Earlier this month, NBC canceled Manifesto, his weirdest Christian-themed latest attempt to capture some of the Lost magic that ABC had ten years ago, after three seasons. The timing of the decision was somewhat surprising to fans of the show, especially since many of those fans were new, as the show had just premiered on Netflix and quickly took the No. 1 spot on the particularly ill-defined “Top 10” list on the streaming service – a placement that could mean anything from “who knows?” To “nobody knows”. Either way, Netflix was adamant that people were definitely watching Manifesto on Netflix, but NBC obviously wasn’t convinced that would translate into anything other than paying a lot of money to keep making a show that’s only popular on Netflix (kinda like how nobody watched You until it reaches the streaming service).
Contrary to You, however, Netflix has no interest in paying some of its own money to keep earning more Manifesto, with Deadline reports that it happened to pick up the series for a season four exclusive to Netflix. Deadline says Warner Bros. has now given up on any plans to keep the series alive, as going anywhere other than Netflix would have required “navigating a maze of digital rights.” All this means that Manifesto will now become another winding mystery spectacle that will leave countless questions unanswered, with Deadline noting that series creator Jeff Rake initially described it as a “six-season series” (which is pretty optimistic for any show these days, right?)
The series, more than it matters, starred Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, JR Ramirez and Luna Blaise, and the plot involved passengers on an airline flight that disappeared and then reappeared five years later (without the time passes for people on the plane). After that, church stuff started to happen.