January 9, 2013
By: Meredith Jacobs
Not all of the results were aired during the People’s Choice Awards, but on Wednesday, Jan. 9, after the show ended on television, the rest of the results were posted online—and there was some good news for “Leverage” fans as the series took home an award.
It wasn’t an easy holiday season for “Leverage” fans as news of the series’ cancellation came just days before Christmas (and the season finale), but as soon as the People’s Choice nominations were out and it was revealed that the TNT drama was up against “Burn Notice” on USA Network, Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family, “The Walking Dead” on AMC, and “White Collar” on USA Network, fans made sure their voices were heard—and the cast and crew knew it as well.
The TNT drama starred Timothy Hutton as Nathan Ford, the mastermind, Gina Bellman as Sophie Devereaux (or whatever her real name is), the grifter, Christian Kane as Eliot Spencer, the hitter, Beth Riesgraf as Parker, the hitter, and Aldis Hodge as Alec Hardison, the hacker. When we spoke to Hodge during the season, we had asked him about the People’s Choice nomination, he had said it “would be awesome” if they won and called it “amazing” that they were even nominated, calling that “a win” for him. Considering how passionate the “Leverage” fans still are even with the show cancelled—they’re hoping for a spinoff or another network to pick it up—is it any wonder that the series won a People’s Choice award?
Congratulations to the cast and crew—and the fans for voting like they did and it paying off—of “Leverage”!
Stars, creators and a couple of writer’s reactions:
Dean Devlin: #leverage won the People’s Choice Award! Thank you #Grifters. You Rule!!
Aldis Hodge: WE WONNNNNNN!!!! Our fans are the friggin BEST EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! I love everysingle one of you sooo much. Thank you!!!!!
Beth Riesgraf: WE WON WE WON WE WON WE WON WE WON WE WON WE WON WE WON!!!! OUR FANS MADE THIS HAPPEN!!!! #PCA #LEVERAGE #BEST TV CABLE DRAMA
Dean Devlin: #Leverage has the greatest fans in the entire world! Still overwhelmed by the PCA win. I believe we’re the first canceled series to win.
Gina Bellman: YOU CRAZY CATS! #Leverage won the People’s Choice Award last night! You are epic!!!
Gina Bellman: You fans stole a People’s Choice Award! #Leverage
Christian Kane: You guys made this happen. We won The People’s Choice Award. Thank you!!!!! Best fans in the world. U believe me now??? Thank you so much!!!!
Christian Kane: You!!! did this. Remember that. Thank you. I owe you guys so much.
Jeri Ryan (Tara): Congrats to my #Leverage buddies on winning People’s Choice Award! Think that’s a fitting farewell after 5 great years.
Chris Downey: Thank you #grifters #Leverage fans are relentless. What will you do for an encore?
John Rogers: Well Hell, #Grifters. You did it. I’ll be damned. #Leverage
Paul Guyot: Leverage winning #PCA is proof of the absolute best fans in television. Thanks #Grifters
Geoff Thorne: #Grifters ASSEMBLE! You RULE! #Leverage
It’s really bittersweet that they won this honor and were canceled. Let’s hope USA or another cable network sees their value and picks them up! At least they went out on top.