TNT Gains 'Leverage'

TNT has added another drama to its roster of original series, picking up a show called "Leverage" from producer Dean Devlin.

The series stars Timothy Hutton ("Kidnapped," "The Good Shepherd") as a modern-day Robin Hood, a former insurance investigator who turns against the corporate interests he used to work for to help the downtrodden. TNT has ordered 13 episodes of the show to premiere later this year.

Devlin ("Independence Day," TNT's "The Librarian") directed the pilot and executive producing the show. John Rogers ("Transformers," "The Core") and Chris Downey ("The King of Queens") wrote the pilot; Rogers is also an exec producer.

"'Leverage' is great entertainment. It's fast-paced, smart and just great fun, says Michael Wright, who oversees original programming for TNT. "Timothy Hutton is outstanding, and he and the cast around him have a great chemistry. This is a new genre for us in our series efforts, and it's great to be able to tackle it with Dean."

Hutton plays Nate Ford, an insurance investigator with a sterling record of recovering stolen goods for his employer. When his firm denies health-insurance claims for his dying son, however, Hutton turns his back on the corporate world and goes freelance, working first for an aeronautics executive to recover stolen airplane designs.

The series also stars Beth Riesgraf ("Alvin and the Chipmunks"), Christian Kane ("Angel," "Close to Home"), Aldis Hodge ("Friday Night Lights") and Gina Bellman ("Coupling," "Jekyll") as members of the team Nate assembles.

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