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EXCLUSIVE: Bill Engvall to Guest Star on 'Leverage'

by Andrew Scott, posted May 5th 2010 6:30PM
Bill EngvallComedian Bill Engvall will guest star on an upcoming episode of 'Leverage,' TNT has exclusively confirmed to TV Squad.

In it, Engvall will play a car dealer targeted by the 'Leverage' team because of his involvement in reselling stolen autos on the black market.

The episode is currently slated to air in August.

Engvall was last seen on the small screen in the short-lived TBS sitcom 'The Bill Engvall Show,' which was canceled last September due to poor ratings. Additional TV roles inc lude 'Blue Collar TV,' 'The Jeff Foxworthy Show' and 'Delta.'

'Leverage,' starring Oscar winner Timothy Hutton, returns for its highly anticipated third season with back-to-back episodes Sun., Jun. 20 at 9PM.

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Christian Slater's Latest Will Be a Fox Pilot

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 22nd 2010 11:00AM
christian_slater_muscle_tee_shirtNobody can accuse Christian Slater of not trying to get himself into a hit TV series. First there was 'My Own Worst Enemy,' then this year's 'The Forgotten.' Two swings, two misses. Will the third strike rule apply if his next project fails to make the cut? Whatever the outcome, you gotta give the guy credit for trying. Today, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Christian Slater's been cast in an Adam Goldberg comedy pilot for Fox.

There's action as well as comedy apparently, with Slater playing the leader of a group called Titan Team, a bunch of young, brilliant security experts. He's ex-military and a maverick. Writer/actor Trevor Moore from 'The Whitest Kids U'Know' is also in the pilot. He's the Don Juan and reconnaissance expert.

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Nate Surrenders to Sterling on 'Leverage' Finale (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 18th 2010 2:00PM
Nate surrenders to Sterling on the condition that his team be set free on the season finale of 'Leverage' (Wed., 10PM ET on TNT).

In this clip, an injured Nate offers himself to Sterling for the good of his team, then makes a heartfelt farewell, calling his crew of con artists, thieves and hackers his "family."

Watch the video after the jump.

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TV Casting: Clooney's Girlfriend Finds 'Leverage'; Brooke Burke to Dance Again?

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 18th 2010 12:45PM
Elisabetta CanalisElisabetta Canalis, better known as George Clooney's current girlfriend, is reportedly in talks to play a "mysterious international secret agent" on season 3 of TNT's hit drama 'Leverage.' Clooney reportedly put her in touch with friend and guest star Richard Kind, who then connected her with the show's producers. Further proof that it pays to be George Clooney's girlfriend. [US Mag]

More casting news after the jump.

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'Leverage' - 'The Maltese Falcon Job' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 18th 2010 1:20AM
Leverage
(S02E15) "My job is to get your back, all the way down, but I need you to do your job." - Eliot to Nathan

"What's that?" - Nathan

"Be Nathan Ford, be the person we came back for." - Parker


My eyes have only seen a few episodes of 'Leverage,' and my brain is just now starting to understand its appeal. (My bodily organs don't work very well together. It's a long story. Words were said, tempers flared, pancreases made an off-color remark about someone else's mother. Enough said.)

Sure on the surface it appears to be a mid-adrenaline, action-adventure spy/mystery/crime show, but the season finale gave it an emotional depth and character progression that even most serious dramatic shows fail to accomplish. And it goes way beyond "not sucking."

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'Leverage' - 'The Three Strikes Job' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 11th 2010 11:05AM

(S02E14) "This is how we're going to take down the mayor...We're going to steal his ball park, and then the team. Not necessarily in that order." - Nathan to his team


Of course, that's what the show wants you to think. It has sprinkled that little tidbit on promos and commercials and even as a billboard opener in last night's episode. It turned out to be a great trick, a bit of slight of hand magic with a major cable network.

At one point, you think it's going to be a political mystery, a promising start since the story can literally go anywhere and make coherent sense. The plot could turn to S&M midgets selling pony meat on the black market and it would make a great twist as long it points back to the corrupt politician caught holding the riding crop.

But then it switches gears over and over into whole new mysteries and directions until your head becomes a revolving restaurant leaving you both confused but strangely satisfied.

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Review: 'Leverage' - 'The Future Job'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 4th 2010 8:36AM

(S02E13) "He who sells miracles will have the devil knocking at his door."/"What's that? A proverb?"/"A fortune cookie." - Alec to Parker


Probably the most interesting aspect of 'Leverage', other than Parker's wonderful taste in form fitting dresses, is the way it manages to top itself in small areas.

Not every episode is a home run in every category on the checklist, but it does find new ways to heighten the action, increase the twists and broaden their stories give or take an episode.

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Review: Leverage - The Zanzibar Marketplace Job

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 28th 2010 4:45AM
Leverage
(S02E12) "[Nathan's] drinking is not a problem. It's a symptom." - Eliot to Tara


Action dramas don't have to be so layered. As long as the screen is filled with lots of explosions and tough guys with their backs to them, smirking at the camera as if to say, "Oh yeah, that's an explosion behind me and I caused it. I'm a badass, even if I would face federal charges for detonating an explosive device in a public area. So who out there wants to sleep with me?"

Even though this week's Leverage had a couple of moments like that, it still managed to be more layered in both its plot and characters than it has a right to be.

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What's On Tonight: State of the Union, Leverage, Tosh.0

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 27th 2010 12:11PM
  • PsychAt 8, FOX has a new American Idol.
  • PBS has a new Tavis Smiley Reports at 8.
  • At 9, the major networks and other channels have The State of the Union Address.
  • TBS has four new episodes of Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns starting at 9.
  • Discovery has a new Man vs. Wild at 9.
  • History Channel has a new MonsterQuest at 9.
  • Showtime has a new Inside the NFL at 9.
  • Fine Living has a new Whatever, Martha at 9.
  • Also at 9: Syfy has a new Ghost Hunters International.
  • At 9:30, ESPN2 has more of The Australian Open.
  • At 10, USA has the premiere of Psych.
  • TNT has a new Leverage at 10.
  • There's a new Nip/Tuck on FX at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Launch My Line at 10.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Tosh.0.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Review: Leverage - The Bottle Job

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 21st 2010 10:00AM
(S02E11) Leverage has the thankless task of walking one of the most difficult tightropes in television writing.

How do you keep an audience interested in a show that they already know how it will end? The good guys always win and have so far for TNT's favorite scheming do-gooders.

The show runners must have a whole bag of plot tricks and devices they use to keep the show interesting and last night's was one of the most interesting diversions to keep our minds off the fact that good is about to triumph evil.

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What's On Tonight: Gary Unmarried, Cougar Town, Nip/Tuck, Real World

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 20th 2010 12:23PM
  • Ugly BettyAt 8, CBS has a new Old Christine, followed by new episodes of Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has a new Mercy at 8.
  • FOX has a new American Idol at 8, then a new Human Target.
  • PBS has a new episode of The Human Spark at 8, followed by a new Great Performances at the Met.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Modern Family, then new episodes of Cougar Town and Ugly Betty.
  • TBS has four new episodes of Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns starting at 9.
  • DirecTV 101 has a new Friday Night Lights at 9.
  • Discovery has a new Man vs. Wild at 9.
  • Food Network has a new Throw Down with Bobby Flay at 9.
  • There's a new MonsterQuest on History Channel at 9.
  • Syfy has a new Ghost Hunters International at 9.
  • Fine Living has a new Whatever, Martha at 9.
  • Showtime has a new Inside the NFL at 9.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Jay Leno Show.
  • TNT has a new Leverage at 10.
  • FX has a new Nip/Tuck at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Launch My Line at 10.
  • TV Land has a new High School Reunion at 10.
  • Also at 10: MTV has a new Real World.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Review: Leverage - The Runway Job (mid-season premiere)

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 13th 2010 11:01PM

(S02E10) "Tara Cole is the best. I wouldn't have sent her if I didn't trust her and I know you're going to love her, so just give her a chance." - Sophie to Parker, Alec and Elliot/"Well, she is hot." - Elliot


No one makes for a better enemy than some kind of ruthless fashion designer. They are the epitome of bloodsucking evil. They want everything, produce nothing and expect to get even more than everything for even less. They are the real world equivalent of a James Bond villain, only not as tastefully dressed.

So it's a perfect way to reacquaint us with the wily antics of Nathan Ford and company as they permeate the seedy underbelly of the world's most powerful evil, even if the way they take them down does have a tiny number of noticeable holes.

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What's On Tonight: Old Christine, Mercy, Friday Night Lights, Leverage

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 13th 2010 12:22PM
Modern Family
  • At 8, CBS has a new Old Christine, then new episodes of Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has a new Mercy, followed by new episodes of Law and Order: SVU and The Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has a new American Idol at 8.
  • PBS has a new episode of The Human Spark at 8, followed by a new Great Performances.
  • At 8:30, ABC has a new episode of The Middle, then new episodes of Modern Family, Cougar Town, and Ugly Betty.
  • At 9, DirecTV 101 has a new Friday Night Lights.
  • TBS has four new episodes of Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns at 9.
  • History Channel has a new, two-hour MonsterQuest at 9.
  • There's a new Ghost Hunters International at 9 on Syfy.
  • Showtime has a new Inside The NFL at 9.
  • At 9:30, A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter, followed by a new Steven Seagal: Lawman.
  • At 10, TNT has the premiere of Leverage.
  • FX has a new Nip/Tuck at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Launch My Line at 10.
  • TV Land has the season premiere of High School Reunion at 10.
  • Also at 10: MTV has a new episode of The Real World.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Tosh.0.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Jeri Ryan Gets More 'Leverage'

by Michael Maloney, posted Jan 13th 2010 9:00AM
Jeri Ryan Appears on 'Leverage'If viewers didn't find grifters somewhat like-able they'd never root for them to win. So it was a no-brainer for producers to cast the extremely like-able Jeri Ryan ('Shark', 'Star Trek: Voyager') as dynamic and duplicitous Tara Cole, who last summer joined the band of double-crossers led by Timothy Hutton on 'Leverage.' The TNT drama returns (for what are being called 'winter episodes') starting Wed., Jan. 13 at 10 p.m. ET.

AOL TV chatted with the captivating Ryan about why Tara is so much fun to play, her many lawyer roles (including one on Law & Order: SVU that was difficult to play) and what kind of role she'd like to tackle next.

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Leverage mid-season return -- An early look

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 12th 2010 10:30AM

My TV has been waiting for a show like Leverage. It's also been waiting for a new TV stand and a more slender, attractive person to look back at, but it's not getting either until it drops the attitude.

It's one of those few shows that blends together the things that make other TV shows so great. It's got the action packed, tense drama of an episode of 24, the wry and sharp wit of Frasier and the complex and twisted plot logic of any episode of Lost.

The only difference is unlike 24, the action doesn't overtake the front seat from the drama at gun point. Unlike Frasier, it doesn't find comedy by talking so far over the average audience's head that frost has to form on their forehead in order for them to appreciate it. And unlike Lost, your head doesn't explode by the end of every episode.

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