While fans of NBC's hugely popular freshman series Manifest still have a few more days to wait before the show's second-season return (set for Monday, January 6 at 10 p.m ET/9 p.m. CT), the network is doing its part to build up the anticipation. Today, it comes in the form of a preview clip that finds Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh), Ben (Josh Dallas) and Saanvi (Parveen Kaur) find themselves in the cabin of a crashed airplane. As they struggle to make sense of their situation, questions about their true purpose arise among victims familiar – and new:
"Manifest" season 2, episode 1 "Fasten Your Seatbelts": As the Stone family reels in the aftermath of a devastating shooting, they're hit with their most foreboding Calling yet, sending Ben on a mission to locate two Flight 828 passengers who have mysteriously gone missing. Grace grapples with her new pregnancy, the Major attempts to tighten her grip on the unwitting Saanvi, all while the clock on the lives of the 828ers continues to tick towards zero.
Last month, the network offered up an early holiday present in the form of preview images from season premiere "Fasten Your Seatbelts" as well as a look behind the scenes with Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, and others as they offer clues on how to "Solve the Mystery, Save the Passengers" (below).
But maybe there were some clues you missed along the way? No worries – the folks at NBC and Manifest have you covered with the following recap of every crazy, mysterious, and important moment from the first season.
Release the conspiracy theories!
In the following sneak preview… could it possibly be too late to save Zeke (Matt Long)? It might be, if Michaela's (Roxburgh) deadly visions come to pass:
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.
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.