'Leverage': Timothy Hutton, Dean Devlin Talk New Season and New City (Sort Of)
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As TNT's Leverage kicks off its new season on Sunday, viewers can expect the same crime-fighting, Robin Hood-esque stories that have won fans over for the past four seasons, but with one notable change: the scenery.
As the cast and crew have grown close to the city of Portland, Oregon, where they've filmed seasons two, three and four, season five will mark the first time that the city of roses will take center stage. While Portland previously served as a stand-in for Boston, Massachusetts, executive producer Dean Devlin is now writing the city into the storyline itself.
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"Frankly we just wanted to honor the city we've been shooting in," Devlin tells The Hollywood Reporter. "But we also wanted to re-energize the show. We wanted this season to start with a lot of energy and by being in a new place, it's almost like a season one show."
That's not to say there weren't practical reasons behind the shift, as well.
"By making it Portland, I can shoot more of it," Devlin says. "I didn't have to hide so many wonderful locations and digitally change the way streets look."
Viewers can expect the team's move to be addressed right off the bat in the season five premiere, debuting Sunday, July 15. Actor Timothy Hutton, who stars as former insurance investigator Nathan Ford, admits that he had a hand in the creative direction of the show.
"For some reason, I had it in my head that the fifth season would be great if it started with Nate getting off a boat and suggesting he'd been out on the water for a couple of months on a sailboat trip," Hutton tells THR. "And to my surprise, there's the script for the first show of the fifth season and it has Nate back from a trip on a solo sail."