Leverage, TNT's new heist show, starts Sunday night, and it's a pretty good time — there's some Ocean's Eleven flavor mixed with a little bit of The A-Team and some Robin Hood for good measure.
Leverage, TNT's new heist show, starts Sunday night, and it's a pretty good time — there's some Ocean's Eleven flavor mixed with a little bit of The A-Team and some Robin Hood for good measure. Last month, TNT invited me to Los Angeles to interview the cast — including star Timothy Hutton, who plays Nathan Ford, the mastermind who helps a crew of thieves steal from the rich and greedy — and executive producer John Rogers. Here's some of what I learned:
Leverage isn't taking itself too seriously. "[Executive producer Chris Downey] and I were drinking in our garage, which is not as sad as it sounds, and were talking about how heist shows at the time had gotten really grim and gritty — you missed half an episode even and you were lost," Rogers said. "We talked about the shows we liked — Rockford Files, The A-Team, Mission Impossible — and why not do one of those?"
Keeping track of elaborate heists can be tricky. "In the writing room, that can get a little hairy," Rogers said. "We have different colored cards and everything . . . Everything gets spot-welded together, and there are times when we look at the board and are like, where the hell did the bad guy go?"
To see more of what I learned about the series, including what's coming up for Hutton's character, just read more