Have you ever found yourself getting acquainted with and connected to a new TV show only to have it canceled prematurely? Chances are, you probably have and as a result, you’re probably left looking like this:
However, once in a while, you take a chance and bet on another show and on that note, most of you took that aforementioned chance with The Blacklist. And as of recently, I’m happy to announce that your bravery has finally paid off.
Recently, NBC gave the new James Spader-led show a full season 1 order. So, that means all The Blacklist fans everywhere will get a chance to see and process the craziness that is Red Reddington (Spader), find out the “why” behind Reddington’s madness (read: f*ckery) and see whether Agent Keen can actually attempt to trust anyone. NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke had this to say about the decision:
“The many layers of Red Reddington and his mysterious reasons for getting into bed with the FBI seem to be fascinating to fans of this show, [...] With great talent like James Spader and Megan Boone on board, as well our stellar executive producers and the whole cast and crew, we believe this outstanding series will continue to make NBC a big destination on Monday nights.”
So far, so good.
But in all seriousness, The Blacklist is doing amazingly well right now. For example the show has been a ratings jackpot for NBC, pulling in an impressive average of 12 million viewers.
So obviously, many people are asking whether such ratings will last for the show. As of right now, it’s kind of too early to definitively tell, but I’m going to go ahead and bet on James Spader and company to last for more than a single season.
Why am I saying this? Well, even though most shows have either really common, tired, or played out plots/premises, compelling and enthralling main characters can do wonders for such shows. And in the case of The Blacklist, such a compelling and enthralling can be found in Spader’s Reddington. I’m pretty sure that if anyone else had been cast in the show, or if the character had been written slightly differently, there wouldn’t be as much of an interest as there is now…which is why compelling/enthralling are so. f*cking. important. Compelling characters ensure that viewers continue to tune into a show, even as it fights of series’ fatigue through various seasons (whether such seasons are actually necessary or not).
For a couple of other examples, see Dr. Gregory House (House), Omar Little (The Wire), Liz Lemon (30 Rock) and etc.
Anyways, I’m wishing The Blacklist all the success in the world.
(The Blacklist airs Mondays at 10pm on NBC).
- NBC’s The Blacklist Gets Full-Season Pick-Up (tvline.com)
- ‘The Blacklist’ Gets Full Season 1 Order – Is Spader Playing TV’s Next Iconic Role? (screenrant.com)
- Blacklist Gets Full Season Order (twocentstv.com)
- ‘The Blacklist’ Picked Up for a Full Season by NBC (tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com)