Less than a week after airing the backdoor pilot for the potential spin-off series, NBC has officially given the greenlight to the Famke Janssen, Ryan Eggold starring vehicle, The Blacklist: Redemption. This is the second spin-off that NBC has picked up following the announcement of the fourth show set in the Dick Wolf Chicago PD/Law and Order TV-Verse. And while we wait to hear more about NBC's fall slate, one highly anticipated show was surprisingly missing from their list of picked up programs: Cruel Intentions.Not signed in
While it did take some time for NBC and Sony to hammer out the details for The Blacklist spin-off, after airing the backdoor pilot episode, I wasn't all that surprised to hear that NBC had given the go signal for a full on series starring the former X-Men star. The dynamic between hers and Ryan Eggold's characters on the show was incredible and the chemistry the two actors share was absolutely radiating right through the screen. Not to mention, the enormous and juicy Tom Keen bombshell the original series dropped during Janssen's second outing.
The revelation, predicted by few and suprising to nearly all, that Tom Keen is in fact the long-lost son of Susan Hargrave (Famke Janssen) literally blew my mind. Most, like Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) himself, were expecting Janssen's character to be the mother of the dearly departed Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). Imagine mine - and so many others - surprise when Red (James Spader) revealed the truth to Tom when he found out that Tom intended to kill Hargrave, blaming her for the death of Elizabeth. And then explicitly warning Tom against revealing that information to Hargrave herself, explaining that it would only make things worse for him. Oooh, good stuff, really good stuff. I can't wait to see more.
NBC released the official synopsis for the series, which is expected to air alongside its flagship show in the fall.
The Blacklist: Redemption
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In this thrilling new spinoff of NBC’s breakout hit series, undercover operative Tom Keen joins forces with Susan “Scottie” Hargrave (Famke Janssen), the brilliant and cunning chief of Grey Matters, a covert mercenary organization that solves problems governments don’t dare touch. While on the hunt for Liz’s attacker, Tom secretly discovered that Scottie is actually his biological mother. Now, as they team up to employ their unique skills and resources in a dangerous world of deadly criminals, Tom begins his own covert mission to find out more about his shadowy past.
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As for Cruel Intentions, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt expressed his regret over the series not being on the slate for this fall. He said, “It goes under the heading of embarrassment of riches. There’s just so many shows that we have scheduled or ordered.” Greenblatt also said that the show was more of an outlier for NBC, saying "there's no other show like it in our list of genres". However, word is that the network is considering retooling the show for a summertime pickup, which likely won't be decided until NBC talks with Sarah Michelle Gellar on if she'll be able to readjust her schedule to fit the new format. Being that Gellar's reprisal of her role from the cult classic film is considered to be the show's biggest audience draw, I can't imagine the network moving forward with the series if she is unable to commit.
Of the other pilots ordered but not picked up by NBC, Cruel Intentions - as far as we know - is the only one still clinging to a sliver of hope that NBC may indeed find a place for it somewhere in their summer lineup.