Yes he is. He's certainly been the most articulate player ever to appear on the show, and he obviously learned from his first experience playing the game. Nerd control...I love it. I hope Jeff Probst is over his love affair with the Hantz family, and that he'll not bring back Phillip or Malcolm again. It would be nice to see a game with all new faces.

James Spader is returning to series TV this fall, in a show called The Blacklist. His youthful good looks are just a memory now...thickening waist, pattern baldness. But the style is still there, and the presence. NBC has a couple of promotional videos: The Blacklist. The show has the look of a big-budget movie, as far as I could tell from the videos.