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The con goes on: TNT has ordered a fifth season of Leverage.

The network has ordered 15 additional episodes, which will begin airing in summer 2012. The show's fourth season, which served as a lead-in to the recently renewed Falling Skies, has averaged 4.8 million viewers, a 10 percent increase over the previous season.

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"While many shows decline in their second, third or fourth seasons, Leverage

has defied the odds and continued to climb,"" Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, said in a statement. "More and more viewers are discovering this weekly joy ride through wonderfully complex schemes and con games, all brought to life through smart writing, sharp directing and a terrific cast."The series stars Timothy Hutton as Nate Ford, a thief whose team of grifters, hackers and con-artists (Gina Bellman, Beth Riesgraf, Aldis Hodge, and Christian Kane) take down the rich and powerful. The show's fourth season is currently airing until Sunday, Aug. 28. It will wrap up the season with episodes in November and December.
airs Sundays at 9/8c on TNT.