My plane arrives in Chicago at 10 o'clock at night. My driver tells me the director/producer Dean Devlin would like me to stop by the set. Tired, nervous and excited, I am led by a PA through a dark, deserted office building, passing crewmembers and stepping over equipment and cables. I am led towards "video village," the name of the area on a film set where the video monitors are situated, where the director, writer, director of photography and script supervisor watch the action on screen. Suddenly, out of nowhere, I am lifted off my feet ...
Gina Bellman, Timothy Hutton, Beth Riesgraf, Christian Kane and Aldis Hodge, Leverage
10 pm/ET TNT
Greed is not good. Crooked entities and bullying corporations, watch out! You're all targeted for big scams by a team of high-tech Robin Hoods in this revved-up new series.
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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.
Gina Bellman is grifter Sophie Devereaux on TNT's Leverage, premiering Sunday, Dec. 7, at 10 pm.
It's September 07 and I've just been told that I've landed the much-coveted role of Sophie Devereaux in the new TNT drama, Leverage [premiering Sunday, Dec. 7, at 10 pm/ET]. I am beyond excited, having waited so long for an American part that I like this much and which excites me enough to want to sign up for a potential seven years. I call my friends and family who are just as thrilled, shrieking their congratulations down the phone.
After I've come down to earth, I make a strong cup of tea (I'm British after all), sit down and wonder whether I've informed my manager that my U.S. work visa expired a few months ago. All hell breaks loose ...