NBC's Canceled Manifest TV Show Might Return On Netflix - Report
NBC and Netflix are apparently engaged in discussions to revive the show for a fourth season.
NBC's TV show Manifest was recently canceled by the network, but there is apparently a behind-the-scenes effort to bring it back.
NBC officially canceled the show in June after three seasons. Netflix, which hosts the first two seasons, is reported to have declined to pick up the series at the time. However, sources told Deadline that NBC is now talking to Manifest production studio Warner Bros. TV about reviving the show, and Netflix is said to be in discussions about greenlighting a fourth season.
Manifest, which tells the story of passengers on a commercial airline who are presumed dead but one day return, is seeing a big uptick in viewership on Netflix due in part to the ongoing #SaveManifest social media campaign.
Deadline's sources said Netflix has returned to the bargaining table as a result of Manifest's ongoing performance on Netflix. It consistently ranks in the top 10 for most popular shows on Netflix, according to the publicly available ticker.
Deadline pointed out that one potential issue with Netflix picking up the series is that the streaming company normally wants global rights, and Manifest has already been sold to other networks internationally. But the site's sources said Manifest is proving to be too popular for Netflix to ignore.
Series creator Jeff Rake has said he had plans for six seasons, and he's been actively campaigning on social media to make a deal to bring Manifest back. On these latest reports, Rake said on Twitter, "Lots of speculation out there. No comment, other than, if the impossible happens and the dead rise again, it's because of YOU."
Lots of speculation out there. No comment. Other than, if the impossible happens and the dead rise again, it’s because of YOU.#SaveManifest— Jeff Rake (@jeff_rake) July 20, 2021
Importantly, no deals have been completed, and all that's mentioned in the report is that conversations are ongoing, so it's too soon to say if Manifest will indeed return. Representatives for NBC, Warner Bros. TV, and Netflix declined to comment when approached by Deadline.
For more, check out GameSpot's roundup of all 43 TV shows canceled in 2021 so far.