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'The Blacklist' gets 'novel treatment' for season finale

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Tue, May 5th 2020 05:10 pm
`The Blacklist` (NBC key art)
"The Blacklist" (NBC key art)

The seventh season finale of NBC’s acclaimed drama, “The Blacklist,” airing May 15 (8 p.m. ET/PT), is ending the season in style with a unique hybrid of live-action and graphic novel-style animation.

The season’s 19th episode, titled “The Kazanjian Brothers,” was midway into filming in New York when TV productions across the industry were halted due to COVID-19. Looking to do something out of the box to finish the episode and close out the season, producers came up with an idea to add graphic novel-style animation that would incorporate with the already filmed live-action scenes. 

Cast members recorded dialogue from their homes for the animated scenes to ensure a seamless transition between the two styles as editors and animators complete their work remotely. 

"The Blacklist": "The Kazanjian Brothers." Pictured are Raymond "Red" Reddington and Elizabeth Keen. (Photo by: Sony Pictures Television)

Episode Logline

The task force investigates an accountant who works for lucrative criminals in order to find the violent and thuggish brothers hired for his protection. Liz must make a momentous decision. Presented in a unique hybrid of live-action and graphic novel-style animation.

NBC announced in February that “The Blacklist” has been renewed for an eighth season. The 150th episode of the series will air at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8.

“The Blacklist” stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Amir Arison, Hisham Tawfiq and Harry Lennix.

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