NBC Orders 22-Episode Second Season for ‘The Blacklist’

By December 4, 2013

The Blacklist - Key Art

Following the midseason finale this past Monday, NBC has decided to give their freshman spy drama series “The Blacklist” some more time to grow.

NBC has just announced that they have renewed the series starring James Spader and Megan Boone for a 22-episode second season. The series has been one of the most popular new shows this season, taking the honor of being broadcast television’s top drama in the all-important 18-49 demographic (the midseason finale won its timeslot on Monday).

With a story that feels like Silence of the Lambs meets “24,” the series follows James Spader as “Red” Reddington, a world-renowned terrorist on the FBI’s Most Wanted List who is helping the U.S. government catch international criminals, but for unknown reasons. Each episode there’s a terrorist of the week, but a more overarching story is becoming clear as the series progresses (though we won’t spoil anything here).

The Blacklist - James Spader - Surrender

Comparing the ratings of the series to others on the air today shows the true success of “The Blacklist,” but NBC also points out the new series is the network’s most-watched new drama, after eight weeks into its run, in 19 years. Ratings for a show haven’t been this high for a new series since “Earth 2” in 1994.

Much of the enjoyment from the show comes from Spader knocking Reddington out of the park every single episode. The man is a titan of intimidation with one of the most intense voices in show business today (which is probably why he’s a perfect fit for the new villain in The Avengers: Age of Ultron). Of course, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ryan Eggold, and Parminder Nagra also make it work. After all, it takes more than one actor to make a series like this come to life.

Anyway, NBC is being smart by bringing “The Blacklist” back from its holiday break on January 13th, as opposed to doing that stupid four month break they allowed for “Revolution” last season. If you’re not watching yet, it might be time to take the next month and catch up.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • Peggy Shoemaker

    Best TV show of the century! James Spader is flawless!