NBC Renews The Black List With James Spader

NBC handed out an early second-season renewal to its freshman hit “The Blacklist.”

The network has ordered a full 22-episode second season of the action procedural for the 2014-15 TV season.

“The Blacklist” ended its fall run with a bang — drawing 12.3 million viewers and a 3.5 rating in the “money” adults 18-49 demo, its best demo rating since its September premiere.

In the series, Spader plays rogue criminal Red Reddington, who’s now cooperating with the FBI — but only with agent Liz Keen (Megan Boone).

In viewers, “The Blacklist” grew 14 percent week-over-week.

The series is the No. 1 new show in both total viewers and adults 18-49, and set a DVR record for its Nov. 4 episode, adding more than 6 million viewers.

“The Blacklist” returns with new episodes on Jan. 13.

{Abbreviated version of this article by Andrea Morabito.


I highly anticipated the first episode of this show. And I was not disappointed. James Spader took my breath away with his superb acting in this role. He breathed real life into Red Reddington. So much so that it's hard to see where Spader ends and Reddington begins. Now THAT'S the skilled attribute of a true actor.

James Spader makes this show, in my opinion. Sure, the rest of the cast is stellar. Megan Boone, who I don't recall ever seeing before, has grown on me. The red-headed agent, who is rather tightly zipped, has even grown on me.

But Spader, with the rather odd affectations he has brought to this role, is mesmerizing. His razor-sharp quips are given with a sly little-side-turn-of-the-head menacing smile. His idiosyncrasies are peculiar yet endearing.

For those of you who have watched the show, what do you think? Is he Elizabeth's father? He has told her that he is not. But is he lying for reasons that are yet unknown? 

Tell me what you think in the comments. And don't forget the next new episode is January 13th.

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  1. My gosh, Brenda. I am so out of the television world that I did not even know this show was being aired. James Spader is, hands down, one of my very favorite actors ever. I fell in love with his acting in Boston Legal. I am certainly going to watch it! Cute pictures on your side bar, by the way. That Abigail Rose picture is priceless! Have a great day- xo Diana

  2. They would be crazy not to renew it. I love that show

  3. He goes from being such a powerful man, capable of just about anything, both legal and illegal, then turns his affections to Lizzy. I think he is her father, if he isn't, boy, it will be quite the twist to incorporate his roll in her life. For those of you that haven't seen it, please go to ABC and start watching it from the beginning. You need to be in on what's happening before the new season airs. You will not be disappointed. I guess you could call Brenda and I his cheerleaders, groupies, followers as he is awesome!

  4. I love this show and I have to tape it because I also love Castle. I do think he is her Father and can't wait to find out why he left her and her Mother.

  5. I think people NBC studios picketing if they hadn't renewed it. By far the best show to hit network TV in a long time. Counting down the days until the next episode. xo Laura

  6. Yep, think he's the father. I've always been a Spader fan. Major Crimes, on TNT is my other favorite show. Love those characters!!!!

  7. I have always thought he is her father...hands down...I a so happy they renewed the show and can hardly wait to watch it again...he is fabulous!!! Carol

  8. One of my favorite t.v. shows! I absolutely adore James Spader! I've always been a fan of his acting. I feel certain he is Elizabeth's father. Why else would he blow up that house?

  9. I also love this show! I think he's Lizzy's father, also - why else would he have done in her "father"? And I can't wait to find out what happens next. So glad it's been renewed. This is one of those shows that I'll actually buy after it's off the air - I like it that much!

  10. It's a great show on mostly insipid television. Yes it's violent, and at times nasty, but still it's great TV. James Spader is amazing, I love the way he turns on the charm, and then turns on the other characters...there is density in his acting that seems to be missing from a lot of other shows. Bravo NBC, great choice.


  11. Not sure if he's Lizzy's dad only because so many arrows point that way and maybe used to throw us off- I am excited to see if he is but surely they'll continue to leave that a mystery...
    JS's method of acting always makes his performance special.. I feel the same way about Al Pacino...

    we rarely see acting on this level and thats sad.

    applause to NBC for finally giving us a show that speaks to people.

  12. LOVE this show. It is spellbinding and the acting is amazing. James Spader is truly a master at his craft. I can't wait for the next episode. I do think he is her father and it will be interesting to see where it all goes. Yay NBC for giving us the fabulous show!

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  14. I love the show too but I've missed about half of the episodes. I've been wracking my brain about why he would want to talk and work only with Lizzie and what his interests are in telling her about her husband, and also suffocating her adoptive father. I think there is only one answer and that is he is her father though he has denied it so far.

    James Spader is a superb actor and really makes the show.

  15. LOVE the show!!! I too think he is her father, otherwise why would he have killed 'his brother'/'her adopted father'??? when he acted like he wanted to confess. Hmmmm.... excited for the new season!!!

  16. Yes, Brenda...he is lying...and he's so.good.at.it! It's now one of my favorites! ;)

  17. Pretty sure he is Lizzie's father, not 100 percent.But what's up with her husband.....? He's alway's so lackadaisical , then Jame's tell's her to not to trust him???? Awesome show!!!!

  18. This is one of my favorites and I haven't missed an episode (thanks to TIVO). I think there have been too many allusions to his (James Spader) probable paternity for this to be true---and will provide a surprise twist in later episodes!

  19. I anticipated this new show also as I love James Spader. I watched 2 or 3 episodes and then missed some because Hostages was on at the same time and I wanted to watch that one! Then I loved Hostages so much I didn't watch anymore of Black List! Though Spader is such a good actor, I could NOT figure out why, if he was such a rogue and could outwit anyone, that he would bow down and let himself be handcuffed to a chair and do the will of the FBI and Lizzie. I tried watching a couple more but couldn't for the life of me figure out why he was letting himself be handled by the FBI! And by then, I couldn't figure out is relationship with Lizzie. I may try to get caught up by watching the first season on my computer, so I can watch the new season, but if it interferes with Hostages, I'm so caught up in that one that I'll watch it. I don't have a DVR to record one or the other unfortunately - trying to cut our expenses.

  20. It is such a fantastic show! We love it. There has to be some twist we are not being shown, otherwise he is, of course, her father. The husband story line intrigues me, also. Downton this Sunday and then BL to look forward to..... with -50 wind chills expected here for 3 or 4 days, we NEED something for which to look forward!!

  21. James Spader is a wonderful actor! I have just been amazed by him in The Blacklist! I am a big fan!

  22. I love this show also. I think he is probably her father. Watch the opening and it talks about a man leaving his family and shows his younger picture. Also, I think he killed the adoptive father because he felt bad for him and didn't want him to suffer. (I'm an optimist). Lastly, my husband and I go round and round trying to figure out if her husband is living a lie and is bad. If he is, he is certainly convincing Lizzie that he's a good guy. Wow!


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