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"Leverage"  by Suzanne
Airing on TNT Wednesdays 10/9

I love "Leverage" and have watched every episode. It's a cool show, with lots of humor and good-looking people who can also act. It's light and fun, always enjoyable.

I'm very glad it's coming back this winter. The episodes I have seen so far that are coming up are awesome. Jeri Ryan joined the cast in the summer, so we see more of her and what she brings to the gang. I know you will enjoy it as much as I do!

The show returns Wednesday, January 13th at 10pm et/pt with the episode "The Runway Job". The team infiltrates Fashion Week to fight some nasty people who use slave labor. The following week, Jan. 20, they help an old friend of Nate's save her bar from some Irish loan sharks in "The Bottle Job". This episode is also directed by Jonathan Frakes (Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, who is mostly a director now). The episodes after that include "The Zanzibar Marketplace Job" Jan. 27, "The Future Job" Feb. 3, "The Three Strikes Job" Feb. 10, and "The Maltese Falcon Job" Feb. 17. I have seen the first two and they are awesome!

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TNTís Fast-Paced Hit Series LEVERAGE,

Ready to Heat Up January with More Grifts, Games and Schemes
LEVERAGE Returns Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT),


Televisionís coolest gang of thieves, grifters and con artists is ready to put a sizzle in January as TNTís hit series LEVERAGE returns with six all new episodes. Academy Awardо winner Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People) stars along with Gina Bellman (Coupling), Christian Kane (TNTís Into the West), Beth Riesgraf (Alvin and the Chipmunks) and Aldis Hodge (Friday Night Lights). In addition, Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager) will be back as a special guest star in a continuing story arc as a temporary member of the team. LEVERAGE returns with new episodes Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

As the second season opened this past summer, the LEVERAGE team reunited in Boston to settle more scores against those who use power and wealth to victimize others. The gang is led by former insurance investigator Nate Ford (Hutton), who first got into the racket after his former employer refused to pay for treatment that could have saved his sonís life. His highly skilled team includes Sophie Devereaux (Bellman), a grifter who uses her acting skills to corner her marks; Eliot Spencer (Kane), a ďretrieval specialistĒ with bone-crunching fighting skills; Alec Hardison (Hodge), a gadget and technology wizard who keeps the team informed; and Parker (Riesgraf), a slightly off-center thief adept at rappelling off buildings or squeezing into tight places.

By the end of summer, the LEVERAGE team had scammed a hedge-fund manager who happened to be in the custody of U.S. Marshals; used Eliotís martial arts skills to corner a corrupt fight promoter; and took over a private school to recover millions of dollars lost in a Ponzi scheme. They also went head-to-head with an almost identical team of grifters to recover a painting that had been stolen by Nazis during World War II.

But for Sophie, something just wasnít feeling right. Her conflicted relationship with Nate left her questioning if she wanted to continue working with the team. She decided to take some much-needed time away, but not before she arranged for a friend and fellow grifter, Tara Cole (Ryan), to fill in for her. Tara immediately proved her worth by not only helping the team save a clientís estate from a corrupt lawyer, but also fooling everyone into thinking she was the clientís attorney.

In the latest batch of new episodes, the LEVERAGE team will work to take down an oppressive sweatshop owner, run a high-tech version of a classic con on a predatory loan shark and corner a fake psychic out to drain the life savings of his bereaved clients. Theyíll also attempt to free Nateís ex-wife (guest star Kari Matchett Ė Invasion) from a Ukrainian jail.

LEVERAGE is executive-produced by Dean Devlin (Independence Day, TNTís The Librarian) and creators John Rogers (Transformers) and Chris Downey (The King of Queens). LEVERAGE is produced for TNT by Devlinís Electric Entertainment.

Returning for its second season this summer, TNTís LEVERAGE ranked as ad-supported cableís #1 Wednesday program among viewers (4.5 million), households (3.2 million) and adults 25-54 (2.2 million). The show has enjoyed outstanding growth when compared to its first season, with viewers up 14%, households up 16% and adults 25-54 up 3%. It also scores tremendously well with DVR users, garnering an extraordinary 75% among adults 18-49 and 64% growth among adults 25-54 when comparing Live to Live + 7 viewing.

Electric Entertainment is a full-service film, television and new media production company and studio, established in 2001 by veteran writer/producer Dean Devlin (Independence Day, Stargate, The Patriot) and led by Devlin along with partners Kearie Peak, Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan. Dec. 7, 2008, marked the TNT premiere of Leverage, the new action-packed series from Electric Entertainment executive produced by Devlin, who made his directorial debut on the pilot, and the debut of The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, the third installment of the companyís popular Librarian franchise, starring Noah Wyle (ER). Electric is in pre-production on the animated feature film Tikis and the feature film Ghosting, a supernatural thriller which Devlin will produce and direct.

Electricís previous films include the World War I action/adventure Flyboys; the politically charged documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?; Cellular, starring Kim Basinger, Chris Evans and Jessica Biel; and Eight Legged Freaks, with David Arquette and Scarlett Johansson. The companyís television credits include The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, starring Noah Wyle, which aired on TNT in December 2004 and was the highest-rated movie on cable that year; its sequel, The Librarian: Return to King Solomonís Mines; and The Sci Fi Channelís The Triangle, which won a Visual Effects Emmyо and was the highest-rated miniseries on the cable channel since Steven Spielberg Presents Taken. Electric Entertainment recently teamed with TNT for the crime thriller Blank Slate, starring Eric Stoltz, a microseries that debuted last fall on the network, as well as on tnt.tv. Additionally, Electric Entertainment owns and operates the online pop-culture and entertainment magazine IF (www.IFmagazine.com), which reports the entertainment industryís daily news.

TNT, one of cableís top-rated networks, is televisionís destination for drama and home to such original series as the acclaimed and highly popular detective drama The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick; Saving Grace, starring Holly Hunter; HawthoRNe, with Jada Pinkett Smith; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; Raising the Bar, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben and Jane Kaczmarek; and Dark Blue, starring Dylan McDermott, as well as the newly acquired Southland, from ER creator John Wells. TNT also presents such powerful dramas as Bones, CSI: NY and Numb3rs; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awardsо; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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