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Is TNT's 'Leverage' about to perform its final con?

Actor Timothy Hutton attends a screening of "Public

Actor Timothy Hutton attends a screening of "Public Speaking" at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. (Nov. 15, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

"Leverage," a reasonably successful TNT series with a not-insignificant geekdom fanbase, could be ending by Christmas Day. In a highly unsual message to viewers, series co-exec producer Dean Devlin wrote on a fan site that...

 "As of the writing of this letter, we still do not know if there will be a season six of our show. Just as we didn’t know when we created the last three episodes, which are about to air. Because of this uncertainty, John Rogers and I decided to end this season with the episode we had planned to make to end the series, way back when we shot the pilot. So, the episode that will air on Christmas is, in fact, the series finale we had always envisioned. .."

 When it bowed in '08, this was considered a significant deal for TNT -- a show that played right into the TV zeitgeist of the moment, as other networks also mounted their own "Ocean's 11"-type series, with no success, and because it had Timothy Hutton aboard (not a common TV presence, although he had appeared on that high-concept NBC series with Jeremy Sisto that was also very much of the moment (time manipulation, a la "Lost" ).  Devlin's name was also attached -- a not insignificant credit, insofar as he too had rarely ventured to the tube, more content with the high-profile big screen efforts ("Independence Day") alongside his high-profile big screen colleague, Roland Emmerich.

 By the way, "Leverage's" end is not a foregone conclusion -- no decision yet from TNT, and Devlin says if the light turns green, they'll happily mount a sixth season. 

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