AXN, the number one general entertainment channel in Asia, today announced that hit crime thriller The Blacklist (S2) and the Emmy-winning singing talent search show The Voice (S7) will air this season day-and-date with the U.S.
“By airing The Blacklist and The Voice day-and-date with the U.S., we provide our viewers with quicker access to these highly popular series while at the same time leveraging the shows’ real-time buzz across social media,” said Hui Keng Ang, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Networks, Asia, Sony Pictures Television.
The two shows join popular adventure reality competition The Amazing Race (S25), which AXN has offered day-and-date since its second season.
The Blacklist (S2)
Premiering on Tuesday 23 September, The Blacklist returns to follow the exploits of James Spader’s (Boston Legal) criminal mastermind Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington. Last season, he turned himself in and began helping the FBI eradicate his ‘blacklist’ of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists, under the condition that he works only with rookie FBI agent Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Keen (Megan Boone, Law & Order: Los Angeles).
In the new season, Red lives with the threat that enigmatic antagonist Berlin (Peter Stormare, Fargo) remains at large. The relationship between Red and Liz continues to grow, although their actual ties remain a question, while Liz moves on from her unravelling relationship with husband Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold, 90210) whose fate remains a mystery. Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) joins the cast as Naomi Highland, a character inextricably linked to Red.
The Voice (S7)
Premiering on 23 and 24 September is The Voice, which this year earned 10 Emmy nominations after last year becoming the first talent search show to win the Emmy for “Outstanding Reality-Competition Program”. The Voice will feature Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams as celebrity musician coaches for the first time, joining Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in search of America’s next Voice.
The Amazing Race (S25)
Premiering on 27 September is the 25th season of the 14-time Emmy-winning The Amazing Race. Hosted by Phil Keoghan, the adventure reality competition will see 11 pairs, including surfers, urban bike racers, food scientists, realtors, fire fighters, professional wrestlers, and dentists, race each other around the world for the US$1 million prize money.
The Blacklist Season 2 premieres on 23 Sep 2014, airing on Tuesdays at 10pm. The Voice Season 7 premieres on 23 and 24 Sep, airing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8.10pm. The Amazing Race Season 25 premieres on 27 Sep, airing on Saturdays at 8.10pm. On the days of the US telecast, first and exclusively on AXN