10 p.m. ET Monday, Sept. 23
The premise of "The Blacklist" is simple: A former intelligence bigwig -- now an FBI-most-wanted arms dealer -- turns himself in. He wants to catch other bad guys now. Just one catch: This criminal, "Red" Reddington (James Spader), will only work with one agent, a brand-new analyst named Liz Keen (Megan Boone). What follows is a fun and action-packed show more reminiscent of a heist film than a TV drama. Spader is the ultimate in gleeful villainy -- he has no remorse for his crimes but is awfully pleasant in stopping the crimes of others. Boone, meanwhile, excels at the unenviable task of holding her own opposite James Spader. She does so brilliantly, making Liz both likable and tough enough to be believed. If it can keep up the action and vivid characterization of the pilot, "The Blacklist" won't just be one of the best new shows. It will be one of the best things on television.
-- Laurel Brown, Zap2it