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September 2nd, 2013 10:30am EDT | Christopher Monigle By: Christopher Monigle favorite Add to My News
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The Blacklist : NBC

Three and a half years ago I wanted to tell a story about a duck that didn't know how to swim. I'd title a documentary about NBC 'The Duck That Didn't Know How To Swim.' I wonder if the exeuctives bought the staff pizza and soda after reading the ratings for the premieres post-Olympic coverage. (Those numbers didn't hold).

Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes represent NBC's glory days. The peacock relies on the actors again to lift them from the rubble it's been trapped under for a few years while helping to soften the blow of no The Office. I bet Community DOES get a sixth season. Bring on, mid-season.

I digress. NBC finally developed a series to pair with Grimm on Friday nights. From the description alone I'm willing to bet Ironside is the worst new drama of the season. James Spader's doing things on Monday nights. Mike O'Malley continues to distance himself from Double Dare, GUTS, and Global GUTS.


THE BLACKLIST




Created By Jon Bokenkamp

Premiere Date: Monday, September 23 at 10PM

Premise: (from NBC's press release, May 2013) 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.

Thoughts: Silence of the Lambs meets Person of Interest. Is that a fair comparison? James Spader speaks like Bane initially but then loses the Bane accent once he's free from the chair. I'm 67% certain James Spader pronounced the Russian word for thank you "placebo" instead of "cpasiba." The Blacklist's a procedural. Spader gives the FBI names of criminals they don't know about while he engages in a psychologically taxing relationship with main character Liz Keen. Procedurals rarely offer anything new. Characters become more important with each procedural, because if there isn't a House or Sherlock Holmes or some other larger than life character then it's not worth watching. Bokenkamp's Red is an aspiring larger than life character, but one will need to watch to determine whether or not Red's a slightly altered Hannibal Lecter.

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