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NBC's "The Blacklist" 5/8/20 ep.

#1 Post by MarkBarrett » Sat May 09, 2020 6:39 pm

No, Reddington was not killed. That would require the writers from ABC's The Good Doctor to make that kind of ridiculous move. What the episode did have was Tom "Luke Duke" Wopat as an evil warden, Jordan from MTV's "The Challenge" as a prisoner, and Al Roker not playing himself.

Next week's season finale should be unusual with part of it using graphic-novel style animation.

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#2 Post by Bob Juch » Sat May 09, 2020 6:51 pm

Thanks for posting this. My TiVo didn't record it saying there was no signal. It was recording other shows at that time, maybe it was really that all four tuners were busy. I' can watch it online, porting it to my TV.
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#3 Post by silverscreenselect » Sat May 09, 2020 7:19 pm

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Next week's season finale should be unusual with part of it using graphic-novel style animation.
Next week's show is the 19th episode of what was supposed to be a 22-episode season. They hadn't finished filming it when they shut down. Since it features Brian Dennehy, who has since died, they wanted to preserve his performance rather than reshoot the episode with a different actor. So, the animation will be used in place of scenes that hadn't yet been filmed, and the remaining three episodes will air next season.
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#4 Post by silverscreenselect » Sat May 16, 2020 12:25 pm

silverscreenselect wrote:
Sat May 09, 2020 7:19 pm
MarkBarrett wrote:
Sat May 09, 2020 6:39 pm
Next week's season finale should be unusual with part of it using graphic-novel style animation.
Next week's show is the 19th episode of what was supposed to be a 22-episode season. They hadn't finished filming it when they shut down. Since it features Brian Dennehy, who has since died, they wanted to preserve his performance rather than reshoot the episode with a different actor. So, the animation will be used in place of scenes that hadn't yet been filmed, and the remaining three episodes will air next season.
The animation wasn't great, but it was interesting. It was graphic novel style, including captions showing what characters were thinking announcing titles like "Act 1." And the animation scenes were scattered throughout the episode because they don't shoot scenes in script order sequence. When they would switch from live action to animation, they would do a dissolve from the live action to the animation.

This episode hadn't been planned as the season finale, but I'm guessing they did a hasty rewrite and inserted a couple of animated scenes at the end to leave off with a typical end-of-season cliffhanger. They filled the remaining time by having the cast talk for a minute or so at the beginning of the episode about how and why they filmed it the way they did, with another similar minute at the end featuring the behind the scenes crew. The biggest disappointment for me was Brian Dennehy's appearance. His character had been shot and was in a coma from an earlier episode, so they had a scene of him lying in bed with Elizabeth talking to him and a couple of other animated similar scenes. Those probably were outtakes with dialogue dubbed in. They did have a tribute card to him in the closing credits.
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#5 Post by silverscreenselect » Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:12 pm

Tonight was the opening episode of what's going to be the final season of The Blacklist. It appears that the storyline involving Elizabeth, her mother, and her grandfather will wrap up in the next week or two, which would have been the finale last season if production hadn't stopped because of the pandemic.

Elizabeth's grandfather, Dom, who was played by Brian Dennehy previously is a central character in this storyline and has a good bit of dialogue, so they have cast another actor (Ron Raines) in the role.
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#6 Post by Bob78164 » Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:24 pm

silverscreenselect wrote:
Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:12 pm
Tonight was the opening episode of what's going to be the final season of The Blacklist. It appears that the storyline involving Elizabeth, her mother, and her grandfather will wrap up in the next week or two, which would have been the finale last season if production hadn't stopped because of the pandemic.

Elizabeth's grandfather, Dom, who was played by Brian Dennehy previously is a central character in this storyline and has a good bit of dialogue, so they have cast another actor (Ron Raines) in the role.
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#7 Post by silverscreenselect » Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:32 pm

Bob78164 wrote:
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:24 pm
silverscreenselect wrote:
Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:12 pm
Tonight was the opening episode of what's going to be the final season of The Blacklist. It appears that the storyline involving Elizabeth, her mother, and her grandfather will wrap up in the next week or two, which would have been the finale last season if production hadn't stopped because of the pandemic.

Elizabeth's grandfather, Dom, who was played by Brian Dennehy previously is a central character in this storyline and has a good bit of dialogue, so they have cast another actor (Ron Raines) in the role.
As of February there were no plans for this to be the final season. Have you seen something more recent? --Bob
There's nothing official, but there's been a lot of informed chatter to that effect. By the way, in addition to Brian Dennehy, the show lost another semi-regular during the offseason, Clark Middleton (Glen), one of the most instantly recognizable actors around.

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#8 Post by MarkBarrett » Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:07 pm

Sorry to see the news about Clark Middleton (Glen).

TV seasons are weird these days. First This is Us does four eps. and then has six weeks off until Jan. 5th. Now this show returns for two episodes and then won't return until Jan. 22nd.

Last season or not I'll still be watching.

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#9 Post by silverscreenselect » Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:17 am

MarkBarrett wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:07 pm
Now this show returns for two episodes and then won't return until Jan. 22nd.
Season 7 was only 19 episodes long instead of the usual 22 due to the coronavirus that halted production. As it was, Episode 19 was partially animated to fill in the scenes that they couldn't film. So, those remaining three episodes, which were already written and supposed to wrap up the Dom-Katarina-Elizabeth storyline, are the two episodes this month plus the one of January 22.

This last episode sure felt like a season-ending cliffhanger, making me wonder if there will be another cliffhanger at the end of the January 22 episode. If so, we won't have long to wait to resolve that one.
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