“Leverage’s” Dean Devlin: Still no word if there will be a Season 6, so Season 5 will end as if it is the series’ finale
Dean Devlin, executive producer of TNT’s caper series “Leverage,” has penned an open letter to fans about the uncertain future of the series, which stars Norman-bred actor/musician Christian Kane, Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge.
The letter indicates that since there is still no word if the show will be picked up for a sixth season, but the final episode of Season 5 will end as though it were the series finale.
“Everyone involved with the show, from the cast, the crew, the writers and producers, would like nothing more than to continue telling these stories,” Devlin writes. “But, in case we do not get that opportunity we felt that, creatively, after 77 episodes, we owed it to you, our fans, to end the show properly.”
“Leverage” recently began its winter run of five new episodes, which are airing at 9 p.m. Tuesdays on TNT.
“I sincerely hope you watch these last three episodes. They build to our conclusion. And the finale, I believe, is the most powerful episode we’ve ever done,” Devlin writes.
“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.
Read Devlin’s full letter to fans after the break.
Here is the open letter from Dean Devlin, executive producer of “Leverage”
Dear LEVERAGE Fans,
As of the writing of this letter, we still do not know if there will be a season six of our show. Just as we didn’t know when we created the last three episodes which are about to air. Because of this uncertainty, John Rogers and I decided to end this season with the episode we had planned to make to end the series, way back when we shot the pilot. So, the episode that will air on Christmas is, in fact, the series finale we had always envisioned.
This is not to say we would not do a season six should we get the opportunity. Everyone involved with the show, from the cast, the crew, the writers and producers, would like nothing more than to continue telling these stories. But, in case we do not get that opportunity we felt that, creatively, after 77 episodes, we owed it to you, our fans, to end the show properly.
I sincerely hope you watch these last three episodes. They build to our conclusion. And the finale, I believe, is the most powerful episode we’ve ever done.
From all of us who make the show, thank you for watching, supporting and encouraging us. I’ve never experienced a fandom as intense, loyal and wonderful as you all.
Let’s go steal a series finale!
Executive Producer/Director LEVERAGE