NBC continues to press ahead and is putting together its programming for the 2016/17 season early: The network has a fourth season of the series “The Blacklist” ordered. This joins the already extended ones “blind spot” , “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD” .
As Deadline reports, series creator Jon Bodenkamp revealed in a podcast on the series that the decision to extend it was made “a few months ago”.
When “The Blacklist” started with very good ratings in 2013, the series was considered a new hit. At the latest when the series is no longer behind “The Voice” was allowed to run on Monday evening, but had to run against strong competition from the other stations on Thursday evening, which was recently running very poorly on NBC, but the series noticeably lost its feathers. However, it continues to achieve strong growth through time-delayed consumption.
Since it comes from Sony Pictures TV – and thus not from a sister company of NBC in particular – there was reason to be concerned about the future of the series from a ratings point of view. That was unjustified, as it now turns out. Who knows, maybe the creators of “The Blacklist” used early knowledge of the extension to start a “two-year” story arc. Something similar has about “Glee” was made at the time, but was derailed by the death of Cory Monteith . Also at “The Big Bang Theory” was noted that with the first three-year extension, the makers adjusted their series accordingly to longer story arcs and increased the cast.
The Blacklist stars James Spader , Megan Boone , Diego Klattenhoff , Ryan Eggold , Harry J. Lennix , Amir Arison , Mozhan Marnò and Hisham Tawfiq .
In Germany, RTL Crime and RTL are showing “The Blacklist”.