‘The Blacklist’ is an American crime thriller that airs on NBC. The show premiered for the first time on September 23, 2013. Created by Joe Bokenkamp, the series is backed by Davis Entertainment, Universal Television, Sony Pictures Television, and Open 4 Business Productions. Anthony Sparks is the producer while Jon Bokenkamp, John Davis, John Eisendrath, John Fox, Joe Carnahan, and James Spader are the executive producers.
Crime, thriller, and action are the most popular genres amongst the audience. When you have a storyline based on a master criminal, eluding capture, who turns up to be a confidential informer for the FBI, things are bound to get fascinating. ‘The Blacklist’ has been successful in hooking the audience over the seasons since its release. The concept for the show came from the story of the capture of Whitey Bulger, a feared member of the Irish mob. Viewers might remember Johnny Depp portraying Bulger in ‘Black Mass’.
Executive producer John Eisendrath spoke about the show with Collider “So, the idea was, ‘Well, what would happen if a man like Whitey Bulger turned himself in and said, “I am here. I have some rules that I want you to follow, but if you follow them I will give you the names of people that I have worked with, during the 20 years that I have been a fugitive. So, there was a real world influence that affected the shaping of the show that was already being thought about. How can you put someone that you don’t trust in the center of a show about trying to find criminals? And here was an example in the real world of just such a person. It was a fortuitous turn of events, where the idea for a show was being considered, and then here comes a real-life story that helped give it some shape.”
Whatever the idea was, it hit a chord with the critics and fans alike. The show has gained special praise for James Spader’s performance the police procedural elements, besides having an overarching and complex but compelling plot.
The Blacklist Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘The Blacklist’ includes Raymond Reddington aka Red played by James Spader, who is famous for his role as Alan Shore in ‘Boston Legal’ apart from having appeared in numerous films including David Cronenberg’s underrated ‘Crash’. He is later revealed as the biological father to Liz and is also an imposter.
The role of Liz Keen is played by Megan Boone; she was born as Masha Rostova and is a special agent with FBI and the wife of Tom Keen. Diego Klattenhoff appears as Donald Ressler, who is also a special agent and later becomes the Assistant Director of the FBI Terrorism Squad. Other interesting characters are Ryan Eggold played by Tom Keen who is the husband to Liz. Parminder Nagra comes in as Meera Malik who is a field agent with the FBI and Amir Arison as Aram Mojtabai who plays the role of computer specialist with the FBI.