"The Blacklist" has become a fan favorite among the new shows that have premiered this Fall. It stars James Spader who has been brilliant as mastermind criminal Raymond 'Red' Reddington, cleverly manipulating the FBI into crossing off baddies on his blacklist. Next week the number one criminal from "Prison Break" Robert Knepper (T-Bag), will go toe to toe against Reddington as the middle man who is to deliver a package to an Iranian spy.
The episode titled "Courier" conjures up all kinds of possibilities as to what exactly is being delivered, however in this case it happens to be the only man that can tell FBI Agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) who her lying husband really is! Unfortunately the middle man has been deep underground so Reddington and the FBI team have no idea what he looks like or where he is. In another twist, time is a ticking as the victim is locked a trunk! Can Liz get to him before he runs out of air? How can they find and identify their target when no one knows what he looks like? What happens when Liz gets caught up in a kidnapping plot?
We'll have to tune in to find out all the answers, however I did catch up with Knepper at the screening of his short film "The Morning Hour" and asked about his special guest role on "The Blacklist".
"They offered me that and I liked the character. I play the Courier and he's in the whole episode, he's the bad guy of the episode but he hardly speaks. It’s all reacting and I love parts like that. Usually they give me the talk stuff, spew out monologues and monologues. This one they were like no, he's a man of few words. I was able to react instead of act."
Not only is Knepper guest starring on "The Blacklist", he has also been added to the cast of "Mob City", which premieres December 4 on TNT. Executive Produced by Frank Darabont, most known for the hit AMC series "The Walking Dead", the show is set in 1947 highlighting the years of battle between the Los Angeles Police Department Chief William Parker and notorious crime boss Mickey Cohen.
Knepper explained initially he appears in the last scene of the pilot episode, which was added from the original script. He wasn't sure he'd be available to do more until his CW series "Cult" was cancelled, but luckily TNT took the opportunity to immediately tap him as a series regular. Asked about his role Knepper said it's the best part he's ever played, and described his character is a conglomeration of a lot of different gangsters. He previews he plays Syd Rothman, who is best friend to Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke) and hangs with Bugsy Siegal (Edward Burns), as well as infamous mob lawyer Meyer Lansky. He credits Darabont for giving him such a rich character to play.
"Frank Darabont wrote me some of the most beautiful monologues I’ve ever been able to say and I'm very, very excited for it."
If the trailer is any indication, "Mob City" looks to become the must see series of the season! Be sure to catch Knepper in episode 5, "Courier" on "The Blacklist", Monday October 21 at 10:00 pm on NBC and "Mob City" on TNT December 4.
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