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Leverage
Leverage title screen
Leverage intertitle
Genre Drama
Created by John Rogers
Chris Downey
Directed by Dean Devlin
Starring Timothy Hutton
Gina Bellman
Christian Kane
Beth Riesgraf
Aldis Hodge
Composer(s) Joseph LoDuca
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 28 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Dean Devlin
John Rogers
Location(s) Chicago (pilot)
Los Angeles (Season 1)
Portland, OR (as Boston) (Season 2)
Running time 42 minutes approximately
Broadcast
Original channel TNT
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run December 7, 2008 (2008-12-07) – present
External links
Official website
Production website
.Leverage is a U.S. television drama series on TNT that premiered in December 2008.[1] The series is produced by director/executive producer Dean Devlin's production company Electric Television.^ TNT series "Leverage" moves to Oregon .
  • TNT series "Leverage" moves to Oregon - Portland Business Journal: 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC portland.bizjournals.com [Source type: News]
  • TNT series "Leverage" moves to Oregon - Portland Business Journal: 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.bizjournals.com [Source type: News]

^ LEVERAGE comes to TNT from Electric Entertainment and executive producers Dean Devlin and John Rogers.
  • 5 Million Viewers Tune in for Premiere TNT Thrilling New Series Leverage 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.timewarner.com [Source type: General]

^ The Governor's Office of Film & Television and the office of Portland Mayor Sam Adams announced that "Leverage," a drama starring Timothy Hutton, will move production of its second season from Los Angeles to Portland.
  • Cable TV show 'Leverage' to film its second season in Portland - OregonLive.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.oregonlive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Leverage follows a five-person team of thieves, computer experts and con artists, headed up by former insurance investigator Nate Ford, who use their skills to right corporate and governmental injustices inflicted on common citizens.^ Meet Nate Ford, a former insurance investigator that spent his professional ...
  • TV Forum: Leverage - Topics 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ That person is Nathan Ford (Timothy Hutton), an insurance investigator who decides to cross over to the dark side and team up with a band of attractive, high-end grifters to help pick the pocket of large, evil corporations, such as the insurance company that let Nate's little boy die of leukemia instead of allowing the experimental therapy his father demanded.
  • "Leverage": "Hustle" with a twist | TV Barn 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blogs.kansascity.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Meet Nate Ford, a former insurance investigator that spent his professional career dedicated to the company that he recovered millions in stolen goods for.
  • Leverage at TV.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • TV Forum: Leverage - Topics 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The first season of Leverage consisted of 13 episodes, which writers John Rogers and Chris Downey and producer Dean Devlin intended to be a complete story should the series not be renewed.^ Rapid Recap of the First season of Leverage .

^ In addition to producer Dean Devlin, the creative team includes writers Chris Downey and John Rogers, whose comedy backgrounds underscore that "Leverage's" main goal is mercifully less about indicting big-business malfeasance than simply delivering cheeky fun.
  • Leverage Review - TV Show Reviews - Analysis Of Leverage The TV Series 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.variety.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The episode, written by "Leverage" co-creator John Rogers and directed by executive producer Dean Devlin, is lively and fast-moving, and benefits from the cast's chemistry.
  • 'Leverage' turns Portland into 'Beantown West' - OregonLive.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.oregonlive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The second season, for which production moved from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon,[2] ran in two parts: a nine-episode summer season which premiered on July 15, 2009, followed by a further six episodes the following winter.^ July 15, 2009 .
  • IAmATVJunkie.com. Life's Rich Electronically-Delivered Pageant: Video -- Leverage Returns Tonight on TNT, Watch a Season Preview Here 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC iamatvjunkie.typepad.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Leverage Season Two premiered tonight.
  • Leverage season one DVD: crime drama about Delta force who take down corrupt corporations - Boing Boing 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Wednesday, July 15, 2009 .
  • Crimespree Cinema: Season two of LEVERAGE starts tonight. 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.crimespreecinema.com [Source type: General]
  • Marvel Anime TV Series at Comic-Con | Movie Room Reviews 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.movieroomreviews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

On August 27, 2009, TNT announced that Leverage has been renewed for a fifteen-episode third season beginning in Summer 2010.[3]

Contents

Overview

.Former insurance investigator Nate Ford and his band of cohorts act as modern-day Robin Hoods, pulling elaborate scams targeted against the greedy and the corrupt.^ A real modern time Robin Hood.
  • Leverage at TV.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Hutton stars as a former insurance investigator whose son died as a result of corporate greed.
  • 5 Million Viewers Tune in for Premiere TNT Thrilling New Series Leverage 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.timewarner.com [Source type: General]

^ Hutton, whose last TV work was on NBC's underrated and quickly cancelled Kidnapped , gives a relaxed, almost effortless performance as Nate Ford, a former insurance investigator who left the game after the giant firm he worked for denied his son life-saving experimental medical treatment.
  • 'Leverage' review: It takes a thief - From Inside the Box - Zap2it 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blog.zap2it.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The team was formed in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles headquarters in Season One.^ The Governor's Office of Film & Television and the office of Portland Mayor Sam Adams announced that "Leverage," a drama starring Timothy Hutton, will move production of its second season from Los Angeles to Portland.
  • Cable TV show 'Leverage' to film its second season in Portland - OregonLive.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.oregonlive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Program 29: Radiation Waves Viewers learn that one of the chief ways in which heat energy moves is in the form of waves.
  • Eureka 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.rickstv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This season, the series will take the contestants from Los Angeles to Japan to New York to compete in the food fight of their professional lives.

With their headquarters demolished and faces known, they disbanded at the end of the season. They reformed in Boston after persuading Ford to lead them again, and have set up a new base in Ford's loft apartment. .However, after a con involving the corrupt city mayor, they were forced to move out once again, this time leaving Ford, who left himself as a bargaining chip.^ After recruiting a talented grifter (Gina Bellman, of Coupling fame) -- who's the world's worst actress, except when she's running a con -- and completing the job, they discover that their relationship can be beneficial to all involved.
  • 'Leverage' review: It takes a thief - From Inside the Box - Zap2it 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blog.zap2it.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In LEVERAGE, Timothy Hutton plays NATE FORD, a former insurance investigator and once-loyal employee who had recovered millions of dollars in stolen goods.

Cast and characters

Main cast

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  • Timothy Hutton as Nathan Ford – former insurance fraud investigator for IYS Insurance and the team's mastermind.^ Meet Nate Ford, a former insurance investigator that spent his professional ...
    • TV Forum: Leverage - Topics 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Hutton, whose last TV work was on NBC's underrated and quickly cancelled Kidnapped , gives a relaxed, almost effortless performance as Nate Ford, a former insurance investigator who left the game after the giant firm he worked for denied his son life-saving experimental medical treatment.
    • 'Leverage' review: It takes a thief - From Inside the Box - Zap2it 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blog.zap2it.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ That person is Nathan Ford (Timothy Hutton), an insurance investigator who decides to cross over to the dark side and team up with a band of attractive, high-end grifters to help pick the pocket of large, evil corporations, such as the insurance company that let Nate's little boy die of leukemia instead of allowing the experimental therapy his father demanded.
    • "Leverage": "Hustle" with a twist | TV Barn 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blogs.kansascity.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The son of South Boston numbers runner Jimmy Ford,[4] Nate originally intended to become a Catholic priest, spending a short period in seminary prior to becoming an insurance investigator.^ Meet Nate Ford, a former insurance investigator that spent his professional ...
    • TV Forum: Leverage - Topics 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Meet Nate Ford, a former insurance investigator that spent his professional career dedicated to the company that he recovered millions in stolen goods for.
    • Leverage at TV.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • TV Forum: Leverage - Topics 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In LEVERAGE , Hutton stars as Nate Ford, a former insurance investigator determined to bring down the kind of corrupt bigwigs whose neglect led to the death of his son.
    • Televisionary: TNT Extends Summer Drama Series "Leverage" for Two Additional Episodes 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.televisionaryblog.com [Source type: General]

    .While working for IYS, Nate's young son became seriously ill; IYS refused to pay for the experimental treatment he needed, resulting in his death.^ Hutton, whose last TV work was on NBC's underrated and quickly cancelled Kidnapped , gives a relaxed, almost effortless performance as Nate Ford, a former insurance investigator who left the game after the giant firm he worked for denied his son life-saving experimental medical treatment.
    • 'Leverage' review: It takes a thief - From Inside the Box - Zap2it 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blog.zap2it.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Leverage doesn't go too deep -- the death of Nate's son is what drives him, for instance, but it doesn't follow him like a dark cloud.
    • 'Leverage' review: It takes a thief - From Inside the Box - Zap2it 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blog.zap2it.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    The aftermath leads to Nate's drinking, his divorce from his wife Maggie, and his subsequent dismissal from the company. .A skilled planner, Nate draws on his experience as an insurance investigator to anticipate the moves of his team's marks.^ Meet Nate Ford, a former insurance investigator that spent his professional career dedicated to the company that he recovered millions in stolen goods for.
    • TV Forum: Leverage - Topics 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Meet Nate Ford, a former insurance investigator that spent his professional ...
    • TV Forum: Leverage - Topics 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Nate has the privilege of selecting what clients the team helps, seeking them out usually on his own, and he often acts as their direct liaison to the team.^ Arthur's daughter teams up with the sons of the Knights of the Roundtable to lure the legendary Merlin out of exile so he can help them fight the evil wizard.

    .He initially operates behind the scenes, but becomes an active participant in the team's cons playing a wide variety of roles from leading his own grift attempts to serving as a distraction for the others to carry out their work.^ But you know over the course of the first season some trust issues come up certainly in the show that happened last night with Sophie, the team sees that maybe she's working towards her own end and not for the team or for others.
    • Leverage Cast Interview Timothy Hutton, Beth Riesgraf, Aldis Hodge 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.popculturemadness.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Robert Vaughn as a con artist who leads a team of younger cons on major-league fleecing operations"?
    • "Leverage": "Hustle" with a twist | TV Barn 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blogs.kansascity.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I think that the team also isn't sure whether they want to continue working with others.
    • Leverage Cast Interview Timothy Hutton, Beth Riesgraf, Aldis Hodge 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.popculturemadness.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Nate is at first a very likable and talkative man, but is unwilling to talk about his own problems, even becoming quick to anger anytime the subject changes to his son's death.^ Some have even gone on to become stars in their own right.

    ^ Leverage doesn't go too deep -- the death of Nate's son is what drives him, for instance, but it doesn't follow him like a dark cloud.
    • 'Leverage' review: It takes a thief - From Inside the Box - Zap2it 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blog.zap2it.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ This places Ida at the very root of anthropoid evolution -- when primates were first developing the features that would evolve into our own.

    .Throughout the first season, his drinking remains problematic, even after he goes through detox during a con in a rehab center.^ Elmore Leonard character coming to FX in LAWMAN. LEVERAGE Season the first BONES panel from Comic-Con.
    • Crimespree Cinema: Season two of LEVERAGE starts tonight. 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.crimespreecinema.com [Source type: General]

    ^ That series was pretty mediocre during most of its first and second seasons, but then came together seamlessly in its third go around.
    • The Watcher: Timothy Hutton stars the zippy new caper series 'Leverage' 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .For the first half of the second season, Nate is sober, having substituted coffee for alcohol, but begins drinking again after being forced to have a drink to maintain his cover during a con.^ In the season-two opener, Nate -- who previously had a fondness for the bottle -- has sobered up.
    • 'Leverage' turns Portland into 'Beantown West' - OregonLive.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.oregonlive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Saw the first season in 2 days and then started watching the second season!
    • Leverage at TV.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ That series was pretty mediocre during most of its first and second seasons, but then came together seamlessly in its third go around.
    • The Watcher: Timothy Hutton stars the zippy new caper series 'Leverage' 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Nate has continuing issues with control, and the effects of his past demons and his increasingly complicated relationship with Sophie are still unresolved. .Though he always claimed he wasn't a thief throughout the series, at the very end of the second season he finally proclaimed, "My name is Nathan Ford, and I am a thief."
  • Gina Bellman as Sophie Devereaux – British actress and accomplished grifter with a taste for art theft.^ Nate reunites with his old gang after they all turn out for a woeful performance of "The Sound of Music," starring cohort/grifter extraordinaire Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman), whose onstage acting skills haven't improved since last season.
    • 'Leverage' turns Portland into 'Beantown West' - OregonLive.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.oregonlive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Gina Bellman is capable as Sophie, a con artist whom Ford knew during his prior career as an insurance investigator (though a running joke about Sophie’s attempt at a legitimate acting career gets old fast).
    • The Watcher: Timothy Hutton stars the zippy new caper series 'Leverage' 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Dean Devlin's Leverage Gets Second Season - February 2, 2009 More capers in store for Nathan Ford & Co.
    • IGN: Leverage 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC tv.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Sophie is oddly enough a talentless actress appearing campy and over-the-top in her work on stage. .But as a grifter who is one on one with people, she effortlessly plays the role needed to draw the team's target into the con.^ Robert Vaughn as a con artist who leads a team of younger cons on major-league fleecing operations"?
    • "Leverage": "Hustle" with a twist | TV Barn 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blogs.kansascity.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In one scene the character-who-beats-people-up takes on four hard guys.
    • Leverage season one DVD: crime drama about Delta force who take down corrupt corporations - Boing Boing 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The summer finale, guest-starring Star Trek: Voyager ’s Jeri Ryan in a new recurring role as Tara, a grifter who helps the team out, will air Wednesday, Sept.
    • Televisionary: TNT Extends Summer Drama Series "Leverage" for Two Additional Episodes 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.televisionaryblog.com [Source type: General]

    .Particularly adept at the use of accents and multi-lingual, Sophie is seen to portray, among many others, a German athlete, a Southern horse broker, an Indian business executive, an American television producer and a reporter from New Zealand.^ "Hustle" was seen here on AMC, before executives there decided to stop renting other countries' hits and develop their own.
    • "Leverage": "Hustle" with a twist | TV Barn 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blogs.kansascity.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Sophie also has a collection of aliases, including her identity with the team as Sophie Devereaux, but has never revealed her real name. She has a long history with Nate, dating back at least ten years to when he pursued her with IYS as an art thief. .At some point, they recognized they are attracted to one another, but have never acted on it, leaving Sophie alternately frustrated, angry and disappointed.^ A way of making the world better, and therapy for some of the wounds they all have from their own pasts, most seeming to have been victimized one way or another, and make some profit in the progress.
    • Leverage at TV.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Nate's drinking is also a source of conflict between them throughout the first season. After the team disbands in Los Angeles, Sophie is instrumental in reuniting them in Boston. .Midway through Season 2, she has begun to question whether she's lost herself in the names she's used and the characters she's played, and has embarked on a journey of self-discovery, temporarily leaving the team with another well-practiced grifter, Tara Cole.^ If you use a cable lock, you might as well leave it unlocked with a sign that says "free bike".
    • 'Leverage' turns Portland into 'Beantown West' - OregonLive.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.oregonlive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .In many episodes afterward she is seen via webcam giving advice to all of the other remaining characters at separate times, showing that she still plays a vital part of the team, before finally returning in the second season finale as a backup plan for their con.
  • Christian Kane as Eliot Spencer – highly skilled martial artist, weapons expert and retrieval expert.^ 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 connected and informed; and Parker (Riesgraf), a slightly off-center thief adept at rappelling off buildings or squeezing into tight places.
    • Televisionary: TNT Extends Summer Drama Series "Leverage" for Two Additional Episodes 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.televisionaryblog.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Gradually, computer wiz Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge), tough guy Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) and agile thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf) convince Nate to get back in the do-gooding-con-artist game.
    • 'Leverage' turns Portland into 'Beantown West' - OregonLive.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.oregonlive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ They're all ex-cons, except for Hutton's character.
    • Leverage season one DVD: crime drama about Delta force who take down corrupt corporations - Boing Boing 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .His role in cons is often to play small roles while protecting the team, often leading him into hand-to-hand combat that draws on his martial arts skills.^ The team takes a look at a martial arts studio owner...
    • Leverage at TV.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Eliot has a long history as a soldier-of-fortune, and has seen violence much of his life. While merely presumed as the muscleman, he demonstrates a subtle intelligence in conversation often taking advantage of the underestimations of others, as well as demonstrating a tactical brilliance; he is equally capable in field situations or making snap judgements to protect the team in Nate's absence. He is proficient with guns, despite his distaste for them, as well as knives and a variety of other small weapons. .Eliot appears to be adept with women, but tends to keep his romantic life private, as he does much of his background.
  • Beth Riesgraf as Parker – expert thief, cat-burglar, pickpocket and safe-cracker.^ Gradually, computer wiz Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge), tough guy Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) and agile thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf) convince Nate to get back in the do-gooding-con-artist game.
    • 'Leverage' turns Portland into 'Beantown West' - OregonLive.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.oregonlive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ You have a thief, a computer cracker, an unarmed combat expert, a 'woman of all faces', and a planner.
    • Leverage season one DVD: crime drama about Delta force who take down corrupt corporations - Boing Boing 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ As Parker, a socially inept break-in specialist, Beth Riesgraf is terrible, and, with her shameless mugging and clueless overacting, she manages to upset the equilibrium of many of the scenes she’s in.
    • The Watcher: Timothy Hutton stars the zippy new caper series 'Leverage' 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Known only by her last name, Parker is a risk-taker who loves money above anything. She is impulsive, kleptomaniacal (on and off the job), and impish to a fault in her work. .Parker is a bit socially awkward and will say inappropriate things in most social settings: a product of an abusive childhood spent in more than one foster home, and as with the rest of the cast, not much is revealed about that past life.^ At least in its earlier seasons, I found Hustle much more entertaining (cleverer plans, better dialogue) than Leverage.
    • Leverage season one DVD: crime drama about Delta force who take down corrupt corporations - Boing Boing 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I don't watch all that much TV ('cause there's so much more interesting stuff online), but this one is a keeper.
    • Leverage season one DVD: crime drama about Delta force who take down corrupt corporations - Boing Boing 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .She is co-dependant to the team: she needs Nate to balance her sense of greed, and depends on Sophie who attempts to help her develop social skills as the series progresses, but both appears to meet with little success.^ In the episode:  Nate Ford reluctantly reassembles the team to pit the local Irish mob against a banker who is gaming a government bailout.

    ^ I am very happy that "Nate" has cleaned up his act, he does not need the booze to provide help.
    • Leverage at TV.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ If they survive, Nate has to deal with four thieves who’ve decided he needs them in his life, whether he likes it or not.

    .Parker has a complement of rappelling and infiltration equipment she is very proficient with, is very strong and athletic despite her outward appearance, and can speak fluent Spanish.
  • Aldis Hodge as Alec Hardison – computer/Internet specialist and hacker.^ Gradually, computer wiz Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge), tough guy Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) and agile thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf) convince Nate to get back in the do-gooding-con-artist game.
    • 'Leverage' turns Portland into 'Beantown West' - OregonLive.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.oregonlive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Aldis Hodge  ( Alec Hardison ) , Beth Riesgraf  ( Parker ) .
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    He is a self-proclaimed geek and science fiction fan, with a dry, unusual wit, easy-going manner, and a catch-phrase for every situation. Like Parker, he was raised by a foster parent, an older woman he refers to as his "Nana". Hardison can hack into most—if not all—forms of electronics and rarely is caught. Hardison designed and assembled the computer and television systems in the team's headquarters, and is responsible for the electronic applications used by the team on their cons (most noticeable of which, the inner ear piece each member of the team uses for long range communication). He also is very attached to his electronics, shown to become very depressed when the con takes a turn for the worse and requires they destroy his electronics to make their escape, as seen when they blew up the original Leverage Consulting and Assoc. HQ in Los Angeles, as well as his surveillance van, "Lucille".

Recurring cast

  • Mark A. Sheppard as James Sterling – Originally Nate's co-worker and rival at IYS, now an Interpol agent. .Always second-best to Nate and with no love lost, Sterling learns of Nate's new life and begins to follow him, thinking that Nate wants his job at IYS back.^ Leverage doesn't go too deep -- the death of Nate's son is what drives him, for instance, but it doesn't follow him like a dark cloud.
    • 'Leverage' review: It takes a thief - From Inside the Box - Zap2it 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blog.zap2it.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I do want to see them bring out more of the back story for Nate and his son, Sam I think.
    • 'Leverage' review: It takes a thief - From Inside the Box - Zap2it 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blog.zap2it.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Nate soon realizes Sterling is on his trail, but foils his efforts to dismantle the team's first con. .Sterling warns Nate they'll meet again and renews their rivalry when Nate and the team attempt to bring down Nate's former boss, Ian Blackpoole.^ In LEVERAGE , Hutton stars as Nate Ford, a former insurance investigator determined to bring down the kind of corrupt bigwigs whose neglect led to the death of his son.
    • Televisionary: TNT Extends Summer Drama Series "Leverage" for Two Additional Episodes 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.televisionaryblog.com [Source type: General]

    .At first, Sterling seems to have defeated Nate and scattered the team, but they soon regroup, and this time, it's Sterling who's defeated.^ The Leverage team infiltrates a company that sells contaminated frozen food, but their first attempt goes wrong, so they try to do it again by posing as magicians.
    • Leverage at TV.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Leverage: "The First David Job" Review - February 19, 2009 Team Leverage tries to heal Nate...with revenge.
    • IGN: Leverage 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC tv.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ They all seem to be having a good time, and viewers likely will, too.
    • 'Leverage' turns Portland into 'Beantown West' - OregonLive.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.oregonlive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    He later returns to hire the team both to save Maggie and to get back a jeweled egg that was insured by IYS when it was stolen. As a result of that con he was given a position at Interpol. His new position brings him against Nate's team at the end of the Second Season as Sterling hunts for the gunrunner partnered with the corrupt mayor Nate was conning. As in the first season, Nate usually takes advantage of Sterling's occupation to gain advantage of him.
  • Jeri Ryan as Tara Cole – a self-assured grifter Sophie sends to help the team while she takes a break in Europe. Initially, she appears to be a naïve lawyer the team must work with, but reveals her real identity at the end of their first con. .The team reluctantly accepts her, but they reserve suspicion at first from her annoyance with their prior camaraderie and Nate's own idiosyncracies.^ The Leverage team infiltrates a company that sells contaminated frozen food, but their first attempt goes wrong, so they try to do it again by posing as magicians.
    • Leverage at TV.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The team is also surprised that unlike them, she is a con for profit and seeks a cut of most their jobs.^ The team's stings vary both in complexity and surprise, and the most entertaining ones tend to be where everything goes wrong, like an episode where the con is complicated by the presence of Ford's insurance company replacement.
    • Sepinwall on TV: 'Leverage' review - NJ.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.nj.com [Source type: General]

    .Tara leaves the team at the end of the second season in "The Maltese Falcon Job" when her debt to Sophie is repaid.
  • Kari Matchett as Maggie Collins – Nate's ex-wife, an art expert who re-enters his life while working with IYS Chair Ian Blackpoole.^ Eliot goes undercover on a date with Nate's ex-wife.
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    Although no longer in love with him, Maggie still cares for Nate, but cannot live with his drinking, which led her to divorce him. Maggie is an art expert who re-enters Nate's life when he attempts to steal a maquette of the David from Ian Blackpoole. .She is unaware of IYS's role in her son's death, but learns the whole story as she's drawn into Nate's con, allowing them to come to terms with his death and begin to rebuild their relationship.^ I do want to see them bring out more of the back story for Nate and his son, Sam I think.
    • 'Leverage' review: It takes a thief - From Inside the Box - Zap2it 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blog.zap2it.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Leverage doesn't go too deep -- the death of Nate's son is what drives him, for instance, but it doesn't follow him like a dark cloud.
    • 'Leverage' review: It takes a thief - From Inside the Box - Zap2it 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blog.zap2it.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .She demonstrates a flair for Nate's new work, and ends up helping the team complete their con, and Nate to gain his revenge.^ I eat up each new episode like candy, and the elaborate cons that Hutton's character pulls together, even when he's drunk out of his mind, are hilarious.
    • 'Leverage' review: It takes a thief - From Inside the Box - Zap2it 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blog.zap2it.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .In the second season, while on a job for IYS in Kiev, she was framed for the theft of a jeweled egg, which led to Sterling hiring the team to clear her.
  • Rick Overton and Gerald Downey as FBI Special Agents Taggert and McSweeten – who have (unwittingly) worked with Leverage Consulting & Associates on at least three occasions, believing Hardison and Parker to be fellow FBI agents.^ Leverage Season 1 Review - March 4, 2009 Did Team Leverage get the job done?
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    ^ Dean Devlin's Leverage Gets Second Season - February 2, 2009 More capers in store for Nathan Ford & Co.
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    ^ Leverage season one DVD: crime drama about Delta force who take down corrupt corporations .
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    Credited with catching the bad guys following two of the team's cons in small towns, they have now earned a more prestigious assignment in Boston.
  • Robert Blanche as Lt. Patrick Bonanno – a Massachusetts State Police detective who arrests the culprits in two of the team's cons. Like Taggart and McSweeten, he does not realize he plays a role in the con, but is less incompetent than they are, ultimately realising Nate's role in the arrests. He is later shot when investigating a corruption scandal, leading the team to try to find his attacker. It is also revealed that he wished to buy Nate Ford a drink, as well as arrest him.

Episodes

.Thirteen episodes were commissioned for the first season.^ I watched every episode in the first season and thought it paled in comparison to BBC's Hustle.
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[5] The series began airing on December 7, 2008.
.In the pilot, Victor Dubenich persuades Ford, a retired insurance investigator with intricate knowledge of scams, to lead a team of talented criminals to steal back aeronautical plans allegedly stolen from him by a competitor.^ As the show's hero, retired insurance investigator Nathan Ford ( Timothy Hutton ), explains to a pair of potential clients, "People like that, corporations like that, they have all the money, they have all the power.
  • Sepinwall on TV: 'Leverage' review - NJ.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.nj.com [Source type: General]

^ Timothy Hutton stars as a former insurance investigator who leads a team of con men and thieves in Robin Hood-like jobs, getting even with crooks who rip off innocent people.
  • 'Leverage' has enough of it for a season renewal - What are you lookin' at? 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

After a successful heist, Dubenich double-crosses them, withdrawing their payment and attempting to blow them up in an abandoned warehouse. .In retaliation, the group decides to run a con on Victor, eventually exposing his corruption and implicating him in a bribery attempt, and having him arrested by the FBI. At the end of the episode it is revealed that by short-selling stock in Dubenich's company each team member made over $32.7 million; however, rather than retire, they decide to keep working for the thrill each gets doing the work they are best at, and the added bonus of how effective they are as part of an elite team.^ The team's stings vary both in complexity and surprise, and the most entertaining ones tend to be where everything goes wrong, like an episode where the con is complicated by the presence of Ford's insurance company replacement.
  • Sepinwall on TV: 'Leverage' review - NJ.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.nj.com [Source type: General]

^ (We're introduced to him as he's attempting to use the Jedi mind trick on a group of hotel security guards.
  • Sepinwall on TV: 'Leverage' review - NJ.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.nj.com [Source type: General]

^ But I was most disappointed by the fact that a lot of the cons relied on complete suspension of disbelief rather than actual deception.
  • Leverage season one DVD: crime drama about Delta force who take down corrupt corporations - Boing Boing 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Ford's condition for continuing is that he is allowed to select their jobs, steering them from crimes engaged in for pure profit to jobs undertaken to benefit those with a genuine need who cannot use the legal system or other 'legitimate' methods to redress their grievances. As later episodes play out, their typical client is someone victimized by an individual or corporation with the wealth and influence to avoid reprisal within the legal system. .(As everyone is now independently rich, and the only real reason to continue taking on jobs is the thrill, not money, they are all more or less agreeable to this.^ I appreciate the capers and the ways they work around stuff - I'm not sure all of their hacks would work in real life, but I always enjoy thinking about them.
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^ I think you hit on something, if this shows a success we will be seeing a lot more of these Robin Hood types & a lot less spoiled rich kids.
  • 'Leverage' review: It takes a thief - From Inside the Box - Zap2it 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blog.zap2it.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

)
.In the first regular episode, "The Homecoming Job", the team (now operating as Leverage Consulting & Associates) runs a scam on the head of a military contracting firm responsible for critically injuring their client, a US Army reservist.^ The scams the team runs -- under the guise of a legitimate consulting firm -- aren't quite Ocean's 11 -worthy, but superslick action doesn't seem like the goal here (nor, frankly, would it be really feasible on a week-to-week cable-show budget).
  • 'Leverage' review: It takes a thief - From Inside the Box - Zap2it 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blog.zap2it.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I only caught the first couple episodes of Leverage because it was on US TV and I live in the UK, so I'm looking forward to catching up with this.
  • Leverage season one DVD: crime drama about Delta force who take down corrupt corporations - Boing Boing 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I had to cruise around and see what all the professional critics were saying about this show after watching the first two episodes.
  • 'Leverage' review: It takes a thief - From Inside the Box - Zap2it 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blog.zap2it.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Ford's old insurance company is mentioned in this episode.^ The team's stings vary both in complexity and surprise, and the most entertaining ones tend to be where everything goes wrong, like an episode where the con is complicated by the presence of Ford's insurance company replacement.
  • Sepinwall on TV: 'Leverage' review - NJ.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.nj.com [Source type: General]

They learn that the company has stolen taxpayer money from the government, and Nathan insists they arrange to return it to the government (although they do keep a portion for the hospital treating the injured veteran.) .During this episode, the team members realize they enjoy their work not just for the thrill of excelling at their criminal craft, but because they are actually doing good things and helping people who deserve to be helped.^ Report this comment #16 posted by pupdog , July 16, 2009 8:40 AM I'd really have to question the mental state of someone who questions other peoples mental states based on what they find entertaining on TV. But that's just my opinion, I find the show entertaining.
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^ I appreciate the capers and the ways they work around stuff - I'm not sure all of their hacks would work in real life, but I always enjoy thinking about them.
  • Leverage season one DVD: crime drama about Delta force who take down corrupt corporations - Boing Boing 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There's just really nothing to like about this show, in my opinion, and I kind of have to question the mental stability of someone who is not only "looking forward" to seeing more episodes, but is "really, really looking forward."
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Ratings

.In Live + 7 data, Leverage averaged 4.0 million viewers per episode in the first season and 4.5 million viewers per episode in the second season.^ The episode, written by "Leverage" co-creator John Rogers and directed by executive producer Dean Devlin, is lively and fast-moving, and benefits from the cast's chemistry.
  • 'Leverage' turns Portland into 'Beantown West' - OregonLive.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.oregonlive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I watched every episode in the first season and thought it paled in comparison to BBC's Hustle.
  • Leverage season one DVD: crime drama about Delta force who take down corrupt corporations - Boing Boing 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I only caught the first couple episodes of Leverage because it was on US TV and I live in the UK, so I'm looking forward to catching up with this.
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[6]

First Season

.The series ranks as ad-supported cable’s #1 entertainment program in the Tuesday 10 p.m.^ "Leverage" ranks high in ad-supported cable programming (No.
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(ET/PT) time slot among viewers, households and adults 25-54. The Dec. .7 premiere was watched by 5.6 million viewers and scored TNT’s best original series telecast ever in delivery of adults 18-49 during the regular broadcast season.^ Erik Heinila, TNT Timothy Hutton in the season premiere of "Leverage," with Portland in the background Though it's supposedly set in Boston, the season-two premiere of the TV series "Leverage" looks an awful lot like Portland.
  • 'Leverage' turns Portland into 'Beantown West' - OregonLive.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.oregonlive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Through its first nine episodes, Leverage averaged 3.2 million viewers and 1.4 million adults 18-49 in Live + Same Day viewing.^ The episode, written by "Leverage" co-creator John Rogers and directed by executive producer Dean Devlin, is lively and fast-moving, and benefits from the cast's chemistry.
  • 'Leverage' turns Portland into 'Beantown West' - OregonLive.com 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC www.oregonlive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The first six episodes scored strong growth when comparing Live to Live + 7 numbers, with total viewership rising 33% to 4.1 million and adults 18-49 rising 42% to 1.9 million.

Second season

.Data from TNT indicates that a large percentage of viewers recorded the second season finale of Leverage for later viewing.^ Tuesdays, and the second season should start airing later this year.
  • 'Leverage' has enough of it for a season renewal - What are you lookin' at? 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

^ We haven't seen it getting much buzz, so we're happy to hear from TNT that there's allegedly enough of it that the new series "Leverage" is getting picked up for a second season.
  • 'Leverage' has enough of it for a season renewal - What are you lookin' at? 17 September 2009 11:14 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

^ Cable TV show 'Leverage' to film its second season in Portland - OregonLive.com Site Search Search Local Business Listings .
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The Live + 7 viewership of 4.2 million viewers was 70 percent greater than the Live data for the same episode. In addition, for the season, Live +7 viewership was 58 percent greater than Live viewership.[7]

DVD releases

On July 14, 2009, CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) released the first season of Leverage on DVD in Region 1 (US only). Season 2 will be released on May 25, 2010.[1]
DVD Name Ep# Release Date
The 1st Season 13 July 14, 2009
The 2nd Season 15 May 25, 2010

Technical

Leverage is shot using Red One video cameras. Extensive use of Steadicam helps the audience participate in the scene. 'Filming', editing, and all post-production work is done digitally, with no actual film or videotape being used at any point in the process. Apple's Final Cut Studio Pro 7 is used for editing and post-production. [8]
'Filming' is in 4096 x 2304 at 24 fps, though resolution is reduced in post production to 1080p.[citation needed]

International broadcasters

Country Broadcaster Series Premiere
 Australia FOX8 January 7, 2009
 Brazil Space March 17, 2009
 Portugal AXN March 19, 2009
 Netherlands RTL 5 April 2, 2009
 South Africa SET April 2, 2009
 Spain AXN April 16, 2009
 India AXN Londen 2009
 Italy Joi
La7
April 17, 2009
November 5, 2009
 Israel Yes Stars Action April 18, 2009
 Sweden Viasat Nature/Crime April 20, 2009
 Indonesia AXN Asia May 18, 2009
 Malaysia AXN Asia May 18, 2009
 Philippines AXN Asia May 18, 2009
 Poland nScreen May 18, 2009
 Singapore AXN Asia May 18, 2009
 Thailand AXN Asia May 18, 2009
 Lithuania TV3 May 27, 2009
 Denmark TV3 Puls June 6, 2009
 Hungary Viasat3 June 9, 2009
 Bulgaria Nova Television July 29, 2009
 Poland Canal+ September 5, 2009
 Turkey CNBC-e September 6, 2009
 Russia TV3 Russia September, 2009
 France TPS Star October 5, 2009
 Norway Viasat 4 October 12, 2009
 Slovenia TV3 Slovenia October 22, 2009
 Belgium 2BE October 25, 2009
 New Zealand Prime November 3, 2009
 Serbia Nacionalna November 15, 2009
 United Kingdom Bravo January 20, 2010
 Finland TV Viisi March 1, 2010
 Germany VOX Fall 2010

References

  1. ^ Dempsey, John (March 13, 2007). "TNT, Devlin team for 'Leverage'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117961093.html?categoryid=14&cs=1. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  2. ^ http://www.oregonlive.com/movies/index.ssf/2009/02/cable_tv_show_leverage_to_film.html
  3. ^ http://news.turner.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=4617
  4. ^ "The Bottle Job". Leverage. TNT. January 13, 2010 (2010-01-13). No. 11, season 2.
  5. ^ "TNT Orders 13 Episodes of Leverage". ComingSoon.net. February 13, 2008. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=41935. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  6. ^ TNT (9 March 2010). "Ratings Notes for TNT, TBS, Adult Swim, truTV and Cartoon Network". Press release. TV by the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/03/09/ratings-notes-for-tnt-tbs-adult-swim-trutv-and-cartoon-network/44408. 
  7. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named tnt_2010; see Help:Cite error.
  8. ^ "Leverage: All Digital". 2009-10-16. http://www.electricentertainment.com/highlight-reel/leverage-digital-workflow/.  Flash video mini-documentary on the Leverage all-digital production work flow.

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