Earlier today, the great news came out for fans of The Blacklist — the NBC show is coming back for a season 7! The timing of the renewal was almost as shocking as the renewal itself, given that typically most bubble-show decisions don’t come around until May. That’s especially true for a show from an outside studio, one that also has a big-name star attached to it like James Spader.
So with this renewal in mind, where does that leave some other shows on the schedule both in terms of their prospects and when their renewal news is going to come? Let’s take a look at the few of them, with a reminder coming into it that Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago PD, and New Amsterdam have all been renewed already.
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Manifest – The lack of renewal news here is still perplexing, given that you’re talking about NBC’s #1 new show and one that already has a sizable fan following all over the internet. It’s a mystery the likes of which we haven’t seen in quite some time — the Lost comparisons are always going to be there, though Manifest has its own quirks including more of a real-world component to it. (We don’t think that these characters are in some sort of purgatory … or a sideways-world, for that matter.)
One of the things that is holding Manifest back is that it comes from an external studio in Warner Bros. TV, and that does have a tendency to lead to longer negotiations. Sure, you can make the argument that The Blacklist comes from an external studio in Sony, but it’s been around for long enough that everyone probably knows what the negotiation process is like at this point.
Blindspot – Want an interesting theory? Here you go — Blindspot, like Manifest, also comes from Warner Bros. and we wouldn’t be shocked if the studio negotiates a deal for the two of them in tandem. It wouldn’t be the first time — heck, it wouldn’t even be the first time for a show executive-produced by Jeff Rake! His previous show in The Mysteries of Laura was renewed in tandem with another show from the studio in Undateable on NBC years ago. (Fun CarterMatt fact — today is probably the first time in a good year we’ve referenced Undateable, and we’ve mentioned it twice in the past several hours.)
Blindspot is not anywhere near as likely to return as Manifest when you look at the ratings, but in between its tough timeslot and devoted audience, we wouldn’t be shocked to see it get at least one more season.
This Is Us – There’s no point in pretending that it will be canceled. It’s coming back, even if it’s not official. The writers are already starting to look ahead to season 4. Imagine if This Is Us was canceled; the tears would be akin to … well, almost any episode of this show.
Law & Order: SVU – We’re at the point in the run where it would be wrong to take any renewal for granted, especially since season 21 = the series setting a record for longest-running primetime drama series ever. It’s probably going to happen; while the numbers are down for season 20, it’s also got the misfortune of airing in a far more difficult timeslot this year and with a fairly weak lead-in.
Good Girls + The Enemy Within – It’s way too early to tell. These shows only recently premiered! NBC probably won’t even start to have serious conversations on the future for them for another month, at least.
What NBC shows are you hoping to see renewed next, after The Blacklist got some good news earlier today? Share in the comments. (Photo: NBC.)