Fall TV Preview

Exclusive: Prison Break Baddie Robert Knepper Lands on NBC's Blacklist

The Blacklist Cast Robert Knepper James Spader & Co. are going to attempt what the Fox River bulls could never quite do — hunt down Robert Knepper.

TVLine has learned that the Prison Break favorite has landed on NBC’s The Blacklist, playing the FBI’s target in the fifth episode of the season.

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Premiering next Monday at 10/9c, The Blacklist stars Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington, a Most Wanted criminal mastermind who surrenders himself to the FBI with one mysterious caveat — he will help them track down other VIP BAMFs on his “blacklist,” but only if he works with newbie agent Elizabeth Keene (played by Megan Boone).

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Knepper joins a Season 1 guest star roster that already includes Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet), Tom Noonan (Damages), Jane Alexander (Tell Me You Love Me) and Clifton Collins Jr. (The Event).

“We’ve had some real kick-ass people come on,” cast member Diego Klattenhoff (who plays FBI Agent Donald Ressler) noted at NBC’s fall TV launch party Monday night. “Everybody’s really responding to the material. It’s so well-crafted and smart.”

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In addition to his role as slithery Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell (which he reprised on A&E’s Breakout Kings), Knepper’s TV credits include The CW’s one-and-done Cult, Heroes and Criminal Minds.



Comments (18)

  • T-BAG!

    Comment by SetPhasersToLoveMe – September 17, 2013 09:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anddddddd it’s canceled.

    Comment by JJM – September 17, 2013 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What’s your problem JJM? The Blacklist has potential and it’s a sure thing if the series gets a full season pick up by NBC. Deal with it.

      Comment by Flacco Kaepernick – September 17, 2013 10:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Lets not feed the trolls/patently dumb people.

        Comment by Lauren – September 17, 2013 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • agreed. JJM is another troll

        Comment by Bob – October 2, 2013 06:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Blacklist looks phenomenal. James Spader is amazing.

    Comment by 2SportsFan (@2Sportsfan) – September 17, 2013 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And Stargate Universe, though his role there was very, very lame.

    Too bad he can’t be T-Bag in this one too.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – September 17, 2013 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Good thing not everyone keeps expecting him to be tbag – That show is over for f sake

      Comment by Bob – October 2, 2013 06:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glad he’s guest starring on the show. I can’t wait to see him on the show.

    Comment by Joey – September 17, 2013 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m really looking forward to this show, James Spader is amazing!! I’ve missed him since Boston Legal. : ( This role on TBL seems perfect for him, can’t wait!

    Comment by Kerricatt – September 17, 2013 10:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So excited for The Blacklist when it premiers in just six days. It has a lot of potential and I really hope that it’s going to get a full season pick up by NBC because it has a great follow up with The Voice on Monday nights so be prepared and fingers crossed. :-)

    Comment by Flacco Kaepernick – September 17, 2013 10:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And I just got interested in watching the show, or at least the 5th episode. Don’t get me wrong, some of the new shows look good, but I’m tired of shows getting cancelled that I just don’t bother with them

    Comment by Sara – September 17, 2013 10:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh, forgot to mention that I’m not living in the US, so it doesn’t affect the ratings

      Comment by Sara – September 17, 2013 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Robert Knepper is one of my favorite villians. He was the best part of Cult. Glad to see he’s keeping busy (and evil).

    Comment by I miss Cult – September 17, 2013 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • fantastic!!!!

    Comment by liz – September 17, 2013 09:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YES!!!!

    Comment by GeekGirl13 – September 18, 2013 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love that “Baddie” Ooh he just has that certain something. He just oozes with badness. Very sexay vile badness. He can smile & you just know he’s going to throw you down. But James Spader is just as bad too. I wish Mr. Spader, the cast & crew alot of luck with this show. I know I’ll be watching. I have to take a cold shower now. Baddie.

    Comment by Evelyn Geimausaddle – September 18, 2013 09:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yo, Knepper can’t keep being Tbag all the time for you wanks out there. That dude can act, so glad he’s doing other things…

    Comment by Bob – October 2, 2013 06:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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