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Buzz Builds Around Monday's Premiere of The Blacklist

Critics are hailing The Blacklist as "Fall's best new drama" (USA Today). The NBC dramatic thriller debuts Monday, Sept. 23 at 10 p.m. ET. Watch a first-look at NBC's new drama in player above and an interview with series star James Spader below.

Early reviews

"NBC's The Blacklist is the first really terrific new series of the fall season. It's also proof that broadcast TV can still compete with cable, even with a show whose basic plot has been reworked in film and TV with consistent regularity for decades." - San Francisco Chronicle (Wednesday, Sept. 18)

"NBC has two very good things going for its new buzz-heavy drama, The Blacklist. First, it’s got James Spader at the center of it, giving a dazzling performance that should make viewers want to come back every week for more. Secondly, it’s a procedural – which viewers really love, but there’s an over-arching element to the premise as well that makes it intriguing without making it overly complicated. In short, a winning combo." - The Hollywood Reporter (Thursday, Sept. 19)

About The Blacklist

For decades, ex-government agent Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader, The Office, Boston Legal) has been one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as "The Concierge of Crime." Now, he's mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: He will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth "Liz" Keen (Megan Boone, Law & Order: Los Angeles), an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. For Liz, it's going to be one hell of a first day on the job.

What follows is a twisting series of events as the race to stop a terrorist begins. What are Red's true intentions? Why has he chosen Liz, a woman with whom he seemingly has no connection? Does Liz have secrets of her own? Zamani is only the first of many on a list that Red has compiled over the years: a "blacklist" of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists. He will help catch them all... with the caveat that Liz continues to work as his partner. Red will teach Liz to think like a criminal to "see the bigger picture" - whether she wants to or not.

Also starring are Diego Klattenhoff (Homeland), Harry Lennix (Man of Steel) and Ryan Eggold (90210). Jon Bokenkamp (The Call, Taking Lives), John Eisendrath (Alias), John Davis (Predator, I, Robot, Chronicle) and John Fox serve as executive producers. The pilot was directed by Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey). The Blacklist is a production of Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment.

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