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The Blacklist Trailer Introduces Us To James Spader's Raymond 'Red' Reddington

Three words. Intense. James Spader.

"Let's call it The Blacklist. That sounds exciting!"

The above trailer appears to give a way a lot about the pilot episode of this new NBC series, which has secured itself a choice spot on NBC's 2013-2014 schedule. It's set to air Monday nights after The Voice, beginning this fall, taking over Revolution's old timeslot.

The Blacklist comes from Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, John Davis and John Fox, and as you may have surmised by the trailer, it stars James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington, a fugitive who mysteriously turns himself in and says he'll only speak with Liz Keen (Megan Boone), a new FBI profiler who claims to have no connections to him. While she may be fresh out of Quantico, the trailer reveals that she's fully capable of handling herself, though she may be a tad unpredictable. I'm not sure stabbing a guy in the neck is textbook interrogation procedue, but it gets the job done, I suppose.

Red clues the FBI in on the plans of one criminal, and then promises a "blacklist" of other criminals he's associated with over the years. But what's his endgame? Revenge? Some personal vendetta? or is there more going on here? That's the mystery Red seems to be sitting on here, and enjoying himself in the process. While that's being unravelled, we get to hear James Spader laugh a few beats too long and drop dry one-liners on us. Sign me up.

The Blacklist is coming to NBC, Monday nights at 10:00 p.m. this fall.

Kelly West
Kelly West

Kelly joined CinemaBlend as a freelance TV news writer in 2006 and went on to serve as the site’s TV Editor before moving over to other roles on the site. At present, she’s an Assistant Managing Editor who spends much of her time brainstorming and editing feature content on the site.