Revealed via Deadline for recurring roles are the following:
Ellen Tamaki (Charmed, We Only Know So Much) plays Drea Mikami, “the bright and confident detective assigned as Michaela’s (Roxburgh) new partner.”
Andrene Ward-Hammond (Claws, The Righteous Gemstones) plays Captain Kate Bowers, “the newly appointed captain of Michaela’s (Roxburgh) precinct. From a long line of cops, she’s direct, by the book and doesn’t suffer fools.”
They were preceded by the first recurring newcomers, also reported via Deadline:
Yasha Jackson (Blue Bloods, Ray Donovan) plays Suzanne Martin, “a Dean at Astoria University and Ben’s (Dallas) ex-girlfriend. They happen to reconnect after running into each other on campus.”
Garrett Wareing (Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, Independence Day: Resurgence) plays TJ Morrison, revealed to be another passenger from the fateful Flight 828, in this case a college student who was onboard for a Jamaican vacation, returning five years later to a changed world. However, he has been taken under the wing of Ben (Dallas).
Of course, the main ensemble are back, consisting of Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Parveen Kaur, Jack Messina, Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez and Luna Blaise. Creator Jeff Rake will continue to serve as writer and executive producer, joined by executiver producers such as Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Len Goldstein and Jackie Levine. Manifest is a production of Warner Bros. TV, Universal TV and Compari Entertainment.
A crucial factor for Manifest‘s secured renewal was the first impression made with its September 24, 2018 debut, which topped the numbers of any other series premiere this past season, and quickly earned the show a backorder that expanded its inaugural season to 16 episodes from its original 13. Moreover, NBC touts the show’s status as TV’s #1 new scripted series of the season (and #6 overall,) by citing how Season 1 averaged a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.6 million viewers overall according to “live plus seven day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research.
The season 1 finale left plenty up in the air, but the story moving forward will most certainly have to deal with the chilling supposition introduced in the finale: that there’s a deadline, so to speak, on the returnees time left on Earth. In addition, with the Major honing in on Saanvi, pretending to be her potential therapist, the antagonist of Manifest is bound to make inroads in Season 2.
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