“The Blacklist” is taking a good-sized break in the middle of its second season before relaunching on Thursday nights in early 2015. But it’s a decision as much driven by the show’s production as by scheduling.
“To do a show like this, which is an enormous production, is going to take eight or nine days [of filming],” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said Sunday (July 13) at the TV critics’ summer press tour. “… If you just do the math, you run out of time to make the show and have post-production time for it. Delivering eight or nine episodes in any fall is really difficult.”
After nine episodes in the fall, “The Blacklist” will leave its Monday-night home for two and a half months. It will rejoin the NBC schedule in a big way, following the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, 2015, and moving to its new home at 9 p.m. ET/PT Thursdays on Feb. 5.
Greenblatt notes that aside from the move to a new night, the scheduling of “The Blacklist” for 2014-15 isn’t all that different from how Season 1 played out: Ten episodes aired in the fall (including the previously filmed pilot), followed by three episodes in January and a monthlong break for the Winter Olympics before an uninterrupted run in the spring.
“We strategically wanted to use the Super Bowl and the move of the show to Thursday night in order to change the game for us on Thursday, and also open up another time period on Monday,” Greenblatt says. “Because we couldn’t get more episodes in the fall anyway, it only made sense to take it off for that amount of time.”
Season 2 of “The Blacklist” is set to premiere Sept. 22.