The Blacklist (TV series)

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The Blacklist
The Blacklist NBC logo.jpg
Genre
Created by Jon Bokenkamp
Starring
Composer(s)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 30 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Anthony Sparks
Location(s) New York
Cinematography
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 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. Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader), a former government agent turned high-profile criminal, who had eluded capture for decades, voluntarily surrenders to the FBI, offering to co-operate on capturing a list of criminals who are virtually impossible to catch. He insists on working with a rookie profiler by the name of Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). The show also stars Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold and Harry Lennix. 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 received critical acclaim,[5][6] with many critics praising Spader's performance in particular.[7]

Premise[edit]

Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former officer of the United States Navy who disappeared twenty years ago and became one of the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, surrenders himself to Assistant Director Harold Cooper at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Taken to an FBI "black site", Reddington claims to share the FBI's interest in getting rid of criminals and terrorists he has associated with, that are so dangerous and devious that Cooper is unaware even of their existence. He offers Cooper his knowledge and assistance on two conditions: immunity from prosecution, and working exclusively with Elizabeth Keen, a rookie profiler newly assigned to Cooper. Keen and Cooper are suspicious of Reddington's interest in her, but he will only say that she is "very special". After Cooper tests Reddington's offer in locating and killing a terrorist in the first episode, Reddington reveals that this man was only the first on his "blacklist" of global criminals, which he has compiled over his criminal career and wants to eliminate.

As the series progresses, the mysteries of Reddington's and Liz's lives, and his interest in her, are revealed slowly. Twists are introduced involving other characters.

Cast and characters[edit]

Regular[edit]

Actor Character Role Seasons
1 2
James Spader Raymond "Red" Reddington Confidential informant Main
Megan Boone Elizabeth Keen FBI special agent Main
Diego Klattenhoff Donald Ressler FBI special agent Main
Harry Lennix Harold Cooper Director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division Main
Ryan Eggold Tom Keen Elizabeth's husband Main
Amir Arison Aram Mojtabai FBI computer specialist Recurring Main
Mozhan Marnò Samar Navabi Mossad agent Main
Parminder Nagra Meera Malik CIA field agent Main

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe Zuma, Reddington's bodyguard.
  • Charles Baker as Grey, Reddington's mysterious aide and bodyguard.
  • Deborah S. Craig as Luli Zheng, one of Reddington's bodyguards and his money manager.
  • Jane Alexander as Diane Fowler, Head of Criminal Division of the Department of Justice.
  • Alan Alda as Alan Fitch, Assistant Director of National Intelligence.
  • Susan Blommaert as Mr. Kaplan, Reddington's personal cleaner.
  • Graeme Malcolm as "The Man with the Apple", a man who was spying on the Keen household.
  • Rachel Brosnahan as Jolene Parker/Lucy Brooks, a woman who makes her way into the Keens' life.
  • Lance Reddick as Cowboy, a bounty hunter hired by Red to find Jolene.
  • Peter Stormare as Milos "Berlin" Kirchoff, a former member of the KGB.
  • Emily Tremaine as Audrey Bidwell, Ressler's former fiancée.
  • Mary-Louise Parker as Naomi Hyland/Carla, Reddington's ex-wife.
  • Paul Reubens as Mr. Vargas, Reddington's double agent.
  • Hal Ozsan as Ezra, a bodyguard assigned to Elizabeth by Reddington.
  • Scottie Thompson as Zoe D'Antonio/Jennifer, Berlin's daughter.
  • Ron Perlman as Luther Braxton, a high-profile international thief.[8][9]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Ranking Viewers
(in millions)
1 22 September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23) May 12, 2014 (2014-05-12) No. 6 14.95[10]
2 22 September 22, 2014 (2014-09-22) TBA TBA TBA

Critical response[edit]

The first season of The Blacklist received strong reviews from television critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a rating of 82%, based on 45 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10. The site's consensus reads, "James Spader is riveting as a criminal-turned-informant, and his presence goes a long way toward making this twisty but occasionally implausible crime procedural compelling".[11] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 74 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12]

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".[13] 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".[14] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter praised both Spader's performance and the procedural elements of the show, writing "there's an over-arching element to the premise as well that makes it intriguing without making it overly complicated."[15]

The series has proven so successful that Netflix has bought timed exclusive rights for $2 million per episode.[16]

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Live + DVR
Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
Viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale
Viewers
(in millions)
1
Monday 10:00 pm
22
September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23)
12.58[17]
May 12, 2014 (2014-05-12)
10.44[18] 2013–14 #6 14.95[10] 16.90[19]
2
Monday 10:00 pm
(Episodes 1 - 8)
Sunday 10:00 pm
(Episode 9)
Thursday 9:00 pm
(Episodes 10 - 22)
22
September 22, 2014
12.34[20]
May 2015
TBD 2014–15 TBA TBA TBA

Awards and accolades[edit]

Awards and accolades for The Blacklist
Year Association Category Nominee Result
2014 Golden Globe Awards[21] Best Actor – Television Series Drama James Spader Nominated
People's Choice Awards[22] Favorite New Television Drama The Blacklist Nominated
Entertainment Weekly
Season Finale Awards[23]
Best Non-Romantic Cliffhanger "Berlin (No. 8) Conclusion" Nominated
Funniest Moment in a Drama Nominated
Weakest/Most Divisive Twist Nominated
Best Final Shot Nominated
Most Likely to Earn Someone an Emmy Nomination Nominated
Biggest Regret That I Didn't See It, I Just Heard or Read About It Nominated
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie The Blacklist Won
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards[24] Top TV Series The Blacklist (Dave Porter) Won
Saturn Award Best Network Television Series Release The Blacklist Nominated
Best Actor in a Television Series James Spader Nominated

International broadcasts[edit]

In Asia Pacific, the Seven Network premiered the show on September 30, 2013 in Australia, under the title James Spader's The Blacklist; it finished at number 1 in the ratings for the night.[25] Elsewhere in Asia-Pacific, The Blacklist is broadcast in India on StarWorld Premiere HD[26] in Israel on Yes Action, in Japan on Super! DramaTV(ja),[27] in Hong Kong on TVB Pearl, and in New Zealand on TV3 from Sunday February 2, 2014 at 8:30 pm.[28] Series 2 premiered in New Zealand just hours after the US. at 8.40pm on Tuesday, 23 September 2014.[29]

In Europe, the series is broadcast in Belgium on Vier and RTL-TVI, in Denmark and Norway on Viasat, in France on TF1,[30] in Germany on RTL, in Italy on Fox Crime,[31] in Lithuania on LNK,[32] in the Netherlands on RTL4, in Poland on AXN Poland, in Portugal on SIC,[33] in Slovenia on POP TV, in Sweden on TV3,[34] and in the United Kingdom on Sky Living.[35]

In North America,The Blacklist is broadcast in Canada, on Global.[36]

Season 2 posters[edit]

The second season poster had eleven fake magazines with James Spader on the front cover. The posters parodied Entertainment Weekly, G.Q., New York, People, Playboy, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Time, Us Weekly, Vanity Fair, and Wired.[37]

The Blacklist[edit]

Number Name Number Name Number Name Number Name Number Name
1 ? 36 ? 71 ? 106 The Good Samaritan 141 ?
2 ? 37 ? 72 ? 107 ? 142 ?
3 ? 38 ? 73 Madeline Pratt 108 ? 143 ?
4 ? 39 ? 74 The Front 109 General Ludd 144 ?
5 ? 40 ? 75 ? 110 ? 145 The Freelancer
6 ? 41 ? 76 ? 111 ? 146 ?
7 ? 42 The Kingmaker 77 ? 112 Monarch Douglas Bank 147 ?
8 Berlin 43 ? 78 ? 113 ? 148 ?
9 ? 44 ? 79 ? 114 The Mombasa Cartel 149 ?
10 ? 45 ? 80 ? 115 ? 150 ?
11 ? 46 ? 81 ? 116 ? 151 ?
12 The Decembrist 47 Frederick Barnes 82 Dr. Linus Creel 117 ? 152 Gina Zanetakos
13 ? 48 ? 83 Mako Tanida 118 ? 153 ?
14 ? 49 ? 84 Wujing 119 The Pavlovich Brothers 154 ?
15 ? 50 ? 85 The Courier 120 The Pavlovich Brothers 155 ?
16 Anslo Garrick 51 ? 86 ? 121 The Pavlovich Brothers 156 ?
17 ? 52 Ranko Zamani 87 ? 122 The Pavlovich Brothers 157 ?
18 ? 53 ? 88 Ivan 123 ? 158 ?
19 ? 54 ? 89 Dr. James Covington 124 ? 159 ?
20 ? 55 ? 90 ? 125 ? 160 ?
21 ? 56 ? 91 ? 126 ? 161 The Stewmaker
22 The Scimitar 57 The Judge 92 ? 127 ?
23 ? 58 ? 93 ? 128 ?
24 ? 59 ? 94 ? 129 ?
25 ? 60 ? 95 ? 130 ?
26 ? 61 ? 96 ? 131 ?
27 ? 62 ? 97 ? 132 ?
28 ? 63 ? 98 ? 133 ?
29 ? 64 The Cyprus Agency 99 ? 134 ?
30 ? 65 ? 100 ? 135 Milton Bobbit
31 ? 66 ? 101 The Alchemist 136 ?
32 ? 67 ? 102 ? 137 ?
33 ? 68 ? 103 ? 138 ?
34 ? 69 ? 104 Lord Baltimore 139 ?
35 ? 70 ? 105 ? 140 ?

References[edit]

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