Will there be a Manifest season 5? We explore the possibility and discuss the history of the show between different networks.
Manifest has definitely been one of the most interesting stories, on and off screen, of the past couple of years in entertainment. The show, produced by Warner Bros. TV, was abruptly not renewed by its distributor, NBC, after season 3 aired its finale. It was later picked up by Netflix for a fourth season, which just dropped its first half on November 4.
Manifest follows the passengers of Flight 828 when they come back five and a half years after their plane was deemed missing. It was created by Jeff Rake, and the cast includes Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Ty Doran, Parveen Kaur, Matt Long, Holly Taylor, and Daryl Edwards.
When did Manifest come to Netflix?
On June 14, 2021, NBC made the call not to renew Manifest for a fourth season, a few days after the season 3 finale aired on the network. At the time, the first two seasons had just dropped on Netflix in North America, and the show was topping the charts. Fans quickly took to Twitter to call for the series’ resurrection, with the network reportedly open to shopping it elsewhere. Netflix finally decided to move forward and rescue the series after they saw viewership data that convinced them it was worth the effort. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 25 million accounts in the U.S. and Canada saw the series over the first 28 days of streaming. The series was #1 on the U.S. Top 10 for 19 days and was on that list for 71 days.
Manifest creator Jeff Rake presented Netflix with three options: a two-hour movie, a six-episode limited series, or an entirely new season. They opted for the last one, and thus, Manifest season 4 was greenlit. The first ten episodes of the new season started streaming on Netflix on Nov. 4, with the next 10 coming out at a later, unspecified date.
Why was Manifest canceled originally?
The exact reasons are still unclear, though it most likely came down to ratings. At the beginning of its run, it was averaging 10 million viewers a night on NBC, which was airing the series on its highly competitive Monday 10 pm slot. That number was down to three million viewers per episode when season 3 rolled in. However, according to Deadline, this was still, by a wide margin, the network’s highest-rated show on linear television.
Interestingly enough, shortly after Warner Bros. TV, which owns the production rights, started shopping it around, NBC considered picking it back up. The cancelation was made hours before the option to renew was to expire, but after seeing the viewers’ strong response on Netflix and on social media with the #SaveManifest campaign, the network probably reconsidered its decision. Netflix came out on top of the negotiations, even though they also initially passed on the fourth season.
Will there be a Manifest season 5?
As of now, no, there won’t be a Manifest season 5. Season 4 has been advertised from the beginning as the final season, and it is unlikely that Netflix will continue to explore the series any further. Rake initially presented NBC with a six-season plan for the show, but that’s probably been repurposed after the show’s future has been meddled with multiple times. Rake and his team probably saw that this was their final chance to give Manifest a proper farewell, and they took the opportunity.
Season 4 of the show was split into two parts, 10 episodes each. By the time Part 2 airs, probably sometime in 2023, the show will have concluded. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actress Melissa Roxburgh said that back when they were filming season 3, the showrunners filmed part of the ending with them. She then added that they didn’t use any of that footage in the fourth season, but the general idea probably remains the same.
Are you a Manifest fan? Are you upset it’s now coming to an end? Are you looking forward to season 4 Part 2? Let us know in the comments!