We know that it took a while to happen, but today, it’s finally official — Manifest will be making a return trip to NBC.
The network today confirmed that the Josh Dallas-led drama series, which got off to a fast start on the network this past fall, will be coming back for another run. We’ve wondered if one of the reasons for the delay was it coming from outside studio Warner Bros. TV — we’ve even speculated that the studio may be trying to negotiate it alongside Blindspot, but there is still no official word on the latter’s future. There is also no official word as of yet as to Manifest season 2’s episode count. The first season ran for 16 episodes, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it stick around within the 16-18 episode range. That’s just something that works quite well for this show since it has such a serialized narrative at the center of it.
In a statement confirming the glorious news, here is what Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, co-presidents of scripted programming at NBC, had to say on the subject:
“In just its first season, Manifest has answered many questions about the mystery of Flight 828 and, smartly, asks many more … Congratulations to [series creator] Jeff Rake, our producers, cast and crew who have created an incredibly addictive series with compelling characters and complex relationships.”
For some more season 2 expectations on Manifest, check out the video at the bottom of this article! (It was recorded prior to the renewal news, but we think a lot of the points are still valid.) On the other side of watching this, remember to subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube for more insight.
With Manifest coming back, that really leaves This Is Us as the one obvious renewal at NBC that hasn’t happened yet among drama series. All of One Chicago has been renewed, as has New Amsterdam, The Blacklist, Good Girls, and also Law & Order: SVU for its record-breaking season 21. Other than Blindspot, the network is still waiting to also determine the future of new series The Enemy Within and The Village. Those two shows will probably remain in the ether until we get a little bit closer to May.
For now, let’s send a hearty congratulations to Rake and his entire team, who worked tirelessly to give us one of TV’s most-discussed high-concept dramas since the end of Lost. These are shows that come bearing a lot of challenges, but the writers have conquered plenty of them so far and continue to give us hope that this twisted mystery will lead to more interesting questions and surprising conclusions.
Also, let’s go ahead and hope that Manifest season 2 is going to be coming back on the air this fall. NBC will make all of their scheduling decisions official next month at upfronts; the full fall schedule with premiere dates should come this May.
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