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Curious programming choices by NBC -- The Blacklist doesn't return until Nov. 17 (where it stays Monday at 10pm after 'The Voice), but then on Feb 5 it moves to Thursdays at 9pm after the Biggest Loser.  It does however get the prime post-SuperBowl timeslot (which doesn't have the best track record -- Growing Up Fisher got that slot this year and look how that worked out, Animal Practice the year before that also didn't pan out.)




ETA: Read that press release wrong -- State of Affairs takes over The Blacklist timeslot at 10pm Mondays on Nov. 17, still means that Blacklist will be off the air for 10 weeks before switching to Thursday nights.

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'The Blacklist': The highs and lows of season 1



From the article, it's obvious this writer does not watch this show at all:


"The show’s whip-smart dialogue and golden ratio of satisfying answers to suspenseful questions make a solid structure to support its cast of characters."


"But its other regulars can all hold their own: Ryan Eggold as two-faced Tom Keen, Parminder Nagra as the one smart agent, Harry Lennix as the FBI’s den mother, Diego Klattenhoff as the broken-hearted boy scout, and even Megan Boone as the faltering Liz Keen."


"When it’s all tallied, NBC’s Blacklist is heavy in the column of highs and light on lows"


If you watched the show, none of these 3 statements is even close to fact.


The writer of the article, Jojo, doesn't even know that Tom/Lizzie were planning to adopt from a surrogate, and already had the surrogate lined up to the point that they had a baby shower -- instead she comments that they were trying to get pregnant, which just wasn't true.


While Jojo notes Dembe as high point of the series, Dembe barely said anything all season.  He was more of a presence, which I was fine with.  And no mention of Luli at all.


He did get things right about the horribleness of the various wigs and the complete ineptness of the FBI.

I guess that's what Entertainment Weekly gets when they farm things out to freelancers who only want the paycheck.


The best synopsis came from the comments.

THE high: James Spader.


This show would be un-watchable without him.

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Weirdly, even with this rosy and, as you say, not factually accurate perspective the writer still came up with "even Megan Boone."

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Coming from a 'hate-the-hubby' place, I saw him (Ryan Eggold) on TV this morning; he can sing and play the guitar!  Writes his own songs, and he's pretty damn good, too. 

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I can't decide if I'm going to come back for this show.  There is so much of it that is awful and I'm not sure I love Spader enough.


Never thought I would say that about Spader, but there it is.

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