Is TNT’s ‘Leverage’ saying goodbye? Producer warns fans of the worst.


Aldis Hodge and Beth Riesgraf (Image Credit: Erik Heinila/TNT)

This Christmas, Santa could be bringing fans of the TNT series Leverage news equivalent to that of dreaded coal.

Dean Devlin, executive producer and director of the veteran show, penned a letter to fans warning that the series still remains in a state of limbo in regards to a possible sixth season. Further adding to renewal concerns was Devlin’s acknowledgement that the season 5 finale, set to air Dec. 25, was written as the series finale he and John Rogers always planned to make. Talk about a “great” Christmas present.

In the letter, Devlin writes:

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.

Leverage, starring Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton, made its first appearance on TNT in 2008 and is currently the longest-running original series on the network. But according to the Chicago Tribune, the series is down 11 percent in total viewers from last season with an 18 percent decline in the coveted 18-49 demographic.

Contrary to these numbers, Leverage fans have managed to “steal” the series a nomination for a Favorite Cable TV Drama at this year’s People’s Choice Awards. Here’s to hoping that if the drama series doesn’t get its Season 6, it at least takes home this prize.

What are your reactions, Leverage fans? Did Devlin make the right call to order the Season 5 finale to be the always-planned series finale?

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39 thoughts on “Is TNT’s ‘Leverage’ saying goodbye? Producer warns fans of the worst.

  1. sabine says:

    Should this show go away, it would be a real shame….there is not enough quality entertainment on TV today. This is one of the few shows that is witty, funny, interesting, and just plain awesome.

  2. Jeffrey Schriver says:

    TNT please bring back Leverage for season 6. This show has so much heart. It’s well written and acted. This show connects with so many people because of what they take down on the show. Most everyone can relate to the people who need help on the show. So many shows that are reality, talent searching, and detective shows etc. are so boring. This show is anything, but boring. There aren’t that many shows I look forward to watching, but Leverage is one I set my reminder on my phone, make sure I’m home to watch it and all. Thank you for letting us fans speak our mind as well.

  3. Cindy O says:

    No, no, no, no, no, we need more Leverage. We need more Leverage stories. At least enough so you can put it into syndication so we could watch it forever (yay?). BUT, to do that, we need more Leverage. PLEASE…

  4. Brittany says:

    Please bring back Leverage for season 6. I look forward to this show every week. The actors are fantastic, the writing is clever, passionate and fun. This show has an intelligence unmatched by very few others. Please, please let it continue!

  5. Jen Hall says:

    Leverage is a awesome show, and it would be sad to lose it. We still have so much to learn about the crew,so much for them to do and make right. What about Elliot, will he make up with his dad? Will Nate and Sofie have a child? Will Harrdison survive dating Parker, is He the one for her???? Please don’t take this show from us we need something worthy of our time on tv.

  6. Cathy R says:

    There are so few shows that trhe whole family can watch and enjoy together, Lverage is one of those shows, it’s well-written, intriguing, smart, funny, with talented actors! We need more–we need Season 6.

  7. Lexi says:

    Leverage is one of my favorite shows!! I enjoy watching the characters and I never miss an episode!! Please renew and give the fans like me who love this show a season 6!!!!

  8. S.L. Brandon says:

    Leverage is still THE Best show on television and it would be a shame to see it end. The cast has such wonderful chemistry and they, along with the crew, always give a first-rate performance. I, along with so many others, hope TNT gives us a Season 6.

  9. Jessica says:

    Leverage is the best show on TV! It has also opened my eyes to several other shows I didn’t even know existed on TNT. It’s a gateway show! Please don’t take it away!

  10. Wend says:

    Without a doubt one of THE BEST show’s on TV. I’m fed up of reality TV taking up all the air time. We need TV company to keep these show’s going or sooner or later all were going to have is “Reality TV” to watch and that to me is when the world of entertainment dies!

  11. Tori says:

    It’s insane to think that they are even contemplating canceling this show. It is a show for everyone, not only those young enough to normally shows like this. I’ve made whole groups of my friends and family sit down and watch it with me and we all love it – its just a shame the “following” and “viewer numbers” only take into account the US…. What about everyone else (like me in Scotland) who can’t watch it when it is first aired? Doesn’t mean we aren’t waiting for it to be available.

    PLEASE pick up a 6th season.

  12. Jane says:

    It would be a shame to lose Leverage. It is an intelligent, well thought out show as well as one of the most entertaining shows on the air today.

  13. Jess S says:

    This is an incredible show! I know that I am not one of the viewers whose votes “really” matter, it doesn’t matter much what I think, but I would be very disappointed if this show went away! Please, TNT, RENEW LEVERAGE!!

  14. Mnark says:

    Best show on TV by far — maybe if they’d stop moving it around, it would hold on to the audience? I love it and really appreciate that I can watch it with my kids. PLEASE come back for a season six… :::begs:::

  15. Joan says:

    This cannot be the end of Leverage. It is the best show on TV. The cast interaction is wonderful and both the cast and crew appreciate the fans. What other show can take the viewer from laughing to crying within minutes? We are just getting to know the back-story on some of the characters. With such a loyal and strong fan following, how can there be any question about a season 6

  16. Carrie says:

    Absolutely NOT! I LOVE LEVERAGE! Please don’t end it ever. I don’t have cable, but get it thru Netflix when it’s available, and I’m sure a lot of people are doing the same. I picture it to end that Hardison does start his own team, and he plays the mastermind, and Parker gets settled in as the grifter…. ♥ those two so much. While Sophie and Nate decide it’s time for them to be together and leave the team.
    Course I’m still waiting for the next season to be available on Netflix, not sure if this still would look like a good way……
    If you can’t put it on t.v., would you consider having it go straight to dvd at least for us that get thru Netflix?
    I will buy the seasons someday. There’s always something that was missed somewhere.

  17. mary Smith says:

    Please continue with Leveraqe it is still one of my top three favorite TV shows of all times!
    Maybe one of the reasons it’s down is the time slot you moved it to? My husband and I start work at 5 am…. staying up to 10 pm was fine, now staying up to 11 pm is pushing it..
    Just sayin..

    love all the characters on the show.. will miss you all terribly if there isn’t another episode!

  18. estee says:

    i agree 100% with all the comments before me leverage is awesome! there are so many shows that are cookie cut outs of other shows but this show breaks the mold there isn’t anything i’ve seen like it & it’s a great change of pace the cast has great chemistry & the stories are wonderful

  19. nkae says:

    I think it was respectful to fans to make the possible finale episode. It would be painful for cast, crew, fans, etc. to just drop off in mid storyline. I fully believe that the creative team could move ahead with Season 6 beyond the potential final episode. Perhaps crazy loyal fans promoting the show are worth more than a few people in the right category. Yes, I think so.

  20. spencer says:

    This show is really awesome!! It shouldn’t go away at all. they should make more. I have all the seasons and you should make more shows. it is a really cool show to watch.

  21. fz rdz says:

    F–k the goodbye thing! We all need next seasons. Always need. Leverage is the first (tv series) DVD I buy, willing to buy, which I really need as one of the reasons for me to keep going with my tiring daily routine as an architecture student. In short, watching this is my priority even I do have tons of great movies.So PUHLISSSSSSS…….DON’T! 🙂

  22. Stacey L. says:

    OMG I’m so addicted to this show! Its entertaining, lots of action, drama, comedy … its got it all. GREAT cast chemistry and the scripts keep you involved. It would be a HUGE disappointment to lose this show.

  23. Margaret says:

    The only reason it’s failed is because of TNT and their inability to keep it on one day at a certain time and promote it out the arse. They have moved it no less than three times in the five years it’s been on, and have never told fans about any of the moves, hence nobody knew when or what time it was on. It’s horrible to do this to such a great show and cast. It’s my hope that if it does get cancelled on TNT that another, better channel picks it up and treats it how it’s supposed to be treated.

  24. Rex jaycox says:

    It would be a terrible loss if TNT decides to cancel this show. The cast is amazing together. Fans like myself want this show to continue. Please TNT listen to the fans on this one. You cannot find this level of greatness that is a feel good show. Please don’t rely on demographics and numbers. For once, listen to the fans. Please?

  25. Paul says:

    This is a great show and it would be tragic to see it go off the air. There is still much more the team could do. My ten year old daughter and I watch this show together every tuesday night. TNT dont blow it. Keep this show on the air.

  26. Old Nate says:

    It would be a big loss if Leverage is not renewed. Such an underrated show with a great ensemble of cast that you cannot see anywhere in cable tv. Please Santa, all we want for Christmas is a season 6!

  27. Denny S. Bryce says:

    From the beginning of the season, and I am a BIG fan, I felt as if there was something off about each episode. It has been a good season but without an overriding arc – which is a fun plus with Leverage – there hasn’t been any further development of relationships (the reason I watch the show). Yes, characters have shown they’ve grown up and can make it on their own or without the close knit family vibe that has proven so much fun to watch, but I may get flack here – I’ve been a bit disappointed with the focus on individual growth. I wish the writers, producers and directors had taken the risk and written the season as if the show would never end. There is/was much more to explore, and there’s no shame in writing a great show that includes a mildly dysfunctional family:) who cons bad corporations – Just my humble opinion.

  28. Becky says:

    Leverage is one of the best shows on t.v., it would be such a shame if it was not renewed for season 6. I look forward to watching this show every week, and even watching re-runs never gets old. This show has amazing writers & producers. AND the cast of Leverage work so well together, their characters just mesh in a way that one actor/actress is no more important then the next….I just love how Tim, Gina, Beth, Christian & Aldis bring these characters to life, they couldn’t have possibly picked any better actors/actresses to fill these roles. I would be severely disappointed if such a well written popular show was cancled. Maybe viewership is down because of the day and time it airs, but that doesn’t mean that people aren’t watching it on demand or streaming it on the internet at an alternative time. Please renew Leverage for season 6…because you can’t get bored of this show, I’m always waiting for the next episode and im never disappointed with an episode. Also now that they have the app on your phone and/or computer….I enjoy each episode even more. The interaction just takes this series to another level in which you learn more about each episode and see what you can remember about previous episode facts. This series needs to continue, I’m sure there are still many ideas that could be produced into episodes, please allow the producers and writers to continue on with there amazing storytelling and the actors/actresses the opportunity to portray these episodes. I’m sure they will not disappoint. Lastly, you know everyone cares about this show cause the individuals whom are part of this series go out of their way to make sure their fans know what’s going on, so that we are able to stand behind the show we love to watch. I say we make a petition to the network of TNT to show how much we want another season of Leverage.

  29. MRBB says:

    The honest truth is Devlin isn’t bothered about this show anymore… He’s off to make ID2. Earlier on in the year he tweeted about ending the show at season 5 asking the fans “should we end it here or make more” and his silly remark “shows don’t often go beyond 5 seasons” is rubbish too. Look at some of the major network shows that lasted 8 or 9 seasons. Surely a ratings winner (in terms of TNT’s ratings) like Leverage could go another 2 or 3 seasons. I just feel we’re being sold short by him. Bringing about the end of this great show would be such a shame. Sure it’s detractors poke holes in it “oh but it’s the same thing every week” well so are shows like CSI, NCIS, Hawaii Five 0. That’s TV…

    I say TNT will are mad if they don;t renew this amazing show. Plus.. If you take a look at some of their upcoming shows you’ll see that pretty much all of them are lame compared to Leverage. Way to kill your viewership TNT.

  30. krazykris07 says:

    I agree with what everyone has said here. It would be a shame if this show was canceled. I do think its a good idea to air the “series finale”in case TNT is foolish enough to let this amazing show end, but (like so many others have said here) this is one of very few shows that is not only brilliantly written but unmatched in acting. It’s a rare TV series that can make you feel like you’re part of their “family”. Leverage has easily done this for SO many people for five seasons now…PLEASE make it six!

  31. HighPlainsGrifter says:

    TNT- rise above the rest and give “Leverage” not just one but MANY more seasons! Few shows have made me alternately laugh, cry and cheer as much as this show has done in five seasons. If Dean Devlin is on board… and I’m pretty sure the cast is there too… then LET’S STEAL A NETWORK! 🙂

  32. Superglrl (@Superglrl) says:

    The victims don’t necessarily “win” but the Leverage team makes sure they are spared their dignity. Something we should apply in real life. Respect one another. I challenge anyone who hasn’t seen “Leverage” to settle in with a bowl of popcorn and enjoy the “Movie of the Week” provided by Electric Entertainment, their ace FX crew, Cast, academy award winning Actors. Not to mention the Costumes, Music, Sets, beautiful NW locations, stunts, guest directors, research.. er.. writers…, props, editors, sound… wonderful guest stars, feel free to add anything I missed, also, aren’t those background actors amazing?

  33. Olive says:

    This show deserves to be renewed for as long as the cast and crew want to do it! It’s one of the few shows on tv that have a positive vibe, and doesn’t use blood, gore and shock value to attract an audience!

  34. martin chacon says:

    WTF I just started watching this series and I llove this show, it can’t end a lot of people just started watching it here along with me. Thanks to the reruns we found this show to be the best one. Hopefully another station picks this up. The whole crew is so much fun to watch. If this is the end that you for entertaining me. Now let’s save this show LEVERAGE!

  35. Kim says:

    One true original show, different than alot of the boring, same ole, same ole on tv. TNT, please give us a season 6! Some of what you are previewing as your new shows doesn’t really do much to impress me at all!!!!

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