It looks like The Blacklist is getting a spinoff added to the upcoming NBC lineup. Deadline reports that after just one episode of the spinoff, now being called The Blacklist: Redemption, the network has jumped at the chance to extend the franchise beyond the standalone series.
NBC recently did the same thing in regards to the Chicago franchise by adding additional shows, such as: Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, and Chicago Justice.
It appears that Famke Janssen, who appeared on The Blacklist, will be moving to this new adaption with her on-screen son played by Blacklist’s Ryan Eggold.
The spinoff will revolve around Tom Keen’s character as he is pulled into a secret organization called “Grey Matters” which deals with super top secret assignments the government wants no part of. Keen soon finds out that his mother “Scottie” (Janssen) is actually the leader of the organization he’s been recruited into. This then leads to Keen going on a mission of his own to find out about his mother and what her real motivations are.
According to Variety, Blacklist show creators Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath will be taking on additional roles as both executive producers and writers for the spinoff. John Fox and John Davis are also set to be executive producers of the show, with Michael Dinner having responsibility of directing the first episode of the drama.
Negotiations for adding Redemption to the NBC series pickup list lasted well into Friday night. It took longer than usually to come to a decision because NBC had multiple contenders to choose from including Timeless and Cruel Intentions. Redemption and Timeless were both picked up by the network but there is still no official word on the adaption of Cruel Intentions. Variety reports that it is possible for NBC to pick up that show for a run sometime this summer however it may involve a readjustment on the available budget.
It goes without saying that NBC is really stepping up their game this year. The Blacklist is a great series on it’s own, with an intense and addicting storyline, so there is no doubt that The Blacklist Redemption will be any different.
Are you looking forward to Tom Keen getting his own show? Do you think that’ll lead to a future crossover story with Tom and Red maybe coming head-to-head?