THE PLAYER: Wesley Snipes gets some TV action – Exclusive Interview

Wesley Snipes in THE PLAYER | ©2015 NBC/Jeff Riedel

Wesley Snipes has long been acclaimed as a big-screen actor in the realms of drama (THE WATERDANCE, JUNGLE FEVER, BROOKLYN’S FINEST), comedy (TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR, WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP) and action (the BLADE trilogy, PASSENGER 57). However, Snipes hasn’t been a series regular on television since 1990’s H.E.L.P. Now Snipes is back as star and producer on NBC’s THE PLAYER, Thursdays at 10 PM. The Florida-born actor plays the enigmatic Mr. Johnson, who oversees a Vegas-centered gambling competition in which a player – the current one is Alex Kane, played by Philip Winchester – is […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TNT President Michael Wright on the cancellation of LEVERAGE – TCA 2013

Aldis Hodge, Gina Bellman, Beth Riesgraf, Timothy Hutton, Christian Kane and Mark Sheppard in LEVERAGE - Season 4 - "The Queen's Gambit Job" | ©2011 TNT/Erik Heinila

At the Television Critics Association press tour, TNT/TBS network president Michael Wright took a moment to talk with ASSIGNMENT X about the cancellation of LEVERAGE, which concluded its five-year run on TNT Christmas Day, 2012. ASSIGNMENT X: Why did you decide this was a good time to end LEVERAGE? MICHAEL WRIGHT: I’m actually happy you asked me this, because it’s never easy to cancel a show. This was the hardest cancellation ever, because [LEVERAGE executive producer] Dean [Devlin] is a friend. We were creative partners on this show. This show was born from a meeting Dean and [series co-creator] John […]Read On »

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TV Review: LEVERAGE – Season 5 – “The Long Goodbye Job” – Series Finale

Timothy Hutton in LEVERAGE - Season 5 Series Finale - "The Long Goodbye" | ©2012 TNT/Erik Heinila

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Beth Riesgraf, Aldis Hodge, Christian Kane Writers: John Rogers & Chris Downey Director: Dean Devlin Network: TNT Original Telecast: December 25, 2012 It’s very frustrating that TNT decided to burn off the remaining episodes of Season 5 of LEVERAGE and do very little promotion with it. And then they went and cancelled it last week, with little fanfare. Even worse,  the series finale aired on Christmas night! Way to burn off an exceptional action series and make sure few people actually see it conclude properly. That little bit of anger aside, LEVERAGE wrapped up its […]Read On »

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TV Review: LEVERAGE – Season 5 – “The (Very) Big Bird Job” – Season Premiere

Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge in LEVERAGE - Season 5 - "The (Very) Big Bird Job" | ©2012 TNT/Erik Heinila

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf, Aldis Hodge Writer: John Rogers Director: John Rogers Network: TNT, Sunday nights Original Telecast: July 14, 2012 With the Leverage team’s operations in Boston in shambles after Season 4, Season 5 of LEVERAGE picks up as the team is regrouping once again – this time in the city of Portland, OR (where the show is actually filmed). All their aliases are moot, they have to lay low and they have a new headquarter base at a micro-brewery  — courtesy, as always, of Hardison (Aldis Hodge). With “The (Very) Big Bird Job, […]Read On »

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Breaking News: Timothy Hutton gives the scoop on LEVERAGE Season 5

Timothy Hutton in LEVERAGE - Season 5 - "The Boy's Night Out Job" | ©2012 TNT/Erik Heinila

TNT’s action series LEVERAGE begins its fifth season on July 15 on TNT, and today, the show’s star Timothy Hutton gave a little tease about what to expect. The new season begins with Nate Ford (Hutton) and his team of former thieves (who help the helpless by taking down big targets by performing elaborate cons) have set up shop in Portland, OR (where the series is filmed). Nate’s addiction issues are the heart of the new season, as he finally recognizes he wants to get better, while “trust” is also a theme according to Hutton. “For Nate, the way his […]Read On »

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TV Review: LEVERAGE – Season 4 – “The Queen’s Gambit Job”

Timothy Hutton in LEVERAGE - Season 4 - "The Queen's Gambit Job" | ©2011 TNT/Erik Heinila

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf, Aldis Hodge Writer: M. Scott Veach, Rebecca Kirsch Director: Jonathan Frakes Network: TNT, Sunday nights Original Telecast: August 25, 2011 There’s nothing like finding an old friend on a series like LEVERAGE and as “The Queen’s Gambit Job” wraps up the Season 4 summer finale (more episodes air in November), the series brings back the team’s constant nemesis Jim Sterling (Mark Sheppard). Most of the time Sterling is there to thwart the team’s various jobs, but this time, he needs to enlist them for reasons that we later learn are far […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: LEVERAGE guest star Mark Sheppard on the return of Jim Sterling

Mark Sheppard in LEVERAGE - Season 4 - "The Queen's Gambit Job" | ©2011 TNT/Erik Heinila

On TNT’s LEVERAGE, airing its summer finale tonight at 9 PM, Timothy Hutton’s former insurance investigator Nathan Ford rides herd on a small team of con artists who pool their various skills in the service of doing the right thing. Not much rattles Ford, but we can see his spine stiffen whenever a male British voice utters the words, “Hello, Nate.” The voice belongs to Ford’s former colleague and frenemy Jim Sterling, played by English actor Mark Sheppard, who recurs on LEVERAGE to alternately thwart, aid and aggravate Nate and Company .Sterling appears in “The Queen’s Gambit Job,” which serves […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Aldis Hodge gets LEVERAGE for Season 4

Aldis Hodge in LEVERAGE - Season 4 - "The Van Gogh Job" | ©2011 TNT/ Erik Heinila

As LEVERAGE wraps up the summer portion of Season 4 (with a return of regular antagonist Jim Sterling played by Mark Sheppard), ASSIGNMENT X chatted with star Aldis Hodge who plays hacker Hardison on the series. Throughout the course of the TNT series, Hardison has went from wise-cracking loner to someone who is finally accepting that he’s part of a team. He also has feelings for the somewhat closes off Parker (Beth Riesgraf) which has been gaining some traction the past couple of seasons. Here’s what Hodge had to say about the latest developments. ASSIGNMENT X:  So Sterling is finally […]Read On »

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TV Review: LEVERAGE – Season 4 – “The Hot Potato Job”

Gina Bellman and Christian Kane in LEVERAGE - Season 4 - "The Hot Potato Job" | ©2011 TNT/Erik Heinila

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Aldis Hodge, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf, Mitch Pileggi, Bhanna Peget Writer: Jenn Kao, series created by John Rogers & Chris Downey Director: John Harrison Network: TNT, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: July 24, 2011 LEVERAGE’s “The Hot Potato Job” is decent enough – it literally involves a stolen (i.e., hot) potato, so points up front for a good title, as well as smart casting in employing Mitch Pileggi as the big bad of the week. However, given that this is the episode where team leader Nathan (Timothy Hutton) and longtime unconsummated/then consummated-but-pretending-it’s-no-big-deal love interest Sophie […]Read On »

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TV Review: LEVERAGE – Season 4 – “The Van Gogh Job”

Aldis Hodge and Beth Riesgraf in LEVERAGE - Season 4 - "The Van Gogh Job" | ©2011 TNT

            Stars: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Aldis Hodge, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf, Danny Glover Writer: Chris Downey, series created by John Rogers & Chris Downey Director: John Rogers Network: TNT, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: July 17, 2011 LEVERAGE has employed flashbacks and allowed the regular cast members to play different sorts of characters (as part of running their scams), but it does both of these things in a new way in “The Van Gogh Job.” Series creators John Rogers & Chris Downey have gotten together to make an episode, with Rogers directing and Downey […]Read On »

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