Another key member of The Blacklist’s staff is departing. Creator Jon Bokenkamp revealed that he, too, will not be returning for the NBC drama’s previously planned ninth season, a day after female lead Megan Boone left the series after an eight-season run. His resignation was announced by NBC and Sony TV producers.
“It’s been a wonderful adventure, but after eight years, I believe it’s time for me to go outside of my comfort zone and attempt something new,” Bokenkamp wrote on Twitter. (You may read it in its entirety below.)
The showrunners for all eight seasons of the procedural starring James Spader were Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath. When season nine returns in 2021-22, Eisendrath will continue to serve as showrunner.
Bokenkamp’s departure comes only one day after Megan Boone, the show’s female star, said her final goodbyes. Boone left the show at the season eight finale, when her character (spoiler alert) was killed off, as previously planned.
After the finale aired, Boone said on Instagram, “These eight years portraying Liz Keen have helped me better define the world and myself, as she set out to do the same.” With a producing agreement with Sony TV, the actress will stay in the industry.
After Law & Order: SVU and Chicago Fire, The Blacklist is NBC’s third-longest-running scripted series. On Fridays, the series is a consistent performer.
Boone’s departure was decided early on, well before The Blacklist’s Season 9 renewal in January. As a result, the writers were able to construct this season’s narrative for her character, Elizabeth “Liz”” Keen, as her final chapter. According to my sources, the decision was mutual, and Boone is already planning her next move. NBC and Sony Pictures Television, which produces The Blacklist alongside Universal Television, did not respond to requests for comment.
Spader, Diego Klattenhoff, and Harry Lennix are the remaining original cast members on the programme now that Boone has left. Liz’s metamorphosis from a wide-eyed rookie FBI agent to a criminal on the run who has embraced her evil side has been completed in Season 8. Liz was revealed to be No. 1 on the Blacklist in Episode 4. Liz turned the tables on her old mentor, Raymond “Red” Reddington (Spader), after witnessing his murder of her mother, Katarina.
The last two episodes of Season 8, fittingly titled “Nachalo” and “Konets,” Russian for “Beginning” (аалo) and “End” (Konets), will bring their turbulent relationship to a climax.
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