“Leverage” season 5 premieres on TNT on July 15 at 8 p.m., and the team will no longer be in Boston when it does. The Leverage Examiner participated in a conference call with Timothy Hutton previewing the new season on Thursday, and he talked a bit about what to expect.
The “Leverage” team has moved to Portland when season 5 begins, and it’s the same city where they film. Timothy Hutton explains that “it’s allowed the writers to do is use all these amazing locations around Portland and just outside the city for storylines.” He even teased an upcoming episode involving a winery and the team trying to fix some things going on in the local wine industry. Season 5 is also going to show a closer team and a Nate who is “more interested in his future and his present way of going about life,” which has “changed him quite a bit.”
Hutton also teased some of the upcoming guest stars for the season, and it’s quite the impressive list, including Cary Elwes in the premiere, “The (Very) Big Bird Job,” Treat Williams in episode 2, “The Blue Line Job,” Neil Hopkins, Steve Valentine, Marshall Teague, Ronny Cox and Fred Ward in “The D.B. Cooper Job,” Matthew Lillard, Adam Baldwin, Monte Markham, and Willa Ford. Mark Sheppard will be returning in an episode Hutton talked about in this interview and the details of which you can read here. Timothy Hutton calls “The D.B. Cooper Job” “one of [his] favorite episodes [they’ve] ever done”: “That’s where the team goes back in time to try to solve the disappearance of the hijacker D.B. Cooper. And that one’s a terrific show.” He did add, “We have…some more surprises that I’m not allowed to mention.”
Hutton also previewed whether there will be a season-long nemesis again and some of the cons coming up:
“[A] theme of the season is that Nate has kind of decided that what the ‘Leverage’ team does is a pretty interesting enterprise and maybe they should expand and really turn it into not just a group of five people that operate very quietly out of some unknown destination but to go global with this idea of helping other people and conning their way into situations to take down people who are abusing power or doing wrong to people, ripping them off, et cetera. So Nate has this idea that gets brought up in season five. It might be good to think much broader involving other individuals, other enterprises, far reaching, other countries, et cetera. That might sound vague but I can’t really say much more than that without giving too much away.
As far as the different cons that happen and the industry targets, corporate targets, et cetera, I can run through a little bit. We have an air freight company and the air freight industry, the ‘Leverage’ team infiltrates and that’s a fun one. There’s a semi-pro hockey show that Treat Williams is in and it’s a great Eliot episode. Christian Kane became an awesome hockey player just for this episode and trained and trained and trained and that’s an incredible episode involving the world of semi-professional sports – hockey, specifically.
There’s one having to do with intellectual property piracy and the Leverage team hears about a guy who’s been – his ideas have been stolen so they go after the head of some company that’s taken the idea. And they convince that guy who they’ve realized has a hobby of extraterrestrial life, a hobby in finding out, you know, who’s out there and first contact and all that. And the Leverage team convinces this guy that he has actually made first contact with extraterrestrial life. And that’s a great one. The guy goes completely off the rails because he thinks that he’s the first person and that he has the actually made radio contact.
And then there’s one having to do with the world of cooking schools and the Leverage team uses very rare truffles to bait a very bad, evil chef into making some missteps so that they can expose him.
There’s one having to do with the world of competitive cheerleading and a competitive cheerleading company. And in that same episode the Leverage team goes to Washington to try to change a bill that’s on the floor involving cheerleading designation, whether it’s designated a sport in high schools or an activity, and what the difference is. It’s a really interesting episode that kind of explores that world and why it’s different if it’s called a sport versus an activity. It has to do with insurance coverage and it has to do with state funding for schools.
Then there’s another one which is a really interesting one. The Leverage team goes back in time to the early ’70s to try to solve the disappearance of the hijacker D.B. Cooper and that one’s called “The D.B Cooper Job” strangely enough.
And then there’s one that takes place in the ancient car, the exotic vintage car world. There’s one in the U.S. engineering manufacturing (clean) energy, the dream-reality manipulation. And so, anyway, those are just a few of the ones that – situations that we have going on this year.”
It sounds like it’s going to be quite the exciting season, and if the rest of the season is anything like the premiere, the Leverage Examiner can confirm that fans are in store for some very strong episodes.
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