agt_spooky: (Chris Kane)

I decided not to depress myself and watch the series finale of Leverage on Christmas (especially after getting ROYALLY screwed over by the Merlin series finale the night before. What an utter waste of 5 years of my life) so I waited and watched it yesterday morning instead.

I loved it, even if I spent most of the episode saying, "WTF is going on? WTF is going on?" LOL! But hey, that's the sign of a great con, right? :-)

I did a little dance at every reference back to the pilot episode (20 pounds of crazy in a 5 pound bag, the elevator scene and Sophie's stage performance, etc). That was a great nod to us long time fans.

Thank god the secret Nate (and Hardison) have been keeping wasn't something bad, but would have set up another season perfectly. Words can't express how disappointed I am that we won't be getting one.

After watching the finale, I'm now convinced more than ever that The Rundown Job was a trial run to see how the fans would respond to just Parker, Hardison and Eliot working together. And there isn't a person I know who didn't love that episode. In fact it was my favorite of the entire season. So I absolutely believe the show could have gone on successfully with just the three of them. Again, a shame we'll never get to find out.

I was glad for Nate and Sophie at the end and was pleased with how the whole thing about her real name turned out. I was able to hold back the tears until the point where Eliot gets up and says his good-byes. That was it for me, I was done. I have to say, the only thing that made me go, "Hmmm, really"? was the very last scene. Despite Nate and Parker's earlier conversation, I was expecting Hardison to be sitting in that chair. But it was a minor quibble in an otherwise fantastic series finale.

I want to thank Dean Devlin for having the foresight to write an episode that would wrap things up and not leave us all hanging in case renewal didn't come. I can look back on the last 5 years with happiness and not frustration. Leverage was smart, smart television, unlike the drek of reality TV and stupid mindless sitcoms, and it will be greatly missed by millions of people. I'm not holding my breath, but it would be amazing if the push to get it picked up by USA Network does succeed. Because I think Leverage International has a lot of life left in it. :-)

What are YOUR thoughts on The Long Good-bye Job?



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agt_spooky: (Chris Kane)

Son-of-a-bitch. All the freaking CRAP on TV and Leverage gets the axe?? Yet TNT renewed Franklin & Bash?? Seriously?? I'm so pissed off. I'm going to miss this show SO damn much. Screw you, TNT. I've now stopped watching Rizzoli & Isles and now won't be tuning into Monday Morning either. You've lost this viewer.

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It’s going to be a blue Christmas for Leverage fans.

TNT announced late Friday that it has officially pulled the plug on the drama after five seasons; its series finale is set to air on Dec. 25.

“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,” a TNT rep said in a statement. “But after five wonderful years, it’s time to say goodbye. Leverage will come to a close on Christmas at 9 pm, with a series finale that stands as one of the show’s best episodes… We want to thank the passionately devoted fans… who have been the driving force behind its success.”

Earlier this month, executive producer Dean Devlin told the show’s fans in an open letter that the Season 5 finale on Dec. 25 was designed to also serve as a “powerful” series finale. “[Fellow EP] 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,” he wrote. As a result, the hour — perhaps inauspiciously titled “The Long Good-bye Job” — is “the series finale we had always envisioned.”

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Can. Not. WAIT to see Cary on Leverage!

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First Look: Cary Elwes On Leverage
by TV Guide Magazine News
6/26/12 6:00 AM

Timothy Hutton and the rest of Leverage's badass band of do-gooders have faced some pretty nasty foes in their four years of taking down the establishment. But when Season 5 premieres July 15, Psych veteran Cary Elwes will introduce them to a millionaire heavy who literally brings villainy to new heights.

"I play Scott Roemer, a very arrogant guy who owns an airline," says Elwes. "He cuts corners on the maintenance of his aircraft, causing a terrible accident that kills some of his employees. He obviously needs to learn a lesson, and that's where the Leverage team comes in."

But what's their plan? "Roemer's a big fan of Howard Hughes," hints the actor, "and they always use their baddies' weaknesses." They trick Roemer into believing they're going to help him buy Hughes' legendary plane, the Spruce Goose, from Oregon's Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum — and then teach him that right is the only way to fly.

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Adam Baldwin has spied a new gig on Leverage.

The fifth season of TNT's Leverage will reunite Christian Kane with his former Angel co-star Adam Baldwin, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Baldwin will play the possibly recurring role Col. Michael Vance, an ex-Army Ranger who now runs a government counter-terrorism unit. However, Vance often ruffles the feathers of other intelligence community bureaucrats with his unorthodox method of recruiting small teams of agents — and even civilians — from a wide range of expertise. Sounds like the kind of guy who might call on Nate & Co. for help, right?

Kane, who plays Eliot Spencer on Leverage, recurred as Lindsey McDonald on Angel. Baldwin, a Joss Whedon mainstay, recurred in the fifth season as Wolfram & Hart liaison Marcus Hamilton.

Baldwin is no stranger to other members of the Leverage cast and crew: He had a role in Ordinary People, the film for which Leverage star Timothy Hutton won an Academy Award. Baldwin also has a long-standing working relationship with Leverage executive producer Dean Devlin. Both men appeared in the film My Bodyguard and Baldwin had roles in Independence Day and The Patriot, both of which Devlin produced.

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Damn! Leverage is going all out next season with guest stars! So far we've got Treat Williams, Matthew Lillard, Cary Elwes and now Adam Baldwin. Not only do I love Adam from Firefly, but I've just recently started watching Chuck, and he's freaking fantastic on there. Though I didn't know he was on Angel. I've never seen all of Christian's episodes of that. But what a neat reunion for the two of them.

Bring on season five!!

agt_spooky: (Chris Kane)


Hello everyone and welcome to Episode Five of my summer TV discussions. :-)

Since most of our favorite shows are on hiatus and after the success of my TV poll, I thought I'd bring up a different show every other day or so for some friendly discussion - what you like about it, what you don't, whatever comes to mind. And who knows, if you're not already watching this might entice you!

So today let's talk Leverage!

I tuned into this show for the pilot episode for one reason - Christian Kane. I kept hearing his name mentioned in conjunction with Jensen Ackles, but really had no idea who he was. So I was curious. I didn't even know what the premise of Leverage was and figured I'd just watch one to see this Christian guy and that would be it.

Oh, how wrong I was. :-)

The pilot episode blew me away. I hadn't seen writing like that on any TV show in ages. It was freaking brilliant! So yeah, I was hooked and I've never looked back.

I love how as the seasons have progressed we've learned more and more about Nate, Sophie, Parker, Hardison and Eliot. They all have so many layers to them, since they all (with maybe the exception of Nate) have very checkered pasts. They were all like oil and water when their team was formed, now they work like a well oiled machine.

The humor on this show (particularly between Eliot and Hardison) kills me DEAD. The one-liners that fly around are classic. But what surprised me was how emotional some of the episodes were, like The Van Gogh Job or The Grave Danger Job. I never expected Leverage to make me cry! But that's the mark of a good show, that it has that kind of range.

Something else I love is the ever evolving, changing relationship between Parker and Hardison. They are SO CUTE together I can barely stand it. :-)

I already mentioned the writing, but really, it's fantastic. The intricate cons the writers come up with pretty much never cease to amaze me. It's not easy to write for an ensemble show, but the Leverage team does it consistently well.

I, for one, can't wait for season five to get started in July. And to whet all your appetites, TNT yesterday released the descriptions of the first TEN episodes. Hang on to your hats, folks. We've got aliens and culinary school, cheerleaders and hockey!

Check out what is coming up on Leverage )


Now it's your turn! Sound off about Leverage!

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As many of you know, I'm a big fan of Leverage, so I follow the actors on Twitter. Every so often Aldis Hodge does his #10onWed where he answers 10 questions from fans. Now I've submitted one every time he's asked but never got chosen.

Until yesterday.

The topic for questions was the new season of Leverage, which they're filming now.

Check it out!!



SQUEE! He picked me! Now granted, it was more of a non-answer, but still! He picked me!

I wrote him back and told him that it was no fair teasing and that I was going to hold him to it. *g*

So yeah, it's the little things. :-)
agt_spooky: (Chris Kane)
Now THIS is some freaking awesome casting news!

'Leverage' nabs Cary Elwes for guest spot


cary-elwes

The Leverage team is back to its old capers and, in the first episode of season 5, Cary Elwes is on their radar.

The Princess Bride star is set to guest-star in the premiere, playing Scott Roemer, a modern-day Howard Hughes who is the owner of Global Transit Airlines. The team cons the unscrupulous Roemer into thinking he has a chance to steal Hughes’ famous Spruce Goose mega-plane, but after he seemingly takes the bait, he comes to realize all is not as it seems.

Leverage returns with 15 new episodes this summer. Season 4 of the caper drama averaged 4.8 million viewers.

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Woot! I mean, c'mon, people who DOESN'T like The Princess Bride? I've loved seeing Cary pop up now and again on Psych, but to have him on Leverage kicks ass! Gosh, first I got my Houston Knights hunk Michael Pare on Leverage last season and now The Dread Pirate Roberts! :-)
agt_spooky: (Chris Kane)
I finally had a chance to watch the latest Leverage ep, The Radio Job, last night and not only was it a kick ass episode with a HELL of an ending (so that's why they repeated the pilot last weekend!) but OMG, I nearly fell off my chair when I saw one of the guest stars was MICHAEL PARE! (He was the lead FBI guy who kept calling Eliot "cowboy")

I've been a big fan of Michael's ever since I first saw him back in the '80's on Houston Knights where he played Joey LaFiamma. Here, take a look:


That's Michael Beck on the right, his co-star, who played his police partner, Levon Lundy. What killed me is, Joey would call Levon "cowboy" so when Michael's character called Eliot that, I couldn't believe it. :-)

I ended up having the most bizarre dream last night because of all of this. In it, I was back in Portland on vacation with [info]celtprincess13* and [info]hollylyn1217*. We were at a restaurant, eating outside and I kept looking at his guy sitting at a table all by himself. I finally said to Kim and Laura, "I think that's Michael Pare!" and I got up and went over to him. Sure enough it was, and I ended up having this totally cool conversation with him. At one point he asked me why I was in Portland and I said that we were supposed to be there for a Leverage convention but it got canceled so we decided to just make a vacation out of it. He's like, "You're kidding me, I'm here to film a guest spot for that show!" He ended up taking all three of us to the set where we got to meet Tim, Aldis, Gina, Beth and of course, Christian. We got to watch them film, got autographs and photos taken with everyone. Let me tell you, I was a bit irritated when the alarm woke me up! LOL! But then it put a smile on my face. :-)
agt_spooky: (Chris Kane)
I think I'm the only person on the planet who didn't find one moment even the least bit funny during last night's Leverage episode. :-(
agt_spooky: (Chris Kane)
Just read this over at E!Online and laughed my butt off. A flowery apron?? Oh, I can't wait to see what circumstance brings that on! LOL! Is it Sunday yet??

reebsreiswig: I've heard scoop about everyone BUT Eliot in the new season of Leverage! I need something about my fave badass!

Don't worry. Eliot (Christian Kane) is pretty badass in the June 26 premiere episode. He's awesome as he scales a mountain in a blizzard and not surprisingly he makes a flowery apron look quite badass. You're welcome.

 
agt_spooky: (Chris Kane)
From Leveragefans.com:

To Our Leverage Fans:

CON-CON 2011: AN OFFICIAL LEVERAGE EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

The producers, cast, and crew of Leverage would like to thank their fans for their interest in Con-Con 2011. Unfortunately, ticket sales didn’t reach the necessary level, and Con-Con 2011 has been cancelled.

Dean Devlin and his team at Electric Entertainment, along with the cast and crew of Leverage, thank fans who purchased tickets to Con-Con 2011. We are disappointed by the cancellation of Con-Con 2011 and we regret any inconvenience.  Check http://www.leveragefans.com for the latest news and updates about the show.

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Gosh, raise your hand if you're shocked by this. Let's see, they raised the ticket prices astronomically from last year while giving you LESS, one of the main stars wasn't going to be there and they had ONE other guest star. Plus there was only ONE panel with Tim, Beth, Gina and Aldis together, compared to three panels last year.

Yeah, I'm now glad more than ever that myself, [livejournal.com profile] celtprincess13 and [livejournal.com profile] hollylyn1217 decided to not even attend the con, but make a vacation out of it instead. We've got an action-packed week planned and we can't wait!

agt_spooky: (Chris Kane)
Man, I can't believe there's only one more episode of Leverage left this summer! I was excited that we got 16 eps this season instead of the usual 13, but to save the last three eps until this winter is lame. They couldn't extend the current run out another three weeks? Or show two eps one week and then the last one? They were showing two eps a week when this season got started. It's just going to be kind of dumb to bring it back for just three eps several months from now, you know?

Anyway, onto The King George Job…


Why are you so sensitive? You've touched worse! )
agt_spooky: (Chris Kane)
Okay, last night's Leverage ROCKED. Damn, they are on a roll this season! It's almost like season two never happened, with season three here having the same awesome vibe as season one did.

The Rashomon Job was just brilliant storytelling. You'd think hearing the same story told five different times would get old, but not when it's the Leverage gang!

I hate you all )
agt_spooky: (Chris Kane)
Last night's episode of Leverage was kinda personal for me. My father was born and raised in West Virginia, and my grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins still live there. And I spent every summer out there as a child.

What Eliot said is right - in many parts of WV, coal mining is the only job you can find. Which is why my father, faced with the prospect of working in a mine for the next 40 years (if he wasn't killed in an accident first), joined the military straight out of high school. As did every one of his friends. It was their only way out. I, for one, am glad that he did. Otherwise he would've never met my mom and I wouldn't be here. :-)

Too many people lose their lives each year to mining accidents that could've been prevented if the proper safety measures had been in place. If only the Leverage crew could help clean up every mine.

Okay, enough with the serious stuff. *g* After last week's very "meh" episode (IMO) the team got back on track this week.

And here are my thoughts!

I nailed it. I'm a grifter. I grift. )
agt_spooky: (Chris Kane)
Ugh. Another Monday? Already? Where did the weekend go? Apparently mine was spent being a slug for part of the day on Saturday, getting caught up with TV shows on the DVR and then house cleaning. Spent part of Sunday doing laundry and finally hanging up fannish pictures on my one blank wall in my den. Been meaning to finish that room for a year! LOL! Then Sunday night John and I watched the first 2 hours of The Shining mini-series that I got off of Amazon. Wanted to watch it because it was filmed entirely at The Stanley Hotel, which we visited in in June. It's so cool seeing so many part of the hotel that we also walked through. :-)

Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] deanvica23 for the lovely postcard I received on Friday. Thank you, sweetie!

And we had new Leverage last night! Woot! I again give this one a thumbs up, too, for unexpected revelations that happened. I love it when a show surprises me. :-)

So let's get to it! Here are my thoughts on The Boost Job…


Don't cross the streams! )
agt_spooky: (Chris Kane)
Woot! Now here's something to celebrate on this Friday afternoon! My friend [livejournal.com profile] hollylyn1217 just let me know that Leverage has been renewed for a fourth season! Sweet! Like there was any doubt, right? :-)

Can't wait for another season of "Hitter, Hacker, Grifter, Thief, Mastermind"!

Congrats to the cast and crew!


agt_spooky: (Chris Kane)
I was so depressed by the Supernatural spoilers from ComicCon last night (guess this is another season, like three, that I'll barely be watching) that I couldn't wait to get off the computer and watch Leverage, which I knew would make me smile. Now HERE'S a show that knows what it's doing and is doing everything right.

I made a bomb out of a menthol light )
agt_spooky: (Chris Kane)
Good lord, last night's Leverage episode was COMPLETELY MADE OF WIN! \0/

How much did I like it? Hmmm…let's see…

Go ahead. Say 'pitchy' again and see what happens. )
agt_spooky: (Chris Kane)
From AllAccess.com comes information on "Eliot's" singing debut on Leverage!

BIGGER PICTURE GROUP/NASHVILLE artist and actor CHRISTIAN KANE will perform an original song called “Thinking Of You” on the SUNDAY (7/18) episode of TNT’s “Leverage,” in which he stars as ELIOT SPENCER. Immediately following the episode airing at 9p (ET), fans can download the song on iTUNES.

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I cannot WAIT for this episode to hear Chris singing!! And this is a NEW song, isn't it? I don't recognize the title.
agt_spooky: (Chris Kane)
Me again! Back with some thoughts on Leverage - The Double Blind Job. I really liked this one!

And here's why... )

In other random TV news...

I found out last night that my favorite new show of the summer, Rookie Blue, was already renewed for a second season. Sweet!

The Glades - I watched the pilot last night and although the main character is brilliant, he's also an ass, so I'm finding it difficult to like him. But the writing is top-notch. I never saw that twist at the end coming.

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