'Leverage' Canceled by TNT After 5th Season

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December 21st, 2012

A sad lump of coal in the stockings of Leverage fans, TNT has cancelled the series after five seasons. But there will be one final present under the tree in the form of one more new episode of Leverage on Christmas (Tuesday) night at 9pm.  Previously series creator and executive producer Dean Devlin had written that they'd prepared the fifth season finale as a series finale just in case in case it wasn't renewed. So it sounds like fans will at least get the closure they want.

TNT’s Leverage has thrilled audiences with its delightfully intricate plots, its “stand up for the little guy” attitude and its terrific performances from stars Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge. But after five wonderful years, it’s time to say goodbye. Leverage will come to a close on Christmas, Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 9 p.m., with a series finale that stands as one of the show’s best episodes.

We are honored to have worked with executive producer Dean Devlin, Electric Entertainment, creators John Rogers and Chris Downey, and all the cast and production crew on Leverage. We look forward to exploring new opportunities to work with them again in the future. We also want to thank the

Devlin penned a letter thanking TNT, the cast and crew and of course, the fans of the series.

  • Dan

    *In 2011 “three” young shows got the axe: Men of a Certain Age, Hawthorne, and Memphis Beat.

  • silvit


    If I’m not mistaken, even Southland is in its final season in 2013. Now, Falling Skies will be certainly renewed. The wild card are Perception and Dallas, both of which underperformed. I don’t know which were their expectations about Major Crimes.

    I think two or three shows will be axed next year. It will depend on their all year round schedule that they have said to pursue and how their shows (Dallas and Monday Morning will do in a few months. I think Monday Morning will crash and burn)

  • silvit

    I realized this now: how it can air at 9 when at the same hour should air R&I? Did they move everything to an hour earlier? TNT just blows. They don’t even know how to program things.

  • MissyLady

    Leverage had a good five year run on TNT.

  • heilkitty

    What a damn surprise.

  • Kate

    I can’t believe it! Leverage is the best show on TV and TNT seems to not understand that quality such as Timothy Hutton and the rest of the cast are more interesting than the T and A crap they show in their other “series.” Will I give up on TNT and the Scooges’ who make the decisions? I already have! Will I watch syndicated shows that they BOUGHT from other stations, such as “Castle?” Yes, since TNT can’t come up or stick with an original show on their own. I mourn the loss of Leverage without a doubt. The folks at TNT are a bunch of Neanderthals who wouldn’t know quality if it bit them on the ass. And don’t get me started on Memphis Beat. TNT management are definitely out of touch! Bye Bye, TNT.

  • Larry

    One of the best shows on TV with a great cast. When you move a show around you should expect ratings to drop. Doesn’t reflect on the show, but on the incompetence of the network people scheduling it. Can you tell I’m not happy.

  • Amy

    @ Larry Did you seriously like this season though? I thought it was horrible. The tone was way too serious for this show.

  • Stu

    Leverage is independently produced by Dean Devlin’s company. Meaning TNT doesn’t get syndication money from it, so even though Franklin and Bash had similar ratings, it stands a chance of earning the network more money via syndication.

    Leverage jumped the shark with 401, when it went with the on top of the mountain gimmick. They’ve been relying on gimmicks a lot ever since, instead of good scripts. The first two seasons were great, but it’s been going downhill since (no pun intended).

    LMAO at the idea that there’s a spinoff with Parker/Hardison and Eliot in the cards, too – spinoffs are not what happens to shows that get cancelled for bad ratings, and they tried the Parker show and the P/H and E show, and neither one exactly blew up the demos.

    Loved the idea of a heist show, just wish this one had had stronger legs.

  • Leverage Fan

    I’ve watched every episode since this show started. Seasons 3 and 4 nearly lost me, but TNT is seriously making a mistake. This should be picked up by a prime time station – I’m sure the ratings would have been through the roof if it had been a more mainstream series. See ya, TNT. You know drama? You know nothing.

  • silvit


    Franklin and Bash is produced by Sony, so TNT would never earn money from syndication.

  • stu

    @Silvit – huhn, you don’t say? In that case, I have no idea why F&B is staying and Leverage is going, lol. I suppose Leverage’s ratings wereworse but I was thinking only slightly so. Guess it was enough unless there’s contract issues we (I) don’t know about.

  • Nick

    What a sin.

  • Mikel


  • silvit


    I think F&B stayed because it’s cheaper. It’s in its third season and it doesn’t star big names. Moreover I think Sony sold it to TNT with a cheap licence fee, like they did with other shows in the past.

    In the summer F&B was doing the same as Leverage.

  • Ohiofan

    Sad day for TNT. Too many reruns of LAO, Bones, Mentalist get very boring.

  • merrranga

    just saw the finale. loved it, very fitting end. i’m kinda glad its over the way this season ended, it had a good run. TNT are idiots for not making the decision sooner at least and marketing it as the final season.

  • whyit

    why was this canceled? This show was great. I think TNT is making a big mistake. I have gotten hooked on many shows “ressoli and isles” from watching this show and seeing other shows on TNT.

  • Rebeca Randle

    TNT has made a BIG mistake! Why do great shows like Leverage get cancelled and the shows for the simple minded continue?

  • June Evans

    This is a very sad day for me . This was one of the best shows I have ever watched and the only one I enjoyed so much that as soon as it was over I would watch it again. To see if I could catch a glimpse of the con. The cast was awesome and the writing was so intelligently done. This is a true waste I would have watched this wonderful show forever. Shame on you TNT with all the nonsense on television today you cancel this show. I am so glad I have my DVD’s saved of this show.

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