The Blacklist's action series spin-off lands on TVNZ Duke

Ryan Eggold and Famke Janssen in The Blacklist: Redemption.

Ryan Eggold and Famke Janssen in The Blacklist: Redemption.

Fans of Three's James Spader spy series The Blacklist will have to switch to TVNZ Duke to see its spin-off show The Blacklist: Redemption.

The series centres on covert operative Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) as he joins forces with Susan 'Scottie' Hargrave (Famke Janssen), the chief of a covert mercenary organisation which solves problems that are too dangerous for the government. The stars spoke to Jenny Cooney Carrillo about the new action series.

Is there pressure to live up to what James Spader brought to The Blacklist?
Ryan Eggold: I do feel pressure to live up to the success of The Blacklist because it's a great show and I think they did a lot of things right along the way so it's evolved into something very entertaining. 

Ryan Eggold plays Tom Keen, a character from the original Blacklist series.

Ryan Eggold plays Tom Keen, a character from the original Blacklist series.

What can we expect from the spin-off?
Eggold: What I liked about the first episode is that it asked a lot of great questions that will set up the series. It has a lot of mystery to it.

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It has elements of conspiracy and it has a lot of jigsaw puzzle pieces that are presented haphazardly but will give us the opportunity to explore putting together over the course of the series. 

New character Susan 'Scottie' Hargrave is played by Famke Janssen.

New character Susan 'Scottie' Hargrave is played by Famke Janssen.

Famke Janssen: It starts out with a bang and you immediately realise, 'OK, this isn't Blacklist, this is a different world'. We are in a more Mission: Impossible environment with a band of mercenaries and morally ambiguous people who make it fun, exciting and sexy to watch.

What are the greatest flaws of your character?
Janssen: I would say Scottie is broken. This is somebody who has an enormous drive, who works extremely hard, who's ruthless at times in terms of being a woman in a very tough business world, but at the same time it's revealed she lost her child at the age of four and she has never really gotten over that either. 

Eggold: I feel like Tom's flaw really is that from an early age, he was trained to be an assassin and a spy and a manipulator and a killer. He never really had a family, he never developed intimate relationships and he didn't even have basic parental guidance.

So his ability to be sincere and honest and open is lacking. 

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The Blacklist: Redemption, TVNZ Duke, starts Wednesday July 26.

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