Yesterday, NBC announced that Redemption would not be returning for a second season. The cancellation means that Ryan Eggold will be returning to The Blacklist to play Tom Keen as a series regular when the show returns for a fifth season.
Redemption pulled in about 4 million viewers per episode and a 0.75 rating in the 18-49 demographic, making it NBC’s third-lowest-rated series of the season and pushing it far enough below The Blacklist (5.3 million, 1.0 rating) to warrant cancellation. Fans of Tom Keen will be happy to see him back on The Blacklist as he was missing from the show while the status of Redemption was up in the air, but others are worried that his return might take away screen time from other characters like Ressler who moved into focus while Ryan Eggold was busy with Redemption.
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens when The Blacklist returns next season. Hopefully they will be able to balance Tom’s return equally with characters like Ressler, Samar, and Aram so fans will get to see all of their favorites get a fair amount of screen time, and stay away from the relationship drama between Tom and Liz that pulled the overall quality of The Blacklist episodes down.
The season 4 finale of The Blacklist airs Thursday at 9/8c on NBC. You won’t want to miss it!