03/24/2014 (10:01PM – 11:00PM) (Monday) : A HIGH-TECH CYBER DEFENSE ASSET IS STOLEN BY A MYSTERIOUS ASSAILANT – MARK IVANIR (“ROYAL PAINS”) GUEST STARS – When a new cyber defense asset gets stolen all roads lead to a Russian cyber terrorist known only as “Ivan” (guest star Mark Ivanir). With Red’s (James Spader) assistance, Liz (Megan Boone) discovers a huge cover-up. Meanwhile, new evidence surrounding the disappearance of Jolene (guest star Rachel Brosnahan) helps unravel some of the mystery behind Tom (Ryan Eggold). Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix and Parminder Nagra also star.
DEVOTEES of Seven’s hit US crime drama The Blacklist know that the more they learn about its antihero Red Reddington, the less they know.
They’re not alone. James Spader — who plays the wicked genius and master manipulator with enigmatic aplomb — feels exactly the same.
As audiences guess at why they somehow like the criminal who came in from the cold, and puzzle over his tie to rookie FBI profiler Elizabeth Keene (Megan Boone) — the only person he will work with, the 54-year-old actor revels in the dichotomy of his antihero.
It’s what drew Spader to the role.
“I’m in the exact same position,” he says of the unknown layers of his alter-ego.
“I want to have unanswered questions … because that’s enormously compelling.”
Spader concedes Red is not just a suave sociopath, but one with a sense of humour.
“Red has such great kind of droll, dry wit,” he says.
“He is comfortable and confident in the dark corners of life that most of us would never be comfortable with.
“His confidence in those areas allows for humour and irreverence even in the most extreme of circumstances.”
NBC has released episode stills for the next The Blacklist episode which will air on March 17. Six stills featuring Mr. Spader have been added to the gallery.
HD screencaptures of Mr. Spader in the last two The Blacklist episodes titled Madeline Pratt and The Judge have been added to the gallery.
Please note that there will be no new The Blacklist episode next Monday. The next episode will air on March 17th.
THE HUNTER BECOMES THE HUNTED – HOON LEE (“TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES”) AND RACHEL BROSNAHAN (“HOUSE OF CARDS”) GUEST STARS – The next target on the Blacklist is one of Red’s (James Spader) past associates, crime lord Mako Tanida (guest star Hoon Lee). After Tanida escapes from prison he is out for revenge. Elsewhere, Tom (Ryan Eggold) confronts Jolene (guest star Rachel Brosnahan) after interfering with his mission. Diego Klattenhoff, Megan Boone, Parminder Nagra, and Harry Lennix also star.
James Spader, show creators and cast talk about Cooper’s tangle with The Judge, and the unmasking of Tom Keen.
Frank: We need to start getting some answers on Red’s connection to Liz on The Blacklist!
Come on, we all know patience is a virtue. “That’s the central relationship in the show, so the whole entire series is going to be about unraveling that mystery and there are different stages of that unraveling,” Megan Boone tells E! News of Liz and Red’s connection while accepting the Rising Star Award at Savannah College of Art and Design’s aTVfest in Atlanta. “It’s not a question that can be answered in one simple yes or no.” But she previews that we will get some answers by season’s end, as well as “a lot” of Tom and Liz stuff in the next string of eps.
NBC has released three preview pictures of Mr. Spader in next week’s The Blacklist episode titled The Judge. They have now been added to the gallery as well as five additional pictures from this week’s episode.
James Spader, cast and show creators discuss Madeline Pratt, Liz’s marriage, and the terrible story from Red’s past.