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"Leverage" review by Suzanne
Winter episodes return Tuesday, November 27 at 10 p.m. on TNT

This is one of my favorite shows, and I always enjoy watching it! It's a fun, cool, slick show, with plenty of action, adventure, comedy and drama. The characters are awesome, and the guest stars are fabulous. I really can't say enough about it. You should be watching it if you're not already!

TNT was kind enough to send me the next four episodes on DVD so I can review them for you. I really had fun watching them.  The first one, on November 27th, is "The Low Low Price Job". Eliot feels bad for this woman who is losing her family store when a Walmart-type store moves into this small town. The gang goes up against a huge corporation for the first time, I believe. They try to shut it down just as it's opening the local store.

The second episode, premiering December 4th, is "The White Rabbit Job". This is a bizarre episode and not like their usual ones. I think they were really trying something unusual here. This executive is laying off employees and trying to sell his business, but their client wants him to go back to being the nice guy he used to be. The Leverage team has to get inside his head and figure out what happened so they can persuade him to change back and save his company (and his employees' jobs). It's very tricky and not their usual con job. Parker has to pose as the guy's relative, which is hard for her.

The third episode, "The Corkscrew Job" is more like a normal Leverage episode and airs December 11. Someone dies at a winery and they have to figure out how it happened and what's going on, but of course as always, there's a lot more than that at stake.  Sophie is featured quite a bit in this episode since she has to cozy up to the evil boss of the winery.

The fourth episode is my favorite, "The Toy Job". It's their Christmas episode and it airs December 18th. A man comes to the team with a toy that his old company is selling. He tried to tell them that it's not safe, but they fired him and are selling it anyway.  Besides having to figure out how to stop that toy from being sold and punish the manufacturer, the team argues about how they will celebrate Christmas this year. Nate doesn't want everyone to spend a lot of money on gifts like they usually do.  The ending of this episode is especially poignant and has a great moment with star Timothy Hutton (Nate).

I hope you watch and enjoy them as much as I did!!  Great show...

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TV's Favorite Con Artists Prepare to Steal Christmas and More

In Five All-New Episodes of TNT's Leverage

Winter Episodes Begin Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

For five years, television's coolest gang of con artists have used their unique skills to help level the playing field for people whose lives have been destroyed by the rich and powerful. This winter, things are going to get personal as TNT's hit series Leverage returns with five brand new episodes. Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton stars in this clever and compelling drama, along with Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge. Leverage is set to begin its winter run Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), following an all-new episode of Rizzoli & Isles.

Leverage focuses on a team of five top-notch specialists out to give everyday people a helping hand against the machinations of corrupt bigwigs. Leading the crew is mastermind Nate Ford (Hutton), a former insurance investigator whose son died when his employer refused to pay for life-saving surgery. Sophie Devereaux (Bellman) is the team's resident grifter, a brilliant con artist who shares a long and complicated history with Nate Ė both professionally and romantically. Eliot Spencer (Kane) provides muscle as the team's bone-crunching retrieval specialist with a passion for gourmet cooking and a soft spot for the underdog. Gadget and technology wizard Alec Hardison (Hodge) provides the team with everything from communications and video surveillance to target dossiers and virtual environments, rarely getting the credit he feels he deserves. And Parker (Riesgraf) is the team's thief, a slightly off-center charmer who gets giddy at the thought of rappelling off a building or cracking an unbreakable safe.

With the rallying cry, "Let's go steal aÖ," Nate and his team set out each week to tackle corrupt executives, politicians and other big shots by taking something they hold dear. The team has since "stolen" everything from an airplane to a baseball stadium. They've even stolen a country. And this winter, they're going to steal something they've never gone after before: a man's dreams.

Winter will also pit the Leverage crew against the ruthless manager of a discount store whose tactics threaten not only her employees but also the town itself. They'll target a corrupt winery owner whose workers are collapsing. And in a special holiday episode, the team will try to steal Christmas in order to prevent an unscrupulous toy company CEO from unleashing a dangerous product into the market. In addition, the team will once again face their nemesis, insurance-investigator-turned-InterPOL-agent Jim Sterling (guest star Mark Sheppard).

With each and every case they handle, Nate, Sophie, Elliott, Hardison and Parker prove themselves to be more than just a league of extraordinary con artists. They are a family. But in Leverage's gripping season finale, the bond that holds this family together could be torn apart permanently with an extremely risky case involving the death of Nate's son.

Since premiering in 2008, Leverage has been a solid hit, averaging more than 3.8 million viewers in its fifth season, with 1.4 million adults 18-49 and 1.7 million adults 25-54. Leverage is executive-produced by Dean Devlin (Independence Day, TNTís The Librarian movie series) and creators John Rogers (Transformers) and Chris Downey (The King of Queens). The series is produced for TNT by Devlinís Electric Entertainment.

About Electric Entertainment

Electric Entertainment is a full service film, television, and new media production company and studio headed by veteran producer Dean Devlin along with Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan. Electricís television credits include TNTís The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, starring Noah Wyle, which was the highest rated cable movie of 2004; its sequel, The Librarian: Return to King Solomonís Mine; and the third installment of the franchise, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice. Along with Bryan Singerís Bad Hat Harry production company, Electric produced Syfyís The Triangle, which won an Emmy for its visual effects and was the highest-rated miniseries on the cable channel since Steven Spielberg Presents TAKEN (2002).

About TNT

TNT, one of cable's top-rated networks, is television's destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households, TNT is home to such original drama series as Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Dallas, Perception, Major Crimes, Franklin & Bash, Leverage, Southland and the upcoming Monday Mornings. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like the upcoming Boston's Finest (working title), 72 Hours (working title) and The Hero (working title). In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order and Castle, which starts this year; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

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

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