Rookie Network Drama Already Being Prepped for Syndication Deadline
A first-season drama that has only been on-air six months is already being made ready for syndication.
"Sony Pictures TV‘s breakout drama 'The Blacklist' [seen on NBC] is looking to join the elite handful of series that have been sold into off-network syndication in their first season on the air," writes our friend Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.
The story adds: "The studio is putting together a pitch to cable networks and broadcast stations and has begun running ads in preparation for taking the NBC series out to buyers, which has not started yet. 'The Blacklist' is a successful new broadcast procedural drama, which has been a rare breed during the past five years as the networks have gravitated toward more serialized fare. It would also be a rare non-franchise drama to sell in syndication in its freshman year."
Andreeva adds: " 'The Blacklist' is NBC’s flagship scripted series and already has been renewed for a second season. The drama, which airs behind 'The Voice' on Mondays, has been averaging a 4.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 14.6 million total viewers in most current ratings, only one-tenth behind ABC’s 'Grey’s Anatomy' in the race for the No.1 broadcast drama in [the 18-49 demo]."
James Spader in "The Blacklist"