Thursday, May 11, 2017

NBC Renews 'The Blacklist' and 'Great News'

NBC has renewed its hit drama series The Blacklist for a fifth season and its new comedy series Great News for a second season.

The Blacklist stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison, Mozhan Marnò and Hisham Tawfiq.

Jon Bokenkamp created the drama. He executive produces with James Spader, John Davis, John Eisendrath, John Fox and Joe Carnahan. Sony Pictures Television, Universal Television and Davis Entertainment produce.

In its fourth season, the drama is averaging a 2.2 rating in the key Adults 18-49 demographic and 10 million total viewers, in Live+7 numbers.

The renewal is for a full 22 episodes in its fifth season. No decision has been made yet about the first-year spinoff The Blacklist: Redemption.

Great News stars Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, Adam Campbell, Nicole Richie, Horatio Sanz and John Michael Higgins.

Tracey Wigfield created the comedy. She executive produces with Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, David Miner and Beth McCarthy-Miller. Universal Television, Little Stranger, Big Wig Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment produce.

The renewal for the comedy is somewhat surprising since the show has only aired six episodes across three weeks and hasn't been that strong in the ratings. The renewal is a vote of confidence from NBC as it has ordered 13 episodes for the second season - up from the 10 of the first season.