We know that The Blacklist has been renewed already for season 9 — but is that poised to be the final season at NBC? Based on what studio Sony wants, that may not be the case.
Speaking in a new interview with Deadline, Sony Pictures TV Studios President Jeff Frost made it clear that he wants both the James Spader series and The Goldbergs (another long-running show) to stay on the air for a long time:
“Our hope is that both series would continue … There has been no conversation about it being the final season for (The Goldbergs or The Blacklist). We haven’t gone into this being the final season; our hope is that there will be many more seasons of both shows.”
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Will that really be the case for The Blacklist? This is where we have some skepticism. While there is a loyal audience here and the show performs well both in streaming and internationally, how much story is there really left to tell? Most of the higher-ranking members of the Blacklist have already been revealed; not only that, but Raymond Reddington himself has claimed that he is near the end of the “30-year project” he’s been working on with Ivan Stepanov. It’s easy to make a case that season 9 will be the end.
If it’s not the final season, you could argue that the show will have to change course slightly, and develop a compelling narrative beyond the conceit of the Blacklist itself. Anything is possible, but we have to remember that NBC will make the decision on a season 10 just as much as the studio. The same goes for the cast and crew.
How long could you see The Blacklist lasting at NBC?
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