TNT Gives 'Leverage' To New New Series

Eyeing a premier later this year, TNT has green-lighted action-drama Leverage

Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People, A&E's Nero Wolfe) stars and Dean Devlin (Independence Day, TNT’s The Librarian) and John Rogers (Cosby) executive-produce in the show that tracks a team of thieves, hackers and grifters that act as modern-day Robin Hoods, using their powers to exact revenge against those who misuse their power and wealth.

TNT has ordered 13 installments from Devlin’s Electric Entertainment.

In Leverage, 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, who after initial mistrust, realize its better to band together against the greedy and unjust.

Leverage is great entertainment,” said Michael Wright, senior vice president of the content creation group for TNT, TBS and TCM, in a statement. “It’s fast-paced, smart and just great fun. Dean Devlin directed the pilot to perfection. Timothy Hutton is outstanding, and he and the cast around him have a great chemistry.  This is a new genre for us in our series efforts, and it’s great to be able to tackle it with Dean. His Librarian movies for TNT have been huge successes. We couldn’t be happier having him and John Rogers bring that same sense of style and storytelling to us in series form.”