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Manifest Lands Full-Season Pickup on NBC

Josh Dallas, Manifest | Photo Credits: Craig Blankenhorn/NBC

Manifest, NBC's Lost-style mystery drama about a plane that disappeared and reappeared five years later as if nothing had happened, has been picked up for a full season, the network announced Thursday.

NBC ordered three more episodes to bring the total for Season 1 to 16, which is fewer than usual for a network drama, but NBC says it has "utmost faith and confidence in the series going forward" and explained its reasoning in the release. This Is Us and The Good Place, NBC's most acclaimed current shows, only do 18 and 13 episodes per season, respectively; the network wants to run original episodes continuously in the first quarter of 2019 without any repeats; and the ambition and complexity of the storytelling means the writers need to take more time to get it right. Doing fewer episodes is absolutely the right move for Manifest, which runs the risk of getting too convoluted due to the number of storylines it juggles. Look what happened to Lost in its middle seasons, you know?

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Manifest is one of the top-rated new shows of the 2018 season, earning a 3.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 17.2 million viewers in the Live+7 timeframe, according to the network. In total viewers, it ranks behind only The Big Bang Theory. It stars Josh Dallas and Melissa Roxburgh as a brother and sister who were on Montego Air Flight 828 and who are trying to return to their lives five years later while trying to figure out what happened to them and why they're having mysterious psychic symptoms.

Manifest airs Mondays at 10/9c on NBC.



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Supernatural: Dean's Return Won't Go the Way You Think It Will

Jensen Ackles, Supernatural | Photo Credits: Robert Falconer/The CW

It's been a rough season for the Winchesters on Supernatural with Michael parading around in Dean's (Jensen Ackles) body attempting to build what he believes will be a better world. Dean's absence has already begun to take its toll on Sam (Jared Padalecki) who's been crumbling under the weight of leading a group of rowdy Apocalypse World hunters while desperately searching for his missing older bro.

Although Sam has his doubts about whether or not he'll find Dean, we all know the elder Winchester will return at some point this season--it's just a matter of when. But according to Supernatural executive producer Eugenie Ross-Leming, Dean's inevitable return won't go the way you think and the happy reunion will be marred by an underlying threat.

"Whenever he comes back, there will be a sort of twist to his return, which I can't tell you about," she teased to TV Guide. "It's subtle. It doesn't show up right away, but if you keep watching, there will be signs of it."

Ross-Leming remains tight-lipped about what that twist might be but something tells us ejecting Michael out of Dean's body won't be the end of Team Free Will's problems. Especially since Michael, while a formidable foe, won't be this season's big bad. The question is, what other supernatural force will the Winchesters be up against?

Additional reporting by Lindsay MacDonald.

Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8/7c on the CW.

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Lex Luthor Is Finally Coming to Supergirl

Lex Luthor | Photo Credits: DC Entertainment

Lex Luthor, the infamous bald billionaire and Superman villain, has cast a long shadow over Supergirl since the series premiered, but he has never actually appeared on the show. That's about to change. The CW announced Thursday that Lex Luthor is getting added to the character roster this season. Casting for the recurring role will begin soon.

"We're beyond excited to introduce iconic villain, Lex Luthor, to Supergirl and to weave him into our story this season," executive producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller said in a statement. "We've talked about having Lex on the show since its inception and we're excited to have him finally arrive. We can't wait for him to shake things up in National City and watch him go toe to toe with not only Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), but his sister Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath)."

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Lex Luthor was introduced into Superman comics in 1940 and is the Man of Steel's archenemy. He's a business tycoon whose superpower is wealth, which he uses to try to get rid of Superman, who stands between him and global business domination. He has been played by many actors in numerous Superman projects, including Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, Jesse Eisenberg and Michael Rosenbaum.

On Supergirl, Luthor's family and corporation have been major players throughout the show's run. Lena Luthor took over Luthor Corp while Lex was incarcerated, renamed it L-Corp, and has rebranded it as a force for good in the world. She's a close friend of Kara's, aka Supergirl's. Lillian Luthor (Brenda Strong), however, is not so good. She's Lex and Lena's mother, though she's not Lena's biological mother, and she ran the wicked Project Cadmus alien experimentation program before being defeated by Kara and her friends.

It remains to be seen what exactly Lex will get up to on Supergirl, but presumably he'll be coming home to reclaim his company from his sister, which will lead to big-time conflict. He will not be part of the Arrowverse crossover though and will just be sticking to Supergirl for now.

Who do you want to play Lex Luthor?

Supergirl airs Sundays at 8/7c on The CW.

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