‘The Blacklist’ season 2: Exec on surprising James Spader Emmy snub

The Blacklist logo any seasonWhy in the world was James Spader snubbed for “The Blacklist”? That’s a question we will be asking ourselves for some time.

Last week, we put Spader on the list of of our own personal biggest snubs for the Emmys, with some of the reasons being that he was a gifted performer, a well-known commodity for the awards show, and this was a rare chance for them to actually recognize broadcast TV at a time when it is not exactly being viewed as cool to do so.

As it turns out, some of the people behind the scenes at the show are just as surprised over the snub as we are. Speaking at a showrunner panel at the TCA Summer Press Tour on Sunday, executive producer John Eisendrath expressed his disappointment, while also reminding everyone that the Actor in a Drama Series category this year is completely stacked:

“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed and that [Spader] isn’t completely deserving of it. The reality is the competition [in the category] is fierce … And hopefully we’re on long enough for people to reconsider the decisions they made this year.”

We feel like Spader will more than likely get a chance to reclaim a spot at the table next year, mostly because we feel like the dual nominations for Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson for “True Detective” are probably what kept him from making it on this time around. Unless the HBO show rushes into production now on season 2 and also classifies itself again as a miniseries, we are not entirely sure that the show is even going to be eligible for the 2015 awards.

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