ManifestLatest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 10:10PM EST
Manifest is still struggling to figure out the right balance between character and story
"It’s the sort of balance that, really, every TV show has to find — take How I Met Your Mother’s years-long struggle to postpone revealing who the titular Mom was, or as a positive example the deft way in which every aspect of life in Baltimore was blended together on The Wire," says Liz Shannon Miller. "But shows like Manifest highlight that particular struggle, because telling relatable human stories with fantastical elements is so tricky that one moment of misalignment reveals all the flaws."
Posted Friday 11/16/18 at 6:32AM EST
Manifest adds Mad Men vet Matt Long
The Mad Men and Helix alum will appear in a "major recurring role," playing “a mysterious new character whose arrival triggers a new relationship triangle and upends the series’ mythology."
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:08AM EDT
Why Manifest is succeeding at being a Lost knockoff
Source: USA Today
The NBC drama may be succeeding where other Lost copycats have failed because it's easy to follow. Plus, there is the real-world connection of Malaysia Airlines' Flight 370.
Posted Thursday 10/18/18 at 1:36PM EDT
NBC orders three more Manifest episodes
The pickup brings the freshman drama's season total to 16 episodes.
Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 1:05PM EDT
Manifest debuts strong, The Big Bang Theory drops 41% in the demo, Magnum P.I. places third in its timeslot
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
NBC's Manifest premiered as the No. 2-rated show of Monday night, building on The Voice's viewership with 10.3 million viewers. The Big Bang Theory returned for its final season down 41% in the 18-49 demo. Magnum P.I., with 8.1 million viewers, came in third place in its timeslot, losing to 9-1-1 and The Voice.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 9:40PM EDT
Three new network shows are vying to capture This Is Us' weep-worthy success
Source: The Daily Beast
ABC's A Million Little Things and NBC's Manifest and New Amsterdam are all blatantly ripping a page from the This Is Us tear-jerker playbook. "There is a fine line between emotional storytelling and trauma porn, and, at least in their first episodes, these three dramas wobble precariously as they negotiate that line," says Kevin Fallon. "This Is Us works because of how purposeful and methodically it uses story to manipulate emotion, because of the audience’s desire to be coerced into that emotion, and, most importantly, because of how fully realized the characters are, so that each twist and tragic moment rings of a familiar truth. Any dismissal of This Is Us as a pandering tearjerker ignores the fact that this is something very hard to pull off, let alone do as well as the series manages. It’s so hard to do that even This Is Us’ creator, Dan Fogelman, recently failed in spectacular fashion in attempting to recreate its formula and magic. (Film critics agree: Steer very clear of Life Itself.)"
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 9:40PM EDT
NBC's Manifest suffers from "network TV-itis" -- it's a generic and forgettable version of Lost
The pilot of the NBC drama about a plane that disappears for five years is too rushed. "It suffers from a case network TV-itis: a need to blast from one plot point to the next without devoting too much time to establishing atmosphere or deeply studying its characters," says Jen Chaney. "Admittedly, one episode isn’t much to go on, but so far, Manifest also has little interest in the wider world or culture. Imagine boarding a plane while Barack Obama was still in office, then getting off of it and finding out, oh, it’s five years later and by the way, Donald Trump is president. Obviously you would be reeling on a variety of fronts, but that, along with other cultural changes — the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage? Prince died? — would be a real mind-blower. There’s never a sense that any character’s mind is truly blown by what’s happening in Manifest."
Posted Tuesday 8/28/18 at 1:48PM EDT
NBC releases the first nine minutes of Manifest
Watch the first act of the drama about the fictional doomed Flight 828, timed with today being 8/28.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Here are the most-watched and least-watched upfront trailers
NBC's Manifest and New Amsterdam trailers have had 6.5 million and just over 5 million views respectively on YouTube. On the flip side, CBS' The Neighborhood, FBI and God Friended Me have had just under 60,000 YouTube views.
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Posted Sunday 5/13/18 at 2:39PM EDT
NBC boss on Brooklyn Nine-Nine: "It was great to know the fans were outraged, but we were too"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“Brooklyn is a show our company produces for Fox, so it’s a show that’s very close to us,” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said of rescuing Brooklyn Nine-Nine during a conference call this morning, according to EW. “I’ve been saying to certain people in the press that if we knew Andy Samberg was going to be cast in that show, we never would have sold it to Fox. We’ve been watching it closely ever since. … We jumped on it really quickly and are thrilled to have it and think it fits into our brand of comedy in many ways better than it fit into Fox’s brand of comedy. It feels like it goes along shows like A.P. Bio, Will & Grace, Superstore, and The Good Place. … It’s also one of the few comedies in recent years that does a robust international number, and it has a syndication upside, which a lot of shows don’t have anymore.” Greenblatt added that he loved that the fans were so vocal. "We were right there with them," he said. "We love when fans yell and scream on Twitter, but we hope that transfers and they watch the show.”
- NBC unveils its fall schedule: All three Chicago shows will air on Wednesdays, Law & Order: SVU moves to Thursdays
- Watch trailers for new NBC fall shows Manifest, New Amsterdam and I Feel Bad
- The Blacklist renewed for Season 6
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Blacklist will return in 2019
- Midnight, Texas and World of Dance are moving from summer to in-season
- NBC will wait to decide the fates of Timeless and Champions: "I’m nervous. Could go either way," tweets Timeless co-creator Eric Kripke
- Greenblatt cited an "embarrassment of riches" and lack of fit for rejecting Bad Boys spinoff L.A.'s Finest pilot
- NBC is done "treading water while The Voice is off," Greenblatt says of America's Got Talent winter edition
- Greenblatt mum on rumored The Office revival
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Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 1:22PM EDT
NBC picks up Lost-like drama Manifest, starring Josh Dallas
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The Once Upon a Time alum will star on the Robert Zemeckis-produced show described as "Lost in reverse." According to the logline, “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."
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Once Upon a Time's Josh Dallas lands the male lead on NBC's Manifest
The mystery thriller pilot about a disappearing plane has also tapped Valor's Melissa Roxburgh as the female lead.
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 9:15PM EST
NBC orders pilot for Manifest, a missing plane thriller that sounds like “Lost meets Resurrection”
The logline for the potential series reads: “A plane disappears from radar and returns years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea. No time has passed for those on the plane, but for their loved ones at home, many years have gone by." The Mysteries of Laura creator Jeff Rake is behind the project. ALSO: NBC orders four multicamera comedy pilots following the success of the Will & Grace revival.
Posted Wednesday 8/23/17 at 6:58PM EDT
What if a missing plane returned 5 years after its disappearance?
NBC will explore such a scenario in Manifest, from Robert Zemeckis, which may have been inspired by the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.