It is no surprise to a lot of "The Blacklist" avid viewers that NBC ordered a spin-off series titled "The Blacklist: Redemption" that will focus more on the life of Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) as the show registered well with fans since it made its 2013 debut. The spin-off will be a classic spy show that is similar to the content of Matt Damon's "Bourne" series and Jim Phelps' "Mission Impossible."
"The Blacklist: Redemption" will reportedly follow the life of Tom as he comes across a private mercenary contractor in the person of Scottie Hargrave (Famke Janssen) who is believed to be his biological mother.
"The thing that makes that - 'The Blacklist' work, and the thing that this will carry over that I really love is the thematic juxtaposition of discovering one's humanity and empathy, and connecting with other human beings and wanting relationships, and wanting love and these fundamental human principles, juxtaposed with violence and deception, and corruption and conspiracy, and power and all of that," Eggold said during a briefing session with Moviefone.
Meanwhile, several reports reveal that Emmy Award winner Terry O'Quinn has been cast as Tom's father, Howard Hargrave. Howard is the founder of an internationl organization Halcyon Aegis, which is a military contracting firm where Tom is connected as an undercover operative. Howard and Scottie maintain quite a complex relationship and are said to have suffered several personal adversities in life.
O'Quinn previously starred in another hit TV series, "Lost." He was also part of movies that include "The Rocketeer," "The Stepfather," and "The X-Files," to name a few.
David Amann has been commissioned by NBC to be executive producer for "The Blacklist: Redemption." Amann was previously showrunner for the hit TV series "Castle." Amann reportedly will work together with "The Blacklist" creator Jon Bokenkamp, John Fox, John Eisendrath, and John Davis.
The "The Blacklist: Redemption" premieres on Feb. 23, Thursday, 10 p.m. EDT on NBC. Season 1 is said to be made up of eight episodes.
"The Blacklist," on the other hand, will return from its midseason hiatus on Jan. 5, Thursday, 10 p.m. EDT on NBC.