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TNT renews Leverage for a second season - Featured

TNT has ordered 15 season two eps of Leverage. There are no plans to move the show from Tuesday nights, where it has flourished since its premiere last December. Fans of good TV everywhere should be pleased. Read more ...

The Con Will Go On: Leverage Renewed for Second Season

Leverage has leveraged itself a second season. The TNT drama about a band of con artists who use their skills to rip off other thieves - from crooked developers to corrupt companies - received an order for a 15-episode sophomore run, the cabler announced. The Tuesday-night hit stars Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Aldis Hodge and Beth Riesgraf. Riesgraf, who plays team daredevil Parker, talked about the reasons for Leverage's success in an interview with TVGuide.com Monday. "It's a fun show that really anybody can watch," she offered. "And there's something satisfying about seeing the bad guys get missed with, while the good guys are being helped." (Watch for that full Q&A on Tuesday.) Leverage is ad-supported cable's top entertainment program in its Tuesdays-at-10 pm/ET timeslot, according to TNT. Source here

Gina Bellman, Leverage: "The Mile-High Job"

Most of this episode of Leverage takes place in an airplane. Tim [Hutton] and I get to sit in the First Class section of the set, which is a big relief, because when filming in a confined space, you want to be as comfortable as possible. We're using a real interior of a plane constructed in the studio. Some shots require the cabin doors to be closed so it's a bit like sitting on a 12-hour flight day after day with the added stress of squeezing past equipment and stepping over cables with hot, bright lights burning into you. There are a lot of extras playing passengers and crew. Most of the women, including Beth [Riesgraf] and I, are wearing fluffy slippers or flip-flops. It's hot and uncomfortable. It becomes second nature to ask the cameraman before each take, "Are my feet in?" If not, we usually opt for flip-flops over heels. Christian [Kane]'s bummed that he's sitting in economy class on the plane, but he does have a beautiful girl sitting next to him, which must be some compensation. We all get cabin fever after a couple of days and start playing pranks and acting silly. It seems to entertain and annoy the crew in equal parts. Tim and Beth are having a food fight and Christian and Tim are shaking and exploding soda cans. Aldis [Hodge] comes in just to read "off lines" and join in the fun. All pranks are pretty much instigated by Tim. Both he and Christian bring out the little devil in Beth. I have a scene with a hockey player, Jeremy Roenick of the San Jose Sharks. I've never watched a hockey game and he invites us to go to one in Downtown L.A. We have amazing seats right next to the ice. I'm surprised that I really enjoy it. I'm amazed by the speed and grace of the game, though I'm kind of shocked at how bashed in the faces of these young players are. The jeers from the crowd are much tamer than at football matches in England. I get into the spirit of it all and start cheering for Jeremy every time he takes to the ice. Tim takes an obscene photo of me and writer Amy Berg trying to eat an enormous hot dog. He emails it to the crew. Thanks, Tim. It's Beth's birthday and she has a great party at her house. She rented an old-style passport photo booth. Beth, Tim, Aldis, Christian and I all squeeze in. I guess you could say we're pretty close by now. The five of us sitting on each other's laps, pressed up against each other, pulling faces for the camera. Christian gives me a copy of his new album, which comes out in January. It's great. There are worse ways to get to work in the morning. I drive my convertible Jeep, passing beaches and palm trees along the way, listening to Christian Kane sing. (My car actually makes it into this episode.) The scene where we all walk off the plane was shot in the car park of the studio in front of a special-effects green screen. My black Wrangler Jeep is parked in the foreground. I feel like a proud mum! Source here

Sneak Peek of 'Leverage' 1.08: The Mile High Job

TNT have been generous to give an over-two-minutes sneak peek to their new episode of " Leverage ". This time the team aid a couple who has lost their loved one to a contamination by a fertilizer company, Genogrow Industries. A young girl is dead after an amount of toxic is found in her chest and the doctors suspect that it is a contamination of the water. Fertilizer company who is supposed to take responsibility to this has a CEO who will go to any lengths to protect his company's interests. The team then decides to sneak into the building to provide evidence to the court. Titled "The Mile High Job", the episode will air Tuesday, January 20. The series which is still in its first season, follows a group of criminals led by a former insurance investigator, who pull off sophisticated cons against other criminals, especially corrupt corporations and those who have taken advantage of innocent people. For Preview click here Source here

Leverage premiere scores 5 million viewers

The commercial-free premiere of TNT 's new heist drama, Leverage , scored a hefty 5 million viewers last night. It didn't touch The Closer 's insanely high numbers, but it'll do. Leverage delivered TNT's best ratings for the 18-49 demo for an original series aired during a regular broadcast season. That means we'll probably see a lot more of Timothy Hutton and crew gracing our tubes in 2009. Fans of good TV everywhere should be celebrating. Read more ...