AXN to air same day-and-date US shows

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Asian cable channel AXN announced at its All-Stars press launch on Tuesday that hit crime thriller The Blacklist (S2) and the Emmy-winning singing talent search show The Voice (S7) will air this season on the same day-and-date with the US.

“By airing The Blacklist and The Voice day-and-date with the US, 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 for Networks-Asia of 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 will premiere on September 23 at 10 p.m., and will follow the exploits of James Spader’s (Boston Legal) criminal mastermind Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington. The show also stars Megan Boone, Peter Stormare, Ryan Eggold, and Mary-Louise Parker.


The Voice will have a two-day season opening on September 23 and 24 at 8:10 p.m. The show earned 10 Emmy nominations this year, and became the first talent search to win the award 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.

Finally, the 25th season of The Amazing Race will begin on September 27 at 8:10 p.m. 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 $1 million prize money.

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