Category: Leverage

Press: Leverage Revival Adds Charmed Alum as Hardison’s Hacker Sister

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2020

TVLINE-IMDb TV‘s Leverage revival has added to the mix a second hacker who shares the same particular set of skills as her brother.

TVLine has learned that Aleyse Shannon (formerly of The CW’s Charmed) has joined the revival’s cast in the series regular role of Hardison’s sister, Breanna Casey.

Described as “sarcastic and intelligent,” Breanna’s skills include being a genius mechanical engineer and making social hacking and social media manipulation look like child’s play. Having landed in the foster system following her parents’ tragic car accident, Breanna got lucky by finding a home with Nana, where as a “bonus” she acquired big brother Alec (played by Aldis Hodge, who will only recur in the revival).

Hardison at the time reached out to the scared 10-year old by teaching her computers and hacking. Now, as Breanne trains in new skills with the other Leverage team members, she will need to learn to embrace and trust her new family.

The synopsis for the new Leverage, which started production this month in New Orleans, reads: “The rich and powerful take what they want… and the Leverage team is back to take them down! Sophie Devereaux/The Grifter (played by Gina Bellman), Parker/The Thief (Beth Riesgraf), Eliot Spencer/The Hitter (Christian Kane) and Alec Hardison/The Hacker have watched the world change over the last eight years. It’s become easier – and sometimes legal — for the rich to become richer and the powerful to squash anyone who gets in their way. Sadly down one team member (Timothy Hutton will not be back as Nate), they find new blood in Harry Sullivan (Falling Skies‘ Noah Wyle), a corporate lawyer who is looking for redemption after realizing he’d been sitting on the wrong side of the table for his entire career.

In this new world, the team will use their collective skills to take down a new kind of villain. “From the man who created an opioid crisis from the comfort of his boardroom, to the woman who prefers to deport workers instead of paying them, to the shadowy security firm that helps hide dangerous secrets for a price, when someone needs help, we provide… Leverage.”

IMDb TV is Amazon’s free streaming service, on which you can currently watch the original Leverage series.

Press: ‘Leverage’: Production Underway On IMDb TV Series Reboot In Louisiana

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2020

 

DEADLINE – Independent production companies continue to lead the way back into production amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Leverage, a new incarnation of the 2008 crime drama for IMDb TV, is entering its second week of filming in New Orleans, Louisiana. The series is produced by Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment. It has joined fellow indie productions, Tyler Perry Studios’ Sistas and The Oval, which recently finished their shoots, and Tom Werner’s Werner Entertainment’s The Conners, which just started production.

As documented in detail on social media by Devlin and the Leverage cast, the series’ in-person table read was on Aug. 4, with actors sitting 6 feet apart and wearing face shields. Cameras started rolling on Aug. 10, and the first week of shooting went well, sources said.

Like with Perry’s casts, the Leverage actors flew in on a private jet a couple days before the table read for a round of testing.

Leverage, the first major original series for Amazon’s IMDb TV, was initially tentatively slated to begin production in late June-early July in Louisiana following safety protocols. The tentative day was subsequently pushed to July 20 and then to Aug. 4 as producers across the industry try to adjust to the ever changing COVID conditions.

The Leverage reimagining will include new characters, including one played by new lead Noah Wyle, along with returning original cast members Beth Riesgraf, reprising her character as “Parker”, Gina Bellman as “Sophie Devereaux”; Christian Kane as “Eliot Spencer” as well as Aldis Hodge as “Alec Hardison.”

Hodge is recurring because of his duties on his Showtime series City on a Hill but the early start of Leverage could make him available for most of the season. The one original Leverage cast member not returning for the reboot is embattled former star Timothy Hutton.

The Leverage sequel is a fresh update of the original concept, about reformed crooks using their unique skills to right corporate and governmental injustices inflicted on common citizens.

Devlin is executive producing the revival, with Leverage John Rogers and Chris Downey serving as consulting producers. Additional EPs include Marc Roskin, Rachel Olschan-Wilson and Kate Rorick.

Press: ‘Leverage’ Cast Reunites for Table Read Ahead of Revival Series

Thursday, Aug 6, 2020

TV INSIDER – They’ve successfully stolen a revival, and it’s all coming together.
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As was previously announced, IMDb TV is reimagining the TNT crime drama Leverage, with original stars Beth Riesgraf (thief Parker), Gina Bellman (grifter Sophie Deveraux), Christian Kane (hitter Eliot Spencer), and Aldis Hodge (hacker Alec Hardison) all returning as their characters alongside new cast member Noah Wyle. And with the first table read comes a look at the stars reunited and a few teases about what to expect.

Bellman posted a photo of herself with the rest of the returning cast members, all wearing masks. “STAY SAFE,” she wrote alongside it. “Protect others and take care of your gang!”

Kane shared a photo of himself and Hodge on August 1 with the caption, “The boys are back in town… the boys are back in towhowaahahaan. the boys are back. Oh and a couple of girls you may know and love. It’s real people.”

Original series creator John Rogers (back as a consulting producer with co-creator Chris Downey) was the one to note that they’d had the first table read on Twitter. “Completely surreal, everybody’s right back in the voices,” he wrote. “@BethRiesgraf @AldisHodge @ChristianKane01 and our old Librarian pal Noah — but you’re not ready for the heat @Ginabellman brings, people.”

In a follow-up, he added, “She pulled off the ‘I’m not sure this speech works I have to trust Gina’ moment and made the room tear up. So good to be working with actors who started off great 12 years ago and have only gotten better.”

In a subsequent tweet, Rogers answered a fan’s inquiry about Wyle’s new character with one word: “Conflicted.”

The series follows reformed crooks who use their unique skills to right the corporate and governmental injustices done to common citizens.

“While Leverage centered on a crusade to avenge the death of a child, this series is propelled forward as a redemption story of misdeeds that need amends,” returning executive producer Dean Devlin has teased.

Marc Roskin, Rachel Olschan-Wilson, and Kate Rorick will also executive produce.

The original Leverage premiered in 2008 and ran for five seasons.

Flashback Friday – Aldis On Losing the Best Butt Contest

Friday, Jan 2, 2015

Reader Wish List: 30 Actors From Cancelled Series You Want Back on TV Now!

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013
Reader Wish List: 30 Actors From Cancelled Series You Want Back on TV Now!

May 31, 2013 02:01 PM PDT

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Cancellation makes the heart grow fonder — at least that was the take-home message from the comments section of TVLine’s gallery titled “30 Actors from Recently Cancelled Series We Want Back on TV Now.”

Indeed, while you concurred that the future is bleak without the likes of Jasika Nicole, Sela Ward and Megan Hilty on your screens, you also weren’t shy about reminding us of the dozens of talented actors we should’ve included in our roundup.

And from your discontent, a new gallery was born: Behold, “30 Actors from Recently Cancelled Series YOU Want Back on TV Now!”

Click through the photos below to see which actors your fellow readers are already jonesin’ for, then hit the comments and share which series might be a good fit for their particular talents.

 

Aldis is #4 and Beth is #26!
Source: TV Line

The Leverage Cast and Creators Thank the Fans

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013
The Leverage Cast and Creators Thank the Fans

‘Leverage’ wins People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Drama

Friday, Jan 11, 2013
‘Leverage’ wins People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Drama

Posted by LeverageFans on Jan 10, 2013

‘Leverage’ wins People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Drama

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.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of #Leverage’s fanbase (the #Grifters), the now-cancelled TNT drama brought home the award for FAVORITE TV CABLE DRAMA. Not all results were aired on the show, but as soon as the full list of winners were posted online, the web went wild with congratulations! Leverage is now the first cancelled TV series to win a People’s Choice Award!

Congratulations to the cast and crew, and thanks to our amazing fans, without whom this would not have been possible!

source: Leverage Fans

‘Leverage’ wins People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Drama

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013
‘Leverage’ wins People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Drama

January 9, 2013

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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”!

Source: Examiner

 

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.

Gallery Updates – Leverage Episodes 5×14 & 5×15

Monday, Jan 7, 2013
Gallery Updates – Leverage Episodes 5×14 & 5×15

These are the final screenshots for Leverage. *sad face* I’ve been uploading the YouTube clips too. When I’ve still got 5×15 to upload but once its done, all of them will be here on this playlist: Leverage S5 – Best of Alec Hardison, BTS, Promos, Extras.

 

Click the gallery below to go to the pictures:

Leverage > Season Five > 5-14 The Toy Job > 5-14 Screencaps

Leverage > Season Five > 5-15 The Long Goodbye Job > 5-15 Screencaps

 

‘Leverage’ series finale: Dean Devlin talks about the ultimate con

Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013
‘Leverage’ series finale: Dean Devlin talks about the ultimate con

By Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian The Oregonian
on December 29, 2012 at 6:00 AM

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The good news is that the series finale of “Leverage” that aired on Christmas night earned respectable ratings. As TV Line reports, the episode “drew 3.04 million viewers — its largest total audience, by a wide margin, since Season 5’s premiere (5.4 mil).”

But then, there’s the bad news: namely, that this was the series finale. Luckily for fans, though TNT dragged its feet interminably before making it official that the filmed-in-Portland show wouldn’t return for a sixth season, executive producer Dean Devlin and co-creator John Rogers figured that if this was to be the last “Leverage” episode, they wanted to go out the way they’d always planned.

Spoilers ahead: The final episode, fittingly titled “The Long Goodbye Job,” pulled a trick on the audience. As we watched, we saw what appeared to be a disastrous plan hatched by team leader Nate (Timothy Hutton) to save the life of a gravely ill child. Team members Hardison (Aldis Hodge) and Eliot (Christian Kane) were killed as they tried to evade guards in an ultra-high security building. Things went so terribly wrong that the best option, Nate decided, was to drive everyone in a van off the opened span of Portland’s Broadway Bridge, for a “Thelma and Louise”-style fate.

Well, that’s what it looked like, anyway. Turns out that this was just the story Nate had spun to fool an Interpol agent, and that tall tale was key to what turned out to be the team’s true goal: to capture a cache of top-secret information about the corporate crooks who conspired in creating the global economic crash.

In other words: there was no sick kid. The episode ended with another surprise: Nate proposing to Sophie (Gina Bellman), and the two of them bowing out of the team of reformed crooks that Nate had formed and led through five seasons of restoring justice to little folks bulled and exploited by rich, powerful bad guys. As Nate and Sophie — who Nate called “Laura,” indicating that was the grifter’s long-hidden, real name — departed in happy union, Parker, Hardison and Eliot were left to take over the “Leverage” mission.

Talking about “The Long Goodbye Job” on Friday, Devlin said, “I’m so grateful, and so glad that we got to end it properly. Can you imagine if we’d ended the show with a cliffhanger, and the series just ended? This is show that should not have faded away. I’m so glad we got to do the finale we always wanted to do.”

Of the deceptive structure of “The Long Goodbye Job,” Devlin said, “It was a big risk. It was the first time the con was played on the audience. We didn’t know how the audience would feel being the victim. We were really pleased with the response.”

“Leverage” fans are a very passionate group, and Devlin had addressed them directly in a pair of statements posted on the Leveragefans.com Website as the series’ future was uncertain and again once TNT announced its cancellation. So loyal are the fans that there’s already a campaign afoot to try and convince another network to pick up the show.

“I think it’s a long shot,” said Devlin, whose company, Electric Entertainment, produces she series.  “It so rarely happens. But hey, the beautiful thing about this is there’s no studio involved. We own the show. We finance the show. If an opportunity should present itself…there’s no door closed.”

Of having the show’s lead and highest-profile star, Hutton, seemingly leaving in the finale, Devlin said that didn’t necessarily mean Nate and Sophie would be out if “Leverage” had gotten picked up. Earlier in Season 5, Devlin said, an episode had focused just on Hutton and Bellman’s characters, and gave an idea of what their life might look like in the future. If the show had gone on, Devlin said, “If we wanted, we could just do the Tim and Gina show, or we could alternate, one week it’s Tim and Gina, one week it’s the kids (Kane, Hodge and Riesgraf). There were all kinds of possibilities.”

But the main idea in crafting “The Long Goodbye Job,” Devlin said, was, “we’re just going to deal with what we’ve got. Let’s wrap it up. That was our total focus.”

Though TNT canceled “Leverage,” Devlin has nothing but praise for the cable network. “They’ve been the best partners. I have zero complaints. They did everything they could throughout the run of the show to let us make the show we wanted to make.”

Devlin has been working with TNT since 2004, with the TV-movie, “The Librarian.” He would love to keep working with TNT, he said. “I know John Rogers is doing another pilot with them. We would all be happy to continue that partnership.”

The world of TNT has changed since Devlin first collaborated with the network, he said. The network has added several more original series, and “they’ve got amazing people they’re working with, from Michael Bay to Frank Darabont. It’s much more competitive over there. I’m happy to be in the hunt.”

While “The Long Goodbye Job” seemed to tie up the loose threads of the Nate-Sophie romance, there remains one ambiguous area — Sophie’s name. The show has repeatedly said that Sophie Devereaux is not her real name. But when Nate proposes, he calls her “Laura,” which makes it seem like that’s the name we’ve been waiting to hear. But then Sophie tosses off a remark to Nate that, well, he knows that Laura isn’t her real name.

So what is her name? “Maybe you heard it,” Devlin said, slippery as a born con artist. “And maybe you didn’t.”

But she said Laura wasn’t her real name?

“That’s what she said,” Devlin continued. “If you could trust her.”

Hmm. “You do hear her name,” Devlin added, “for about 40 seconds.”

So Laura really is her name, then?

“Maybe. It might be. It sure might be.”

 

Source: Oregon Live