NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’ Renewed For Second Season

By | Tuesday December 3, 2013 @ 1:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

the-blacklistOn the heels of a strong ratings finish of its fall run last night, NBC‘s hit freshman drama The Blacklist has been given an early second season renewal with a 22-episode order. The Sony TV-produced series starring … Read More »

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James Spader Joins Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ Sequel As Ultron

The Avengers sequel has its villain. James Spader will play Ultron in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Marvel announced today online. A fixture of the Marvel universe for decades, the evil robotic … Read More »

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TCA: ‘The Blacklist’ Star James Spader Says He Took ‘The Office’ Gig To Finance ‘Lincoln’ Role

By | Saturday July 27, 2013 @ 4:08pm PDT

The Blacklist is NBC’s best hope for the coming TV season. It’s a procedural crime drama; it stars James Spader. Heck, it’s a total CBS show. And it has been … Read More »

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Comic-Con: James Spader Debuts Whitey Bulger-Inspired ‘The Blacklist’

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 5:20pm PDT

James Spader was the main attraction at the at-capacity Comic-Con panel and preview for The Blacklist, NBC’s DC-set crime show. The network has high hopes for the high-testing series which debuts September 23. In his first return to broadcast drama since Boston Legal, Spader turns up the acerbic charm as Raymond “Red” Reddington, an enigmatic ex-operative turned mercenary who kicks off the series by turning himself into the FBI with vital information, hiding his own secret agenda. “Imagine if Whitey Bulger started talking to the feds — which he ultimately did — he’d be the Rosetta Stone of crime,” said exec producer John Fox of the show’s initial concept envisioning a Bulger-esque central character. Fox joined creator Jon Bokenkamp alongside stars Spader, Megan Boone, and Diego Klattenhoff at the Comic-Con panel and pilot screening. Boone stars opposite Spader as FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen, a self-described narcissistic bitch struggling to start a family with her loving husband while balancing the demands of her top secret job. Reddington starts feeding info on the FBI’s most wanted — the criminals on every government agency’s wish list — while trying to get close to Keen for unknown reasons as the duo team up to stop a terrorist attack in the inaugural episode.

Spader’s character is being aggressively promoted around the convention center grounds in a campaign provoking the question “Who is Red Reddington?” Even Spader enjoys the mystery. “You’d better make a choice to play a character that’s going to sustain, where questions are going to go unanswered for a while — not only for audience but for me as well,” he said. Read More »

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James Spader To Topline NBC’s ‘Blacklist’

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 4:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Former Boston Legal and The Office star James Spader is set to star as the male lead opposite Megan Boone in NBC‘s drama pilot The Blacklist. Written by Jon Bokenkamp, the project centers on … Read More »

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James Spader Not Staying At ‘The Office’

By | Monday February 27, 2012 @ 5:43pm PST

The Office executive producer/showrunner said today that James Spader will not return to the NBC comedy next season. The actor, who parlayed a two-scene appearance at the end of last season as Robert California into a full-season gig, had only … Read More »

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TCA: NBC Renews Overall Deal With Greg Daniels, Signs Pacts With Gary Sanchez Prods, Sean Hayes & More From Exec Panel

Nellie Andreeva

NBC has signed a new major two-year overall deal with The Office executive producer Greg Daniels, co-creator/exec producer of another NBC comedy series, Parks and Recreation. NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced the pact, which will encompass scripted live-action and animated … Read More »

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TOLDJA! James Spader Joins ‘The Office’, But Not To Replace Steve Carell

By | Wednesday July 6, 2011 @ 10:41am PDT

We told you a week or so ago that James Spader was returning to NBC’s The Office in a boss role after his memorable guest stint at Robert California last season, but outlets like The Hollywood Reporter got it wrong when they reported he was arriving to replace Steve … Read More »

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James Spader Picking Out An ‘Office’ Chair?

By | Friday June 24, 2011 @ 2:12pm PDT

James Spader is working on a deal to return to NBC’s The Office this season — but he might have loftier ambitions than Michael Scott’s desk. According to Entertainment Weekly, Spader is in talks to return as Robert California, … Read More »

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Steven Spielberg’s Abe Lincoln Film Casts Up

Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 5, 2011) – Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill and Joseph Cross are in negotiations to join the cast of DreamWorks Studios’ “Lincoln,” it was announced today by DreamWorks partners Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider.

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Who Are The Most Sought-After Actors This Pilot Season?

Nellie Andreeva

It is the end of January, and pilot offers to actors are going out fast and furious. Like every year, there are several actors that attract the lion’s share of … Read More »

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