‘The Blacklist: Redemption’ Canceled by NBC

The Blacklist: Redemption
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NBC has canceled “The Blacklist: Redemption.”

Ordered to series in May of last year and starring Famke Janssen and Ryan Eggold, the spinoff began life as an episode of drama “The Blacklist.” In that episode, Janssen debuted as the mother of Eggold’s character. The spinoff’s premise involved Eggold’s character, Keen, being recruited into a secret “private military organization” called Grey Matters that takes on deep-cover assignments. Keen discovered that his long-lost mother (played by Janssen) was the unit’s mysterious leader, sending him on a mission to uncover the truth about her motives and his past.

Eggold will now rejoin “The Blacklist” as a series regular.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television, the series’ eight-episode season premiered in February and ended in April. The show drew middling ratings, averaging a 0.8 in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers.

“Blacklist” creators Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath served as writers and executive producers on “Redemption”; John Fox and John Davis also executive produced.

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The network also recently canceled freshman shows “Timeless,” “Emerald City,” and “Powerless.” Thus far, NBC has renewed “The Blacklist,” “Blindspot,” “Taken,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD,” “Shades of Blue,” “Superstore,” “This Is Us” (for two seasons), “Great News,” and “The Good Place.” On the pilot side, the network has ordered “A.P. Bio” from Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers, “Rise” from Jason Katims, and military drama “The Brave” (formerly “For God and Country”) to series.

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  1. Ammar Zia says:

    Well, it wasn’t unpredictable. A show, which was created to help the original show, couldn’t save his own ass. Poor settings and direction threw it away. I never felt caught in “redemption”. It was always like everyone is in a hurry or something. It had to happen.

  2. derek117 says:

    Not really unexpected. The reason the producers and NBC created this show was an attempt to have their cake & eat it too. They wanted to keep a relationship with Ryan Eggold–and at the same time they wanted to respond to the many fans of The Blacklist who did NOT like Eggold’s character’s (Tom Keen) relationship with female lead Megan Boone/Liz Keen. So create a show for Eggold/Keen. But the poor ratings suggest that people like me are correct: there were not enough fans of Tom Keen out there.

    Oh well, one good thing: Famke Janssen is now free to return next season to “How to Get Away with Murder” on ABC–where she still has a very potent storyline as Viola Davis’ lesbian, sometimes girlfriend.

    • George Lewis says:

      I don’t like Ryan Eggold on either show. Love Famke Janssen & would love to see her (not Ryan) move to BLACKLIST (which currently lacks hot female actresses). Won’t want the HTGAWM (with or without Famke) because of its depiction of male-male sodomy. If Famke doesn’t get a spot on BLACKLIST, I hope she gets a new show with an interesting premise. She’s a very talented actress & still super hot.

  3. Doesn’t matter how “good” the individual posters here thought it was, the ratings were very bad. No reason to renew a show that doesn’t have a large enough audience to sustain it.

    • George Lewis says:

      Hello Andrew. Ratings (even adjusted) are very inaccurate. Need to be further/deeper adjusted for DVR & On Demand viewing. I watch most shows OD & often MORE than a few days (often a lot more) after original airing.

  4. Shan Brown says:

    NBC always cancels the best shows and replaces them with sub par programs. First the Catch now Redemption!! What is the deal???

  5. Frank Martin says:

    Wow! I loved ‘The Blacklist: Redemption’ series. I thought it was brilliant. I wasn’t aware of how tremendous of an actor Edi Gathegi was until I saw him on this.

    Seriously, it still amazes me how networks continue to renew or support flops like The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, or shows like – Life In Pieces, Star, Last Man On Earth, The Wall and Shades Of Blue instead of solid programs like Timeless, American Crime and Pure Genius.

    • Unknown says:

      LOL! While I agree the networks cancel the wrong shows at times but your wrong on certain types of shows you’ve listed.

      ‘Life In Pieces’ for example, is 2nd strongest rated sitcom on CBS & one of the better sitcoms.

      ‘American Crime’ for example, deserved to be cancelled as the quality declined each season. Season 3 was a dud.

      ‘Last Man Standing’ for example, was a show that didn’t deserve to cancelled as ratings & viewership did well especially on a Friday. ‘The Blacklist: Redemption’ is another show that deserved better attention but sadly didn’t get it.

    • George Lewis says:

      SHADES OF BLUE with Jennifer Lopez is FANTASTIC!

      • Frank Martin says:

        Great! That is your opinion. But, for me, it’s probably the worst show on NBC. However, I do hope you enjoy next season. Have a good day!!!

  6. What a bunch of idiots. Blacklist Redemption was great. Goes to show you what idiots are in charge

    • George Lewis says:

      Hello Frank. Of course it’s my “opinion”. Amazes me when people feel a need to comment like that. Isn’t it an obvious given that people’s comments are their “opinion”. Thank you though for your politeness, & I will enjoy the great scripts & the great jiggle of Jennifer Lopez. In this ‘peak tv’ era I hope there are or will be many choices for you to enjoy too.

  7. bluemalak says:

    That’s too bad, I really enjoyed it. It had great characters, and great actors.

  8. George Lewis says:

    Terrible news! Famke Janssen is a gorgeous sexy wonderful talented actress. REDEMPTION had great writers, actors, & lighting. Story-lines were more interesting than this year’s original BLACKLIST (still good, but becoming a bit stale & needing a hotter female lead). I hope REDEMPTION’s stars can possibly be ‘merged’ back into the BLACKLIST? NBC, please say yes! Also, finish your contract talks & announce renewal for LAW & ORDER SVU with the wonderful Kelli Giddish! Also, we want your pilot REVERIE picked up to series.

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