9:02am PT by Kate Stanhope
'The Blacklist' Renewed for Season 5 at NBC
The Blacklist will be back.
NBC has renewed the James Spader drama for a 22-episode fifth season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
However, first-year spinoff Blacklist: Redemption is still awaiting word on a potential season two pickup.
The Blacklist has found solid ground since its tough move to Thursdays in 2015, averaging a 2.2 rating and ranking as NBC's second most-watched drama with nearly 10 million viewers. Also cementing the show's renewal? A rich Netflix SVOD deal and strong international interest. Season five will also bring The Blacklist to its 100th episode.
The renewal marks a key pickup for Sony as broadcast networks are relying more heavily on ownership, leaving independent studios in a tough spot. This season, NBC passed on all of its pilots from outside studios. On Wednesday, the network also canceled first-year Sony drama Timeless, instead picking up the drama's timeslot successor Taken, which is a cost-effective co-production between Universal TV and Europa Corp.
In addition to The Blacklist (and its spinoff), Sony also has The Night Shift, which returns this summer for season four.