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The Blacklist renewed for season 4 by NBC

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Red isn’t leaving anytime soon. The Blacklist has been renewed for season 4, creator Jon Bokenkamp revealed on The Blacklist: Exposed podcast.

An NBC spokesperson confirmed the news to EW, adding that the decision had been made a few months ago.

“We knew about that a while ago, it’s one of those things that’s hard to keep quiet. But yes, we’re renewed through the fourth season,” Bokenkamp told the podcast. “Hopefully we don’t tank that out, we got a lot of story to tell.”

NBC picking up The Blacklist, which follows Red (James Spader) and Liz (Megan Boone) tracking down top-level criminals and terrorists, was no surprise. It’s been one of the Peacock’s strongest performers. The last new episode that aired, “Kings of the Highway” on Nov. 19, garnered 6.91 million viewers, the second-best drama in the time slot behind ABC’s behemoth of Scandal.

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Last month, the network signed off on new seasons of Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., in addition to approving a second season of rookie program Blindspot.

The Blacklist airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC and returns Jan. 7, 2016.

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