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Hot Time In New York For TNT's 'Leverage' Cast

The cast of TNT's hot sophomore series Leverage was nearly on fire during the Turner Entertainment post-upfront press lunch in New York last Wednesday.

A bread-basket napkin placed too close to table candles briefly caught fire where Leverage cast members Timothy Hutton, Aldis Hodge, Christian Kane and Beth Riesgraf were sitting, along with The Wire and other representatives of the press.

A quick-thinking Kane extinguished the semi-charred napkin. That led Leverage co-producer Dean Devlin - who was also seated at the table - to proclaim table seven "the hottest spot in the restaurant."

The Turner post-upfront lunch featured a cornucopia of its on-air celebrity talent. Along with Hutton, bold-face names included Kyra Sedgwick, Holly Hunter, George Lopez, Gloria Rubens, Tyler Perry and Ray Romano.

Will Smith was in attendance, too, stopping in to lend support to wife Jada Pinkett Smith, there representing her new TNT drama series, Hawthorne. Classily, Smith mingled among the guests and warmly greeted all comers, including The Wire, while his missus chatted with various press and Turner executives.