'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: