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season premiere by Suzanne
returns on TNT Sunday, June 20 at 9/8c
Leverage is a great show, and I am always glad to have it back
on my TV! I am very happy to have seen the new premiere episode that airs June
20. If you haven't seen it, you're in for a treat. The show is about a group of
thieves and con artists who help people. Timothy Hutton stars as Nate Ford, a
former insurance investigator whose life changed when his child died and his
wife left him. The insurance company he worked for refused to pay for the
life-saving treatment that his son needed. Ford used people he knew on the other
side of the law to get his revenge, and they started helping other people in
need. Mostly they go up against big companies or rich people, or sometimes
mobsters - people that normally can't be touched by the law. They find their
weaknesses and use them against them. They work very well together, and that
part of the show, the big con, is like watching any old spy or con artist show,
but often with a lot of comedy thrown in.
The cast of the show is excellent and always fun to watch, and viewers get
involved in their relationships a little, but mostly you watch because it's just
fun and exciting. Ford, meanwhile, has his problems with women and alcohol, so
he is very intriguing as a "hero". At the end of last season, he was arrested
and put in prison. In the premiere episode, his team wants to break him out of
prison. Of course, things are not that easy.
Don't read any further if you don't want to be spoiled! Ford ends up helping an
innocent inmate and takes down the guy in charge of the prison. By the end of
the episode, the team has a new challenge that will carry them through the
season. There is a new character introduced, a French woman. NOTE: You might
want to watch the last ten minutes with the closed-captioning on because her
accent is very thick and hard to understand!
Anyway, it's the same show, which is good. They know better than to mess with
what works. I love this show and I can't wait to see the rest of the season!
TNT’s LEVERAGE Returns with Exciting Grifts and Complex Schemes
Season Three Set to Premiere with Two Back-to-Back Episodes, Sunday, June 20, at
9 p.m. (ET/PT)
With their leader behind bars, their nemesis now working for Interpol and a
beautiful but mysterious stranger getting ready to call the shots, it may seem
as if television’s coolest gang of thieves, grifters and con artists are in over
their heads. But the truth is, they’re just getting started. TNT’s hit series
LEVERAGE returns for its third exciting season, airing in its new timeslot:
Sundays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), beginning June 20. To start things off with a bang,
the first two Sundays will feature back-to-back episodesat 9 and 10 p.m. Academy
Award® winner Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People) stars in the fast-paced series,
along with Gina Bellman (Coupling), Christian Kane (TNT’s Into the West), Beth
Riesgraf (Alvin and the Chipmunks) and Aldis Hodge (Friday Night Lights).
LEVERAGE follows the adventures of a highly skilled team out to settle scores
against those who use power and wealth to victimize others. The gang is led by
former insurance investigator Nate Ford (Hutton), who got involved in the con
business after his former employer refused to pay for treatment that could have
saved his son’s life. His highly skilled team includes Sophie Devereaux
(Bellman), a grifter who uses her acting skills to corner her marks; Eliot
Spencer (Kane), a “retrieval specialist” 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 the second season, the LEVERAGE team had scammed a hedge-fund
manager who happened to be in the custody of U.S. Marshals; used Eliot’s 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,
took down an oppressive sweatshop owner, cornered a fake psychic, freed Nate’s
ex-wife from a Ukrainian jail and thwarted a gunrunning scheme by a corrupt
But for Sophie, her conflicted relationship with Nate left her questioning if
she wanted to continue working with the team. She took some much-needed time
away, arranging for a friend and fellow grifter to take her place temporarily.
But even though Sophie has now returned to the team, there are still some
unresolved issues between her and Nate.
The third season of LEVERAGE opens with Nate in prison after having to make a
tough choice on the most recent con. He could either allow his team to be
arrested or simply give himself up to his nemesis Sterling, a former insurance
investigator now working for Interpol. Nate soon discovers, however, that the
prison is corrupt. The only way he can bring the crooked officials down is to
get his team to help him stage his jailbreak.
But that’s only the beginning of Nate’s challenges. He must also contend with a
shadowy intelligence agent known only as “The Italian,” played by actress and
model Elisabetta Canalis, who blackmails him into helping bring down a
financier. Between “The Italian” trying to control Nate and Nate trying to hold
both his crew and his personal life together, it’s looking to be a challenging
and twisted summer for the LEVERAGE team.
LEVERAGE is executive-produced by Dean Devlin (Independence Day, TNT’s The
Librarian) and creators John Rogers (Transformers) and Chris Downey (The King of
Queens). The series is produced for TNT by Devlin’s Electric Entertainment.
For its second season, LEVERAGE ranked among ad-supported cables’ Top 10
returning series. The season averaged 4.5 million viewers, 1.8 million adults
18-49 and 2.2 million adults 25-54. LEVERAGE enjoyed outstanding growthwhen
compared to its first season, with viewers up 13%, adults 18-49 up 2% and adults
25-54 up 2%. An exceptionally strong performer in time-shifted viewing,
LEVERAGE’s second season garnered58% growth among viewers, 74% among adults
18-49 and 67% growth among adults 25-54 when comparing Live to Live + 7
About Electric Entertainment
Electric Entertainment is a full service film, television, and new media
production company headed by veteran producer Dean Devlin along with partners
Kearie Peak, Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan. Over the last fifteen years, Devlin
has co-written and produced some of the most successful feature films of all
time. He co-wrote and produced Stargate and Independence Day, which has grossed
over $800 million worldwide. He co-wrote and produced Godzilla, and produced The
Patriot starring Mel Gibson, which was nominated for three Academy Awards.
Electric is currently in production on the third season of Leverage, the 1-hour
drama series airing on TNT this Summer. Electric’s most recent film projects
include Flyboys, the politically-charged documentary Who Killed the Electric
Car?, Cellular starring Kim Basinger and Eight Legged Freaks. In addition to
LEVERAGE, Electric’s television credits include Sci Fi Channel’s The Triangle,
which won an Emmy for its Visual Effects; 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 Solomon’s
Minesm which won an Emmy award for best music composition; and The Librarian:
Curse of the Judas Chalice which premiered in December 2008.
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama
and home to such original series as the acclaimed and highly popular detective
drama The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick; Men of a Certain Age, with Ray Romano,
Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula; Saving Grace, starring Holly Hunter; HawthoRNe,
with Jada Pinkett Smith; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; and Dark Blue,
starring Dylan McDermott; the upcoming Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon
and Sasha Alexander; Memphis Beat, with Jason Lee; and Southland, from
Emmy®-winning producer John Wells (ER). TNT also presents such powerful dramas
as Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and Numb3rs;
broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen
Actors Guild Awards®; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the
NBA. TNT is available in high-definition.
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