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'Leverage' Season Three Preview

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 20th 2010 10:00AM
On Sunday night, there's going to be a lot of amazing television to watch, but one program that's a must-see is the return of TNT's 'Leverage.' The Timothy Hutton caper series is back for season 3 with a two-hour bonanza episode that will pick up on the cliffhanger ending from last winter. That means the game's afoot, as Sherlock Holmes would say, only this time the odds are definitely stacked against the team.

You know the team, including Sophie -- the grifter -- who's back in the fold. Tara (Jeri Ryan) has moved on, but she could pop up down the road if they need her. But as long as the original core is back, all is cool. Eliot's still Mr. Physical. Parker's everyone's favorite thief and daredevil. And Hardison makes the Nerd Herd guys look like amateurs. Sorry, 'Chuck' fans, but Alec is just amazing with the computer stuff.

Before we talk about the new season, here's a review of 'The Maltese Falcon Job,' the season 2 cliffhanger:

As I said at the top, the third season of 'Leverage' premieres Sun., June 20 at 9PM ET on TNT in a two-hour slot. Executive producer Dean Devlin directed the first hour, and 'Star Trek: The Next Generation's' Jonathan Frakes helmed the second hour. In an interview with TV Guide, Timothy Hutton said there would be a big emphasis on family in the third season. He was speaking about Nate's relationships with the team, but there will be a major guest appearance by Tom Skeritt playing Jimmy Ford.

That's Nate's father who was quite a shady character. In the episode 'The Bottle Job,' Nate's memories of his Dad include him breaking bones when someone welched on a bet. According to Tim, "We learn a lot about who Nate is by meeting someone who had a tremendous influence over him over him." Watch for Skerritt on "The Three-Card Monte Job" episode, Sunday, August 8.

Skeritt isn't the only big name joining 'Leverage' for an episode. Other guest stars include Richard Chamberlain, Giancarlo Esposito, John Schneider, Clancy Brown and Bill Engvall.

More good news for 'Leverage' fans is that there will be 16 episodes. Here's a preview of Sunday's premiere:

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does annyone knows howmuch episodes there will be?

some sites say 16 (like thisone) but some say only 13
does annyone knows the answer?

August 23 2010 at 6:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Okay. 7:30 pm Monday. Just watched S03E01. (For those who don't remember what this blog *used* to be like, that season 3 episode 1.)

THIRTY_FIVE posts. In less than 36 hours? And not a single review of this (I agree) "must-see" premier?

35 posts. THIRTY-FIVE. Of what, pray tell? Here are the highlights in reverse chronological order:

(1) TV characters who should be dads.

(2) Video of Miley Cyrus.

(3) Ah yes, the required post about the LA Lakers hair.

(4) VIDEO. Of (a) Much-Music awards, (b) "True Blood", (c) "Scoundrels", (d) Guys Choice Awards, (e) The Gates, (f) somebody with appearantly bad body wax taking Miami, (g) The Tudors, and (h) The Cottenelle Puppies.

[For the record that's over 20% of the posts being "videos" of, well, something that anyone cared about would have, like, you know, WATCHED.]

Am I making any sense?

I visit this blog about once every two weeks anymore since AOL took complete control. I'm guessing it's going to happen even less.

Get back to what made this place great - reviews by posters that had a clue what their readers tune into, and give us some credit for having some depth and knowledge of TV over the last couple of decades.

Allison, you're one of the good posters. I apologize for hijacking the comments here. I really wanted to read about what YOU liked about the first episode (about the watch the second) and instead found YET AGAIN how lame this blog has become.

Look, if you all don't do it, somebody will.

June 21 2010 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Dave's comment

I agree. The double episode was Sunday, it is now Tuesday and no review?
I miss the old format.

June 22 2010 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

LOVE this show! I'm so glad it's back!

That said, I am so freaking tired of the Nate story lines. PLEASE can they tell us more about Hardison and Parker? I thought they had a thing going. What about Eliot and Sophie? we have learned nothing about him and very little about her... spread the story around a little writers, jeez. I didn't realize Nate was the main character.

June 20 2010 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great show! So glad it's back! Glad Gina is back too.

June 20 2010 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David D

I don't have cable, but was able to watch all of last season's episodes streaming on Netflix, usually the same week. Does anyone know if that's going to happen this season? (I've just been to their website, and there are no Customer Service links to a question like that.) Thanks, and I love this show!

June 20 2010 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to David D's comment

TNT.COM (or TNT.TV) usually runs episodes a day or two after they air on cable. Depending on the show, the two most recent new episodes can be viewed on the site.

June 20 2010 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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