Good news, as far as I'm concerned: NBC has picked up 'The Blacklist' for a full season, bringing the total order of episodes to twenty-two. 'The Blacklist' features multi-time Emmy Award winning actor James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington, a brilliant international criminal on the FBI's most wanted list. Red unexpectedly turns himself in to the FBI offering information on upcoming terrorist attacks and criminal activities; he is willing to help the authorities put a stop to these attacks, provided they bow to every one of his demands. The most important demand? Reddington will only work with rookie agent Elizabeth Keen (played by Megan Boone in what seems to be a career-making role).
Sony Pictures TV and Davis Entertainment teamed up to produce 'The Blacklist' and have provided the show with a slick, feature-quality look. As I mentioned in my review of the pilot episode, the sets and locations in 'The Blacklist' help give the series some gravity to their tales of international espionage and violent crime.
NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke weighed in on the pick-up in a press release: "The many layers of Red Reddington and his mysterious reasons for getting into bed with the FBI seem to be fascinating to fans of this show," Salke stated. After the first two episodes, 'The Blacklist' is averaging 12 million viewers, making it the highest-watched new network drama of the season, so far. The show is absolutely dominating the Monday 10:00pm timeslot, garnering massive viewership despite the late weeknight hour.
'The Blacklist' stars Spader and Megan Boone, with Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ryan Eggold and Parminder Nagra co-starring. NBC also seems to have a success in the comedy department with 'The Michael J. Fox Show,' making this a very good new season crop for the Peacock network.