Someone new made it onto The Blacklist.
“I am a huge fan of The Blacklist and of James Spader,” Roker, 65, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue of the show’s star. “When James would come on Today, he’d always say, ‘Would you like to do a guest spot one day?’ And I thought he was just being nice.”
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But 60-year-old Spader wasn’t taking pity on Roker. “Now here I am playing — wait for it — Al Roker!” the morning show co-host says. “The mind boggles.”
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The May 8 milestone episode will see the Task Force investigating a kidnapping executed by seemingly impossible abductors and Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq) landing in a perilous situation. Meanwhile, a recent health scare will cause Red (Spader) to start to consider who might succeed him. Along with Roker, Tom Wopat and Laila Robins will guest star.
The Blacklist, now in its seventh season, airs Fridays (8 p.m. ET) on NBC.