In less than two weeks, fan favorite “The Blacklist” returns to NBC loaded with goodness. First of all, it has been a long and parched summer without the dry wit, the snarkiness of Red Redding (James Spader) to quench our thirsts.
Now comes the news that actor Paul Reubens, a/k/a Pee-Wee Herman will be joining the cast for a multi-episode arc. Yes, Pee-Wee will be moving his playhouse to the criminal underworld and trading in his kid-friendly persona for more villainous one. The actor has been cast in the role of Mr. Vargas, a dapper, finicky “muscle” who handles delicate situations in the criminal underworld. He will appear in at least two episodes starting with episode three.
Executive producer Jon Bokenkamp told Entertainment Weekly, “We’re forgoing the bow tie and the bicycle, and it’s going to be something totally different, and it’s gonna be awesome. It can’t get strange enough for me. One of the most fun things is being able to write for actors who I’ve admired and think are interesting and try to play against expectations. I think this will be a fun one. I’d say he’s gonna shake things up a bit when he enters Red’s orbit.”
“It started with the character,” he says. “We knew what he would feel like and sound like, and then as we started kicking around names, Paul’s name came up as, ‘Well, that would be cool. That will never happen, but we might as well ask.'”
Other guest stars slated to appear on the hot series include: Mary-Louise Parker in the role of Naomi Highland who is “someone completely tied to Red” and Krysten Ritter who will play a troubled data security firm analyst. Fans should also learn more about Red’s ex-wife and daughter when season two returns.
Season two of “The Blacklist” returns Monday, Sept. 22 at 10/9C on NBC.