It looks like NBC thinks it may have another hit on its hands. The network recently debuted its new crime drama The Blacklist to good ratings. As a result, they've decided to give it a full season order - an order of 22 episodes, to be exact.
The show stars James Spader as criminal mastermind Raymond "Red" Reddington. Red gives himself up to the FBI, whom have been hunting him, in order to help them find and eliminate people from his own "blacklist." Red is an enigmatic character, whose motives remain unclear for the time being. According to NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke, "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."
In recent years, with a few noteworthy exceptions, NBC has had some pretty poor luck with new original shows. With series like The New Normal, Animal Practice, 1600 Penn, Deception, and Do No Harm, which were all canceled in the past year after short runs, the network certainly needed the boost of a good new prime-time show. Having had a similarly successful debut, the cult following of NBC's Hannibal has grown exponentially over the hiatus (or, as it's known within the fandom, the "he-ate-us"), so hopefully The Blacklist will have a similar success.
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