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Video: “Leverage: Redemption” Trailer

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

At last! It looks soooo good!

Video: “Leverage: Redemption” Teaser Trailer!!

Monday, May 3, 2021

It looks so good! I can’t wait until July!

Don’t Miss to Watch The Librarians on Christmas Day!

Wednesday, Dec 23, 2020

“Remastered for Christmas! The first two The Librarians episodes, presented now as a CinemaScope movie! Never before seen! Only this Christmas on ElectricNow

~Dean Devlin


Press: ‘Leverage’: Production Underway On IMDb TV Series Reboot In Louisiana

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2020


DEADLINE – Independent production companies continue to lead the way back into production amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Leverage, a new incarnation of the 2008 crime drama for IMDb TV, is entering its second week of filming in New Orleans, Louisiana. The series is produced by Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment. It has joined fellow indie productions, Tyler Perry Studios’ Sistas and The Oval, which recently finished their shoots, and Tom Werner’s Werner Entertainment’s The Conners, which just started production.

As documented in detail on social media by Devlin and the Leverage cast, the series’ in-person table read was on Aug. 4, with actors sitting 6 feet apart and wearing face shields. Cameras started rolling on Aug. 10, and the first week of shooting went well, sources said.

Like with Perry’s casts, the Leverage actors flew in on a private jet a couple days before the table read for a round of testing.

Leverage, the first major original series for Amazon’s IMDb TV, was initially tentatively slated to begin production in late June-early July in Louisiana following safety protocols. The tentative day was subsequently pushed to July 20 and then to Aug. 4 as producers across the industry try to adjust to the ever changing COVID conditions.

The Leverage reimagining will include new characters, including one played by new lead Noah Wyle, along with returning original cast members Beth Riesgraf, reprising her character as “Parker”, Gina Bellman as “Sophie Devereaux”; Christian Kane as “Eliot Spencer” as well as Aldis Hodge as “Alec Hardison.”

Hodge is recurring because of his duties on his Showtime series City on a Hill but the early start of Leverage could make him available for most of the season. The one original Leverage cast member not returning for the reboot is embattled former star Timothy Hutton.

The Leverage sequel is a fresh update of the original concept, about reformed crooks using their unique skills to right corporate and governmental injustices inflicted on common citizens.

Devlin is executive producing the revival, with Leverage John Rogers and Chris Downey serving as consulting producers. Additional EPs include Marc Roskin, Rachel Olschan-Wilson and Kate Rorick.

Press: ‘Leverage’ Cast Reunites for Table Read Ahead of Revival Series

Thursday, Aug 6, 2020

TV INSIDER – They’ve successfully stolen a revival, and it’s all coming together.
As was previously announced, IMDb TV is reimagining the TNT crime drama Leverage, with original stars Beth Riesgraf (thief Parker), Gina Bellman (grifter Sophie Deveraux), Christian Kane (hitter Eliot Spencer), and Aldis Hodge (hacker Alec Hardison) all returning as their characters alongside new cast member Noah Wyle. And with the first table read comes a look at the stars reunited and a few teases about what to expect.

Bellman posted a photo of herself with the rest of the returning cast members, all wearing masks. “STAY SAFE,” she wrote alongside it. “Protect others and take care of your gang!”

Kane shared a photo of himself and Hodge on August 1 with the caption, “The boys are back in town… the boys are back in towhowaahahaan. the boys are back. Oh and a couple of girls you may know and love. It’s real people.”

Original series creator John Rogers (back as a consulting producer with co-creator Chris Downey) was the one to note that they’d had the first table read on Twitter. “Completely surreal, everybody’s right back in the voices,” he wrote. “@BethRiesgraf @AldisHodge @ChristianKane01 and our old Librarian pal Noah — but you’re not ready for the heat @Ginabellman brings, people.”

In a follow-up, he added, “She pulled off the ‘I’m not sure this speech works I have to trust Gina’ moment and made the room tear up. So good to be working with actors who started off great 12 years ago and have only gotten better.”

In a subsequent tweet, Rogers answered a fan’s inquiry about Wyle’s new character with one word: “Conflicted.”

The series follows reformed crooks who use their unique skills to right the corporate and governmental injustices done to common citizens.

“While Leverage centered on a crusade to avenge the death of a child, this series is propelled forward as a redemption story of misdeeds that need amends,” returning executive producer Dean Devlin has teased.

Marc Roskin, Rachel Olschan-Wilson, and Kate Rorick will also executive produce.

The original Leverage premiered in 2008 and ran for five seasons.

Gallery: Photoshoot and Magazine Scans

Tuesday, Jul 7, 2020

Oh my gosh, a new photoshoot and interview! These are so much overdue. Its a great shoot. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get the HQ versions soon and possibly some outtakes.



Gallery Links:

[Photo Shoots] > Session 034

[Magazine Scans] > 2020: Wingman Magazine – Summer


Happy Birthday Christian!

Saturday, Jun 27, 2020

I just wanted to wish Christian a very happy birthday. I hope he is able to get out and have some fun {even if he has to wear a mask) or some fun comes knocking at his door.


Also, don’t forget Kaniac Day, the marathon on ElectricNow in his honor – The Librarians and Leverage all day!!! Which is a gift for us!

Gallery: “Almost Paradise” 1×09 and 1×10 Screencaps

Friday, Jun 12, 2020


Gallery Links:

[Television Career] > Almost Paradise > Season 1 > Screencaps > 1.09 “A Wedding to Die For” Screencaps

[Television Career] > Almost Paradise > Season 1 > Screencaps > 1.10 “Something Walker This Way Comes” Screencaps


Press: Almost Paradise’s Alex Walker is a refreshingly different TV hero

Friday, Jun 12, 2020


Almost Paradise took Alex Walker on a memorable hero’s journey.

There’s no TV crime drama like Almost Paradise, and no hero like Alex Walker.

When creating the protagonist of the WGN America series, Dean Devlin and Gary Rosen crafted a character who’s different from the genre pattern, and Christian Kane delivered one of the best performances of his career in bringing that character to life.

On the surface, you might think you know Alex: a former DEA agent who retired to the Philippines to get away from the various issues in his past. He’s got issues with his ex-partner, his family and his health. And yet when he comes to Cebu, he ends up working most of those issues out.

TV cops or ex-cops with issues aren’t new. Neither are characters who get away from something only to find what they’re looking for wherever they end up, usually in the form of a surrogate family or a new love interest. Audiences have seen those arcs to death.

But Devlin and Rosen didn’t rely on them. They didn’t follow the blueprint. They had that framework, and then the deeper that audiences got into the character of Alex Walker, those presupposed expectations actually served to highlight what made him stand out—because he’d start in a familiar place and go in an unfamiliar direction. Not unlike the whole theme of the show.

So many shows have tried the quirky crime-solving hero before, many of them great. USA had a whole stable of them for years with Psych, Burn Notice and White Collar. With Almost Paradise, the character of Alex has that same charm but the writers were also not afraid to make him a bit of a mess. He never had his stuff entirely together, and sometimes that could lead to him being a pain in the butt, or get him into further trouble. Alex was allowed to be falliable, to be vulnerable, and what we saw over the first season was him growing.

What audiences have to remember is that Alex’s entire self-image is changing over the season, not just his world. He never expected to end up on an island in the Philippines; he thought he’d be working for the DEA. That’s part of what drives the show: he can say he’s retiring, but he can’t turn off the instincts to be the guy that stands up. He had everything figured out, only to realize that he didn’t have anything figured out, and now he’s having to put the pieces together all over again. With each episode, he might screw up a little, but he learns a little more—about the island, about the people in his life now, and most importantly about himself.

The Almost Paradise season finale, “Something Walker This Way Comes,” was the planned endpoint from the start. It made perfect sense: the whole point of Alex coming to Cebu was for him to move on with his life, but emotionally and mentally, he would never be able to move on unless he dealt with the betrayal that had sent him there in the first place. In order to go forward, he needed to go back. Which he did in spectacular Terminator-style fashion.

Alex defeated his ex-partner Todd Carpenter and ensured he’d be doing a long stint in prison. He also made peace, or the start of it, with his estranged daughter Evelyn. Everything that had been on his shoulders was lifted in that last episode. Now Alex can be happier and build something new for himself, and viewers are happier for him and can’t wait to see what that something will be.

Because knowing Alex, it’s going to be something a little bit crazy.

Dean Devlin had Christian Kane in mind from the start for the role of Alex Walker, and it’s easy to see why from how Christian has knocked the part out of the park. Almost Paradise has given him a lot to do, both comedy and drama, and that is not an easy balancing act but he hasn’t missed a step in the first 10 episodes.

So much of the humor in the series comes from Alex’s reactions to what is happening around him, and the reactions that he prompts in everyone else. That’s not something that can completely be scripted; it comes from Christian Kane’s facial expressions, the tone with which he delivers a line, and the rapport he’s able to build with his co-stars and guest stars.

But there also has to be some weight underneath the jokes. There needs to be depth to the hero, a reason for fans to invest in him, and to care about what he goes through. Alex had to have gravity to him, especially since his starting point in the show was coming out of a difficult place. That pain and that introspection had to be honored, and Christian has done a wonderful job of weaving that into each episode.

He didn’t turn Alex into a caricature just because he was no longer a crack DEA agent; he kept that very serious and very intense part of the character simmering just underneath the surface. That’s not only been great for Alex, but great for the entire show, because it gives the show a credibility that it needs—it’s not just light entertainment. What happens on Almost Paradise matters and it all starts with Alex Walker.

What’s great about Alex, too, is how human he is. He’s not an archetypal hero; he feels like an ordinary guy who just happened to become a hero. He can be snarky and neurotic and a little bit much at times, and then compassionate and thoughtful and a true badass at others. Alex will always do the right thing; he just doesn’t always do it the conventional way. And that not only is fun as a viewer to watch, but it’s easier to identify with because he doesn’t feel too perfect or like we’re looking up at him.

The finale was Alex Walker in a nutshell: he busted a corrupt ex-federal agent and saved his daughter, but he did it with guns he kept in a fake fish and by staging a criminal accountant’s death. And we could see and understand every emotion he went through while he was doing it, including that sense of accomplishment when it was all over.

Hopefully there will be an Almost Paradise season 2; if any show deserves a sophomore pickup, this is it. That’s because while Alex’s journey might have gotten off to a shaky start, it blossomed as the season went on. Now with Alex having put the past behind him (or in handcuffs), there’s no limit to what he can do next—and we as an audience want to see him flourish too. While the finale ended one chapter in his life, the real story of Alex Walker is just beginning, and it’s going to be one heck of an adventure.

Press: ‘Leverage’ Reboot Starring Noah Wyle Ordered By IMDb TV; Original Series’ Team, 4 Cast Members Set To Return

Friday, Jun 12, 2020

DEADLINE – Dean Devlin, John Rogers and Chris Downey’s cult 2008 crime drama series Leverage is coming back with a new lead. IMDb TV, Amazon’s free, ad-supported streaming service, has ordered a Leverage reimagining, headlined by Noah Wyle in a reunion with Rogers and Devlin after their collaboration on The Librarian/The Librarians franchise. It marks the first major original series for IMDb TV, whose content team recently moved under the Amazon Studios umbrella.

The reimagining will include new characters, including one played by five-time Emmy nominee Wyle, who also will direct two of the 13 episodes. He will be joined by original cast members Beth Riesgraf, reprising her character as “Parker” and also directing an episode; Gina Bellman as “Sophie Devereaux”; and Christian Kane as “Eliot Spencer”– who will all be series regulars — as well as Aldis Hodge, who will return as “Alec Hardison” in a recurring role, subject to availability from his Showtime series City on a Hill, whose Season 2 will likely be filming at the same time as Leverage.

The one original Leverage cast member not returning for the reboot is lead Timothy Hutton, who recently faced sexual assault allegations.

The Leverage sequel is a fresh update of the original concept, about reformed crooks using their unique skills to right corporate and governmental injustices inflicted on common citizens.

The original series’ EP/director Devlin of Electric Entertainment is spearheading the followup series. He is executive producing the revival, with Leverage creators Rogers and Downey returning as consulting producers. Additional EPs for the reimagening include Marc Roskin, Rachel Olschan-Wilson and Kate Rorick.

“Since the day it was cancelled, I’ve longed to return to the world of Leverage. The show, the characters, the cast and the people who made it happen all hold a very special place in my heart,” said Devlin. “Our new series with Amazon Studios and IMDb TV is a re-imagining of the original premise. While Leverage centered on a crusade to avenge the death of a child, this series is propelled forward as a redemption story of misdeeds that need amends. I could not be more excited and fired up about returning to the world of Hitter, Hacker, Grifter, Thief!!”

The original Leverage series ran on TNT for five seasons from 2008-2012. It was a rarity at the time — a high-end drama series on a major TV network financed and produced independently by Devlin’s Electric Entertainment. “I’m incredibly proud of the show and what we’ve accomplished,” Devlin wrote in a letter to fans ahead of the Leverage series finale.

The pickup of a new Leverage installment follows the success of the the original Leverage series on IMDb TV, where it has been a popular title since its July 2019 launch.

That is an approach Devlin and Rogers took with The Librarians, the TNT series follow-up to their successful The Librarian original movie franchise for the network. The films’ star Wyle executive produced, directed, wrote and recurred as his Librarian character Flynn Carsen on the series, which ran for four seasons. Other cast members from the movies also came back as supporting players on the series, alongside a new ensemble led by Rebecca Romijn and Leverage‘s Kane.

Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has the upcoming Season 3 of the CW’s summer fantasy adventure series The Outpost as well as WGN America’s new drama Almost Paradise.

IMDb TV, available as an app on FireTV and a free channel within the Prime Video and IMDb apps across hundreds of devices, currently features a range of TV and film library titles and has no direct link to Amazon Prime Video originals. In addition to Leverage, its offerings include TV shows such as Chicago Fire, Schitt’s Creek, The Middle, Desperate Housewives and Friday Night Lights, and movies like Blade Runner 2049, Scooby-Doo, Spider-Man, The Smurfs and Spotlight.

I hear Wyle has a one-year deal to star in the new Leverage. Filming is tentatively slated to begin in late June-early July in Louisiana following safety protocols to protect the cast and crew from the coronavirus pandemic.

Following his 15-season run on ER, Wyle headlined the TNT sci-fi drama series Falling Skies, which ran for five seasons and where he made his directorial debut. Through Slippery Moon Productions, his new production label with Zach Luna, Wyle is working on several projects including a limited-series adaptation of the 2016 Hungarian Oscar submission film Kills on Wheels. Wyle is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Gersh.

Hodge, who plays the co-lead opposite Kevin Bacon on Showtime’s City on a Hill, recently starred in the hit horror movie The Invisible Man. He is repped by Paradigm and Priluck Company.

Riesgraf co-stars on Paramount Network’s 68 Whiskey, which has done well and looks promising for renewal. I hear an arrangement has been made for her to be a series regular on both 68 Whiskey and Leverage. She previously did an arc on The Librarians. Riesgraf is repped by A3 Artists Agency and Silver Lining Entertainment.

Bellman is heavily recurring on Season 2 of Sky’s Bulletproof. Also known for her starring role on BBC’s hit comedy Coupling, she is repped by Insight Entertainment, KMR & Associates and United Agents in London.

Kane currently headlines another Electric Entertainment series, WGNA’s Almost Paradise. He is repped by BRS / Gage Talent Agency.