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‘Blindspot’: Why NBC’s Big Fall Drama Will Differ From ‘Blacklist’ & ‘Prison Break’

“It’s in the bag — literally,” Jaimie Alexander said to the room full of press Thursday at the Television Critics’ Association summer press tour, garnering much laughter.

If you’ve seen any of NBC’s “Blindspot” promos, you know Alexander is referring to the opening scene of her new fall series, in which her Jane Doe character mysteriously lands inside of a duffel bag in the middle of Times Square with no memories and several inexplicable tattoos.

The concept of “Blindspot” is certainly unique, but creator Martin Gero, mega-producer Greg Berlanti and the cast and creative team still assured TCA reporters and critics that the drama will be vastly different from other procedurals and comparable TV properties.

“It’s a procedural for people who don’t like procedurals, and it’s a character drama for people who don’t like character dramas,” Gero said. “There is an overarching mythology to this show week-to-week.”

He continued, “We don’t lay breadcrumbs. You’re going to get some great resolution by the end of the year — you’re going to get some great resolution by the end of episode two. As we come through this mythology, there are a lot of twists and turns.”

Berlanti added, “The audience will be, I think, quite satisfied at the end of the side. The pilot is a good example of that — there are big questions asked, but there is also a satisfying journey.”

Gero also explained that the tattoos are not a gimmick, but rather, add to the developing storylines and characters.

“Even the cases that do come out of the tattoos, there’s an incredible personal stake for the characters,” he said. “In the pilot, we set an extraordinary amount of story…those tattoos on her body will hopefully keep us in business for a long time.”

As for that other tattoo show — “Prison Break,” for which Fox confirmed a follow-up series is being developed for consideration for the 2016-17 season — the “Blindspot” team isn’t worried.

“We welcome the tattoo competition,” Gero said. “I think they can both occupy space. We have a one-year lead, and we’re hoping to take advantage of that.”

And as for other big drama comparisons, “It will have some similarities to ‘Blacklist,’ but I don’t think that’s a bad thing,” Gero said of the James Spader hit, also on NBC’s fall slate.

The Peacock will debut “The Player” from “The Blacklist” producers this fall as well, creating an action-packed drama slate.

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