The Blacklist (TV series)

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The Blacklist
The Blacklist NBC logo.jpg
GenreCrime drama
Created byJon Bokenkamp
Starring
Composer(s)James S. Levine
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelNBC
Original runSeptember 23, 2013 (2013-09-23) – present (present)
External links
Official website
 
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The Blacklist
The Blacklist NBC logo.jpg
GenreCrime drama
Created byJon Bokenkamp
Starring
Composer(s)James S. Levine
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelNBC
Original runSeptember 23, 2013 (2013-09-23) – present (present)
External links
Official website

The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013.[1] It stars James Spader, Megan Boone, and Harry Lennix. Former government agent Raymond Reddington has eluded capture for decades, but he suddenly surrenders to the FBI with an offer that can't be refused and under one condition: Reddington will co-operate only with Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler. The pilot episode was written by Jon Bokenkamp and directed by Joe Carnahan.[2] Executive producers for the series include Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, and John Davis for Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment. On October 4, 2013, NBC gave a back-nine-order, filling out the series' first season.[3] On December 3, 2013, NBC renewed the show for a 22-episode second season.[4]

The show has been met with critical acclaim,[5][6] with many critics singling out Spader's performance.[7]

Plot[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD and Blu-ray release dates
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
122[8]September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23)TBATBATBATBA
222[9]2014 (2014)TBATBATBATBA

Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former government agent and one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrenders at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.. He claims the FBI and he have similar interests in getting rid of dangerous criminals and terrorists. He makes an offer that the FBI can't refuse and insists on one condition: Reddington will co-operate only with Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler. Keen questions Reddington's sudden interest in her, but Reddington will only reveal that she is very special. After the FBI uses Reddington's information to locate a terrorist, Reddington reveals that this terrorist is only the first of many criminals that he will help them neutralize. Over the course of his own criminal career, he has made a list of global criminals who he believes are truly dangerous to society, most of whom are unknown to the FBI. He calls it The Blacklist.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

James Spader (Raymond "Red" Reddington)
Megan Boone (Elizabeth Keen)
Diego Klattenhoff (Donald Ressler)

Recurring[edit]

International broadcasts[edit]

The Blacklist is broadcast in the United Kingdom on Sky Living,[11] in Canada on Global, in New Zealand on TV3,[12] in Italy on Fox Crime (Italy),[13] in the Netherlands on RTL4, in Belgium on Vier and in India on StarWorld Premiere HD as well as in Germany on RTL.[14][15] The Seven Network in Australia began airing the series, under the title James Spader's The Blacklist, on 30 September 2013, where it finished number 1 in the ratings for the night.[16]

Critical response[edit]

The first season of The Blacklist received generally favorable reviews. As of December 12, 2013, The Blacklist has a Metacritic score of 74/100 based on reviews from 31 critics.[17]

David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle said about the pilot, "You think you know this situation and how it will turn out, but there are surprising, yet entirely credible, twists throughout Monday's episode."[18]

Robert Bianco of USA Today said, "The Blacklist is a solid weekly crime show built around a genuine TV star. That's the kind of series the networks have to be able to pull off to survive. And with Spader in command, odds are NBC will."[19]

Accolades[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNomineeResult
2014Golden Globe Awards[20]Best Actor – Television Series DramaJames SpaderNominated
People's Choice Awards[21]Favorite New Television DramaThe BlacklistNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NBC Announces Fall Premiere Dates for New Season". The Futon Critic. June 21, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "NBC Reveals Its 2013–14 Primetime Schedule". The Futon Critic. May 12, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 4, 2013). "'The Blacklist' Picked Up for a Full Season by NBC". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ Bibel, Sara (December 3, 2013). "'The Blacklist' Renewed for Second Season by NBC". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ Weigand, David (18 September 2013). "Suspense dramas 'Blacklist,' 'Hostages' to premiere". SF Chronicle. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Jensen, Jeff (12 October 2013). "The Blacklist Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Ostrow, Joanne (6 September 2013). "Review: James Spader in "The Blacklist" on NBC". Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Shows A–Z – blacklist, the on nbc". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ Brown, Laurel (December 3, 2013). "NBC renews 'The Blacklist' for Season 2". Zap2it. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ Hinckley, David (October 1, 2013). "'The Blacklist's' James Spader unsure how series' key relationship with develop". Daily News (New York). Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Blacklist". Sky. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ "The Blacklist". Mediaworks NZ. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ "The Blacklist". Sky Italia. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  14. ^ "The Blacklist". 
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 20, 2013). "Sony TV's 'The Blacklist' Lines Up International Sales". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  16. ^ Knox, David. "The Blacklist Tops Monday But Homeland Sinks". Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "The Blacklist – Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  18. ^ "Blacklist review SF Chronicle". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  19. ^ Bianco, Robert (2013-09-22). "'Blacklist,' 'Hostages' each have suspenseful charms". Usatoday.com. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  20. ^ "Golden Globes, USA (2014)". IMDb. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  21. ^ "People's Choice Awards (2014)". IMDb. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 

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