Manifest (TV series)

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Manifest
Genre Drama
Created by Jeff Rake
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 1 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Cathy Kim
  • Harvey Waldman
Camera setup Single-camera
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 24, 2018 (2018-09-24) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Manifest is an American drama television series, created by Jeff Rake, that premiered on September 24, 2018, on NBC. The series centers on the passengers of a plane that suddenly reappear after being presumed dead for five years and it stars Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J. R. Ramirez, Parveen Kaur, and Luna Blaise.

Premise[edit]

A flight home from Jamaica to New York City experiences a brief period of severe turbulence, undetectable by radar, but is otherwise routine. When they return, the passengers and crew of Montego Air Flight 828 learn that they had travelled five years into the future (where the plane was believed to have disappeared, and its passengers presumed dead), without having aged. As they reintegrate themselves into present-day society, the passengers begin to discover how their respective lives had changed in the five years that had passed.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Melissa Roxburgh as Michaela Beth Stone, a police officer
  • Josh Dallas as Ben Stone, an intelligence officer
  • Athena Karkanis as Grace Stone, Ben's wife
  • J. R. Ramirez as Det. Jared Vasquez
  • Luna Blaise as Olive Stone, Ben and Grace's daughter and Cal's twin sister
  • Jack Messina as Cal Stone, Ben and Grace's son and Olive’s twin brother
  • Parveen Kaur as Saanvi Bahl, a graduate student and medical researcher

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [2]Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"David FrankelJeff RakeSeptember 24, 2018 (2018-09-24)T33.01003TBD
2"Reentry"[3]TBATBAOctober 1, 2018 (2018-10-01)TBATBD
3"Turbulence"[4]TBATBAOctober 8, 2018 (2018-10-08)TBATBD
4"Unclaimed Baggage"[5]TBATBAOctober 15, 2018 (2018-10-15)TBATBD

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On August 23, 2017, it was announced that NBC had given the production a put pilot commitment. The pilot was written by Jeff Rake who was also set to executive produce alongside Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. Jackie Levine serves as co-executive producer. Production companies involved with the pilot include Compari Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television.[6] On January 23, 2018, it was reported that NBC had given the production a pilot order.[7] A week later, it was announced that David Frankel would direct and executive produce the pilot.[8] On May 10, 2018, it was announced that NBC had given the production a series order.[9] A few days later, it was announced that the series would premiere in the fall of 2018 and air on Mondays at 10 p.m.[10] On June 19, 2018, it was announced that the series would officially premiere on September 24, 2018.[11]

Casting[edit]

In February 2018, it was announced that Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, and J. R. Ramirez had joined the pilot's main cast.[12][13] In March 2018, it was reported that Athena Karkanis, Parveen Kaur, and Luna Blaise had been cast in main roles.[14][15]

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

On May 13, 2018, NBC released the first official trailer for the series.[16] On July 21, 2018, the series held a panel at San Diego Comic-Con in San Diego, California. Those in attendance included executive producer Jeff Rake and actors Melissa Roxburgh and Josh Dallas.[17] On August 28, 2018, the first nine minutes of the first episode were released among various digital outlets.[18]

Premiere[edit]

On September 10, 2018, the series took part in the 12th Annual PaleyFest Fall Television Previews, which featured a preview screening of the series.[19]

Reception[edit]

The series has been met with a mixed to positive response from critics ahead of its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 61% with an average rating of 7.83 out of 10, based on 18 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Manifest's attempts to balance supernatural mystery and melodrama largely work thanks to its well-chosen cast -- though it could use a few more distinguishing characteristics."[20] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 54 out of 100 based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ali, Lorraine (September 24, 2018). "Review: Hope takes flight in NBC's 'Manifest,' but it's a bumpy ride - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 24, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Shows A-Z - Manifest on NBC". Futon Critic. 
  3. ^ "(#102) "Reentry"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 13, 2018. 
  4. ^ "(#103) "Turbulence"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 19, 2018. 
  5. ^ "(#104) "Unclaimed Baggage"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 24, 2018. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 23, 2017). "'Manifest' Missing Plane Mystery Thriller From Jeff Rake & Robert Zemeckis Set At NBC As Put Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 23, 2018). "'Manifest' Missing Plane Mystery Thriller From Jeff Rake & Robert Zemeckis Gets NBC Pilot Order". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (January 30, 2018). "David Frankel To Direct NBC's 'Manifest' Pilot From Jeff Rake & Robert Zemeckis". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 10, 2018). "NBC Picks Up Drama 'Manifest' To Series, Renews 'Blindspot' For Season 4". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (May 13, 2018). "NBC Fall 2018-19 Schedule: 'Chicago'-Branded Wednesday, 'SVU' To Thursday, 'The Blacklist' Held For Midseason, 'World Of Dance' Moves In-Season". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 13, 2018. 
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (June 19, 2018). "NBC Sets Fall 2018 Premiere Dates: 'This Is Us', 'The Voice', 'Manifest' & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 13, 2018). "'Manifest': Josh Dallas & Melissa Roxburgh Cast As the Leads Of NBC Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (February 26, 2018). "'Manifest': J.R. Ramirez Cast In NBC Pilot From Jeff Rake & Robert Zemeckis". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (March 2, 2018). "'Manifest: Athena Karkanis & Parveen Kaur Cast In NBC Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (March 9, 2018). "'Main Justice' Casts Deborah Ayorinde; Luna Blaise Joins 'Manifest'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 28, 2018. 
  16. ^ Petski, Denise (May 13, 2018). "NBC New Series Trailers: 'Manifest', 'New Amsterdam', 'I Feel Bad'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 13, 2018. 
  17. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (July 21, 2018). "'Manifest' Creator Jeff Rake Has End Game For New Event Mystery Series – Comic-Con". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 21, 2018. 
  18. ^ Petski, Denise (August 28, 2018). "'Manifest': NBC Unveils Entire First Act Of Supernatural Thriller In Digital Platform Rollout". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 28, 2018. 
  19. ^ Pedersen, Erik (July 24, 2018). "PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Sets Initial Lineup: Tim Allen, Sarah Silverman, Aaron Paul & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 29, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Manifest: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved September 24, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Manifest: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 24, 2018. 

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