Preview Review: Timothy Hutton In TNT’s “Leverage” Premiere
Sunday night at 10pm TNT’s new series “Leverage” is set to premiere and after having watched the first several episodes with advance screeners you won’t want to miss Timothy Hutton’s return to television. The easiest way to describe “Leverage” is an “Ocean’s Eleven” meets “Ocean’s Twelve.” It’s a heist centric series with Timothy Hutton as Nate Ford, the ring leader of his band of criminal misfits, and their adventures in rescuing victims from high powered thieves.
Sure, it’s not quite as good as the “Oceans” franchise, but the episodes were fun and easy to follow and the addition of Hutton really makes the series work. Given a few more weeks I’m hoping the rest of the cast can find their groove and keep the rest of the season as good as the pilot.
Check out the “Leverage” plot and video preview below, then catch the premiere on Sunday at 10pm with the rest of the series on Tuesdays as 10pm.
In LEVERAGE, Timothy Hutton plays former insurance investigator Nate Ford, a once-loyal corporate employee who had recovered millions of dollars in stolen goods for his employer. But when that employer denied his son’s insurance claims and allowed the boy to die, he realized he could no longer work for such an entity.
Out of work and descending into alcoholism, Ford is hired by an aeronautics executive to recover airplane designs the executive claims were stolen by a rival company. Helping him are four highly skilled team members: Parker (Beth Riesgraf – Alvin and the Chipmunks), an expert thief; Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge – Friday Night Lights), a specialist in Internet and computer fraud; Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane – Into the West), a high-octane “retrieval specialist” who can take out a gang of henchmen without breaking a sweat; and Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman – Coupling), a grifter who could win awards for her acting skills during difficult scams. At first the newly formed team is hesitant to trust each other after so many years working alone but being double-crossed changes the dynamic, ultimately forcing them to unite. They emerge from the job realizing they are far better working together than apart. Once they discover they can trust each other the group targets their cons toward the richest, the greediest and the most unjust.
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