2008, TV Show


Ratings for Race Finale, Leverage Debut and More

The Amazing Race 13

Just a few Sunday snippets, as CBS' procedurals took a knee:

7 pm/ET
The CW's first rerun of Jericho delivered 1.13 million total viewers.

8 pm
NBC's football coverage won the 8 o'clock hour and averaged 12.18 million viewers for the night (down 10 percent from last week). Extreme Makeover (10.35 mil) dropped 890 thou, while the finale of Amazing Race 13 (10.57 mil) performed eight percent better than the close of Cycle 12. TNT's The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice averaged 5.44 mil over its two-hour run.

9 pm
Housewives flirted with an audience of 16 million, up 370K.

10 pm
Rising 480K to 10.67 mil, Brothers & Sisters enjoyed its largest audience since the season opener. TNT's Leverage premiered to five mil and gave the cabler its "best delivery ever of adults 18-49 for an original series telecast during the broadcast season," says the press release. (Don't miss cast member Gina Bellman's TVGuide.com celebrity blogs.)

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Gina Bellman, Leverage: "The Homecoming Job"

In the script of this episode [airing Tuesday at 10 pm/ET, on TNT], one of the characters that Sophie adopts (Lilly) is Irish. I'm nervous that I'm going to run out of accents pretty quickly if I have to do a new one in every episode. Also, the audience will come to expect it and be disappointed if I don't deliver. I speak to the writer, John Rogers, about my fears and he is understanding and supportive. The point of Sophie is that she can adopt any persona at the drop of a hat, and accent is really just a nuance of that skill. We agree to let this character be English, like me. However, I am doing a fun accent in one scene. Tim [Hutton] and I ... read more

Gina Bellman, Leverage: "The Nigerian Job"

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 ... read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008

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.

Read on for previews of The Amazing Race, The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice, Front of the Class and Desperate Housewives. read more

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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Gina Bellman, TNT's Leverage: Getting the Job

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 ... read more

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Premiered: December 07, 2008, on TNT
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A drama about a team of high-tech Robin Hoods who scam greedy corporations and corrupt forces that have victimized average citizens. A sly former insurance sleuth captains the crack crew, which includes an eccentric expert thief; a computer virtuoso; a hardfisted "retrieval specialist"; and a grifter with ace thespian skills.



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