NBC has officially ordered a full 22-episode second season for the hit series, The Blacklist. Currently holding the top spot as TV’s number one drama in the 18-49 demographic, it’s no surprise that NBC would see fit to bring back the complex story (not to mention keeping James Spader with NBC a little longer).
The show stars Emmy Award winner James Spader as “Red” Reddington, one of the FBI’s most wanted criminals who helps the government catch international criminals. Although this may sound like a knockoff of stories like Catch Me if You Can and White Collar, the difference lies in the motivations. With all of his assistance, the government can’t figure out why Red has all of a sudden put his criminal tendencies aside (generally speaking) to help them.
In reference to the renewal, Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment, said the following:
“The success of ‘The Blacklist’ demonstrates that inspired storytelling is alive and well in broadcast television, and I’m impressed on a daily basis by this creative team’s imagination and the extent to which they will go to capture this grand vision on film,” Greenblatt said. “With gratitude to both our partners at Sony Pictures Television and our NBC development executives who took a great script and shepherded it into a great series, I hope that Red Reddington never runs out of names to bring down on his list!”