The Blacklist Stars Talk About Secretive Pilot Script, Address The Big Burning Question

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NBC’s The Blacklist isn’t only one of the hottest new properties of the fall, it was also a must-see pilot script when development season heated up this past spring.

Even before Emmy winner James Spader become attached to the project – in which he stars as a Most Wanted criminal mastermind who mysteriously surrenders himself to the FBI — Diego Klattenhoff, who plays FBI Agent Donald Ressler, recalls The Blacklist being “this ‘phantom’ script for an amazing project.”

For Megan Boone, who plays Elizabeth Keen — the only FBI agent with whom Spader’s Raymond “Red” Reddington will interact — the series’ “complicated female hero” was a big draw.

Also during their Comic-Con suite visit with Michael Ausiello: Boone addresses “the big question” (and easy theory) inherent with the premise — why did Red choose FBI rookie Elizabeth? — and Klattenhoff weighs in on his Homeland status.

NBC’s The Blacklist airs Mondays at 10/9c, starting Sept. 23.

Comments (11)

  • Can’t wait to tune in on September 23rd. The best new show of the season in my opinion with an amazing cast and one of the best pilots in recent memory. Hope Mike Faber aka Diego Klattenhoff comes back for a while on Homeland in the upcoming third season whether or not the actor is pulling double duty on both shows.

    Comment by Jack Bauer 2.0 – July 27, 2013 10:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Uncle Mike is coming back :D

    Comment by Bianca – July 27, 2013 12:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It looks really good, but why did they give her such a horrendous wig for the show?

    Comment by CJ – July 27, 2013 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • amen

      Comment by M3rc Nate – July 28, 2013 01:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • For real! That wig is aweful!

      Comment by Jane – August 12, 2013 06:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s the burning question! Really bad fitting / quality. Looks sooo fake.

      Comment by C6 – October 19, 2013 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I can barely concentrate on the show due to the horrible wig

        Comment by Anie – October 22, 2013 04:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yea, but I’m a hairdresser and sometimes it’s her real hair if you look really close and then you DONT have to look close to see that the wig has no natural part line and is really bulky and helmet-like on top……..Great show, fire the hairdresser!!!

        Comment by Adem Thyne – October 27, 2013 04:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m excited to see the show. the trailer for it looks good.

    Comment by Joey – July 27, 2013 06:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Im officially hesitant of all shows on NBC. The most recent being Revolution which looked good and sounded good but it burned me by turning out to be melodramatic and have annoying characters etc…so if this turns out to be good and has good writing and pace etc…il be shock, surprised and give NBC some credit.

    Comment by M3rc Nate – July 28, 2013 01:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Behind Agents of S.H.I.E.l.L.D. this is the one show i am looking forward to most. Really hope it is as good as the trailer is. Ausiello liked the pilot so that has to be a plus right?

    Comment by greysfan – July 28, 2013 08:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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