TNT has cancelled Leverage but the show might not be dead after all says Dean Devlin. “We’re going to try to shop it around now and see if there is any other interest elsewhere,” the executive producer told Deadline today. That elsewhere could include a feature film version of the drama. “That would be fun to do. That’s definitely a possibility,” said Devlin, who is scheduled to make his own feature directorial debut with a global disaster film written by himself and Paul Guyot. “Look, it’s a long shot but we have a lot of love for the show and the fans have been tremendously supportive. If we can find a way for it to continue we’ll pursue,” he added of Leverage’s future. Produced by Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, the Timothy Hutton-led ensemble was formally cancelled by TNT after five seasons on December 21. The series finale aired four days later on December 25. Two weeks earlier Devlin had told a fan site for the show that he and co-creator John Rogers would be wrapping things up for season five in the anticipation there might not be a season six. Not that the producer and Independence Day co-writer is out of Leverage ideas. “I have a giant pile of stories we still wanted to tell. Creatively the show was far from exhausted.” Devlin says of the drama. The show’s fans weren’t exhausted either. Leverage was voted the favorite TV cable drama at this year’s People’s Choice Awards, the first cancelled show to ever win. “One of the great things about this show is that it was produced independently so we can control its destiny to some degree. So, if we don’t survive as a TV series, who knows? We’ve already started a series of books so maybe there’s a movie down the line. Maybe an Internet series, comic books, I don’t know. We’re wide open to all ideas,” Devlin says.
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 …
TNT has set its fall/winter schedule, which includes the continuation of the current seasons of The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles and Leverage, which all return with new episodes on Nov. 27/Nov. 28; the new season of Southland, which will kick off in January; and the first installment of the network’s new original movie franchise TNT Mystery Movie Night, which will debut Nov. 29. In the scheduling release, TNT also announces additional castings on several of its movies, including Alfred Molina joining Scott Turow’s Innocent, Dermot Mulroney tapped to star in Silent Witness, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Kevin Alejandro coming on board Hide. Here is a detailed list of TNT’s upcoming premiere dates:
TNT just unveiled its summer schedule, setting premiere dates and time slots for new series Franklin & Bash and Falling Skies and returning shows The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Hawthorne, Men of a Certain Age, Memphis Beat and Leverage. Meanwhile, OWN announced its new unscripted series Kidnapped by the Kids, …
EXCLUSIVE: I hear TNT tomorrow will announce a 10-episode Season 3 pickup for the Sony TV-produced medical drama starring Jada Pinkett Smith. With The Closer, Rizzoli, Leverage, Memphis Beat and now Hawthorne all getting renewed, the only TNT summer series waiting its fate is Jerry Bruckheimer’s cop drama Dark Blue. While attracting about half of the audience of TNT’s Monday juggernauts The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles, Hawthorne has been a solid performer ratings-wise, with its audience averaging 3.4 million viewers. What’s more, it was used to successfully launch a new series this summer, the off-beat Memphis Beat. The renewal for the quirky cop show starring Jason Lee has been in the works for awhile, so
No surprise here: freshman Rizzoli & Isles and veteran The Closer have been on fire since getting paired on Monday earlier this month. Leverage also has been a solid performer for the network, showing growth in its new Sunday slot. No word yet on freshman Memphis Beat and Hawthorne. Here is TNT’s release.
TNT has ordered new seasons of three of the network’s hit series. The Closer, which continues to rank as ad-supported cable’s #1 series of all time, will return for its seventh season. Rizzoli & Isles, which currently ranks as cable’s #1 new series for the year-to-date, will return for a second season. Leverage, which is performing exceptionally well in its new Sunday timeslot, will be back for a fourth season. TNT has ordered 15 episodes each of The Closer and Leverage, along with 13 episodes of Rizzoli & Isles, with all three slated to start their new seasons in 2011.