'The Blacklist': James Spader is very, very good at being very, very bad

James Spader is very, very good at playing very, very bad.In NBC's "The Blacklist," premiering Monday, Sept. 23, Spader is Raymond Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted. He strolls into FBI headquarters, announces himself and prepares to be arrested.Trained at the Naval Academy, where he graduated at the top of his class, "Red" Reddington was groomed to be an admiral. In 1990, while en route home to spend Christmas with his wife and young daughter, he vanished.When Reddington surfaced, he was a mercenary of the highest order. He's a spy but for no particular country. He seems to know everyone and everything and trades information for money.Reddington brokers deals all over the world. Why? To what end?One of the show's tag lines is "Who is Red Reddington?" and it's apt. He is definitely an enigma.Reddington is controlled and consistently the smartest man in the room. He's dapper, with the easy elegance of a man...



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