The birth date listed on the Raymond Reddington wanted posters is the actual birth date of actor James Spader (February 7, 1960).
Red's signature fedora came about as a result of a suggestion from series star James Spader.
Baz Baz, who plays Red's (James Spader) chief of security Baz, is a veteran US marine and a former member of CIA's Special Operations Group. He is the founder of the Association for the Recovery of Children (ARC), which rescues abducted children. In 1991-2012, they had conducted 56 successful rescues.
Creator Jon Bokenkamp loosely based Raymond Reddington character on the real-life Boston mafia boss, James 'Whitey' Bulger. As explained at the 2013 Comic-Con panel, many news stories concerning Bulger's arrest and trial were prevalent at the time. Bokenkamp tossed around a few "what if?" scenarios and came up with the basic concept of the show, anchored by the nefarious "concierge of crime" we now know as Red. Although Spader came in very late to the concept (within approximately two weeks of the principal shooting of the pilot), he can be credited with largely contributing to the final "look" of Reddington: closely cropped hair, hat collection, Rx shades (for practicality - Spader really does need them to see), iconically tailored vest-tie-trousers-shirt ensemble, and the infamously expensive ($5,000?) all-weather navy blue coat. As for the acerbic humor & raconteur tendencies of Red? Spader claims these were already present in the pilot script, however one can't help but think that the writers expanded these qualities once they got to know Spader a bit better.
Agent Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) is loosely based on Robert K. Ressler, a former FBI agent and author, who played a significant role in the psychological profiling of violent offenders in the 1970s and is often credited with coining the English term "serial killer". He was also fundamental in the setting up of the ViCAP system . (Violent Criminal Apprehension Program )
Writer John Eisendrath said the casting process was difficult. In February 2013, NBC offered Kiefer Sutherland the lead role of Raymond Reddington.After considering other actors for the role, Eisendrath and Jon Bokenkamp called James Spader to see if he would be interested in it. Feeling confident in Spader's understanding of the character, they cast him three days before filming began.
Megan Boone took a week to prepare for her audition as Elizabeth Keen. Feeling like her initial audition was one of the better auditions of her career, Boone later was called back for multiple auditions. In March 2013, Deadline.com reported that she accepted the role.
Andrew McCarthy (who directed 6 episodes) appeared in Pretty in Pink (1986), Less Than Zero (1987) and Mannequin (1987) with James Spader (Ray Reddington).
In the 2014 Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards, The Blacklist was nominated, but failed to win, in the following categories: Best Non-Romantic Cliffhanger Funniest Moment in a Drama Weakest/Most Divisive Twist Best Final Shot Most Likely to Earn Someone an Emmy Nomination Biggest Regret That I Didn't See It, I Just Heard or Read About It
Prior to the third season episode The Blacklist: Cape May (2016), the title of every episode was the name of a criminal on the blacklist.
The series is filmed in 4K using Sony PMW-F55 cameras that are adapted to use Panavision lenses. It is edited using Avid Media Composer, and editor Christopher Brookshire says the show has "a very distinctive look and pace". An average of three cameras are used at one time, but as many as six cameras are sometimes rolling.
In 2014 James Spader was nominated in the "Best Actor - Television Series Drama" category at the Golden Globes, but did not win.
As of January 2018 (S05E08), there have been 89 of 97 total shows with a unique Blacklist number (excluding no numbers shown or two-part shows). Of these, the highest was 184 in The Blacklist: Natalie Luca (No. 184) (2017), and the lowest was 4 in The Blacklist: Mr. Kaplan (No. 4) (2017). There is no order to the list throughout the seasons, as both the highest and lowest took place in Season 4. Using 184 as the highest number, this leaves room for another 95 shows.
The Blacklist was nominated in the "Favourite TV Crime Drama" category at the 2017 People's Choice Awards.
Many of The Blacklist actors also appear in Homeland (2011): e.g. Amir Arison played Prince Farid Bin Abbud in season 1, Diego Klattenhoff was Mike Faber in seasons 1-3, Omid Abtahi (Khan of S02E09) was Raqim Faisel in season 1, William Sadler (Sam of S01E08) was Michael Higgins in season 3, and Mark Ivanir (Ivan of S01E17) was Ivan Krupin in season 5.
A spin-off series, The Blacklist: Redemption (2017), premiered on February 23, 2017. It was cancelled on May 12, 2017, a day after The Blacklist was renewed for a fifth season.
Rachel Brosnahan (Lucy Brooks/Jolene Parker), Reed Birney (Tom Connolly), Mozhan Marnò (Samar Navabi), and Reg E. Cathey (Ep 3-16 "The Caretaker") were all part of the cast of House of Cards (2013), starring Kevin Spacey.
Diego Klattenhoff who plays Agent Donald Ressler appeared as Team Leader on an episode of Stargate SG-1 in Stargate SG-1: Ex Deus Machina (2005), which was based on the movie Stargate Stargate (1994) that starred The Blacklist star James Spader.
Titan Books released an official comic book series based on the series, written by Nicole Phillips and drawn by Beni Lobel. Issue #1 was launched July 22, 2015, in both comic book and digital stores.
Despite being set in Washington, D.C., the series is mainly filmed in the same Manhattan studio where Law & Order (1990) was filmed for 20 years.
The Blacklist shares the same End-Credits Music as AMCs Preacher (2016). Dave Porter uses the same track, slightly different arranged.
A mobile game by Gameloft based on the series, The Blacklist: Conspiracy, was released on June 23, 2016, for Android, iOS and Windows devices. The game mainly consists of searching for missing items in different environments, as well as mini games to further the investigations. Players can also make decisions that alter the route of the story.
Throughout the series, when Reddington (James Spader) is seated and speaks to people his head is usually tilted at an angle.
Frank Grillo was one of the actors originally considered for the role of Reddington, but had to turn it down due to conflicts with Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
In 2015 James Spader was nominated, but failed to win, the "Best Actor -Television Series Drama" award at the Golden Globes.
In 2014 The Blacklist was nominated in the "Favourite New Television Drama" category at the People's Choice Awards.
The Blacklist won an award at the 2014 ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards in the "Top TV Series" category.
James Spader (Red) and Susan Blommaert (Mr. Kaplan) both appeared on The Practice. James Spader would go on to reprise his role as Alan Shore and star in the spin off series Boston Legal
Diego Klattenhoff (Donald Ressler) & Jason Butler Harner (Walter Gary Martin) also worked together on episode 3.4, Homeland: Game On (2013), of Homeland (2011) as Mike Faber & Paul Franklin respectively.
At the 2014 Saturn Awards, the series was nominated in the "Best Network Television Series Release" and James Spader was nominated in the "Best Actor in a Television Series" category. Neither award was won.
Alan Alda was nominated for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series" at the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards, but did not win.
The Blacklist won a Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award for "Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie" in 2014.
At the 2016 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, The Blacklist was nominated, but did not win, in the "Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie" category.
The Blacklist was nominated, but did not win, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award for "Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie."
Famke Janssen and Edi Gathegi both played characters in Marvel's X-Men movies. Janssen played Jean Grey/Phoenix in X-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) while Gathegi played Darwin in X-Men: First Class (2011).