TNT's Leverage teaser - VIDEOS
I've said it before, I'm a sucker for a series that casts actors from my favorite shows. It's really all it takes to get me to watch something at least once. I suppose that means I'm going to have to give Leverage at least a three episode run. Look at that cast photo. Christian Kane from Angel, Gina Bellman from Coupling, and Aldis Hodge from Friday Night Lights. And as a bonus, Timothy Hutton. That's a pretty good start.
If that's not enough, one of the executive producers is John Rogers. TNT lists him as being from Cosby, but I remember him for writing and producing one of the best pilots that didn't go to series that I've ever seen, Global Frequency.
As for Leverage, Hutton is former insurance investigator Nate Ford. After his employer denies his son's insurance claim and allows the boy to die, he realizes he can no longer work for them. He ends up landing a gig to recover stolen airplane designs, and that's where he meets the team. They realize they are good together and move forward taking on the greediest and the most unjust. It sounds like a cross between Smith and Vengeance Unlimited, with less Madsen family in the cast. Get a look at the teaser, and a rundown of the rest of the characters, in the videos at the end of this post.
Ford's team consists of: Parker (Beth Riesgraf), the expert thief. Alex Hardison (Aldis Hodge), the internet and computer fraud specialist. Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane), the badass retrieval specialist said to be able to take out a gang of henchmen without breaking a sweat. Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman), the grifter. Nothing against Saving Grace, but I'd really rather have this premiering after The Closer next week. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until December. Curious to know more? Cory Doctorow has seen the pilot and has a short review up at BoingBoing.
And just because Miranda Zero is awesome, here are a few clips from Rogers' Global Frequency.