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Timothy Hutton Returns to TV with a Lot of Leverage

Timothy Hutton

In the aftermath of Wall Street's fall and in the face of crumbling faith in big business' self-regulation, it seems like the right time for TNT's Leverage. The drama series, which kicks off Dec. 7 (10 pm/ET), follows a group of unlikely allies who team up to right wrongs against average people and get revenge through elaborate con games. Part high-tech spy thriller, part goofy comedy, the rag-tag Leverage crew is helmed by Nate Ford (Timothy Hutton), a former insurance investigator who hits rock bottom before he's offered a con gig that leads him to assemble a team of specialized thieves, martial arts experts and more — and start over with a new sense of purpose. TVGuide.com sat down with Hutton to get inside the mind of Nate Ford and find out what twists are in store for his team in its premiere season. Plus, the actor, who has numerous film projects on the horizon (and in 1980, at the age of 20, won an Oscar his supporting role in Ordinary People), shares what drew him back to TV.

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I managed to get a copy of ...

Question: I managed to get a copy of the pilot of TNT's new show Leverage, which I thought was excellent. I understand it's been picked up, but is there any word of when it will begin airing? The pilot showed a lot of promise. I've always liked Timothy Hutton and was pleased to see Aldis Hodge from Friday Night Lights in the cast. What's the outlook? Will this have a short season like most cable shows?
Answer: I like what I've seen of Leverage as well, but we'll have to wait until December for the premiere of this caper series. I believe the show got a 13-episode order, so that's the most you'd get in the premiere season. That's standard for cable series, even for most of the hit ones ... read more

Upfronts: TNT in Bed with Clooney, Many Cop Dramas

George Clooney by Jim Spellman/WireImage.com

TNT on Wednesday held its upfronts presentation, unveiling a slate loaded with drama... and including the occasional Elvis impersonator.Having previously greenlit the series Raising the Bar (from Steven Bochco and starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar), Leverage (fronted by Timothy Hutton) and Truth in Advertising (Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh), and the pilot Men of a Certain Age (returning Ray Romano to TV), the cabler has a development slate that includes:• Delta Blues, exec-produced by George Clooney and revolving around a Memphis cop/Elvis impersonator who lives with his momma. (What is Kurt Russell up to...?)• Morse Code, tentatively starring Donnie Wahlberg as a war hero/DEA agent working his hometown of Bah-ston. I will go out on a limb and predict his last name is... Code.• Angel City, a "six cops/three cars" drama in the vein of Adam 12 and Hill Street Blues.• A fast-paced and gritty drama from 24's Joel Surnow and centered on a BATF agent.• A quirky, Lit... read more

TNT Reveals Dynamite Plan for More Original Content

Mark-Paul Gosselaar by Amy Tierney/ WireImage.com

TNT on Monday revealed its ambitious plan to change most of its weekday prime-time schedule to original fare by the year 2010. (Popular movies will still be the cabler's bread-and-butter on Fridays/weekends.) Here's what's on tap.Already greenlit for production:• Raising the Bar, a Steven Bochco drama about a public defender (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), his boss (Gloria Reuben) and an imperious judge (Jane Kaczmarek). Teddy Sears and Melissa Sagemiller also star. • Leverage, in which a former insurance investigator (Timothy Hutton) assembles a team of highly skilled thieves, hackers and grifters.In consideration:• Truth in Advertising, an ad-biz drama starring Eric McCormack, Tom Cavanagh and Monica Potter.In development (scripted):Generations (from Robert Redford, a drama following three generations of the same family living in a house); an untitled family drama set in 1950s Indiana; a series based on Tess Gerritsen's crime novels; The Genie Chronicles (about... a genie i... read more

TNT Picks Up Hutton's Leverage

Timothy Hutton by Michael Bezjian/ WireImage.com

TNT has ordered up 13 episodes of Leverage, an action drama starring Timothy Hutton as the leader of a group of thieves who act as modern-day Robin Hoods, pulling off high-tech crimes for munificient means.Hutton's a busy guy these days. The Best Supporting Oscar winner for 1980's Ordinary People — heretofore perhaps best known for his awkward flirting with Natalie Portman in Beautiful Girls and the A&E detective series Nero Wolfe — will also be appearing in no fewer than six films this year. — Mickey O'Connor read more

Casting News: Timothy Hutton Gains Leverage, and More

Timothy Hutton by Jesse Grant/WireImage.com

Timothy Hutton, who last tempted TV viewers with last season's Kidnapped, has landed the lead in the TNT drama pilot Leverage, says the Reporter. Hutton plays an investigator for Big Insurance who turns around and targets greedy corporations when his dying son is denied medical treatment.... Kevin Spacey has joined Recount, HBO's movie about the bungled 2000 election, playing a top aide to Vice President Al Gore.... Gail O'Grady, Greg Germann and Robert Mailhouse will star in All I Want for Christmas, a Hallmark flick about a single mom whose sad little dating life miraculously turns around. That's lovely and all, but what does it have to do with my two front teeth? read more


Meanwhile, NBC has already greenlit a 13-episode order for the new drama Kidnapped, starring Timothy Hutton and Dana Delany as the wealthy parents of an abducted 15-year-old boy. Will Denton plays the kid, Mykelti Williamson is his bodyguard, Jeremy Sisto is a rogue investigator, and Delroy Lindo is the lead FBI agent on the case. read more

THE NEW 24s?

Six Feet Under freakazoid Jeremy Sisto has landed the lead in NBC's buzzworthy upcoming drama, Kidnapped. He'll play a retrieval expert (or St. Bernard, as I prefer to call them) who spends an entire season chasing after an abductee with Timothy Hutton…. At ABC, the green light has been given to Nine Lives, a pilot about a bank robbery and its aftermath. Which sounds suspiciously like somebody's been watching me as I visit the teller before heading off on my weekend drinking binges. read more

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