‘The Blacklist’ season 2: NBC boss defends move to Thursday nights

The Blacklist logo any seasonWhile “The Blacklist” season 2 will start off its season in the same Monday night spot following “The Voice” that it had throughout the entire first season, there are still some significant changes coming for the show. Namely, that it will be moved off the schedule come November, and will return after its post-Super Bowl airing in a new spot Thursday nights at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

Why make this change? The biggest reason is that NBC wants to promote the new Katherine Heigl drama “State of Affairs” after “The Voice,” but network head Paul Greenblatt asserted on Sunday at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour that regardless of how Heigl and company do, the show is still going to be moving to Thursday nights come February. He sees this as an opportunity to provide strong counter-programming to the ABC – Shonda Rhimes machines, and he’s right that it should be interest. “Scandal” and “The Blacklist” are two of the biggest dramas on network TV.

There are still going to be a solid block of episodes for “The Blacklist” that will air prior to its long hiatus, and Greenblatt promised that there will be a huge “hook” dropped in the first half of the season to keep people excited about the second.

Do we feel like this move is going to work? Probably, even if we may not have done it given the show was doing very well already in its timeslot and even equaling “The Voice” at times this past spring. If something is working, why put it in a position that it doesn’t? The only reason we feel like the show will not take a huge hit is just because of the fact that it’s good. If this was a subpar show, it would sink faster than a body Reddington dumped in the ocean.

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