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Originally published Monday, October 28, 2013 at 5:30 AM

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Monday TV Picks: ‘The Blacklist’ on NBC

TV picks for Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, include “The Blacklist” on NBC, “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC and “Hostages” on CBS.

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‘The Blacklist’

The top reason to watch this new thriller is James Spader’s performance as ex-government agent Raymond Reddington. He is fascinating to watch as he manipulates the people and situations around him, including a young FBI profiler (Megan Boone). It all feels very “Silence of the Lambs,” but without all the ... um ... cannibalism. 10:01 p.m. Monday on NBC (

Doug Knoop, Seattle Times or on Twitter @dougknoop

Also on Monday

“NFL Football,” 5:30 p.m. (KONG and ESPN): “Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams”: Quarterback Russell Wilson and the 6-1 Seahawks travel to St. Louis to take on Jeff Fisher’s 3-4 Rams. From the Edward Jones Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis.

“Dancing with the Stars,” 8 p.m. (ABC): An opening number by Emmy Nominated choreographer Mandy Moore; the couples perform a style of dance they have not previously performed; the couples face elimination.

“Scare Tactics,” 8 p.m. (Syfy): Eco-activists blow up a nuclear reactor; a cult guru gets help with his doomsday plan; a hospital “prank’’ kills a patient.

“Beauty and the Beast,” 9 p.m. (CW): Gabe asks Vincent for help tracking a suspected beast after getting stonewalled by Cat; wounds from Vincent’s past are opened up.

“Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” 9:25 p.m. (ABC Family): The Pumpkin King gives the yuletide season a touch of Halloween in an animated tale from the mind of Tim Burton.

“Hostages,” 10 p.m. (CBS): When Ellen’s sister visits unexpectedly, Duncan forces Ellen to get rid of her without raising any suspicions.

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