NBC's new series 'The Blacklist' is doing almost everything right. The show has a great star in Emmy Award winner James Spader, they have a great episodic formula driving the action each and every week, and--perhaps most impressively--they've been landing big-name guest stars along the way. With a guest-list that already includes Isabella Rossellini ('Blue Velvet,' 'Roger Dodger'), Chin Han ('The Dark Knight,' 'Contagion'), Tom Noonan ('Heat,' 'Synechdoche, New York') and Robert Knepper ('Prison Break,' 'Cult') the series is about to host their most esteemed guest star yet: none other than Alan Alda.
Alan Alda is an actor, director, screenwriter and author who has done it all and seen it all throughout his illustrious career. Now 77, Alda has won six Golden Globes, five Emmy Awards, and a slew of other hardware along the way. Best remembered for his starring role on 'M*A*S*H*,' one of the greatest television shows of all time, Alda has also appeared in dozens of acclaimed feature films, including 'The Seduction of Joe Tynan,' 'Crimes and Misdemeanors' and 'The Aviator.' Alda's more recent television work includes 'ER,' 'The West Wing,' '30 Rock' and 'The Big C.'
Now, Access Hollywood is reporting that Alda will be appearing on an upcoming episode of 'The Blacklist' where he will play Mr. Crowley, a mysterious man from Raymond "Red" Reddington's (James Spader) past. Could Mr. Crowley be one of Red's old friends? I'm afraid not; the character is described as one of Red's most lethal enemies. From the official release: "Crowley’s appearance signals a new level of danger for Red as Crowley warns him that damning evidence must remain concealed or his life will be easily extinguished."
Could Mr. Crowley be the adversary that Red spoke about at the close of the fifth episode, "The Courier"? Either way, I cannot wait to see these two incredible actors go face to face.