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Actress and director Famke Janssen of the Netherlands poses as she arrives on the red carpet for the screening of her film "Bringing up Bobby" during the 37th American Film Festival in Deauville, September 5, 2011 Reuters/Regis Duvignau

The spin-off for “The Blacklist,” titled “The Blacklist: Redemption,” has been given the go signal by NBC. The network confirmed that it recently granted an official series order for the new show, to be led by Famke Janssen. The main series will continue without Megan Boone, who plays Liz Keen.

The spin-off synopsis stated that the story will focus on the brilliant and cunning Susan “Scottie” Hargrave (Famke Janssen), who operates as the head of Grey Matters, a covert mercenary group. Hargrave allied with undercover operative Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold), who discovered that Scottie is actually his biological mother. Tom proceeds to embark on a secret mission to discover more things about his background.

Hargrave was introduced in Season 3 Episode 21 of “The Blacklist,” and has since played a growing role in the series. It was initially believed that Scottie was Liz’s (Megan Boone) long-lost mother. Other cast members in “Blacklist: Redemption” include Edi Gathegi and Tawny Cypress.

ScreenCrush notes that the backdoor episode for the pilot will air on May 19, titled “Alexander Kirk,” where Red (James Spader) revealed to Tom that Scottie was his real mother. Tom went missing as a young boy, while Scottie thought that he was already dead. Tom and Scottie’s relationship has some similarities to Liz’s and Red’s relationship in “The Blacklist.”

It is still uncertain whether Hargrave will continue to appear in future episodes of “The Blacklist,” if the mothership show is renewed for a fifth season. Fans have yet to determine whether Liz is alive all along. In the meantime, Tom will have a lot of searching to do as he tries to avenge his dead fiancé and try to put pieces together about his past. He is expected have more interactions with Red, who is acquainted with Scottie, to get more details and advice.

TVLine reveals that Michael Dinner directed the debut episode, while Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath will serve as writers and executive producers of the upcoming spin-off. John Fox and John Davis of “The Blacklist” will also serve as executive producers. More updates and details on “The Blacklist: Redemption” are expected soon.

Source: YouTube/The Blacklist