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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.

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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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Netflix agrees record deal for The Blacklist streaming rights

Aug 28 2014 3:28pm CDT | Source: Digital Spy

Netflix agrees a record deal for rights to James Spader's action t ...
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Exclusive Blacklist Video: Who Is Liz Keen, Really?

Aug 14 2014 4:55pm CDT | Source: TV Guide

The Blacklist is full of mysteries, and its characters are the most baffling (and intriguing) ones. When the NBC crime drama returns for its second season this fall, fans once again will delve into the murky identity of master criminal Red (James Spader). And while everyone is obsessed with whether or not he's FBI Agent Liz Keen's (Megan Boone) father, clues may be found in Liz's own character. Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com James SpaderMegan Bo ...
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Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker joins The Blacklist season 2

Jul 27 2014 5:03am CDT | Source: Digital Spy

Actress signs up to play a character "tied to" James Spader's R ...
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The Biggest 2014 Emmy Snubs And Surprises

Jul 10 2014 11:27am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

The 2014 Emmy nominations are in, and while a lot of the nominees were total shoo-ins, there were also a handful of unexpected surprises. This year was exceptionally overcrowded in the Drama categories, especially when it comes to the leading women. There's simply not enough room for everyone. Here are the biggest snubs and surprises of this year's Emmy nominees, and all those twists that got the Interwebs all riled up. DRAMA SERIES "The Good Wife" ...
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First Look: NBC Reveals The Blacklist's Comic-Con Art

Jul 8 2014 8:26am CDT | Source: TV Guide

Watch out: Red Reddington is making his way back to Comic-Con International in San Diego. The Blacklist's crafty criminal, played by James Spader, is front-and-center of a new ad prepared by NBC to tout the thriller's upcoming Comic-Con panel, as well as its Season 2 return this fall. Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com ...
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