If you are a long time fan of one of NBC’s most popular shows “The Blacklist”, then today is your lucky day! The well-known series has just been renewed for its eighth season with talks of plans for the show’s future spanning much further than just one season.
“Congratulations to our incredible cast, producers and crew, all of whom continue to reach excellence week in and week out” Lisa Katz and Tracy Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming at NBC Entertainment, expressed. “We couldn’t be more excited to continue Red and Liz’s story into season eight.”
This jaw-dropping, highly anticipated news was announced to the cast and crew of “The Blacklist” while they attended their 150th episode celebration. A video posted to the NBC twitter account NBC Entertainment (@nbc) perfectly captures their reaction to the wonderful news.
“The Blacklist” Beginnings
“The Blacklist,” starring James Spader as a high-profile criminal by the name of Raymond ‘Red” Reddington, alongside a rookie FBI profiler by the name of Elizabeth Keen, played by Megan Boone, follows the duo’s search for the world’s most dangerous criminals, informed by a list that has recorded documentation of these elusive individuals spanning over the length of many years.
Red, a former U.S. Navy officer, now a high profile criminal, who for years has alluded law enforcement’s attempts at his capture, voluntarily surrenders himself to the FBI and forms a bargain to be granted immunity from his prosecution in exchange for his extensive knowledge surrounding the elusive criminals on the list and more importantly their whereabouts.
The show was met with instant success upon its release in September 2013. Its first season received many strong reviews from a large number of critics, scoring an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes! Unlike the majority of shows, “The Blacklist” continues to deliver unexpected plot twists and compelling plot lines that are sure to entice even those who claim to not be fans of the crime drama genre.
“The Blacklist,” is built upon a shining supporting cast with popular well-known names such as Diego Klattenhoff as Donald Ressler, Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen, Parminder Nagra as Meera Malik, Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper, Amir Arison as Aram Mojtabai, Mozhan Marno as Samar Navabi, and Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe Zuma. Each individual makes up a key part of “The Blacklist” universe and helps form the show’s appeal.
“The Blacklist is a solid weekly crime show built around a genuine TV star” Robert Bianco of USA Today expressed. Continuing to deliver strong ratings well through season seven, it should come as no surprise that executives at NBC have made the decision to continue following the universe of these compelling, thrilling stories into an eighth season.
“It’s due to the brilliant cast, crew and our writing staff, led by Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath, who commit to unparalleled creativity. Wait until you see what’s in store for season eight.” Chris Parnell, Co-President, Sony Pictures Television teased. “The Blacklist continues to tell exciting and imaginative stories”
With the current hiatus continuing into March 20, 2020, fans, filled with anticipation for the return of their favorite, beloved show, are sure to be more than enthusiastic about this news. “The Blacklist is back in top form with fresh dangers that put Red on the ropes while giving James Spader room to shine” reads the consensus. David Wiegand of San Francisco Chronicle commented about the show describing that “You think you know the situation and how it will turn out, but there are surprising, yet entirely credible, twists throughout [the] episode.”
Awards and Nominations
This one of a kind crime drama, that has taken millions by storm, has earned its spot in receiving a number of various prestigious accolades. In 2014 alone, the show won “Top TV Series” at the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards as well as Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Other nominations for the show include, but are not limited to:
- 2014 – Golden Globe Awards – Best Actor – Television Series Drama – James Spader
- 2014 – People’s Choice Awards – Favorite New Television Drama – The Blacklist
- 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Best Non-Romantic Cliffhanger
- 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Funniest Moment in Drama
- 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Weakest/Most Divisive Twits
- 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Best Final Shot
- 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Most Likely to Earn Someone An Emmy Nomination
- 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Biggest Regret That I Didn’t See It, I Just Heard Or Read About It
- 2014 – Saturn Award – Best Network Television Series Release – The Blacklist
- 2014 – Saturn Award – Best Actor in a Television Series – James Spader
- 2015 – Golden Globe Awards – Best Actor – Television Series Drama – James Spader
- 2015 – Primetime Emmy Awards – Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series
- 2016 – Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards – Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie – The Blacklist
- 2016 – Screen Actors Guild Awards – Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble – The Blacklist
- 2017 – People’s Choice Awards – Favorite TV Crime Drama – The Blacklist
- Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards – Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie
With its easy access availability of seasons one through six now available on Netflix, there is no excuse to not be caught up and ready to watch season eight live when it premiers! The premiere of season eight is expected to be one of the most viewed the show has yet to see with the massive amounts of devoted Blacklist fans craving the next bit of the show’s lore.
With so many lingering unanswered questions and so many unfinished plotlines, such as uncovering the true identity of lead role Red, many fans speculate that “The Blacklist” won’t be going anywhere anytime soon and for very good reason. Season 7 left viewers on the edge of their seats and season 8 is sure to do the same if not far much more!