The Blacklist (TV series)

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The Blacklist
The Blacklist NBC logo.jpg
GenreCrime drama
Created byJon Bokenkamp
Starring
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Anthony Sparks
Location(s)New York
Cinematography
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
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)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Anthony Sparks
Location(s)New York
Cinematography
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
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. The series stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Ryan Eggold and Harry Lennix. Former government agent Raymond "Red" 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.[1] Executive producers for the series include Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, and John Davis for Sony Pictures Television, Universal Television, and Davis Entertainment. On October 4, 2013, NBC gave a back-nine-order, filling out the series' first season.[2] On December 3, 2013, NBC renewed the show for a 22-episode second season.[3] On May 11, 2014, owing to the show's breakout success, NBC announced the show will air an episode in the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot in 2015.[4]

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

Premise[edit]

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 not 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 "blacklist" of global criminals who he believes are dangerous to society, most of whom are unknown to the FBI.

As the series progresses, the story of Red unravels, with twists that involve other characters in the show.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD and Blu-ray release dates
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
122September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23)May 12, 2014 (2014-05-12)August 12, 2014 (2014-08-12)[11]September 1, 2014 (2014-09-01)[12]August 28, 2014 (2014-08-28)[13]
2[14]22September 22, 2014 (2014-09-22)TBATBATBATBA

International broadcasts[edit]

The Blacklist is also broadcast in Canada on Global.[15]

In Europe the series is broadcast for Lithuania on LNK,[16] for the United Kingdom on Sky Living,[17] for Italy on Fox Crime,[18] for the Netherlands on RTL4, for Belgium on Vier, for Poland on AXN Poland, for Slovenia on POP TV, for Sweden, Norway and Denmark on TV3, for Portugal on SIC[19] and for Germany on RTL.[20]

In Asia-Pacific, in Israel on Yes Action, in Japan on Super! DramaTV(ja),[21] in India on StarWorld Premiere HD[22] and for New Zealand on TV3 from Sunday February 2, 2014 at 8:30 pm.[23] In Australia, the Seven Network is premiering the show, under the title James Spader's The Blacklist from September 30, 2013, where it finished at number 1 in the ratings for the night.[24]

Critical response[edit]

The first season of The Blacklist received rave reviews indicating critical acclaim. As of December 12, 2013, The Blacklist has a Metacritic score of 74/100 based on reviews from 31 critics.[25]

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".[26]

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".[27]

Ratings[edit]

SeasonTimeslot (ET)EpisodesPremieredEndedTV SeasonRankViewers
(in millions)
Live + DVR
Viewers
(in millions)
DatePremiere
Viewers
(in millions)
DateFinale
Viewers
(in millions)
1
Monday 10:00 PM
22
September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23)
12.58[28]
May 12, 2014 (2014-05-12)
10.44[29]2013–14#614.95[30]16.90[31]
2
Monday 10:00 PM (September 22, 2014 - November 10, 2014)
Sunday 10:00 PM
(February 1, 2015)
Thursday 9:00 PM
(February 5, 2015 - May 2015)
22
September 22, 2014
May 2015
TBD2014–15TBATBATBA

Awards and accolades[edit]

Awards and accolades for The Blacklist
YearAssociationCategoryNomineeResult
2014Golden Globe Awards[32]Best Actor – Television Series DramaJames SpaderNominated
People's Choice Awards[33]Favorite New Television DramaThe BlacklistNominated
Entertainment Weekly
Season Finale Awards[34]
Best Non-Romantic Cliffhanger"Berlin (No. 8) Conclusion"Nominated
Funniest Moment in a DramaNominated
Weakest/Most Divisive TwistNominated
Best Final ShotNominated
Most Likely to Earn Someone an Emmy NominationNominated
Biggest Regret That I Didn't See It, I Just Heard or Read About ItNominated
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy AwardsOutstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or MovieThe BlacklistPending

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NBC Reveals Its 2013–14 Primetime Schedule". The Futon Critic. May 12, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 4, 2013). "'The Blacklist' Picked Up for a Full Season by NBC". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ Bibel, Sara (December 3, 2013). "'The Blacklist' Renewed for Second Season by NBC". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "'NBC reveals fall TV schedule". May 11, 2014. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ Weigand, David (September 18, 2013). "Suspense dramas 'Blacklist,' 'Hostages' to premiere". SF Chronicle. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Jensen, Jeff (October 12, 2013). "The Blacklist Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ Ostrow, Joanne (September 6, 2013). "Review: James Spader in "The Blacklist" on NBC". Denver Post. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ Hinckley, David (October 1, 2013). "'The Blacklist's' James Spader unsure how series' key relationship will develop". Daily News (New York). Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (May 12, 2014). "The Blacklist Finale Recap: Major Burns". TVLine. 
  10. ^ Patten, Dominic (July 26, 2014). "Comic-Con: ‘The Blacklist’ Adds Mary-Louise Parker To Season 2 Cast". Deadline.com. 
  11. ^ Lambert, David (June 16, 2014). "The Blacklist - 'The Complete 1st Season' Announced: Date, Cost, Extras, Box Art". Tvshowsondvd.com. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ "The Blacklist - Season 1 [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Blacklist, The: Season 1 (Blu-ray+Ultraviolet)". Ezy DVD. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 11, 2014). "NBC 2014 Schedule: ‘Blacklist’ & ‘Biggest Loser’ Move To Thursday To End Comedy Block, ‘State Of Affairs’ & ‘Marry Me’ Get Post-’Voice’ Slots, ‘Parks’ To Midseason". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ http://www.globaltv.com/theblacklist/
  16. ^ "Juodasis Sąrašas". LNK. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  17. ^ "The Blacklist". Sky. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  18. ^ "The Blacklist". Sky Italia. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  19. ^ http://sic.sapo.pt/Programas/theblacklist/
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (JuneIsrael 20, 2013). "Sony TV's 'The Blacklist' Lines Up International Sales". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  21. ^ "ブラックリスト" [The Blacklist] (in Japanese). Super Network, Inc. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  22. ^ "The Blacklist". 
  23. ^ "The Blacklist". Mediaworks NZ. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  24. ^ Knox, David. "The Blacklist Tops Monday But Homeland Sinks". Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  25. ^ "The Blacklist – Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  26. ^ Wiegand, David (September 18, 2013). "Blacklist review SF Chronicle". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  27. ^ Bianco, Robert (September 22, 2013). "'Blacklist,' 'Hostages' each have suspenseful charms". Usatoday.com. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  28. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 24, 2013). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'The Voice' & 'How I Met Your Mother' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for 'Hostages' or 'The Blacklist'". TV by the Numbers. 
  29. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 13, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'Bones', 'Castle', 'Dancing With The Stars' & 'Friends With Better Lives' Adjusted Up; 'Star-Crossed' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  30. ^ Deadline Team, The (May 23, 2014). "Full 2013-14 Series Rankings". Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  31. ^ http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/06/09/live7-dvr-ratings-complete-2013-14-season-the-big-bang-theory-leads-adults-18-49-ratings-increase-raising-hope-earns-biggest-percentage-increase-the-blacklist-tope-viewership-gains/271900/
  32. ^ "Golden Globes, USA (2014)". IMDb. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  33. ^ "People's Choice Awards (2014)". IMDb. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  34. ^ http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20593459_20820828,00.html#30163618

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