A sec­ond chance

The bad­dies are try­ing to do good and get on the nice-guys list in spin-off show The Black­list: Re­demp­tion.

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Crim­i­nals will steal your bag of chips and eat them while you cry. But not on new ac­tion show The Black­list: Re­demp­tion (2017- cur­rent) – the spin- off from The Black­list (2013cur­rent) turns the bad­dies’ moral com­pass 180 de­grees and they’re try­ing to re­deem their past in­dis­cre­tions. Lead­ing the pack is Tom Keen (Ryan Eg­gold), who fans of the orig­i­nal show know is a shady op­er­a­tive. He’s roped into a top-se­cret mer­ce­nary team by his mom and they do dirty work that the gov­ern­ment isn’t pre­pared to tackle.

TEAMWORK AIN’T EASY

“Re­demp­tion is a spy show, whereas flag­ship se­ries The Black­list is more of a cop show,” says exec pro­ducer John Eisendrath. “We have like a Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble-type gang, each with their own spe­cialty.” And while the team is made up of three core mem­bers (for now), they’re ex­perts at their jobs.

Tom is a ge­nius at ly­ing and ma­nip­u­la­tion. In The Black­list, he had his wife Liz (Meghan Boone) wrapped around his lies – she didn’t know that he had a box full of pass­ports stashed un­der a floor­board, that their mar­riage was a lie or even that his name wasn’t Tom – it’s Chris Har­grave! His tac­ti­cian mom Su­san “Scot­tie” Har­grave (Famke Janssen, Jean Grey in the X-Men movies, 2000-2012) heads up Grey Mat­ter, the mer­ce­nary team of shady or­gan­i­sa­tion Hal­cyon Aegis. And along for the ride is hit­man Ma­tias Solomon (Edi Gathegi, who’s repris­ing his Black­list role). Did we men­tion that Tom and Ma­tias hate each other and want the other dead? So much for hon­our among thieves…

MOMMY IS­SUES

It’s not just crimes be­ing redeemed on the show though. Tom didn’t know his mom grow­ing up and while mas­ter­crim­i­nal Red Red­ding­ton (James Spader) told Tom in The Black­list that Scot­tie is his mom, “She re­fuses point­blank to ac­cept it.” Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Jon Bo­kenkamp adds that “when the cre­ators were hatch­ing The Black­list, they in­tended for Tom to be killed off, but the writ­ers found him to be a dy­namic char­ac­ter. That’s driv­ing this se­ries, com­bined with the feel­ing of aban­don­ment for and from his mother. Add the deadly mis­sions in-be­tween and you’ve got drama!”

The Black­list: Re­demp­tion team (from left) – Scot­tie, Ma­tias and Tom.

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