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Fall TV First Impression: NBC's The Blacklist
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Fall TV First Impression: NBC's The Blacklist

Jul 18 2013, 2:14pm CDT | by

The broadcast networks have almost 30 shows debuting this fall, including a futuristic tale from the Fringe team, a new CW showcase for another Amell and Marvel-ous adventures for the Agents of S.H....

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Fall TV First Impression: NBC's The Blacklist

Jul 18 2013, 2:14pm CDT | by

The broadcast networks have almost 30 shows debuting this fall, including a futuristic tale from the Fringe team, a new CW showcase for another Amell and Marvel-ous adventures for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.

Next up on our list….

THE SHOW | NBC’s The Blacklist (Mondays at 10/9c; premieres Sept. 23)

THE COMPETITION | ABC’s Castle, ESPN’s Monday Night Football, CBSHostages

THE CAST | James Spader (Boston Legal), Megan Boone (Law & Order: LA), Diego Klattenhoff (Homeland), Harry Lennix (Dollhouse) and Ryan Eggold (90210).

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THE SET-UP | Spader is Raymond “Red” Reddington, a onetime government agent who is now one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives. But then Red up and surrenders himself in the FBI lobby, offering his mad skills to hunt down and whittle down a “blacklist” of mobsters, spies and international terrorists. His one, mysterious demand: That the only agent he speaks to is Elizabeth Keen (Boone), an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. Lennix and Klattenhoff play Liz’s boss and colleague, respectively, Eggold her husband.

RELATED | Fall TV Preview: TVLine’s Snapshot Guide to All the New Shows

THE FIRST IMPRESSION | Acknowledging that the S.H.I.E.L.D. and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland pilots have not yet been made available, The Blacklist thus far stands as the best new drama of the fall. Now, some may skim the trailer and dismiss Spader as being “hammy,” but he’s actually inhabiting a role tailor-made for the three-time Emmy winner, a man as enigmatic as he can be brilliant, at times charming but also abruptly (and entertainingly) prickly. Also, the concept quickly pulls you in, as Red assists the FBI (though never in the most direct way possible, it seems), and the pilot closes with a decent-enough twist (and no, it’s not about why Liz is his “chosen one”).

Boone is a bit green as the female lead, going toe-to-toe with a room-filling personality such as Spader’s, but perhaps that helps sell her alter ego’s own noob status. That said, the show needs to be sure to convince us of Keen’s top-of-her-class smarts. But all told, this is one premiere that should be on your list.

RELATED | More Fall TV First Impressions: The CW’s Reign, ABC’s Trophy Wife, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, CBS’ HostagesNBC’s  IronsideABC’s  Super Fun NightThe CW’s  The Tomorrow PeopleFox’s  Almost HumanCBS’  The Crazy Ones

THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE | NBC’s Revolution (now airing on Wednesdays) had no trouble opening strongly in this time slot last fall, and that was against two vets — Rick Castle and Steve McGarrett. With Hawaii Five-0 now bounced to Friday, The Blacklist‘s fate in part lies in how well CBS’ Hostages — a solid, less-procedural thriller in its own right — premieres. Barring a dire debut, I have to imagine this will be one of the Peacock’s first full-season pick-ups.

Watch a video preview for The Blacklist, then vote in our poll below.


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The Blacklist Season 2 Episode 7 Review: The Scimitar

Nov 3 2014 11:18pm CST | Source: TV Fanatic

Let’s be honest, the big reveal viewers will be talking about when it comes to The Blacklist Season 2 Episode 7 came at the very end of the hour right before credits rolled. But isn’t that how The Blacklist has been doing it these days? Rather than send in a team of trained assassins to take out Berlin like Liz was hoping Red would do, the fedora loving villain decided it was time to clear the air, chat about a complete and utter misunderstanding and reveal Be ...
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The Blacklist Season 2 Episode 6 Review: The Mombasa Cartel

Oct 27 2014 11:17pm CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

The Blacklist has had its fair share of killers and eccentric villains, but no matter how many times various TV shows and films introduce the crazy family in the backwoods that likes to hunt people, I’m pretty much always creeped out. Maybe a little Deliverance banjo in the background to really add to the mood? But this family of wackos, just part of a piece in a twisty conspiracy involving cartels, poaching, and nature conservancy, took things up a notch b ...
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'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Trailer Has No Strings

Oct 22 2014 9:10pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

The first trailer for "Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron" leaked online on Wednesday evening. But in a baller move presumably out of Tony Stark's playbook, Disney and Marvel decided to combat the breach by releasing the official teaser in full, one week before it was scheduled to debut. (The studios had planned on premiering the initial "Age of Ultron" trailer on Oct. 28 during an episode of "M ...
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The Blacklist Season 2 Episode 5 Review: The Front

Oct 20 2014 11:10pm CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

With all the Ebola panic these days, The Blacklist Season 2 Episode 5 threat of the plague seemed much more relevant of a topic for the show to focus on. We’re especially lucky that some cult leader hasn’t gotten a hold of that virus, got his followers to become infected by it before getting on flights to spread it around. Now that’s a really scary thought. And I’ve got to hand it to this particular episode f ...
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6 weeks ago

The Blacklist Season 2 Episode 3 Review: Dr. James Covington

Oct 6 2014 10:46pm CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

Liz is definitely more on edge, more hardened in The Blacklist Season 2 than compared with The Blacklist Season 1. Ressler knows it, Red knows it, even Cooper knows it. And while it’s great to see her taking charge, focused on her missions and not just being a pawn in Red’s games, there is concern that she could go to far. Though, back in The Blacklist Season 1 Episode 1, she was a rookie agent thrust ...
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James Spader talks The Blacklist: 'There is a long game in mind'

Oct 2 2014 5:43am CDT | Source: Digital Spy

The Emmy winner says there is "some elasticity" to future plans ...
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