Where's The Blacklist? Why NBC Show Won't Return Until March 2020

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The Blacklist recently signed off with a mind-blowing midseason finale that left a lot up in the air. Fans have been given a lot of exciting hints about what to expect when the crime drama returns. It will be a while before Blacklist fans get to see it play out, though. The NBC show will not return until March 2020.

It was the grim announcement that followed The Blacklist’s midseason finale. The familial turmoil between Liz, Red, and Katarina and the enjoyable times ahead for Season 7 will have to wait. Why? NBC’s new crime drama, Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector, is going to be taking over The Blacklist’s timeslot in January to thrill viewers in the beginning of 2020.

Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector will premiere Friday, January 10, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, which is the timeslot that The Blacklist has occupied this fall. The series is inspired by the best-selling book of the same name and follows its title character, Lincoln Rhyme (Russell Hornsby, Grimm), a former detective with the NYPD and a forensic genius.

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Lincoln Rhyme is stirred out of retirement when an infamous serial killer he pursued years ago seemingly returns. Paralyzed by a trap left by the killer, Rhyme’s quest to bring the murderer to justice has a personal edge. Rhyme returns to aid in the investigation and teams up with Arielle Kebbel’s (Ballers) skilled officer, Amelia Sachs, in the process.

NBC knows what works in Fridays’ 8 p.m. timeslot, and it seems to be crime dramas! Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector will be the one entertaining viewers while The Blacklist is on hiatus! The latter will return to capture its villains in March. So, what do fans have to look forward to when The Blacklist returns? A lot!

Spoilers for The Blacklist Season 7’s midseason finale will get discussed below!

All of The Blacklist’s crazy drama ended with Katarina Rostova convincing Red that she was dead via a faux assassin ambush. Katarina is still very much alive, though, and Liz knows it. Thanks to Katarina, Liz is also in possession of some seismic knowledge related to Red’s true identity. He is not Ilya Koslov. It turns out the so-called Stranger is.

If you have a lot of questions, there is more where that came from. Katarina’s revelations have already had an impact on Liz, and they are probably unlikely to stop. There are still many mysteries related to Katarina that are left to solve. The Blacklist’s creator says viewers can trust her, but is she still keeping some secrets?

There have been hints of Liz having at least one sibling in Season 7. Katarina is not the only woman in Red’s life. When The Blacklist returns, it will welcome the terrific Joely Richardson as Red’s former girlfriend, Cassandra. She is going to need Red’s help to survive! Who else is ready to see that story unfold? Same!

The Blacklist will make its much-anticipated return during the midseason, starting in March 2020 on NBC. An exact return date for Season 7 has not been announced yet, so stay tuned. To recap, Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector premieres Friday, January 10, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. You can binge previous seasons of The Blacklist on Netflix alongside content arriving in 2020.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.