August 30, 2021
Netflix has made a habit of rescuing canceled network TV series for a second life on SVOD. The latest is shuttered NBC supernatural airplane disaster show “Manifest,” which the Peacock network ended last June after three seasons.
The series plotline revolves around the passengers and crew of a commercial airliner who suddenly reappear after being presumed dead for more than five years. As those aboard reintegrate into society, they experience guiding voices and visions of events yet to occur, and soon a deeper mystery unfolds. The show’s cast includes Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis and J.R. Ramirez, among others.
Netflix Aug. 30 announced it has picked up a fourth and final season of the show, which has been a ratings winner for the SVOD behemoth, according to Nielsen. Indeed, the series tracked nearly 11 billion minutes streamed across 29 episodes (two seasons) over a seven-week period between July and August. The numbers bested Netflix original programming, in addition to high-profile competitors, including Disney+ original series “Loki,” among others.
Netflix will likely stream season three ahead of the fourth season, which reportedly will include 20 episodes divided over two seasons. A release date for all-new “Manifest” episodes on Netflix has not been announced.
Other shuttered TV series Netflix has rescued and/or re-imagined include: “Designated Survivor,” “Lucifer,” “Arrested Development,” “Longmire,” “The Killing,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Fuller House,” among others.