New episodes of the caper series “Leverage,” which stars Norman-bred actor/singer Christian Kane, resume at 8 tonight on TNT.
The second half of the fourth season will launch tonight with new jobs and adventures for the “Leverage” team: former insurance investigator Nathan Ford (Oscar winner Timothy Hutton), grifter Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman), hacker Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge), cat burglar Parker (Beth Riesgraf) and heavy-hitter Elliot Spencer (Kane).
Sunday’s show will be the season’s 11th episode, “The Experimental Job.” Here is the synposis:
When homeless veterans in the Boston area begin disappearing, the team must go back to college and infiltrate the world of Skull & Bones secret societies.
Back in August, TNT renewed “Leverage” for a 15-episode fifth season, noting that the fourth-season ratings were better than the third season’s marks.
“That’s unbelievable to hear. It’s very tough especially in this day and age in the entertainment business … in television to even go two seasons. So to be going into our fifth season that’s just a testament to what we do, and we’re very fortunate,” Kane told me in a phone interview earlier this fall.
“Our ratings are actually going up, and that just usually doesn’t happen. Usually you fall down in the fourth season, and our ratings have actually gone up in the fourth season. And that’s just unbelievable,” he added.
“Well, we’re a blue-collar show. We’re a working man’s fist, and I think that actually works out (for us). I mean, how many times do people just want to quit their job or punch their boss? And the economy’s tough right now, I mean, it really is. I wish it wasn’t that way, but unfortunately it is. And we kind of represent that, we kind of represent the working man getting to throw punches at some people that are the bad guys. So I believe that this is a show that you come home and you sit down and you have a beer and you watch and it kind of helps you through the day in the times that we’re going through right now.”