‘The Blacklist’ Star Ryan Eggold Joins Potential Spinoff

April 05, 2016 3:30pm PT by Kate Stanhope, Lesley Goldberg

The actor, who plays Tom Keen, would co-star in the new project if it is picked up to series. Virginia Sherwood/NBC

The actor, who plays Tom Keen, would co-star in the new project if it is picked up to series.

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 the potential spinoff, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Should the series 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 also being kept close to the vest, however sources have toldTHR 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 on board to direct the Blacklist back-door pilot, which will be episode 22 of the current season.

The project hails from The 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.

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‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Kat Graham to Exit After Season 8

April 05, 2016 4:54pm PT by Lesley Goldberg

The actress has been a series regular on The CW drama since its start. Annette Brown/The CW

The actress has been a series regular on The CW drama since its start.

The CW’s The Vampire Diaries appears poised to lose one of its leading ladies.

Star Kat Graham has announced plans to exit the Julie Plec-produced vampire drama after its upcoming eighth season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Reps for The CW and producers Warner Bros. Television declined comment.

The news comes nearly a month after The CW announced that the aging series — which was moved to Fridays this season — would return for an eighth season. Season seven will wrap its run May 13.

“Season eight will be my last season,” Graham told Us Weekly, which was the first to report the news. “But you know what, another season is a whole other year, and we’re going to blow it out.”

Graham’s exit comes as the series has had to find its footing again following the season-six departures of leading lady Nina Dobrev and co-star Michael Trevino.

While Graham may be exiting, it’s unclear if producers, The CW and studio Warner Bros. Television plan to continue The Vampire Diaries beyond season eight. Its season-seven renewal was said to hinge on leading man Ian Somerhalder returning. After The Vampire Diaries and spinoff The Originals were moved to form a Friday block earlier this year, the pairing has helped improve the network’s year-over-year draw.

Graham, who has starred on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries for seven seasons, started her career as a back-up dancer for the stage and performing in music videos alongside Missy Elliott, Pharrell, Jamie Foxx, Lil’ Bow Wow, John Legend, Nelly, Usher and more. The singer-actress recently sold a dance drama to The CW that would see her add executive producer to her résumé. 

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NBC’s ‘Grimm’ Renewed for Sixth Season

April 05, 2016 2:33pm PT by Lesley Goldberg

The Friday night drama, produced by Sean Hayes, will be back for another round. Scott Green/NBC

The Friday night drama, produced by Sean Hayes, will be back for another round.

NBC is keeping Grimm on its schedule.

The network has renewed the Friday night genre drama for a sixth season.

“We absolutely love what our producers and cast have accomplished over the past five seasons,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said Tuesday in a statement. “They have created a whole new world of creatures and have a truly devoted fan base. We can’t wait to see what comes next.”

Produced in-house by Universal Television and Sean Hayes’ studio-based Hazy Mills banner, season five of the fairy tale entry averages a 1.7 rating among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo and 6.4 million viewers when factoring in seven days of DVR. The drama is one of the most time-shifted on broadcast, improving by an average of 90 percent in the demo and adding more than 2.4 million viewers overall.

Created by David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf and Stephen Carpenter, the trio executive produce alongside Hayes, Todd Milliner and Norberto Barba. For Hayes and Milliner’s Hazy Mills, Grimm is one of multiple series their company has on the air. In addition to Hollywood Game Night, they also exec produce midseason comedy Crowded, both for NBC. 

For NBC’s part, Grimm joins a roster of previously renewed series for the 2016-17 broadcast season that also includes dramas Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, Blindspot, The Blacklist, Shades of Blue and comedy Superstore. With the addition of previously renewed The Voice, much of the network’s real estate has already been mapped out. Still on the bubble are The Mysteries of Laura, The Night Shift, Undateable and rookies Crowded, Game of Silence, Heartbeat and Telenovela. 

Keep up with all the renewals, cancellations and eventual new series pickups with THR’s handy scorecard.

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