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TV Junkie: The Pitch - Producer Dean Devlin for 'Leverage'

The "Leverage" season finale is at 10pm tonight on TNT
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[We have started this supplemental column called "The Pitch" where we ask someone who is involved with the creation, production, promotion of a show the top 3 reasons why it deserves attention from the LAist audience and they "pitch" the show.]This week we have producer extraordinaire, Dean Devlin, pitching TNT's "Leverage". The season finale of "Leverage" is tonight at 10:00pm. Dean Devlin is known for such blockbuster hits as Stargate, Independence Day, The Patriot, as well as the incredible documentary Who Killed The Electric Car?

LAist: Give us your top 3 reasons for watching "Leverage" in real time on TNT, Wednesday nights at 10:00pm.

Dean Devlin: My number one reason to pitch you for watching it live and not on DVR is because ther are so many twists on our show. This is a show that has not one but two cons on every and there are several character twists per episode. And as I watch the show along with Twitter I see West Coast fans saying "stop giving away plot points!"

LAist: You're up against other shows that involve crime ("NCIS", etc.) but this show is about a gang, run by Timothy Hutton's character, that operates outside the law.

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Dean Devlin: There's a lot of good programming on television right now and we have a lot of competition but I think we offer something unique. On the one hand we have this element of wish fulfillment: If you're a person like me who watched things like Enron go down and you thought to yourself "Gee, I'd really like to punch those guys in the neck" well, our show gives you the chance to do that and I think we're the one show that goes after those corporate fat cats that took advantage of us over and over again. So there's this wish fulfillment part.

But also I think we've really assembled a fantastic group of actors who have created a fantastic group of characters that are really unusual in this type of show. They very often go right against the stereotype and their performances have deepened these characters so they aren't just exposition tools for difficult plots. But actually our plots are altered by the foibles and Achilles heels of our characters. It's a show that's light, that's fun that doesn't talk down to our audience.