Manifest Cast And Showrunner Are Hyped After Netflix Renewal Talks Heat Up

When NBC cancelled the mystery plane drama Manifest in June, shortly after its cliffhanger of a third season finale, fans were quick to jump on the #SaveManifest train, and the show's cast and showrunner were right along with them. While Netflix did initially pass on a Season 4 renewal, talks reportedly began again last month following the series’ massive success on the streamer. With new details emerging that make the possible renewal sound all the more likely, creator Jeff Rake and stars such as Melissa Roxburgh are getting excited.

Manifest’s studio Warner Bros. TV is reportedly once again in contractual conversations with the cast, producers, and writers in anticipation for a pickup. Hopes are no longer vested in NBCUniversal, where both NBC and the streaming platform Peacock were in the running to continue Manifest's run, and Netflix seems to be closing in on “complex negotiations” with WBTV for a Season 4 pickup. And while nobody wants to start celebrating too soon, star Melissa Roxburgh, who plays Michaela Stone, is already feeling the hope once again, as evidenced on Twitter:

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Jared Grimes, a.k.a. 828 passenger and “Believer” Adrian, also took to Twitter to share the news, proving that the “Manifesters” will stop at nothing to get their beloved show back on screen:

Can’t stop won’t stop #savemanifest

Meanwhile, actor J.R. Ramirez, who plays NYPD Lieutenant Jared Vasquez, displayed his excitement through a series of emojis:

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Over the last few weeks, Manifest showrunner Jeff Rake has been as vocal as anyone in keeping fans updated on social media, though usually it’s along the lines of a “no news yet” message. Recently Rake did mention that he was headed back to New York where it all began for Manifest, which gave fans hope. With the news that Warner Bros. and Netflix are getting close to closing a deal, Rake still didn’t have much to say, but he still said it all with the following message, which was followed by a sunglasses-donning emoji.

No comment.

Manifest’s first two seasons were added onto Netflix in June ahead of the Season 3 finale, and within days the series hit #1 on the streamer. It stayed there for nearly a month straight, almost breaking the record for consecutive days in the top spot. Only more recently did the show finally get knocked out of the overall Top 10, and superstar fans have been hopeful during this entire stretch that Netflix execs would change their minds about renewal possibilities after seeing how well the drama has been doing. Here's hoping everyone will hear some great news in the very near future.

The series is currently the last of 2021’s cancelled shows to hear potentially good news about a resurrection. Recently it was reported that fellow cancelled NBC series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist might be getting a movie on Roku later this year, that could turn into a third season. 2021 was a brutal year for TV shows but it seems like at least Manifest might get that Calling and the lifeboat will be saved. Good thing, too, as we desperately need to know what happened following the Season 3 finale.

While waiting to hear more about Manifest's future, be sure to keep track of everything coming to the 2021 Fall TV schedule.

Megan Behnke
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