For five years, television’s coolest gang of con artists have used their unique skills to help level the playing field for people whose lives have been destroyed by the rich and powerful. This winter, things are going to get personal as TNT’s hit series “Leverage” returns with five new episodes. Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton stars in this clever and compelling drama, along with Norman-bred actor/musician Christian Kane, Gina Bellman, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge.
“Leverage” is set to begin its winter run at 9 p.m. Tuesday, following a new episode of “Rizzoli & Isles,” according to a news release.
In Tuesday’s episode, “The Low Low Price Job,” the crew sabotages a new big-box megastore in order to stop it from destroying a small town. Specifically, they will take on the ruthless manager of a discount store whose tactics threaten not only her employees but also the town itself.
“Leverage” focuses on a team of five top-notch specialists out to give everyday people a helping hand against the machinations of corrupt bigwigs. Leading the crew is mastermind Nate Ford (Hutton), a former insurance investigator whose son died when his employer refused to pay for life-saving surgery. Sophie Devereaux (Bellman) is the team’s resident grifter, a brilliant con artist who shares a long and complicated history with Nate – both professionally and romantically. Eliot Spencer (Kane) provides muscle as the team’s bone-crunching retrieval specialist with a passion for gourmet cooking and a soft spot for the underdog. Gadget and technology wizard Alec Hardison (Hodge) provides the team with everything from communications and video surveillance to target dossiers and virtual environments, rarely getting the credit he feels he deserves. And Parker (Riesgraf) is the team’s thief, a slightly off-center charmer who gets giddy at the thought of rappelling off a building or cracking an unbreakable safe.
With the rallying cry, “Let’s go steal a…,” Nate and his team set out each week to tackle corrupt executives, politicians and other big shots by taking something they hold dear. The team has since “stolen” everything from an airplane to a baseball stadium. They’ve even stolen a country.
And this winter, they’re going to steal something they’ve never gone after before: a man’s dreams.
They’ll target a corrupt winery owner whose workers are collapsing. And in a special holiday episode, the team will try to steal Christmas in order to prevent an unscrupulous toy company CEO from unleashing a dangerous product into the market. In addition, the team will once again face their nemesis, insurance-investigator-turned-InterPOL-agent Jim Sterling (guest star Mark Sheppard).
With each and every case they handle, Nate, Sophie, Elliott, Hardison and Parker prove themselves to be more than just a league of extraordinary con artists. They are a family. But in “Leverage’s” gripping season finale, the bond that holds this family together could be torn apart permanently with an extremely risky case involving the death of Nate’s son.
Since premiering in 2008, “Leverage” has been a solid hit, averaging more than 3.8 million viewers in its fifth season, with 1.4 million adults 18-49 and 1.7 million adults 25-54. “Leverage” is executive-produced by Dean Devlin (“Independence Day,” TNT’s “The Librarian” movie series) and creators John Rogers (“Transformers”) and Chris Downey (“The King of Queens”). The series is produced for TNT by Devlin’s Electric Entertainment.