NBC Orders a Full Season of The Blacklist

Get ready for nine more episodes of James Spader... hanging... onto... pauses... for dramatic effect! NBC has ordered a full season of The Blacklist, which means the FBI thriller is guaranteed at least a 22-episode run. The FBI thriller has emerged as NBC's big hit of the young fall season. 

So far, the FBI drama has averaged 12 million viewers and a 3.6 rating in the 18-49-year-old demographic, with both of those stats helped mightily by its comfortable spot behind The Voice. The 12 million viewer average makes it the most-watched new drama of the season so far, and the 3.6 rating puts it second behind ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. If you're NBC, you're pretty pleased, even if those numbers are fairly close to what Revolution pulled in behind The Voice last year before drying up.

The Blacklist stars Spader as Red Reddington, a most-wanted criminal who voluntarily surrendered himself to the FBI and offered to help catch other crooks on his "Blacklist," with one condition: He'll only work with new female agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). The thriller combines procedural elements (the team will catch one bad guy per week) with ongoing serialized elements (why does Red want to work with Keen? What's the deal with Keen's husband? Will that guy from Homeland ever have anything to do other than bark orders and chase people?). It's fairly entertaining as long as you don't sweat the details (here's my review of the series premiere).

While this news means The Blacklist has earned the first full-season pickup of the fall, it comes a day after Fox ordered a second season of Sleepy Hollow, skipping a back-nine order entirely.


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Oct 23, 2013
Also noticed that Orci guy also wrote for Fringe....this show seems far weaker character wise outside of Spader, but I'm still not surprised given they at least have someone who has already done an episode crime show I liked (scifi episodic crime, but whatever, still was FBI based, sort of).
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Oct 14, 2013
I actually quite like this show, Keen is too damn beautiful though, it's distracting :p
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Oct 09, 2013
AWESOME!!!!!
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Oct 06, 2013
This is a big hit for NBC and I am prediciting it will NOT go down the road of Revolution ! I really loved the show because James Spader always got something up his sleeves and the action is great too ! Hope they can keep it up for 22 episodes though !
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Oct 07, 2013
revolution? what do you mean? this seems like a completely different genre? did revolution get cancelled or something?
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Oct 07, 2013
Revolution is also on NBC. It started with a Bang but got so bad that I gave up after 9 episodes. I heard season 2 is better but could not bring myself to catch up on the rest of season 1. I just hope Blacklist will not grow bad but so far so good.
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Oct 07, 2013
I see what you're saying. A world without batteries and generators is awfully hard to swallow. I might checkout Blacklist after it releases 6 or 7 episodes.
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Oct 06, 2013
I hate to say but I like this NBC show.
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Oct 06, 2013
What on earth happened to Spader? I understand we all get older and heavier, but did he have to turn into Humpty Dumpty?
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Oct 06, 2013
Laugh now, Cry later. You're next Fatso! :) He sure does look different. I havent seen Spader in any movie I like, other than Stargate. So I haven't even bothered watching this show, but its got 3000 followers already. Even a hater like me knows when to kiss the ring. Not that ring, the other one.
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Oct 06, 2013
Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan, but I didn't watch Boston Legal, which was I guess his last show, so the change is quite startling. My son, who saw Spader on The Office, thought he always looked this way, until I reminded him of the Seinfeld episode which co starred Spader. He couldn't believe they were the same person.
I feel terrible saying these things; as I said, I know we all age, and tend to get heavier (and in case, balder) as we do. But, he was so pretty before.
I haven't watched the show yet, but it's on my list of things to check out.
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Oct 06, 2013
I'm feeling really old now, remembering Spader with hair in Stargate, but hey - in the end it depends on how you act not how you look!! So I'm still a fan!
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Oct 06, 2013
Me too, so long as he still has that soft, silvered voice.
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Oct 06, 2013
in HIS case, balder. ARGGG, edit buttons must be the most expensive things to do to websites.
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Oct 06, 2013
Great news indeed! Loving the show so far.
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Oct 06, 2013
God I'm SOOO happy for Blacklist. I love James Spader and am a big fan of this show.
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Oct 06, 2013
I'm glad that the network saw the potential for this show. A full season will give the writers a chance to live up to the potential. Too many shows are canceled just when they are starting to build their audience.
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Oct 06, 2013
Does that mean she'll finally get a decent wig? Cause that's the only thing that matters.
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Oct 06, 2013
BRILLIANT news! I LOVE the show so to hear its got a full season is great; hopefully that will lead to renewal for season 2 as well. It will be nice to watch James Spader continue to steal every scene he's in. :)
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Oct 05, 2013
I bet Red's got Lecter on speed dial.
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Oct 05, 2013
Love it!!! It is so different!!!
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Oct 05, 2013
love the show.. so im very happy about a full season.. thinking Red's her dad.. why else would he care so much? Or maybe her uncle?
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Oct 06, 2013
I think dad is too obvious - possible another relation, as you say. I do wonder if he knows who the hubby really is and when he found out he'd married her then that was when Red decided to intervene. However, that doesn't explain his obsession with her.

One thing I picked up on - he was saying how the human traffiker (played by the ever wonderful Isabella Rossellini) was using her charity to get rid of her competition......could he be doing the same with the FBI? Using them to get rid of friends he no longer needs (or who've become a liability) and enemies he couldn't take down alone - like Rossellin's character?

Perhaps being with Elizabeth is just the gravy (as they say) - regardless of his connection to her. Then again I'm probably overthinking all this WAAYY too much. lol!
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Oct 06, 2013
Yeah probably overthinking ;) I would really be disappointed if he is the dad!! WAY to obvious!!!
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Oct 06, 2013
Yup, I figured as much, lol! Having said that obvious or not, like you, I wouldn't be upset if he was her dad. It would certainly explain a lot. :)
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Oct 06, 2013
I've got money riding on the dad angle.
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Oct 05, 2013
Yeah! I think he is her dad or as you said maybe her uncle
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Oct 06, 2013
Probably right - I think I need to get out more!
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Oct 05, 2013
wohoooo more james spader !!!
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Oct 05, 2013
Haven't had a chance to see it yet, but in some small way, the premise is a bit like Castle... that being said, looking forward to giving it a try.
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Oct 05, 2013
As long as they focus on James Spader's performance and the rest on his agenda along with unusual criminals on his list this will be a good show. The less typical FBI search they have the better.
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Oct 05, 2013
Another (((((( YAY ))))))))))) from me.
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Oct 05, 2013
I really like this one...so i am glad that they make a whole season of it!! Love the cat and mouse game they keep playing...and i also want to know how he knows so much about her...what are their connection?
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Oct 05, 2013
I'll admit the pauses for drama are a bit much at times, but all in all this show has serious potential, and already has done a lot with only two episodes.
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Oct 05, 2013
So I only watched the pilot but have any of the "superagents" of the FBI put two and two together and realised that Red is Keens dad?
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Oct 05, 2013
RIP James Spader's hair.
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Oct 05, 2013
That actually died midway through filming The Office.
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Oct 05, 2013
I enjoyed the pilot, I am happy for everyone involved.
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Oct 05, 2013
I think maybe they were too fast to order the second season. Or maybe I am just upset because this was in my dead pool :)
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Oct 06, 2013
One big AWWWH for this one ;)
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Oct 06, 2013
I'm just wondering how Steve (the nickname given to the Headless Horseman) will be able to be the Big Bad of season 1 since he doesn't really seem all that interesting. He's a big dumb shark. Big Bads are supposed to at leas be able to communicate with the heroes.
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Oct 06, 2013
Maybe Reddington can help with that too... He knows EVERYONE
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Oct 05, 2013
Agreed it was fast but I think NBC wants to pop the champagne while they are winning...
Not sure if there is any merit to the theory but I would say that generally networks do not cancel shows with big names like say Spader as quickly (Go on, Ringer... got to air all their eps even the writing was on the wall) or even be given pity renewals (Touch) even if the ratings were poor because they prefer not to piss off a big star & networks do not want to look like their 'big new show' failed miserably...
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Oct 06, 2013
Right now, it's all about money, a big name can't draw extra heat unless they are either financially invested OR the network owns a piece of the show and can make back funds on overseas where big names always draw better. So far, The Blacklist hasn't really looked like a show that costs too much.
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Oct 05, 2013
Blame audiences for not helping ya out. ;-)
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Oct 05, 2013
I'm not overly surprised by this news, it sticks of NBC seeing the numbers, squealing with delight and jumping the gun. Without The Voice as a lead in Hostages would be killing this show, and Hostages is poor.
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Oct 06, 2013
I think this show is better than Hostages but it just my opinion !
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Oct 05, 2013
Dont compare revolution and blacklist. Revolution sucked from episode 1 and got worst with every episode (well episode 2 when I stopped watching), even the creator admited his mistakes
Blacllist is good so far Spader is awsome thought his counter part from FBI (main actress) miss something in her acting. She does not make us feel her emotions so far that is the only critics I have so far
I fear also about the story telling because when he surrendered he came with a list of most wanted by FBI and his personnal ennemies but that list can not extend over hundreds so gonna have to find a good idea to renew the series over many season without going to much around and getting old like Prison break,, Nikita, Heroes, series whose first seasons I loved and got bored or tuned off after season 1
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Oct 05, 2013
Great news!!! I love this show. I think Sleepy Hollow and The Blacklist are the best new shows on air for now.
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Oct 05, 2013
Sleepy Hollow, while decent, doesn't hold a matchstick to this show.
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Oct 06, 2013
Blacklist not withstanding, Sleepy Hallow is the best new show on TV. Yes, even better than Marvel's Agents of Shield (so far.)
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Oct 06, 2013
Marvel's Agents of Shield (a chore even to type out) is 100% banking on the success of the Marvel movies and is really no good at all. Fun? maybe, but it will not last unless the actual characters they always talk about appear, which they won't. The ride was too high, too fast.... next comes the fall.
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Oct 05, 2013
I agree! I too like this one more
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Oct 05, 2013
My problem with The Blacklist is that the pacing is just awful, it builds up virtually no suspense due to the action moving too quickly. So I'm out, however James Spader is amazing in it so it was a close call.
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Oct 05, 2013
This is very true esp of ep 2 but I hope the writers / show runner get their act together and fix that... It feels more like stuff needs to be tweaked & finessed rather than fundamental flaws (in my hopeful opinion...)
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Oct 05, 2013
Haha it's as if you knew I'd written that right after watching episode two ("How did he know?" "Dunno, must be super powers, it's the only logical explanation.")

Might just be me and my dislike for this kind of structure, but when scenes are constantly flicking back and forth it just makes it difficult to give a flying funkadactyl about any of the character's. After 2 episodes I still call one of the main agents 'The Guy From The Beginning Of Pacific Rim.'
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Oct 05, 2013
This show surprised me. The preview for it didn't look good at all. The only reason I gave it a chance is because of Spader. He's an excellent actor. It paid off too because I think it's much better than Agents of Shield. Hopefully they can keep it up. The problem I see with a lot of new shows is they go so hard in the beginning trying to stay on the air, they run out of good story line.
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Oct 05, 2013
It's Spader. Gotta watch. Maybe they'll hire Boston Legal to represent him. lol. Between Blacklist and Person Of Interest (POI), I'll go with POI but new shows can go either way. Imagine if Spader was in POI, it would be a blast.
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Oct 05, 2013
Have the first two episodes ready to go, but the heavy procedural elements have put me off watching it (especially with so much else on at that moment). Is it any good?
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Oct 05, 2013
Yay! And I know others have talked about its awesomeness before, but the kidnapping scene from the first episode is still on my mind - that was seriously badass and could have fit in a movie.

There are still a few kinks to work out (I personally love Diego Klattenhoff, but he's a bit meh here) but between James Spader's scenery-chewing, the flipping of our good guys/bad guys expectations and all the action, this could turn into a must-watch.
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Oct 05, 2013
Didn't see this coming but I'm glad. I think this show CAN grow into something special.
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Oct 05, 2013
Awesome news. I do kind of agree with mad-pac. I hope it's not just the same "baddie-of-the-week" for the whole season. They've done a good job of mixing it up with some mythology so far. Hopefully the format doesn't get stale. But still very excited.
Also agreed with Sarah, this is my second fav new show behind Sleepy Hollow.
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Oct 05, 2013
News!. I was gonna say "22 episodes, this is gonna be a gas!" then i realize i have been overusing that phrase this week, so, ...news!!
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Oct 05, 2013
2nd favourite show so far this season (behind Sleepy Hollow).
Well done show - and Nielson viewers.
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Oct 05, 2013
the pilot got my a little disappointed at first but the second episode was good so I´m looking forward to see more of the show
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Oct 05, 2013
AWESOME NEWS.
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Oct 05, 2013
Yay, I love it ;)
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Oct 05, 2013
Systematically catching one bad guy per week will get old *really* fast. But I guess some people like this comfortable predictability in life.
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Oct 05, 2013
I guess I shouldn't give this show a try...
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Oct 05, 2013
I wasn't going to but they tricked me. They showed the whole pilot condensed in a few minutes in the "trailer" so now I could just move on to episode 2. But i'm not sure I'll do.
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Oct 05, 2013
When NBC Thursday is drawing 1/3rd of its CBS competition, seeing Blacklist get ratings like that is downright impressive, no wonder they want to hold onto that lovin' feelin'.

And this just goes to prove that Community was never the problem, NBC puts ANYTHING on and it tanks on Thursdays.
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Oct 05, 2013
I'm surprised at the early pickup. NBC has needed some good news as far as its' programming goes. I'm still on the fence about the show. I did think the second episode was much more focused. I am looking forward to see how the show improves.
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Oct 05, 2013
I'm happy that it's renewed. It's an awesome show. James Spader is great.
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Oct 05, 2013
Surprising...NOT! This was obvious with the show airing after The Voice.
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Oct 05, 2013
Can't say it's the show I expect the most every week but I enjoyed the first two episodes enough to be happy about the full-season order.
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Oct 04, 2013
I'm very happy!!

I enjoyed the pilot and felt that the second episode built on that. Excellent!
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Oct 04, 2013
yaaaaaaay!
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Oct 04, 2013
watched the first episode and I liked it. i'm so sick of cop/lawyer/medical dramas that its not even funny.
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Oct 04, 2013
I'm confused...you hate cop dramas (which this totally is even though its FBI) but you like this show?
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Oct 07, 2013
from the first episode it has more of a tone of a spy/thriller type of show. at least that's how I see it.
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Oct 07, 2013
I also like the show, but you can't deny that it has a basic procedural setup. They chase a new bad guy ever week while slowly telling the story of the husband/why Red gave himself up in the b story.
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Oct 04, 2013
I'm curious how this show would have done without The Voice as its lead in. I mean look at Revolution now.
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Oct 04, 2013
Has anyone else noticed that James Spader is (not so) slowly turning into William Shatner? If you need 'proof', watch The Blacklist for a couple minutes with your eyes closed.
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Oct 05, 2013
When he still had (some but most of it was a combover) hair, I thought he looked just like Tyne Daly.
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Oct 05, 2013
How can I watch with my eyes closed? Can I squint at least?
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