The 2013 TV network upfronts have come and gone, and just like last year, the deplorable NBC is once again putting forth a pathetic slew of crap save for a single promising show.
This isn’t it.
What’s most concerning is that NBC’s best looking show last year, Revolution, stumbled greatly after a promising pilot episode and quickly devolved into an aimless, meandering, boring mess. It remains to be seen if NBC can avoid a repeat of this with The Blacklist.
Fortunately for them, due to Spader’s star power and his excellent track record of choosing TV shows (The Practice, Boston Legal, The Office), there’s reason to hope that the show can build upon what really is a pretty unique and potentially great set up for an action / thriller. Plus, it gets the awesome James Spader back on TV, and he’s so damn talented and eccentric that there’s really no telling what could happen.
But before we get to The Blacklist, let’s first take a look at the insufferable drivel NBC is polluting their airwaves with next season, shall we?
A stale single dad sitcom (except he’s gay!) It’s 2013. They should have made him a tranny.
Caucasian / Hispanic culture clash! Teen pregnancy! The only stereotype missing is a wacky neighbour.
Kudos to the loveable Michael J. Fox for embracing his affliction. But this still looks bland as hell.
Cranky black cop in a wheelchair doesn’t negate the oh-so-tired formulaic crime procedural format.
I believe this NBC show sucked the first time when it was called Heroes.
So very apropos that this is the title of a show on a desperate and struggling network like NBC.
Seriously? Did NBC learn nothing from the travesty that was last year’s Animal Practice?
A blatant cash grab trying to trade in on a charming British film from over a decade ago.
Because Chicago Fire wasn’t bad enough. And what the hell is Leon from Curb doing there?
Yeah, give the skeezy douche from Whitney his own show. Genius move.
I honestly can’t tell if this show is a nursing drama or a hospital themed singing competition.
Good Lord, do these shows look awful. I’m talking flat-out cancelled-after-three-episodes awful.
But The Blacklist? Pretty much the opposite. Spader plays Raymond Reddington, a global criminal mastermind who has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives for decades — until he mysteriously surrenders to the Feds and makes them a highly unusual and mind-boggling offer.
Spader + pimp vests + shaved head = BADASS.
Here’s the extended trailer for The Blacklist. And while it does seem to give away a lot of what transpires in the pilot, it nonetheless teases a set up for what could turn out to be a pretty cool show.