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: Robert Knepper corners MOB CITY and the end of CULT

Robert Knepper in MOB CITY - Season 1 - "Banana Split" | ©2013 TNT/Doug Hyun

In MOB CITY, running on TNT in two-hour blocks Wednesdays at 9 PM, executive producer/director/writer Frank Darabont has adapted John Buntin’s book L.A. NOIR as a drama about the struggle between righteous cops, renegade officers and outright mobsters in 1940s Los Angeles. Some characters, like LAPD Chief William Parker (played by Neal McDonough) and gangsters Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Edward Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), are historical figures. Others, including troubled police detective Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal) and female lead Jasmine Fontaine (Alexa Davalos) are Darabont’s creations. Robert Knepper’s character Syd Rothman, a hit man and lifelong friend of Siegel […]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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