It looks like The Blacklist will have more names to cross off its list.
On Thursday, TVLine has learned that the NBC drama has been renewed for Season 8.
“Congratulations to our incredible cast, producers, and crew, all of whom continue to reach excellence week in and week out,” Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming at NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. “WE couldn’t be more excited to continue Red and Liz’s story into Season 8.”
The Blacklist, which debuted in September of 2013, stars James Spader as the wanted criminal, Raymond Reddington and Megan Boone as FBI profiler, Liz Keen. (Red and Liz have a complicated personal relationship with one another. ) Throughout Liz’s search for answers regarding Red’s true identity, Red has assisted the FBI with tracking down dangerous and elusive criminals. Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison and Hisham Tawfiq round out the main cast.
The show is currently in season seven, which resumes Friday, March 20th. In December’s fall finale, Liz’s biological mother faked her death and then formed an unexpected alliance with Liz. Neither woman plan on revealing the alliance’s existence to Red when the show returns.
“At this point, (Liz) thinks Katarina may offer her a greater chance of finding out the truth that it seems Red won’t share with her,” executive producer John Eisendrath told TVLive at the time. “But she certainly is not fully trusting of Katarina at this point, so as the season goes on, there will be choices that she’ll have to make whether to say aligned with her mother, or whether to be more sympathetic towards Red’s point of view.”
The series will also welcome Nip/Tuck alum, Joely Richardson for an “intense” season 7 episode. She’ll play Red’s former flame, Cassandra Bianchi.
This makes perfect sense due to the series possibly averaging less than 4 million viewers on Friday nights. Fortunately, the DVR numbers maintains the show’s popularity in the ratings. Not to mention ,that the show still has teeth in comparison to other shows in their eighth seasons. (They tend to run out of steam, but not The Blacklist.) I kind of wish that the creators and the producers would plan out the show’s longevity and talk with the network to see if they could get the same deal as This Is Us.
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You can catch The Blacklist returning Friday, March 20th at 8/7c on NBC.