TNT has given the greenlight to the thrilling, action-packed drama series LEVERAGE, starring Oscar(R) winner Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People, Nero Wolfe) and executive-produced by Dean Devlin (Independence Day, TNT's The Librarian) and John Rogers (Cosby). The series follows a team of thieves, hackers and grifters who act as modern-day Robin Hoods, taking revenge against those who use power and wealth to victimize others. TNT has ordered 13 episodes of LEVERAGE, which comes to the network from Devlin's Electric Entertainment. Devlin makes his directorial debut on the pilot, which was written by Rogers (Transformers) and Chris Downey (The King of Queens). LEVERAGE is slated to premiere on TNT later this year.
Not that I could work on it until the strike was over ("Hey John, we finished the final cut and we're going to testing! If you could see it, you'd love it!" " ... thanks.") but I knew the pickup was coming, and I was getting my shit in order so I could haul back to LA at the end of this week. Back to the day job.
Which, ironically, means more updates here, because I tend to blog-write when stuck on other writing -- writing I didn't do during the Strike but for the stabs at the Doomed Pulp novel. So come Sat/Sunday, some thoughts on the Strike resolution, some new media presentation software, and how the XBOX will be your home entertainment system instead of Apple TV. Also, I'll finish up my set reports from shooting the pilot, despite losing all the pics. Pity I couldn't do a behind the scenes on the pilot cutting and testing, but hey, Strikesylvania.
The tone of the show, by the way, is a bit lighter than it comes across in the promo announcement. We were very specifically aiming for a Rockford Files/Ocean's 11 vibe. We'll see what you think once we come up with 12 more impossible crimes and heists. Oy.