NBC renews 'The Blacklist' starring James Spader for seventh season
James Spader plays a former US Naval Intelligence officer Raymond Reddington, aka Red, who becomes the FBI's most wanted criminal after going rogue
'The Blacklist', a thriller drama starring James Spader which is currently in its sixth season on NBC has been renewed for another season. The network has given the show an early renewal confirming the seventh season on Monday.
'The Blacklist' follows a former US Naval Intelligence officer Raymond Reddington, aka Red, and a rookie FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen. Red becomes the FBI's most wanted criminal after going rogue but turns himself in 20 years later. He tells the FBI that he wants to apprehend criminals that he had been associated with in the past in return for immunity from prosecution.
The first season received a warm response and the show has since remained a consistent performer ratings-wise.
According to a report in Deadline, the show producers have been discussing renewing the show for a while now. The main cast, especially the co-lead Meghan Boone was on a six-year contract with the Sony TV. In the recent past, the production house has been signing contracts with the main cast Diego Klatenhoff and Harry Lennix to secure the core members of the show for the seventh season. Spader's contract was reportedly renegotiated earlier on and a year was added to his six-year contract.
Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment, spoke about the renewal and said, "Congratulations to our amazing producers, cast and crew, all of whom continue to work at the top of their game and make ‘The Blacklist’ one of NBC’s signature series."
The first season of 'The Blacklist' premiered on September 23, 2013 after NBC bought the rights to the show from Sony Pictures Television in August 2012. The first season also fetched a nomination for James Spader at the 2014 Golden Globes.
The current season of 'The Blacklist' airs on Fridays at 9 pm EST.