Why did Netflix pass on Manifest?

Fans and cast members of Manifest expected Netflix to pick up the show after NBC canceled it, but to their surprise, Netflix will not be renewing the series.

Manifest is an American supernatural television series. It follows the passengers and crew of a commercial airliner that disappeared and reappeared after they were presumed dead for more than five years. The show ran for three seasons before NBC announced that it would not be renewing the show for another season.

Following the success of the show on the streaming platform, fans assumed that Netflix would pick up the show for another season. However, Netflix ultimately passed on the show, after lengthy conversations and deliberations. After the unsuccessful debate with Netflix, Warner Bros Television decided to stop searching for a new home for Manifest.

This marks an early ending, with a lot of unanswered questions and an unresolved cliffhanger in the season three finale. The show’s creator, Jeff Rake originally developed the show as a six-season series. Following the show’s cancellation, Rake, as well as members of the cast, showed their support for fans’ #SaveManifest campaign.

On Tuesday, 22 June 2021, Rake took to Twitter and stated, “Manifest gratitude, final edition. Thank you, our fans. You became the Manifesters at Comic-Con 2018. Ever since, you’ve watched religiously, parsed every word, cried a lot, laughed a little, puzzle-solved, and never, ever, wavered in your support. I’ll never forget it.”

Netflix reportedly declined to comment after announcing that it would be passing on Manifest.