Unfortunately for Manifest fans, we're learning what a difference a week can make. With the series wrapping up its third season, NBC made the decision to cancel the series in the middle of series creator Jeff Rake's intended six-season plan. Since that time, the Warner Bros. TV and Universal TV series saw its first two seasons top the Netflix charts, helped in large part by a #SaveManifest campaign that kicked in online when the news broke. Then on Friday came word that "conversations" between the streamer and WBTV were "ongoing" as Netflix continued "evaluating the viability and financials of a possible pickup" as talks for two-week contract extensions for Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, JR Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina, Parveen Kaur, and Matt Long were paused as negotiations continued. Unfortunately, it appears the show has been grounded permanently, with Deadline Hollywood reporting that Netflix has opted not to pick up a fourth season. The report goes on to say that Warner Bros. TV is wrapping up its efforts to shop the series elsewhere as it would involve "navigating a maze of digital rights and cast options that have expired" (though WBTV and Netflix did not respond to the reports).
Not long after news of the show's cancellation surfaced, Rake took to Twitter to express his shock and surprise at NBC's decision- saying it was a "gut punch to say the least" that the network would shut the series down midway through Rake's six-season plan for the series before letting viewers know that plans were underway to find the series a new home:
The following day, Rake tweeted some brief thanks to a number of folks (NBC, WB, cast, writers, crew, and fans) for the past three seasons before once again asking fans to keep the faith.
The Manifest Writers' Room has also been leading the #SaveManifest charge- reminding folks to keep watching and rewatching the first two season on Netflix (with the third season apparently heading to Hulu):
Bleeding Cool TV on Instagram: For all of the stuff too random and bizarre to make the site, make sure to follow us on Instagram (with an official launch on June 19): Bleeding Cool TV (@bleedingcooltv).
BCTV Daily Dispatch: For a look at what's going on across the television and streaming landscape, sign up for Bleeding Cool's daily email round-up of the news you need to know here.