NBC’s The Blacklist gets early renewal

NBC is back on The Blacklist after ordering a full 22-episode second season of its freshman drama.

The Blacklist

The Blacklist

The series, which debuted in the US in September, stars James Spader as a world-renowned terrorist on the FBI’s Most Wanted List who helps the government catch international criminals, but for unknown reasons.

The cast also includes Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ryan Eggold and Parminder Nagra.

It is produced by Davis Entertainment Company in association with Sony Pictures Television. The executive producers are Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, John Davis and John Fox.

Season two will line up on NBC’s fall 2014 schedule.

The Blacklist goes full season on NBC

NBC has ordered a full season of its freshman drama The Blacklist.

The Blacklist

The Blacklist

The broadcast network has put in a back-nine order to take the series up to 22 episodes.

The Blacklist’s season premiere drew 12.58 million viewers, while 11.35 million returned for season two, enough to make the show NBC’s first new series to get a full season.

Starring James Spader and Megan Boone, the show is about a fugitive on the FBI’s Most Wanted list who mysteriously surrenders to the FBI and works with the feds to catch a “blacklist” of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists under the condition that he speaks only to an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico.

Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, John Davis and John Fox are executive producers. It is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment.

The Blacklist goes global

The Blacklist, the forthcoming drama coming to NBC, will air in 66 countries when producer Sony Pictures Television distributes it across its global networks.

The Blacklist

The Blacklist

The suspense thriller starring James Spader will be available in 11 languages to more than 100 million SPT Networks viewers worldwide, airing across Asia and Poland on AXN, and on Sony Entertainment Television (SET) across Latin America and Brazil, as well as Russia and the CIS.

The Blacklist follows former US government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (Spader), who for decades has been one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives. Now he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer – he will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), a FBI profiler with little experience.

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.

Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, John Davis and John Fox serve as executive producers. The Blacklist is produced by Davis Entertainment Company in association with Sony Pictures Television.

SPT Networks original commissions also include Hannibal and Crossing Lines, which have both been picked up for second seasons.

US Upfronts 2013/14: NBC

NBC has picked up eight new dramas for its 2013/14 schedule, including new JJ Abrams show Believe.

NBC

NBC

The Blacklist, Ironside and the previously announced Dracula will air this fall, while another previously announced series, Crossbones, will follow in midseason with new series Believe and Crisis.

Chicago PD, the spin-off from freshman hit Chicago Fire, and The Night Shift have been ordered for an as-yet unscheduled midseason debut.

Among the returning dramas, Grimm gets a third season, there is a fifth season of Parenthood, second seasons for Revolution and Chicago Fire, and a 15th season for Law & Order: SVU.

A decision on Hannibal has yet to be made.

Believe is from executive producers writer/director Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Friedman, JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk. It is produced by Warner Bros Television and Bad Robot Productions. The story follows an orphaned girl with special powers who raised by a group called the True Believers, who when she is ten is passed into the care of a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate, who must first break out of prison.

Believe

Believe

The Blacklist is from executive producers writer Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, John Davis and John Fox. It is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment. The story is about one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives who mysteriously surrenders and vows to help catch a deadly terrorist on condition that he speaks to an FBI profiler fresh out of training.

The Blacklist

The Blacklist

Chicago PD, a spin-off from Chicago Fire, is set among the staff of District 21 of the Chicago Police Department. It is executive produced by Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Peter Jankowski, Danielle Gelber and director Joe Chappelle. It is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films.

Chicago PD

Chicago PD

Crisis is about a national crisis that ignited when a school bus containing the children of some of the country’s most powerful people, including the president, is ambushed. Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, it is executive produced by writer Rand Ravich, Far Shariat and director Phillip Noyce.

Crisis

Crisis

Crossbones is a period drama set in 1715 about Blackbeard the Pirate and his army of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors and an undercover assassin sent to bring them down. Writers Neil Cross, Walter F Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold executive produce the series, which is produced by Universal Television, Parkes/MacDonald Productions and Georgeville Television.

Crossbones

Crossbones

Dracula, set in the 19th Century, sees the classic character arrive in London posing as an American entrepreneur who has plans to take revenge on those who  cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. The Sky Living co-commission is executive produced by writer Daniel Knauf, Tony Krantz, Colin Callender and Gareth Neame, and produced by Flame Ventures, Playground Entertainment, Universal Television, NBCUniversal International Television Production and Carnival Films.

Dracula

Dracula

Ironside is a remake of NBC’s original 1967-75 series about a cop who is determined to bring criminals to justice, despite being paralysed years earlier when a bullet shattered his spine, confining him to a wheelchair. Writer Michael Caleo, Teri Weinberg, John David, John Fox, Ron West and David Semel executive produce for Universal Television, Davis Entertainment and Yellow Brick Road Productions.

Ironside

Ironside

The Night Shift is a medical drama about the men and women who work overnight at San Antonio Memorial Hospital. It is produced by Sony Pictures Television and executive produced by Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah and Pierre Morel.

The Night Shift

The Night Shift

The full list of NBC pilots from this development season can be seen here.

Source: NBC

US pilots 2013/14: NBC

This is the fifth of five round-ups detailing the drama pilots ordered by the big five US networks for consideration for the 2013/14 season.

Each network subsequently announces which pilots have been ordered to series during their individual Upfronts presentation in May.

Last up is NBC, which has ordered 11 drama pilots:

NBC

NBC

After Hours

A drama following Army doctors working the late shift at a San Antonio hospital.

Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah and Pierre Model executive produce for Sony Pictures Television and Sachs/Judas Productions.

Believe

A convict is charged with protecting a young girl with superpowers.

Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Friedman, JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk executive produce for Warner Bros Television and Bad Robot Productions.

The Blacklist

A notorious criminal mysteriously gives himself up and offers to give up everyone he has worked with, but he will only work with one FBI agent.

Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, John Fox and John Davis executive produce for Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment.

Bloodline

An orphaned girl is caught in a feud between two warring families and discovers she must defeat her mother in mortal combat if she wants to lead a normal life.

David Granziano, Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey executive produce for Universal Television and Film 44.

The Hatfields & McCoys

A death reignited a feud between two families, set in present day Pittsburgh.

John Glenn, Charlize Theron, AJ Dix, Dawn Olmstead and Beau Flynn for ABC Studios, Beau Flynn Productions, Tower Hill, Grady Girl Productions and Denver and Delilah Productions.

I Am Victor

Based on Jo Nesbo’s forthcoming book about a divorce lawyer with a unique view on relationships.

Mark Goffman, Katie Jacobs, Daniel Rappaport, Meghan Lyvers, Jo Nesbo and Nicholas Salomonsson executive produce for Universal Television.

Ironside

A remake of the 1960s detective series about a wheelchair-bound cop.

Michael Caleo, David Semel, Teri Weinberg, John Davis and Jon Fox executive produce for Universal Television, Davis Entertainment and Yellow Brick Road.

The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

A drama about a murder in California and the secrets exposed in its aftermath.

Sascha Penn, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman executive produce with co-executive producers KristieAnne Reed and Mark Pellington for Warner Bros Television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television.

The Sixth Gun

A supernatural Western based on the graphic novel about six mythical guns, each with other-world powers.

Carlton Cuse, Eric Gitter and Andy Borne for Universal Television and Oni Press.

Untitled Rand Ravich project

Washington’s most powerful people are caught in an international conspiracy.

Rand Ravich and Far Shariat executive produce for 20th Television.

Wonderland

A modern day follow-up to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland about a girl who wages war against the Queen of Wonderland, the original Alice.

Anthony Zuiker, Matt Weinberg, JoAnn Alfano and Margaret Riley executive produce for Universal Television, Dare to Pass and Brillstein Entertainment.

Source: Futon Critic / The Hollywood Reporter