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James Spader’s ‘The Blacklist’ Episode Breaks Before Winter Olympics Blackout, New Cast Member Dianne Wiest

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Feb 03, 2014 02:55 PM EST | James Knight (J.knight@classicalite.com)

James Spader

James Spader taking a rare break from haunting little children's nightmares. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons)

Fan’s of NBC’s hit series The Blacklist are in for a disappointment tonight. There is no new episode of the hit series tonight, or for most of February for that matter. Instead, NBC is airing the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition 50 Anniversary TV special. After that, the network will be broadcasting the Winter Olympics. Don’t worry folks, NBC will return to watchable TV in a few weeks. The hit James Spader series will also be getting a new cast member. Dianne Wiest will soon be joining the show.

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It is bad enough that NBC’s The Blacklist is getting blacked out for a few weeks so the world can give a whole lot of money and attention to extremely homophobic country.

But what makes it worse is that we have to say goodbye to the best thing that NBC has offered us in years because of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue 50th anniversary special.

Seriously, the Sports Illustrated Issue is still a thing? These people do know that the internet exists right?

NBC’s official website tries to sell viewers on the event special by writing:

“NBC and Time Inc. present ’ Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful,’ a two-hour TV special celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit franchise - one of the most hotly anticipated annual fixtures in American pop culture...Former swimsuit cover model and Project Runway star Heidi Klum will host the special, which features appearances from fellow swimsuit icons Tyra Banks, Christie Brinkley, Kathy Ireland, Marisa Miller, Kate Upton and more of the most celebrated models in the franchise's history. Musical guests performing on the show include Grammy Award-winning, chart-topping artists Enrique Iglesias, Lady Antebellum, the Fray, John Legend and Tim McGraw.”

The Blacklist returns to NBC on February 24. Until then, there is no real reason to tune into the network, considering that the Thursday night comedy lineup is on hiatus as well. Seriously, NBC...Seriously!

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