Dean Devlin on LEVERAGE Season – Or Is It Series? – Finale

(Um, it’s the series finale. See the note added to the end of this post.)

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We at TVWriter™ started out as big LEVERAGE fans. It was fast, it was fun, and the cast totally captivated us. Over the show’s 5 seasons, however, the pace has slowed, the fun has become verbal instead of visual, and the actors have seemed bored with the stories and themselves.

This season the show has been at a real nadir. Dumb meaningless goody-two-shoes storylines told with huge gaps in plot logic have prevailed. So much so that almost every episode has smelled suspiciously like a bottle show. In other words: Either somebody yanked a ton of bucks away from the budget, or the actors are being paid so much that the show can’t afford to have them, well, do anything.

Last week’s semi-final episode showed a change, however. Timothy Hutton and company seemed more engaged than they’d been in a couple of years, and the story, although tediously educational at times, was for the most part brisk, logical, and funny. Things were looking up.

Now, though, come indications that this week’s season finale episode may, in fact, be the finale for the entire series.  Showrunner/co-creator Dean Devlin has hinted at this before, and in a recent Hollywood Reporter interview he told the trade mag, “I wasn’t expecting when we started the show to have [so much fan] support. So that fandam is always in our minds when we’re making this show and we just had this horrible feeling. What if this ended up being the last year and we didn’t put the baby to bed?”

This pretty much tells us that the season finale was created to be a series finale as well, which is why “…we’re going out with a big bang…I hope that [fans] feel this is the right way to end it,” Devlin is quoted as saying.

As far as we’re concerned, this show definitely has run its course. We’re sorry that Devlin and the rest of the cast, crew, and staff are – probably – about to be unemployed, and we look forward to the projects to come from everybody involved. But this series died at the end of Season 3, folks, and has just been zombie-ing forward ever since.

Still, if last week’s episode was any indication, the LEVERAGE team has its A-Game on for a powerful ending, and we’re going to steep ourselves in every delicious minute.

We hope.

EDITED TO ADD: This just in. Dean Devlin and TNT have announced that LEVERAGE has been cancelled and that Tuesday (Christmas) night’s season ender episode is indeed the end of the series as well. Thanks, LEVERAGE gang, for giving us so much pleasure over the last 5 years!

 

Read Dean’s letter

 

Good TV Isn’t an Accident. Good Showrunners PLAN…

…factoring in even that most dire of circumstances: “What if we get cancelled?” For example:

A letter from Dean Devlin

Dear LEVERAGE Fans,

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.

This is not to say we would not do a season six should we get the opportunity. Everyone involved with the show, from the cast, the crew, the writers and producers, would like nothing more than to continue telling these stories.  But, in case we do not get that opportunity we felt that, creatively, after 77 episodes, we owed it to you, our fans, to end the show properly.

I sincerely hope you watch these last three episodes.  They build to our conclusion.  And the finale, I believe, is the most powerful episode we’ve ever done.

From all of us who make the show, thank you for watching, supporting and encouraging us.  I’ve never experienced a fandom as intense, loyal and wonderful as you all.

Let’s go steal a series finale!

Dean Devlin

Executive Producer/Director LEVERAGE

LEVERAGE Showrunner Dean Devlin is a Man of Honor

…TV fans know him as the creator/showrunner of LEVERAGE, but Dean Devlin also has a couple of dirty little secrets:

He and director Roland Emmerich have been trying for over a decade to bring sequels to their smash hits INDEPENDENCE DAY and STARGATE to the screen.

And, most amazing secret of all:

“Many years ago, I was actually hired to write the sequel to INDEPENDENCE DAY. And I wrote a sequel. And they paid me a boatload of money to go write this thing.

And after I wrote it, I read it and I gave them back the money and I said, ‘look, this is an okay movie I just wrote. But it’s not worthy of the sequel to Independence Day.’

And I literally gave back the money. And afterwards I said, ‘You know what? I’m not even going to try anymore.’ And it was only about a year-and-a-half ago that Roland called me up and said, ‘We should try again.’”

Read and view it all

Unbelievable, no?! Dood’s a disgrace to the WGA and its struggle for fair pay.

And, it would seem, a hell of an honorable guy.