Season 1 consists of 13 episodes, which writers John Rogers and Chris Downey and producer Dean Devlin intended to be a complete story should the series not be renewed.Season 2, for which production moved from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon, ran in two parts: a nine-episode summer season that premiered on July 15, 2009, followed by a further six episodes the following winter.The team comes together when Victor Dubenich, a wealthy aerospace executive, persuades Ford, disgraced and an alcoholic after the death of his son, to lead a team of talented criminals to steal aeronautical plans allegedly stolen from him by a competitor.
A new setting is amazing ‘cause it’s new for the team and it’s new for our characters. You get so tired, locked into a show for so many years. Every time I step out onto the street, somebody would ask me, “So, what’s happening with y’all?PW: Maybe if you tweeted as Shark-er, you’d like it more? But I get asked about it a lot, maybe we should film more.PW: You really should — is the whole cast good at improv?Typically when doing research before an interview I try to read everything a celebrity has ever said and watch everything they’ve ever done. Beth: It’s funny, you don’t want to geek out over these people, but you’re so clearly thinking about it the entire time you’re talking to them.Thank god for that, because in preparing for my chat with “Leverage” star Beth Riesgraf I stumbled across a brilliant viral video she made at the outset of season two. I think Shark-er needs to become a permanent character on the show! And there was this hair girl, Dorene, who worked on “90210” with Luke so they were just telling all these amazing stories from the set. For so long I thought Luke and Jennie really had a thing.It’s a great example of the comedic chops this lady has waiting in the wings while she cries and cons on the TNT series. PW: Hopefully not too soon though, because I’m loving this season of “Leverage.” Especially that we’ve gotten to learn more about the character’s histories. I think a lot of fans have been wanting more backstory, so I love that we’ve been able to throw little bits and pieces in there without taking away from their individual mystery too much. PW: In the episode Luke Perry guest starred in, we learned a very traumatic secret about Parker’s past. PW: Between Jennie and “Twilight,” he must get asked so few questions actually about him! But now he’s got that massive Twitter thing happening, so he’s good. I’m not crazy about it, but it’s fun — I have a lot of friends on it.