September 22, 2014 – “The Blacklist” star JAMES SPADER visits and JIM CAVIEZEL discusses the series “Person of Interest.” In addition, singer-songwriter MARY LAMBERT performs for the “LIVE” audience.
Tell us about the process of long-term story planning. How do you balance the blacklisters with the primary characters?
Jon Bokenkamp: It is a show that has a lot of deep mythology and backstories and sort of unknown agendas…We almost always start with that, looking at it from a place of character and mythology and sort of mapping out where we want those big turns relationship-wise and so forth to happen in the season…Then we go back and weave in those stand-alone cases…Whether they may or may not appear relevant to Red or to the task force at the time, many of them do sort of ultimately weave into the larger puzzle. So it’s a little bit of a mix.
How long will we have to wait to learn the truth about Red and Liz?
John Eisendrath: What I think worked really well last year, and what we’ll do this year and every year that we’re on, is we will give concrete answers and tell stories that push their relationship, that deepen their relationship and tell the audience real truths…The audience, while wanting to know ultimately the truth, won’t get impatient—but will be given enough to enjoy the riddle of what the ultimate truth is.
Do you have an answer for why people like this kind of show?
J.E.: Not at all.
J.B.: I know what I like about it. I think it’s–I like the bigger mysteries, I like having questions larger than just one episode…One thing that’s fun about the show is that each week it lets us go into a different world, whether it’s counterfeiting or a serial killer or international espionage—we do have the liberty to dip into different times of crime in a way that maybe some other shows can’t.
J.E.: As dark as the show is, and as violent as you correctly pointed out that it is, it’s still enjoyable in many ways because it is a fantasy, a wish-fulfillment show…[Red’s] a completely fantastical character who you won’t get to hang out with in real life…He’s incredibly enjoyable—he does dark things, but he does it in a light way…And I do think there is the very universal story at the core of it, which is this father-daughter, surrogate father-daughter, but familiar relationship that is relatable—and yet it’s totally fantastical.
NBC has released pictures of The Blacklist season two promotional photoshoot. Three pictures of Mr. Spader have been added to the gallery.
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
09/22/2014 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Monday) : RED CONFRONTS AN IMPORTANT PERSON FROM HIS PAST– Mary Louise Parker (“Weeds”), Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23) and Peter Stormare (“Fargo”) guest star–Red continues to battle Berlin (guest star Peter Stormare) and faces a new threat from a man named Lord Baltimore. An important person comes back from the past into Red’s world. Meanwhile, Liz (Megan Boone) tries to move forward with her LIFE AFTER her showdown with Tom (Ryan Eggold). Diego Klatenhoff, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison and Mozhan Marno also star.
“MONARCH DOUGLAS BANK”
09/29/2014 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Monday) : THE NEXT TARGET ON THE BLACKLIST IS AN UNTRUSTWORTHY BANK – When the Monarch Douglas Bank is robbed, Red (James Spader) seizes the opportunity to try and take the money -laundering bank down. Liz (Megan Boone) questions Red’s intentions as she investigates the crime. Meanwhile, a new member (Mozhan Marno) joins Cooper’s (Harry Lennix) taskforce after impressing everyone on the team. Diego Klatenhoff and Amir Arison also star.
Mr. Spader is going to be on a few talk shows during the next two weeks to promote the second season of The Blacklist. For now there are appearances scheduled for NBC’s Today and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Monday, September 22
(7-9 a.m.) Gwen Stefani talks about The Voice. Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg discuss their new book, How Google Works. James Spader on The Blacklist. Martha Stewart on Today. Lenny Kravitz performs live on Today.
‘THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON’ LISTINGS: SEPTEMBER 12 – 19
**Friday, September 19: Guests include James Spader. Show 0128