NBC Orders Full Season of THE BLACKLIST; Fox Renews THE SIMPSONS for Season 26

     October 4, 2013


NBC has ordered a full season of the new drama series The Blacklist, which has been performing very well in the ratings since its debut two weeks ago.  The show is led by an unsurprisingly charismatic performance from James Spader, and though the procedural aspect can prove to be a bit implausible at times, Spader’s presence and the central story have made the series an entertaining watch thus far.  NBC has ordered an additional nine episodes to accompany the thirteen that are in the can, and Spader will have to juggle his schedule for the rest of the season with his titular villain role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which starts filming next March.

Additionally, Fox has ordered a 26th season of the animated series The Simpsons.  Maybe now Guillermo del Toro can make good on his hopes to helm a full episode, since he recently created an opening credits gag that’s among the best of the series.  Hit the jump to read the full press release from Fox.

the-simpsons-season-26Here’s the press release:



“Treehouse of Horror XXIV” Airs This Sunday, October 6, on FOX 

FOX has picked up THE SIMPSONS for a historic 26th season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

“For more than a quarter of a century, THE SIMPSONS has captured the hearts and minds of fans in a way that transcends ages, languages and cultures,” said Reilly. “This groundbreaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history, it’s one of the greatest sitcoms of our time, and I’m looking forward to yet another landmark season.”

Last Sunday’s THE SIMPSONS’ 25th season premiere ranked as the No. 1 entertainment program of the night among Adults 18-49 and was up +12% from last season’s average.

On the next all-new episode, THE SIMPSONS’ annual Halloween special, “Treehouse of Horror XXIV,” airing this Sunday, Oct. 6 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX, director, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro (“Pacific Rim,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”) resurrects monsters and classic characters from horror films throughout history for the opening couch gag. Then, in the first of three spine-tingling tales, Homer travels around Springfield wreaking havoc in a rhyming spoof of a popular children’s tale. In “Dead and Shoulders” Bart is beheaded during a kite accident, his head is attached to Lisa’s body and they must live together as one. The final frightening tale, “Freaks no Geeks,” features Mr. Burns’ traveling circus, The Burnsum and Bailey Circus, which has stopped in Springfieldland in the 1930s. Trapeze artist Marge and Strong Man Homer are performers, and things go awry when circus freak Moe starts to make advances towards Marge.