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#1 ONLINE   phrelin

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 02:17 PM

Just a reminder that "Leverage" returns Sunday 12/12/2010.

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 06:32 PM

Just a reminder that "Leverage" returns Sunday 12/12/2010.


But isn't it the season finale? :confused:

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 06:42 PM

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 06:55 PM

The first episode of the night is "The Ho, Ho, Ho Job" which is not a repeat according to Zap2It, TVGuide, TV.com and the TNT web site:

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 07:13 PM

Sunday begins a run of new episodes.

I'm not sure how many new ones before the next break though.

As noted, they are also re-running another episode as part of a 2-hour block of Leverage... so make sure you set your DVR to catch the correct episode!

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 07:42 PM

Just a reminder that "Leverage" returns Sunday 12/12/2010.


Looking forward to it!!

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 08:54 PM

There's one new episode this week. There are two new episodes next week, which may record as a two hour block, and will be this 3rd season's finale.

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 09:03 PM

There's one new episode this week. There are two new episodes next week, which may record as a two hour block, and will be this 3rd season's finale.


The third season only has 3 episodes?

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 09:33 PM

The third season only has 3 episodes?


No, these are the 14th, 15th and 16th episodes of the 3rd season.
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Posted 11 December 2010 - 11:35 PM

Oh, guess it's been so long I forgot the season wasn't over.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 08:47 AM

Oh, guess it's been so long I forgot the season wasn't over.


Thats one thing I don't care for with TNT/USA/FX is how they break the season apart and scatter it all over the calendar. I can see 1/2 & 1/2, but 4-5 eps here, break, 3-4 here, break, etc. Crazy.
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Posted 12 December 2010 - 08:48 AM

Thats one thing I don't care for with TNT/USA/FX is how they break the season apart and scatter it all over the calendar. I can see 1/2 & 1/2, but 4-5 eps here, break, 3-4 here, break, etc. Crazy.

Agree.

I suspect that they could get better ratings on various series if they didn't mess with the schedules as much as they do.
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Posted 12 December 2010 - 09:19 AM

Thats one thing I don't care for with TNT/USA/FX is how they break the season apart and scatter it all over the calendar. I can see 1/2 & 1/2, but 4-5 eps here, break, 3-4 here, break, etc. Crazy.


Couldn't agree more!

Burn Notice is set to have a 2 hour season finale on Thursday and they only returned just prior to Thanksgiving.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:39 PM

Well shoot.

Canceled.

I was rooting for it to stay on. Not the best show on TV and far from the worst, but other than a clinker ep here and there a pretty solid entertaining show. Ingenious writing, great characters.

But what breaks my heart is Parker. That's one of the most interesting characters on TV. A fish out of water, no social filter, a little kinky, and bat$#!+ crazy. Just the type that I always seem to end up with, actually.

Beth Riesgraf is not the best-looking actress in Hollywood (although still waaaaaaaay hotter than 99.9% of the rest of the human race) but her rubber-faced Parker character was super attractive, at least to me, basically due to her "what-will-she-do-next" unpredictability. I found that endlessly entertaining, which is probably why I am doomed to be drawn to oddballs like her in real life. It's a rough ride, but it sure is fun.

She is also not the best actress; there is a lot of "high-school-play" immaturity that comes through, but even that is endearing to me. She will be sorely missed, at least by me and my gigantic crush on her character. But in a way, her portrayal also had flashes of pure genius; I once saw Parker spontaneously break out into a very shy dance move in the far background of a wide shot in a scene totally about something else, for no apparent reason other than she just felt like it. Totally unscripted, and brilliant. It was obvious that this was Beth just naturally "being" Parker, and that it was not a calculated mugging just for the camera; the camera even nearly missed it. She has that natural wackiness without even trying, that someone like Zooey Deschanel only can dream about as she clumsily tries vainly to manufacture that with a continually-resounding flop in her own show. Just embarassing.

Beth's character of Parker, on the other hand, took your breath away; she could be capable and formidable while at the same time shy and sweet (and completely nuts). Not all that easy for an actress to pull off for 75 episodes. It just made you want to protect Parker and watch over her even though she could obviously take care of herself just fine. I honestly think TV doesn't get any more entertaining than that, when an actor can elicit that level of emotional response in a viewer just by creating an enigmatic captivating persona like this girl did. Kudos, Beth, and RIP, Parker.

All I can hope for is that her star turn as Parker will be enough of a visible resume for her to be cast in a successful sitcom; if anyone has those sort of raw, instinctive comedy chops, I think it might be her. It won't be Parker, but it will be the next best thing, which is all we can really hope for.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:52 PM

TNT’s “Leverage” coming to an end
December 21, 2012 TNT Publicity 10:20 pm ET

TNT’s Leverage has thrilled audiences with its delightfully intricate plots, its “stand up for the little guy” attitude and its terrific performances from stars Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge. But after five wonderful years, it’s time to say goodbye. Leverage will come to a close on Christmas, Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), with a series finale that stands as one of the show’s best episodes.

It certainly wasn't my #1 SL, but I enjoyed watching the show.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 06:43 AM

wow, nothing like letting us know at the last minute.

As for Beth Riesgraf, she's had a recurring part on Criminal Minds this year and it appears the character may have a bigger role coming up.
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Posted 23 December 2012 - 08:05 AM

Seems to me like they had a Finale ready but TNT kinda pulled the plug really quick.

http://www.leveragef...-dean-devlin-2/

It was "decided today" (12/21) yet they had a finale ready? Something smells fishy.
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Posted 23 December 2012 - 08:54 AM

Not fishy. Good planning is what I'd call it.

After dragging its decision for months, TNT has pulled the plug of drama Leverage four days before the series’ fifth season finale. The news comes two weeks after the series’ executive producer Dean Devlin announced in an open letter to fans that he and co-creator John Rogers decided to end the current Season 5 finale they way they envisioned the series would end — in case there was no Season 6. Leverage, which is independently produced by Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, has been on the bubble the past couple of years but has managed to secure last-minute renewals.



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Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:57 AM

Not fishy. Good planning is what I'd call it.


That would be what they want you to think. TNT wasn't dragging their heels for nothing... Someone was holding up negotiations somehow.
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Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:21 PM

Well shoot.

Canceled.

I was rooting for it to stay on. Not the best show on TV and far from the worst, but other than a clinker ep here and there a pretty solid entertaining show. Ingenious writing, great characters.

But what breaks my heart is Parker. That's one of the most interesting characters on TV. A fish out of water, no social filter, a little kinky, and bat$#!+ crazy. Just the type that I always seem to end up with, actually.

Beth Riesgraf is not the best-looking actress in Hollywood (although still waaaaaaaay hotter than 99.9% of the rest of the human race) but her rubber-faced Parker character was super attractive, at least to me, basically due to her "what-will-she-do-next" unpredictability. I found that endlessly entertaining, which is probably why I am doomed to be drawn to oddballs like her in real life. It's a rough ride, but it sure is fun.

She is also not the best actress; there is a lot of "high-school-play" immaturity that comes through, but even that is endearing to me. She will be sorely missed, at least by me and my gigantic crush on her character. But in a way, her portrayal also had flashes of pure genius; I once saw Parker spontaneously break out into a very shy dance move in the far background of a wide shot in a scene totally about something else, for no apparent reason other than she just felt like it. Totally unscripted, and brilliant. It was obvious that this was Beth just naturally "being" Parker, and that it was not a calculated mugging just for the camera; the camera even nearly missed it. She has that natural wackiness without even trying, that someone like Zooey Deschanel only can dream about as she clumsily tries vainly to manufacture that with a continually-resounding flop in her own show. Just embarassing.

Beth's character of Parker, on the other hand, took your breath away; she could be capable and formidable while at the same time shy and sweet (and completely nuts). Not all that easy for an actress to pull off for 75 episodes. It just made you want to protect Parker and watch over her even though she could obviously take care of herself just fine. I honestly think TV doesn't get any more entertaining than that, when an actor can elicit that level of emotional response in a viewer just by creating an enigmatic captivating persona like this girl did. Kudos, Beth, and RIP, Parker.

All I can hope for is that her star turn as Parker will be enough of a visible resume for her to be cast in a successful sitcom; if anyone has those sort of raw, instinctive comedy chops, I think it might be her. It won't be Parker, but it will be the next best thing, which is all we can really hope for.


Enjoy(ed) the show, but Parker was very annoying.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:54 PM

This was definitely one of my favorite shows. The writing was terrific and the characters had great back stories. It was neat to learn a little bit about them each week. I especially liked the flashback episodes/scenes. Parker's character was great in that you saw how a socially awkward child that really had no childhood learns what it is like to have a family. Elliot's character was very intriguing as well. Here you have someone that was basically a trained killer that should have no conscience and yet every episode you get a glimpse into someone who is very caring. The stories themselves were great as well. I always enjoyed the end of episodes when they would go back and expand on an earlier scene and show you how they pulled off their con.

Hopefully, they can wrap it up nicely in the finale tomorrow night.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 04:00 PM

:crying_sa In Plain Sight, The Closer and now Leverage. I don't know if I am going to have anything left to watch..

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 11:10 PM

Great episode to end it. Very well done in typical Leverage fashion.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 02:32 AM

Was the season finale ending changed when it became the series finale or was season 6 going to follow on from the end of this season with the transition that it seemed the entire season was leading up to?

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:47 AM

Was the season finale ending changed when it became the series finale or was season 6 going to follow on from the end of this season with the transition that it seemed the entire season was leading up to?


From a Dec 6 letter:

Dear LEVERAGE Fans,

As of the writing of this letter, we still do not know if there will be a season six of our show.* Just as we didn’t know when we created the last three episodes which are about to air.* Because of this uncertainty, John Rogers and I decided to end this season with the episode we had planned to make to end the series, way back when we shot the pilot.* So, the episode that will air on Christmas is, in fact, the series finale we had always envisioned.

This is not to say we would not do a season six should we get the opportunity. Everyone involved with the show, from the cast, the crew, the writers and producers, would like nothing more than to continue telling these stories.* But, in case we do not get that opportunity we felt that, creatively, after 77 episodes, we owed it to you, our fans, to end the show properly.

I sincerely hope you watch these last three episodes.* They build to our conclusion.* And the finale, I believe, is the most powerful episode we’ve ever done.

From all of us who make the show, thank you for watching, supporting and encouraging us.* I’ve never experienced a fandom as intense, loyal and wonderful as you all.

Let’s go steal a series finale!
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