Merrill Barr, Forbes

( — Two years ago, NBC released the first trailer for The Blacklist to enormous fan fair mostly fueled by the gravitas of James Spader’s performance as the mysterious Red Reddington. From that moment on, NBC spent the summer leading up to the show’s premiere by marketing it as much as possible through the appearance of Spader and his impeccably dressed character, who appeared in every TV spot and poster that was placed within the eye line of potential audience members. Now, in order to see if lighting can strike twice, the network has opted to go that route again for one of its newest dramas, The Player.

Starring Wesley Snipes and Strike Back’s Philip Winchester, the series is created by John Rogers (Leverage) and executive produced by John Davis, John Fox and Bharat Nalluri and follows a “former military operative turned security expert who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out.”



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