While fans of NBC's hugely popular freshman series Manifest still have a little less than a month to wait for the show's sophomore run (set to return Monday, January 6 at 10 p.m ET/9 p.m. CT), that doesn't mean it's too early for the network to feed viewers' anticipation with an official trailer. Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh), Ben (Josh Dallas) find themselves back on Flight 828 and on a mission to save the passengers before time runs out:
NBC started the ball rolling at this year's New York Comic Con (NYCC), doubling up on an earlier teaser with the following clip that got us up-to-speed on what went down season 2 elevates things to a whole new level:
When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely in New York, the world had aged five years and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, the passengers have all been given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds, and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible.
In this previously-released teaser, we see for the first time that Michaela, Ben, and Cal's (Jack Messina) return to Flight 828 isn't going the way they expected:
Joining the cast for the second season in recurring roles are:
Yasha Jackson (Ray Donovan) as Suzanne Martin, a Dean at Astoria University and Ben's (Dallas) ex-girlfriend. They happen to reconnect after running into each other on campus.
Garrett Wareing (Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists) as TJ Morrison. Another one of the passengers on Flight 828, TJ Morrison is a college freshman who went to Jamaica for vacation and came back 5 and a half years later. He's alone in the world and Ben (Dallas) takes him under his wing.
During its freshman season, Manifest averaged a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.6 million viewers overall according to "Live+7" ratings from Nielsen Media Research, making it the season's top ranked new scripted series in 18-49 and the overall 6th entertainment series. The series generated television's biggest viewership lift going from "LIVE+Same Day" to "LIVE+7" Nielsens, adding 6.1 million viewers through seven days of delayed viewing (6.5 million to 12.6 million). Counting 35 days of linear and projected non-linear viewership, Manifest grows to a 4.86 rating in 18-49, nearly quadrupling its next-day L+SD 1.25 rating.
Now here's a look back at the official preview and overview for NBC's Manifest:
When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on.
Now, faced with the impossible, they're all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible.
From Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Jeff Rake, Jackie Levine and Len Goldstein comes an emotionally rich, unexpected journey into a world grounded in hope, heart and destiny.
NBC's Manifest stars Melissa Roxburgh (Valor), Josh Dallas (Once Upon a Time), Athena Karkanis (Zoo), J.R. Ramirez (Power), Luna Blaise (Fresh Off the Boat), Jack Messina, and Parveen Kaur (Saving Hope).
Jeff Rake writes and executive produces, with David Frankel having directed and executive produced the pilot. Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Jackie Levine, and Len Goldstein also executive produce. Manifest is produced by Warner Bros. Television, Universal Television, Compari Entertainment and Jeff Rake Productions.