Netflix Rescues Sci-Fi Drama ‘Manifest’ After NBC Cancellation

Manifest (Credit: NBC)

Manifest is set to take flight again, thanks to Netflix, which is bringing the canceled NBC series back for a fourth and final season.

The streaming service made the announcement Saturday, saying the sci-fi drama will return with 20 new episodes that will pick up where season 3 ended.

News that Manifest will get a proper conclusion dropped on Aug. 28, in homage to Flight 828 at the center of the series.

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NBC aired the drama for three seasons before sending it to the chopping block in June, which angered fans and prompted the #SaveManifest movement on social media.

Creator, showrunner and executive producer Jeff Rake thanked fans Saturday for helping to save the show.

“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,” Rake said in a statement. “That we will be able to reward the fans with the ending they deserve moves me to no end. On behalf of the cast, the crew, the writers, directors, and producers, thank you to Netflix, to Warner Bros., and of course to the fans. You did this.”

Manifest premiered in September 2018. The series revolves around Montego Air Flight 828, whose crew and passengers were presumed dead but the plane came back five years later to a world that had vastly changed. After returning home, the people on the flight realized they had guiding voices and visions of events yet to occur.

As previously reported, the third season averaged just over 3 million weekly viewers and almost a 0.5 demo rating, down 21 and 31 percent from its previous season. But the show was popular on Netflix and the streamer decided to give it another chance.

“Since its premiere on Netflix in June, Manifest has proven very popular with our members. Jeff Rake and his team have crafted a beguiling mystery that has viewers around the world on the edge of their seats and believing again in second chances, and we’re thrilled that they will bring fans some closure with this final super-sized season,” said Bela Bajaria, Netflix’s head of global TV.

The series is produced by Jeff Rake Productions and Compari Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television.

In addition to Rake, executive producers include Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future movies), Jack Rapke (Cast Away, The Polar Express, What Lies Beneath), Jacqueline Levine (Flight, Project Blue Book, Allied), and Len Goldstein (All Rise, Hart of Dixie, The Carrie Diaries).

A premiere date for the fourth season of Manifest has not yet been announced.

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