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NBC renews Spader drama ‘The Blacklist’

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NBC’s freshman hit, “Blacklist,” starring James Spader, has gotten an early approval for a second season according to a Dec. 3 report on the New York Post. Word came Tuesday, just one day after the show’s midseason finale which earned it’s the highest ratings since the premiere back in September.

The show has proven so successful already that the network has agreed to a full, 22 episode season 2. The renewal is due in no small part to the 12.3 million viewers who tuned in for the finale, earning a 3.5 rating in the highly coveted “18-49” demographic.

Spader plays Red Reddington, a rogue criminal who is now working with the FBI but only with agent Liz Keen, played by Megan Boone. Spader’s last fulltime TV gig was on the hit ABC show, “Boston Legal” where he played lawyer Alan Shore, a role he originated on “The Practice. He was in that role collectively from 2003 through 2008.

“The Blacklist” is now on hiatus and will return with new episodes on Jan. 13.

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