THE BLACKLIST: REDEMPTION – Co-Creator Jon Bokenkamp – interview

Famke Janssen as Susan Hargrave | © 2017 Virginia Sherwood/NBC

Jon Bokenkamp created THE BLACKLIST, which is now in its fourth season on NBC. The series deals with FBI profiler Liz Keen (Megan Boone) and Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader), a very bad guy who has come in from the cold with a list of worse guys. Now Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath have created THE BLACKLIST: REDEMPTION, a spin-off that will take THE BLACKLIST’s Thursday-night slot on NBC for eight weeks. THE BLACKLIST: REDEMPTION follows Liz’s estranged husband Tom Keen, played by Ryan Eggold, a covert operative who teams up with Susan “Scottie” Hargrave (Famke Janssen). Scottie’s company Grey Matters […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE BLACKLIST co-creator John Fox checks his list

James Spader and Deborah S. Craig in THE BLACKLIST - Season 1 - "Frederick Barnes" | ©2013 NBC/Craig Blackenhorn

On NBC’s new series THE BLACKLIST, Mondays at 10 PM, James Spader plays former Federal agent-turned-international criminal Raymond “Red” Reddington, who comes in from the cold and offers the FBI intelligence on all his crooked cohorts – but only if rookie FBI agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) is assigned to be his handler. No one knows why Red is so interested in Liz’s career, least of all Liz herself. John Fox, who co-created THE BLACKLIST with fellow executive producer Jon Bokenkamp, takes some time to talk about how the series came into being and where it may – and may […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Diego Klattenhoff gets on the THE BLACKLIST

Diego Klattenhoff in THE BLACKLIST - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Patrick Ecclesine

Diego Klattenhoff has recently been doing a lot of government work – onscreen, that is. The Nova Scotia-born actor is currently starring as FBI Agent Donald Ressler on NBC’s espionage drama THE BLACKLIST, Mondays at 10 PM, after spending two seasons (and now recurs) as former Marine/Pentagon employee Mike Faber on Showtime’s HOMELAND. In the middle, he appeared in director Guillermo Del Toro’s feature film PACIFIC RIM as a military pilot operating a giant robot known as a Jaeger. Klattenhoff is at a party thrown by NBC for the Television Critics Association. He sounds like he couldn’t be happier with […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE BLACKLIST – Season 1 – “The Stewmaker”

Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) gets kidnapped in THE BLACKLIST "The Stewmaker" | (c) 2013 Virginia Sherwood/NBC

Cast: James Spader, Megan Boone, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix, Diego Klattenhoff, Parminder Nagra Writer: Patrick Massett, John Zinman Director: Jace Alexander Network: Airs on NBC, Mondays @ 10 p.m. Original Telecast: Oct. 14, 2013 Last week’s episode of THE BLACKLIST gave us some much-needed intel into what’s going on in the overall mythology of the show. We learned that Raymond Reddington (James Spader) has connections to Elizabeth Keen’s (Megan Boone) father but he isn’t saying how at this point. I speculated that this might be the case or even that he might be her father but it could also just […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE BLACKLIST – Season 1 – “The Freelancer”

James Spader as Raymond 'Red' Reddington in THE BLACKLIST "The Freelancer" | (c) 2013 Will Hart/NBC

Cast: James Spader, Megan Boone, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix, Diego Klattenhoff, Parminder Nagra Writer: Jon Bokencamp Director: Jace Alexander Network: Airs on NBC, Mondays @ 10 p.m. Original Telecast: Sept. 30, 2013 “The FBI work for me now.” – Raymond Reddington on THE BLACKLIST “The Freelancer” Episode 2 of THE BLACKLIST continues to build on the foundation that was set in the “Pilot” episode with Raymond Reddington (James Spader) continuing to deceive and allude the FBI on route to accomplishing his own task that he had set from the beginning. Obviously this is the direction in which this show is […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE BLACKLIST – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Megan Boone as Elizabeth Keen in THE BLACKLIST | (c) 2013 NBC/Patrick Ecclesine

Cast: James Spader, Megan Boone, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix, Diego Klattenhoff, Parminder Nagra Writer: Jon Bokencamp Director: Joe Carnahan Network: Airs on NBC, Mondays @ 10 p.m. Original Telecast: Sept. 23, 2013 THE BLACKLIST’s premiere episode was surprisingly brutal. That’s a refreshing comment given all the milquetoast police dramas and detective shows that have come and gone over the years. There is a lot of meat here. The premise alone is wildly entertaining – one of the world’s most sought after criminals gives himself up in order to aid the FBI in capturing other high value targets that he has […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Harry Lennix checks off THE BLACKLIST

Henry Lennix in THE BLACKLIST - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Patrick Ecclesine

In NBC’s new drama THE BLACKLIST, Mondays at 10 PM, James Spader stars as Raymond “Red” Reddington, a wanted spy who comes in from the cold, much to the suspicion of his old colleague-turned-FBI official Harold Cooper, played by Harry Lennix. In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Lennix, we talk about THE BLACKLIST, along with the twists in his Boyd Langton character on DOLLHOUSE, with Boyd being revealed as a villainous mastermind at the end, after being a heroic protector for a season-and-a-half. AX: How would you describe Harold Cooper? HARRY LENNIX: Mysterious, powerful, savvy, politic, and muted. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Harry Lennix on MR. SOPHISTICATION and MAN OF STEEL – Part 1

Harry Lennix in MR. SOPHISTICATION | ©2013

Harry Lennix is a very prolific actor. In discussing all his new, recent and upcoming projects in a telephone interview, he jokes, “I’m in every movie ever made.” That’s a slight exaggeration, but the Chicago-born actor does have a lengthy resume that includes the two MATRIX sequels, the Oscar-winning RAY, the Shakespeare adaptation TITUS ANDRONICUS, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and this year’s MAN OF STEEL. Lennix is also one of the stars of NBC’s new espionage thriller series THE BLACKLIST, which premieres September 23. A film that’s especially close to Lennix’s heart is MR. SOPHISTICATION – as well as playing the […]Read On »

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Movie/DVD Review: EVIDENCE

EVIDENCE movie poster | ©2013 Image

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Stephen Moyer, Radha Mitchell, Torrey DeVitto, Caitlin Stasey, Harry Lennix, Svetlana Metkina, Dale Dickey, Nolan Gerard Funk, Albert Kuo, Barak Hardley Writer: John Swetnam Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi Distributor: RLJ/Image Entertainment Release Date: theatrical, July 19, 2013; home video, August 20, 2013 Whether their preferred fare is SAW, DOWNTON ABBEY or documentaries on the genetic engineering of wheat, one thing that unites virtually all viewers is intolerance of glitchy video. This sets up an immediate challenge within EVIDENCE, which is not just a found footage thriller, but a found damaged footage thriller. This turns out to be […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA creator Steven S. DeKnight steps back in the arena – Part 1

Antonio Te Maioha in SPARTACUS - GODS OF THE ARENA | ©2011 Starz

Most TV series have their share of growing pains, but with Starz’s SPARTACUS, the behind the scenes complications have been almost as epic as the onscreen story. Shot in New Zealand with green-screen backgrounds to accommodate the surroundings of ancient Rome, the first season, SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, starred Andy Whitfield as the title hero in his days as a slave/gladiator. The show was a major hit for Starz in its thirteen-episode run last year, and its ending, with the gladiators rebelling violently against their masters, seemed to set the stage for a Season Two depicting the beginnings of the […]Read On »

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