3:30pm PT by Kate Stanhope, Lesley Goldberg
'The Blacklist' Star Ryan Eggold Joins Potential Spinoff
One of The Blacklist's key players is on the move.
Ryan Eggold, who plays Tom Keen on the NBC drama, has closed a deal for a potential spinoff, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Should the show move forward, Eggold would co-star. He has been with the original series since its inception, playing the mysterious husband of Elizabeth (Megan Boone).
Set to air as a back-door pilot on the May 12 episode of the James Spader-led series, Famke Janssen (X-Men, How to Get Away With Murder) stars as Susan "Scottie" Halsted. Her character will be introduced in the previous episode, airing May 5. Details about her character are being kept close to the vest, but sources have told THR that the role could be the mother to Eggold's character. In addition to Janssen, Eggold would join Edi Gathegi on the spinoff.
Justified's Michael Dinner is onboard to direct the Blacklist back-door pilot, which will be episode 22 of the current season.
The project hails from Blacklist bosses Jon Bokenkamp (The Call), John Eisendrath (Alias), John Davis (Predator), John Fox and Michael Watkins (The X-Files), who will all serve as executive producers. Like The Blacklist, the potential spinoff would be produced by Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment.
Should the spinoff move forward, it's unclear if it would be for the 2016-17 broadcast season. A decision is expected to come in the next few months.
NBC is no stranger to spinoffs. The network's longest-running current scripted series, Law & Order: SVU, is a spinoff, and Chicago Med and Chicago P.D. both can be traced back to Chicago Fire. Later this season, episode 21 of Chicago P.D.'s third season will serve as a back-door pilot for a potential fourth series, Chicago Justice.
Like many of NBC's veteran dramas, The Blacklist has already scored an early renewal.
Eggold, whose credits also include 90210 and Entourage, is repped by Gersh, Untitled Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein.