NBC Cancels ‘Allegiance,’ Pushes ‘The Slap’

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NBC has pulled their newest spy drama Allegiance after only five episodes. The series was branded The Americans-lite from the get-go, and garnered 5 million viewers when it premiered last month; tying it FOX’s Gracepoint with a 1.1 in 18-49 demo.

The shakeup leaves the 10 p.m. slot open and will be filled by The Slap, which has been averaging 4.8 million viewers and a 1.0 in the ratings during the 8 p.m. timeslot. NBC is trying to boost that tentpole night by debuting Dateline: The Real Blacklist, a look into real-life crimes and conspiracies, which will air at 8 p.m., leading into the Spader-led drama. The series will be hosted by NBC News’ Richard Engel.

‘The Blacklist’ Preview: “Ruslan Denisov”

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Let’s start off with discussing some major twists from last week’s episode shall we? Basically we’ve learned what The Fulcrum is and that Liz has some connection to it. This was then confirmed when she found a chip hidden inside her favorite teddy bear that she still has from her childhood. You know, the one that’s all burned. Anyways, after undergoing chemical interrogation under Luther Braxton’s orders, Liz remembered seeing Reddington the night of the fire, the night her father was killed. Or so she thinks. Dr. Selma Orchard (Gloria Reuben) came back to tell her that she believes someone tried very hard to have her memories buried and that those memories aren’t telling her the truth. So just because she thinks she saw Reddington doesn’t mean he’s the one that was behind it, he could have been there in a different capacity.

The official synopsis of “Ruslan Denisov”:

AN ABDUCTION MOGUL KNOWN AS “RUSLAN DENISOV” KIDNAPS AN UNDERCOVER AGENT – FARAN THAIR GUEST STARS When an undercover CIA agent is kidnapped by a band of separatists in Uzbekistan, the task force sets a rescue mission in motion. Red (James Spader) informs Agents Keen (Megan Boone) and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) that they are up against “Ruslan Denisov,” (guest star Faran Thair) a very dangerous past associate. Harry Lennix, Amir Arison and Mozhan Marno also star.

In case you missed last week’s episode, here’s a little refresher for you:

Check out some stills from The Blacklist Season 2, Episode 11:

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The Blacklist airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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NBC Renews 5 Shows Including: ‘The Blacklist,’ ‘Chicago Fire,’ ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ and Two Other Dramas

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By Claire Gendel

NBC has renewed five of its current drama series for the 2015-2016 season, the network announced on Thursday.

The Blacklist (season 3), Chicago Fire (season 4), Chicago P.D. (season 3), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 17) and Grimm (season 5) will all be returning with new season.

“The creative vision of the executive producers who’ve guided these outstanding dramas has been nothing short of incredible,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “We’re highly appreciative of the passion they bring to their shows at every step of the creative process and we’re thrilled to reward that dedication with these renewals.”

The Blacklist, starring James Spader, moves to its new night and time, after a huge boost from the Super Bowl, Thursdays at 9 p.m. According to the press release, the drama series is averaging a 5.1 ratings 17.4 million viewers so far this season.

Chicago Fire is delivering a 2.8 rating and 10.1 million viewers overall this season, making it NBC’s #2 drama in both measures. Dick Wolf’s other show, Chicago P.D., is earning a 2.3 rating 9.4 million viewers this season and has finished #1 or tied for #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in the time period with five of its last six original broadcasts through Feb. 2.

Wolf’s third show, SVU, is averaging a 2.5 rating with 9.5 million viewers and is up 10% this season versus last.

Grimm has averaged a 2.1 rating with 7.2 million viewers overall this season making it Friday’s #1 scripted series in 18-49 on the Big 4 networks

None of these renewals are surprising. The only thing we don’t know, is the status of Constantine and Katherine Heigl’s State of Affairs. As far as comedies go, Marry MeThe Mysteries of Laura and About a Boy are all on the bubble.

‘The Blacklist’ Preview: “Luther Braxton: Conclusion”

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NBC’s The Blacklist has officially moved to its new night and time and will be paired up with their newest drama Allegiance.

Last week’s episode was full of chaos and torture and a new villain on the list by the name of Luther Braxton (Ron Perlman), who took over a top-secret detention facility in order to gain access to certain files regarding our country’s national security.

With the team stuck inside and Red unconscious after the boiler room explosion, Cooper has to go head-to-head with the CIA in order to get his people out.

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We finally know a little bit more about what the hell the Fulcrum is! According to Red, it’s a “blackmail file; proof of the existence of an extraordinarily powerful clandestine organization. If their activities were made public, some of the most powerful and influential men would go to prison or be executed.” Whoa! That’s one serious blackmail file. Apparently, the way to find the Fulcrum is located inside the detention facility, which is why Red surrendered himself in the first place, so he could stop Braxton from breaking out. The most interesting piece of the puzzle though, is that Braxton can’t get to the Fulcrum without Liz. We’re still figuring that part out.

The Blacklist airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

The Synopsis for “Luther Braxton: Conclusion”:

As chaos ensues at the Factory leaving the fate of Red (James Spader) and the task force unknown, FBI boss Cooper (Harry Lennix) struggles to rescue his team from the detention facility. Meanwhile, it’s a race against time to stop Luther Braxton (guest star Ron Perlman) from attaining confidential information. Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Amir Arison and Mozhan Marno also star. David Strathairn and Janel Maloney guest star.

In case you missed Sunday’s episode, here are 3 things you need to know:

Check out some clips from this week’s episode:

Check out some stills from The Blacklist Season 2, Episode 10:

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‘The Blacklist’ Photo Gallery: “Luther Braxton”

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You guys, it’s finally February! Yes, today is Super Bowl Sunday, but it also means the return of NBC’s The Blacklist. There were so many opened ended questions from the midseason finale that I’m hoping are explained, or at least some of them in tonight’s episode. Also, I hope that the second half of the season is a little better than the first and not so predictable.

Anyways, I digress. The midseason premiere returns after months of waiting to find out where Tom goes from here, what’s his relationship with Red and what the hell is The Fulcrum?! Also, why does everyone keep asking Red if he has it? Apparently he has a lot of things. There are so many other questions, but those are pretty much my top questions.

Now, let’s talk about Ron Perlman for a minute, shall we? Tonight’s episode marks his debut as the shows newest villain, Luther Braxton. According to TV Guide, Braxton is a meticulous thief who plans his international heists over the course of several months or years and ends up crossing paths with Reddington and the FBI team.

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The synopsis for “Luther Braxton”:

RED IS CAPTURED BY FEDERAL AGENTS IN THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF THIS TWO PART SUPERBOWL SPECIAL -RON PERLMAN GUEST STARS When the elusive Reddington (James Spader) is arrested and taken to a secret detention facility Liz (Megan Boone) and the task force set out to save Red before he disappears forever. Meanwhile, Red encounters Luther Braxton (guest star Ron Perlman) at the detention facility, a thief that he shares a complicated history with. Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison and Mozhan Marno also star. David Strathairn and Janel Maloney guest star.

Check out a clip from this week’s episode:

Here’s a little recap for you if you need a quick refresher:

The midseason premiere returns on a new night and time, immediately following the Super Bowl to help promote The Blacklist‘s new Thursday night timeslot at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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‘The Blacklist’ Preview: “The Scimitar” [Photo Gallery]

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A lot happened on last week’s episode of The Blacklist including the fact that Ressler totally has a drug problem. We also learned that Tom Keen in alive and well in that creepy basement slash boiler room place that Elizabeth has been hanging out at. We also learned about Dembe’s story of how he came to know Reddington and even work for him.

Who will be the next name on The Blacklist? This week’s episode finds Red searching for a hitman who goes by the nickname of “The Scimitar,” while Liz is preoccupied looking for more information about our good friend Berlin. Check out the official synopsis below:

A CUNNING HITMAN KNOWN AS “THE SCIMITAR” TARGETS A VALUABLE SCIENTIST –WALEED F. ZUAITER (“REVOLUTION”) GUEST STARS–When an Iranian nuclear scientist is suspiciously assassinated, a revenge ploy begins against a valued American. Red (James Spader) informs agents Keen (Megan Boone) and Navabi (Mozhan Marno) that a dangerously conniving hitman “The Scimitar” (guest star Waleed F. Zuaiter) has been sent to the job. Liz and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) find themselves in a tricky predicament as they investigate a surveillance lead. Agent Keen attempts to gather information on Berlin (Peter Stormare), while Red finds company with a woman working at a food truck. Amir Arison and Harry Lennix also star.

The Blacklist airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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‘The Blacklist’ Preview: “Dr. Linus Creel” [Photos and Video]

Last week’s Blacklist reminded me so much of that bad Jude Law movie Repo Men, except the doctor was using real organs and not artificial ones. It also marked the debut of Paul Reubens’ character Mr. Vargas, who is super creepy by the way. But I think that’s just Paul Reubens in general. We also left off with Red visiting his ex-wife – not knowing how her hand is with the loss of a digit. But when it comes down to it, we all want to know what Naomi (Mary-Louise Parker) is hiding. She obviously has a secret and it has to do with Elizabeth.

There are too many similarities between Liz’s story about the fire when she was a little girl and her father that make us want to believe there’s a connection to Reddington. The preview definitely leads us to believe Naomi and Red know something that they haven’t told us.

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Liz also has some new people in her life that she doesn’t trust including Samar, who we know is working for Reddington. And now there’s this new “neighbor” who is obviously a bad guy. I mean, why else would he have a giant assault rifle in his room. And why on earth would she voluntarily give up the fact that she’s a federal agent to a complete stranger when she is somewhat off the grid, moving from motel to motel.

This week’s episode titled “Dr. Linus Creel,” Red tips off Liz that a dangerous social-psychological experiment may be underway after a series of seemingly nonviolent citizens become killers. He also “tries to convince Naomi (Mary-Louise Parker) and her husband into accepting a complicated proposition.”

The Blacklist airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Highlights from last week’s episode:

Trailer for tonight’s episode:

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‘The Blacklist’ Preview: “Dr. James Covington” [Photos]

The Blacklist was one of NBC’s top-rated shows last year and yet it’s dropped more than a million and a half viewers between its first and second episode this season. Hopefully they can keep themselves afloat and keep viewers interested in the never-ending blacklist.

Last week as the Berlin/Red dynamic began to unfold even more, we saw a side of Reddington we haven’t seen before including a look into his previous life…starting with his wife, played by Mary-Louise Parker. Meanwhile, Samar Navabi (Mozhan Marnò) joins the task force and is obviously a mole tasked with relaying back information to Reddington.

This week we get a glimpse at Paul Reubens’ character, Mr. Vargas, in the episode titled “Dr. James Covington,”about a deranged doctor who finds himself on the blacklist.

The Blacklist airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

DERANGED DOCTOR FINDS HIMSELF ON THE BLACKLIST – RON CEPHAS JONES (“HALF NELSON”) GUESTS STARS –When a man is found with his heart cut out, Agents Keen (Megan Boone) and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) team up with agent Samar Navabi (Mozhan Marno) to uncover the intricacies of Dr. Covington’s (guest star Ron Cephas Jones) black-market operation. Meanwhile, Red (James Spader) and his associate try to capitalize on a new opportunity in Indonesia, leaving Reddington in a vulnerable position. Harry Lennix and Amir Arison also stars.

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‘The Blacklist’ Season 2 Trailer: A War is Coming

NBC’s has released the Season 2 trailer for their hit series The Blacklist, which shows Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington searching for Lord Baltimore (sounds like Lord Voldemort) who can lead them to Berlin.

The entire first season was basically leading up to the one man Red was looking to find. Berlin, played by Peter Stormare (Fargo, Armageddon, 22 Jump Street), has been coming after Red to avenge his daughter’s death. In the trailer, Berlin promises Red that he’s “going to do to you what you did to my daughter. I’m going to send her back to you piece by piece…by piece.”

James Spader’s flawless performance has made The Blacklist a huge success for NBC. Here’s hoping that Megan Boone gets a better wig this season.

The Blacklist premieres on Monday, Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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‘The Blacklist’ Casts Paul Reubens as Villain in Season 2

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Pee-Wee Herman is on a new adventure and the latest to join the list of guest stars on NBC’s The Blacklist. According to EW.com, NBC has tapped Paul Reubens for the role of Mr. Vargas, a dapper, finicky “muscle” who handles delicate situations in the criminal underworld. He will first appear in season two’s third episode and will stay for at least two episodes.

“It’s going to be something totally different, and it’s going to be awesome,” executive producer Jon Bokenkamp tells EW. “It can’t get strange enough for me. One of the most fun things is being able to write for actors who I’ve admired and think are interesting and try to play against expectations. I’d say he’s gonna shake things up a bit when enters Red’s orbit.”

Reubens started work this Friday. He joins a list of recently announced guest stars that includes Mary-Louis Parker, Lee Tergesen and Krysten Ritter.

The Blacklist stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix and Ryan Eggold.

Jon Bokenkamp (The Call, Taking Lives), John Eisendrath (Alias), John Davis (Predator, I, Robot, Chronicle) and John Fox serve as executive producers. The Blacklist is a production of Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment.

Season 2 of The Blacklist premieres on Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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