The intrigue will continue as NBC has confirmed that it has ordered The Blacklist season 7 from production partner Sony Pictures TV. The series starring James Spader as the concierge of crime Raymond Reddington and Megan Boone as his sometimes moral, sometimes ne’er do well protege, FBI Agent Elizabeth Keene. The show joins NBC’s Chicago dramas and New Amsterdam, starring The Blacklist veteran Ryan Eggold, on the network’s early renewal list for 2019-2020.
The Blacklist season 7 was already in the cards since Sony and NBC worked out a two-season deal back in May of 2018, according to THR, but the news of the renewal comes just as the ink dried on contracts with Boone and fellow original cast members, Diego Klatenhoff (Ressler) and Harry Lennix (Cooper). Although Spader’s contract expires at the end of the seventh season, this is not a confirmation that the series is ending in 2020.
Originally a ratings winner for NBC, The Blacklist has been bumped around two several different days during the week, most recently landing in the undesirable Friday time slot, and the ratings have slowed considerably in the live and same-day arena since the show’s heyday. However, it continues to see gains in the plus-7 ratings and does well internationally.
With all of the secrets revealed and revenge plots unfurled, it’ll be interesting to see what material remains for The Blacklist season 7. If it turns out that the two-season deal with Sony becomes an opportunity to wrap things up, fans could be looking at a fairly epic or tragic ending for Spader’s amazing criminal mastermind.
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