The Blacklist Is Bringing In Al Roker As A Guest Star, But How?

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The Blacklist is going all-out for its 150th episode! No wonder James Spader was in such a celebratory mood for the crime drama’s recent milestones. To commemorate its 150th episode, The Blacklist brought in Today legend Al Roker to guest star for the occasion. The question is, how will Roker be introduced?

People reports that Al Roker will guest star as himself for the 150th episode of The Blacklist entitled “Roy Cain.” A promotional shot shows Roker meeting up with Red. Could this be related to Today? Will Roker be reporting on something having to do with Red? There is certainly a lot for him to chronicle.

When The Blacklist left Red, he was not in good shape. He had collapsed from his much-hinted-at mystery illness, which Red previously told Ressler is fatal in nature. When meeting Al Roker, Red looks thrilled and far healthier in the 150th episode. Where are they meeting, and will Roker play a role in uncovering some critical info for Red?

Red has sources, but who better than Al Roker to get the best insight? I wonder if the pair go way back. It will be fun to find out. Red and Roker appear to meet up in a room where liquor is abundant, perhaps a high-end store? While remaining covert in certain areas, The Blacklist should reveal all with Roker.

Al Roker will not be the only guest star in The Blacklist’s 150th episode. Dukes of Hazzard’s Tom Wopat is also set to appear. Will there be any inside references to Wopat’s star-making series? Stay tuned. Liz’s mom (?) will also be a part of the action, so there's also that to consider.

For those curious as to how Al Roker’s guest spot came about, two things fueled it. Roker is a self-professed “huge fan” of The Blacklist and its star, James Spader. It is the latter who apparently brought up the potential of a guest spot.

Now fans will finally get to see it happen! When James Spader revealed the deal he struck for The Blacklist to Today ahead of Season 7’s premiere, Al Roker was there. Fast forward, and viewers will get to see Roker in action during Season 7’s major milestone episode.

It is tough to believe, but the 150th episode of the renewed crime drama is almost here! “Roy Cain” airs Friday, May 8, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. It will definitely be a ride as Red has been provided with a lot of game-changing info heading into it.

Thankfully, Red will be meeting up with Al Roker. So, despite his fading health, he still has that to look forward to. New episodes of The Blacklist air Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. To check out past guests, you can watch previous seasons on Netflix alongside content arriving in 2020. For other things to get excited about, check out this summer’s premieres.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.