The Blacklist Gets Me Wiggy

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Megan Boone and James Spader in The Blacklist

It’s no surprise that James Spaders’ The Blacklist (or just The Blacklist) has been confirmed as the most watched new U.S drama here in Australia.  After two weeks on air, the channel 7 drama is holding almost 1.5 million viewers thanks to a nice lead in from The X Factor.

I originally didn’t plan on giving the show a watch.  The preview trailers made it look like James Spader was playing an evil and older version of Alan Shore (Boston Legal) but I did cave in and I’m glad I did.  While it seems to follow the same format as quite a few newer shows (One case/person/story/target) per week until the show goes off air, the mystery surrounding Spader’s Raymond Reddington and his connection and interest in new recruit Elizabeth Keen is interesting enough to keep people watching.

I do have one gripe about the show now that I’m three episodes in – what the heck is going on with cc13_the-blacklistMegan Boone’s wig?  Off screen, Boone sports a short cropped do that sits just below her ears.  It’s a really cute haircut that suits her remarkably well, yet she was given a wig to wear to play the role of Agent Keen so as to make her look more professionally realistic.  The problem is, you can tell it’s a wig.  Like really tell.  At times it sits too high while in other scenes, I’m pretty sure her real hair is poking out waving at us all.  I’m actually convinced that Megan Boone’s wig needs it’s own show – right along with any former hair piece Nicholas Cage has ever worn.

I had the same issue recently while watching X Factor and finding myself wanting to reach through the television screen to nudge Dannii Minogue’s wig down an inch or two – and now I want nothing more than to do it to Megan Boone.

If I take my issues with poor wig choices aside, The Blacklist (or James Spaders’ The Blacklist as Channel 7 would have us call it) is an extremely well written and acted new drama.  There’s twists aplenty and you’ll find yourself asking why Raymond Reddington isn’t more closely watched considering the amount of times he has managed to shake the ever present FBI watching him.  Basically, I want more.  I also want to know more about Elizabeth’s fiancée.  Talk about sketchy!

The Blacklist Of James Spader (I give up) airs Monday nights on Channel 7.

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Fargo Coming to TV Screens

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Frances McDormand as Sheriff Marge Gunderson

1996 Cult classic film Fargo is being remade into a TV series for FX from MGM television but don’t expect to see lead character Sheriff Marge Gunderson show up in the series.  The Fargo series based on the Coen Brothers film, will see Ethan and Joel Coen serving as executive producers on the show.

Says president of MGM Television Roma Khanna “She’s (Gunderson) not in it. It’s not a retelling of the same story, because on so many levels that would be foolish.” and compared this small screen remake to that of the recent Teen Wolf reboot which MGM was also behind.  “The original ‘Teen Wolf’ film was very campy and fun and a little silly. The TV series is dark and sexy and aggressive in ways,” leading to speculation that the original film will just serve as a grounding plate for the series.

While Marge Gunderson or Francis McDormand and not slated to appear, the show already has some big names attached to the new project including Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Billy Bob Thornton.