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Blindspot EP on Blacklist Parallels, 'Great Resolution' in Season 1

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There is an easy comparison to be made between NBC’s freshman fall drama Blindspot and the network’s staple crime series The Blacklist — and Blindspot‘s producers are totally OK with that.

“It certainly does have some similarities with The Blacklist, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing, necessarily,” executive producer Martin Gero said Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. “We set an extraordinary amount of story from the opening frame of the show. We’ve done a tremendous amount of work to make sure we stay in business for a while.”

Blindspot centers on an amnesiac Jane Doe (Thor‘s Jaimie Alexander) who emerges from a duffel bag in Times Square naked and covered in tattoos, including one that features the name of FBI Agent Kurt Weller (Strike Back‘s Sullivan Stapleton).

Much like The Blacklist, Blindspot will have procedural elements while also maintaining “an overarching mythology week to week,” Gero explained. “Everything they investigate has to do with why Kurt Weller’s name is on her back and what happens to Jane.”

However, unlike the James Spader drama — which arguably has provided few answers to its central mystery over the course of two seasons — Season 1 of Blindspot will give viewers “some great resolution by the end of the year,” Gero promised.

He continued: “As a fan, I like seasons of a TV show that feel like books in a series. There’s a beginning, middle and end to this season. We don’t lay breadcrumbs. We bake whole loaves of story [in] every episode.”

Blindspot debuts Monday, Sept. 21, at 10/9c on NBC. Hit the comments with your initial thoughts on the series!

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