Blindspot, NBC’s inventive crime drama, appeared to be on the verge of solving its last tattoo case. – At least, that’s what the network’s recent move of pulling the show from its schedule signalled. However, in a surprising development, NBC has ordered a fifth season of Blindspot, which will serve as its last.
While NBC’s confirmed renewal of Blindspot Season 5 did not come with confirmation of its number of episodes, the belief amongst the trades is that the final season will manifest with 13 or less episodes. While the move means that Blindspot is officially on borrowed time, it is, nevertheless a miraculous renewal, given the show’s recent travails.
Blindspot Season 5 Cast
Julee Cerda is joining the cast of Blindspot Season 5 for an undisclosed recurring role, reports Deadline. Cerda just appeared on Showtime miniseries The Loudest Voice, having fielded TV runs on NBC’s Manifest, CBS’s NCIS: New Orleans, Blue Bloods and FBI, as well as roles in Netflix’s Iron Fist and Orange is the New Black, along with Showtime’s Homeland and Billions – just to cite some recent ones. Amongst her film appearances, she played the holographic instructor in the 2016 Chris Pratt/Jennifer Lawrence space drama, Passengers.
Blindspot Season 5 Renewal
As creator Martin Gero lauds of the pickup in an Instagram post, along with a teaser trailer for the final season:
Like a pitcher who’d lost his heat, Blindspot was benched on April 26 by the Peacock, which unceremoniously pulled the thriller from the (April 25 to May 22) May sweeps schedule, ceding its Fridays at 8 p.m. slot to The Blacklist, whose old Friday 9 p.m. timeslot went to news magazine show Dateline. However, Blindspot will be back to finish out the run of Season 4 when the final two episodes air back-to-back on Friday, May 31, at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Indeed, NBC’s renewal for Blindspot Season 5 will at least allow the series to go out on its own terms, proper ending and all. The current season has seen the series continue a slow-but-steady ratings decline, averaging – at the time of the schedule-pull – about 2.8 million viewers; nothing to scoff at, but something that nevertheless left the series with little leverage to argue against cancellation.
Blindspot, the creation of Martin Gero (Dark Matter, Stargate: Atlantis), arrived on NBC back in the fall of 2015 as a slick, stylish thriller brandishing the attention-grabbing imagery of star Jaimie Alexander’s Jane Doe emerging naked from a duffel bag as an amnesiac, fully covered below the neck in mysterious tattoos; the source of a circuitous mystery that, for all intents and purposes, played out to its completion by the end of Season 3. Moreover, the “will they or won’t they?” dynamic between Alexander’s Jane and Sullivan Stapleton’s FBI agent, Kurt Weller, has also come to its fruition with their happily ever after marriage, Jane’s recent multiple personality storyline notwithstanding.
With the series already in decline, last year’s renewal for the fourth season was actually a surprise. Consequently, Season 4 has been fielding the task of carrying on the drama after its main premise has been resolved; essentially treading water as a procedural, though not without its high points, notably the science sibling chemistry between Ashley Johnson’s Patterson and Ennis Esmer’s reformed villain, Rich Dotcom.
This article will be continually updated on Blindspot Season 5 as news arrives.