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The Blacklist Takes Viewers from NYC to China

Wednesday Matinee

By Jane Boursaw

Destination: New York City and Across the Globe

The BlacklistThere are just some shows you connect with, and “The Blacklist” is one of those shows for me. I think it’s a combination of the mysterious storyline, the great writing and, of course, James Spader, who keeps you guessing from one minute to the next.

From moment to moment, you never know if he’ll be evil or good, happy or sad, crazy or brilliant. But one thing’s for sure. There’s a lot going on in that mind of his.

Spader plays Raymond “Red” Reddington, the world’s most wanted criminal, who mysteriously turns himself in to the FBI and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. Yes, all those bad guys. Not the small-time operators. But the big fish, as Red calls them.

His only condition? He will only work with Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boon), a newly minted FBI agent with whom he seemingly has no connection. Or … does he? At first, I was convinced that he was her father, and I’m still on that train of thought. Maybe that’s a “red” herring they’re throwing at us. Time will tell.

The Blacklist: Wujing

One of the fun things about “The Blacklist” is that while it’s filmed in and around New York City – more specifically, Pleasantville, Pearl River and Long Beach, Long Island – Red has connections all over the world. Which means he flies to exotic locations in nearly every episode — on his own jet, no less.

Last week, the story took place partially in Shanghai (well, in a bunker deep in the earth in Shanghai). This week, Red flew to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti to help free Liz from a ruthless killer who uses chemicals to torture his victims (shades of “Breaking Bad‘s” Walter White).

There’s just no telling where we’ll go in upcoming episodes, but wherever it is, I’m along for the ride. “The Blacklist” is one of the best new shows, not only this fall, but in recent years.

“The Blacklist” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on NBC. Read all my recaps over at Reel Life With Jane.

TV Show Location to Travel By

It seems that every tourism agency is getting on the bandwagon whether they have one TV show location or many movie locations. They offer tie-ins, tours, and websites.  So here are some of the TV show locations that lure me to want to travel. See more of my picks at Reel Life With Jane.


TV Show Location: Albuquerque
Albuquerque, Sandia Mountain. Photo by Dan Hinojosa

TV Show Location: Albuquerque, NM

Shows: In Plain Sight; Breaking Bad

I was a great fan of In Plain Sight, which, sadly, is no more. For its first seasons, it operated the way most TV shows do that pretend to be somewhere other than a Hollywood sound stage.  They used establishing shots of New Mexico at the beginning of the show and occasionally the cast would drive on a highway that might have been in New Mexico.  However, in the last season, they got serious about showing Albuquerque. You could see downtown areas, old adobe neighborhoods, and Sandia Peak surrounded by colorful desert.  I felt its portrayal of Albuquerque was spot on, once they started using real locations. Continue reading TV Show Location to Travel By