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Netflix acquires 'The Blacklist' for $2 million per episode

It looks like The Blacklist will be rolling in the dough.

Netflix has acquired the streaming rights to the NBC crime procedural from Sony Pictures Television in a hefty $2 million fee per episode, EW has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news.

The $2 million price tag will be the largest per-episode fee paid by a subscription-based video-on-demand company for a television show. While Netflix gets the first window on the streaming rights to the show, Sony TV will also be selling The Blacklist to broadcast and cable networks for syndication. The show was a ratings hit for NBC, garnering strong viewership for a freshman drama, and securing a full 22-episode renewal for a second season.

Paul Reubens to play bad on 'The Blacklist'

The guest list for NBC’s The Blacklist continues to grow: Paul Reubens has been cast as Mr. Vargas, a dapper, finicky “muscle” who handles delicate situations in the criminal underworld, EW has learned exclusively. He’ll first appear in season two’s third episode, with the arc slated for at least two episodes. “We’re forgoing the bow tie and the bicycle, and it’s going to be something totally different, and it’s gonna be awesome,” executive producer Jon Bokenkamp says. “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.'”

Reubens started work on the show Friday. Other guest stars in season two include Mary-Louise Parker, Lee Tergesen, and Krysten Ritter. Peter Stormare will, of course, return as Berlin.

'The Blacklist' nabs 'Americans' star Lee Tergesen

Mary-Louise Parker hasn’t even appeared on The Blacklist yet—and already she’s getting a love interest.

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Krysten Ritter will guest star on 'The Blacklist' season 2

At Comic-Con, it was revealed that Mary-Louise Parker is coming to The Blacklist‘s second season as recurring character Naomi Hyland, someone with some ties to Reddington. And now, there’s another woman joining the fun.

EW has confirmed that Krysten Ritter will guest star in The Blacklist‘s season-two opener. According to TV Fanatic, which first reported the news, she will play Rowan Mills, “a troubled analyst at a data security firm.” There’s no word yet on whether Ritter will appear in more than one episode.

'Blacklist': Don't expect a Red-Liz reveal, do expect Mary-Louise Parker

“Who is Red Reddington?” asked several giant-sized posters spread around last year’s Comic-Con. That was before the debut of NBC’s The Blacklist, everyone’s new favorite James Spader Delivery System, which became a shining freshman star in a rough TV season. But even though the show was a success, in some ways, it never quite answered that central question. Or anyhow, it never provided final clarity on one key mystery: Is Red actually the long-thought-dead father of FBI agent Elizabeth Keen? READ FULL STORY

Are you ready for 'The Blacklist' finale? Jon Bokenkamp and Megan Boone drop hints

Blacklisters, tonight is the night. The season finale is upon us. Red Reddington is in custody. Liz Keen is as confused as she’s ever been. Tom Keen is armed and dangerous (and possibly infected with something?) Agent Ressler is on hand to throw some muscle behind Liz’s wild ideas. And dear Dembe with his deadpan humor is surely plotting Red’s escape. Lastly, there’s Berlin–man, woman, masked crusader?

But the big question that has been hanging over the series is, who is Liz Keen’s biological father? Actress Megan Boone told EW that “Liz reveals a memory of her biological father” in the finale and “it could relate to Red.” As for her husband-turned-spy-fugitive, she said that “there is something very very surprising about Tom’s involvement in the finale.” Could he be a good guy? Anything is possible on The Blacklist.

To get more of a taste of what’s to come, we talked to creator Jon Bokenkamp about tonight’s showdown.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Do we finally find out who Berlin is in the finale?
Jon Bokenkamp: Berlin has arrived. And so now, Red is being hunted and we will introduce this character and we will get to know bits about Berlin, but really the interesting thing to me is to see Red on his heels. For the first time, we’re really getting to see what he’s afraid of, what makes him vulnerable. And this is a figure who has been after him for years, and so there’s a lot at stake. There’s a large question of what Red has done to gain the wrath of this figure. That’s not a terribly articulate answer is it?

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'The Blacklist': Who is the real Tom Keen? Ryan Eggold talks music, spy secrets, and those glasses

The epic machinations of Red Reddington have been spinning out of control on The Blacklist and after two brutal weeks off, we finally get a new episode tonight. The question on everyone’s mind is, who is Tom Keen? We now know that the sexy/scary husband of FBI Agent Liz Keen is an undercover spy, but we don’t know who he’s working for, what he wants, or how far he’s willing to go to get it. Entertainment Weekly sat down with Ryan Eggold to get some insight on his mysterious character, what we can look forward to tonight, and what the deal is with those amazing glasses he wears. READ FULL STORY

NBC sets finale dates for 'Community,' 'Blacklist,' 'The Voice,' more

NBC has announced finale dates for several of its series, including breakout hit The Blacklist, Community, and singing competition The Voice. The network previously announced the April 24 date for the season finale of Parks and Recreation, which will feature a guest spot from first lady Michelle Obama.

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'The Blacklist': Diego Klattenhoff teases new villains, Agent Ressler's next moves

[Spoilers ahead!]

The FBI has comfortably depended on Raymond Reddington (James Spader) and his insider intel to hunt down members of the Blacklist so far, but in tonight’s episode, Red becomes the target.

Still, Red won’t be facing his enemies alone, says Diego Klattenhoff, who stars on the show as FBI Agent Donald Ressler. Instead, of all people, Ressler — a.k.a. Red’s favorite punching bag — will be forced to protect the criminal mastermind from a possible assassination attempt.

“We have a great turn of events that end up sticking Ressler and Reddington together for a while,” Klattenhoff tells EW, adding that Red may begin to find out more about Ressler’s backstory throughout the ordeal. “Reddington has a few things up his sleeve.” READ FULL STORY

'The Blacklist' books guest stars: Justin Kirk, Andrew Dice Clay...

Here’s a few new names coming to NBC’s breakout hit The Blacklist this season. The show has booked the following guest stars for an upcoming episode:

– William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption) will play “Sam,” a man from Liz’s past who is gravely ill and reaches out to Liz.

– Comedian Andrew Dice Clay (Entourage) plays “Dr. Maltz,” a plastic surgeon who altered the face of the latest criminal on the Blacklist. Liz and Red try to convince him to reveal the identity.

– Justin Kirk (Animal Practice, Weeds) plays Nathaniel Wolff, the founder of a movement of anti-capitalists, and the next criminal on the Blacklist.

Monday night’s The Blacklist matched its highest rating since Week 2 despite facing the World Series.

'The Blacklist': Ray and Elizabeth share a sweet moment -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Everyone who’s been tuning into NBC’s The Blacklist has a theory about exactly how sly criminal Ray Reddington (James Spader) and profiler Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) are connected. And as every week passes, the clues continue to add up. The most recent one? The photo above from the episode airing Oct. 28, that shows Ray and Liz having yet another rather sweet moment.
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NBC orders full season of 'The Blacklist'

Cross this one off your “will it last?” list.

NBC announced Friday that it has ordered nine more episodes of The Blacklist, the twisty “villain catching villains” procedural starring James Spader. The network had previously ordered 13 episodes of the drama; with this, it has committed to a full 22-episode season.

“The many layers of Red Reddington and his mysterious reasons for getting into bed with the FBI seem to be fascinating to fans of this show,” NBC Entertainment president Salke said in a press release. “With great talent like James Spader and Megan Boone on board, as well our stellar executive producers and the whole cast and crew, we believe this outstanding series will continue to make NBC a big destination on Monday nights.”
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Fall TV: Our critic's take on 'Hostages,' 'Almost Human,' more new shows -- VIDEO

EW television critic Jeff Jensen calls Hostages on CBS a “compelling thriller” and has a theory he can’t wait to share about Karl Urban’s role in the new Fox show Almost Human.

Check out his take on these shows, plus The Blacklist starring James Spader, Anna Faris’ edgy comedy Mom, and more in the video below.
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