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James Spader Gets Downright Criminal in 'The Blacklist' — TRAILER

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May 12, 2013 | 6:25pm EDT

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Robert California he is not, but James Spader's newest role on NBC looks to be one manipulative motherf**ker. How else could a bad guy trapped in a Hannibal Lecter-in-2013 glass box have so much power over the FBI? Well, in this first trailer for new series The Blacklist, we see just how criminal the man can be.

The clip, unvieled Sunday, focuses on Spader's Raymond Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted criminals. Reddington, mysteriously turns himself in without notice or reason, bringing with him the names of every bad guy he's ever worked with. The catch? He'll only work with a brand-new FBI Agent Rosen — a person he seems to have no connection to (at least from the outside). The crime drama comes from the upcoming film the call writer Jon Bokenkamp and Alias' John Eisendrath, who is also set to be the series' showrunner.

Check out the clip below. Are you intruiged by The Blacklist? Let us know in the comments.

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