TV, also looks like it may have future runs under a new studio banner. But all of that depends on the almighty algorithm and whether or not Netflix finds it financially viable to make future seasons of either show.
Are you hoping that Manifest can have the kind of ending that Jeff Rake and the show's writers envisioned for the series? Or are some mysteries better left unsolved? He has said in the past that he has a six-year plan for the series, so if talks between WBTV, Netflix, and NBC go smoothly, he may be able to see that vision realized.