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TNT Cancels ‘Leverage’ After Five Seasons, Creator Says ‘It’s A Bittersweet Goodbye’

Leverage canceled after 5 seasons

TNT has officially decided to cancel Leverage, just days before the drama series’ fifth season finale.

Two weeks ago, executive producer Dean Devlin wrote an open letter to fans, saying:

“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.”

Devlin also said that everyone involved with the show would return for a sixth season if given the opportunity.

“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,” he said.

TNT issued a statement announcing that the the network had pulled the plug on Leverage. The statement reads in part:

“After five wonderful years, it’s time to say goodbye. Leverage will come to a close on Christmas, Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 9 p.m., with a series finale that stands as one of the show’s best episodes.

We are honored to have worked with executive producer Dean Devlin, Electric Entertainment, creators John Rogers and Chris Downey, and all the cast and production crew on Leverage.”

In another letter, Devlin thanked TNT for allowing the show to run five seasons, and said he was “incredibly proud of the show and what we’ve accomplished.” He also thanked the cast, crew, and fans, and said that he was happy they were “able to film the series finale we had always envisioned and I’m happy we’re able to present it on Christmas as our gift to you. It’s a bittersweet goodbye.”

Earlier this year, TNT said goodbye to The Closer and welcomed its spin-off, Major Crimes. The show was renewed for a second season on September 15.

Leverage had been on the bubble for cancellation for its past few episodes, but kept getting renewals at the last minute. This time, however, that 11th hour never came.

Are you sad to see Leverage get canceled?

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105 Responses to “TNT Cancels ‘Leverage’ After Five Seasons, Creator Says ‘It’s A Bittersweet Goodbye’”

  1. Anonymous

    There is a reason it's called Executive decision, most Executive don't know there ass from there Elbow or Trending, even if it jump-up and kissed them on the lips.

  2. Bob Ruppert

    Not sad at all. I used to separate performers from their politics, but aft recent comments coming from different corners of the entertainment industry extolling their influence on public policy and how wonderful they are, combined with their refusal to accept responsibility for the negative aspect of that influence, I now consider their positions when making choices of who to watch. Timothy Hutton falls into that category.

  3. Anne-Marie R. Foster

    My reasons for keeping a monthly TV bill are rapidly dwindling. Leverage is one of the few programs I watch (or record since I'm working when it comes on) with any passion. Love the characters, the setting, the plots – the whole she-bang.

  4. Christine Becker

    At least they are being considerate enough to wrap up loose ends, unlike so many show producers and networks. It is a fun show, and they are trying to go out on a high note.

  5. Fred Harsha

    Not happy, either. It's funny, smart, and even though it's been on long enough, it hasn't gotten stale. Bleh.

  6. Charles McPhatter

    Leverage is a great show. One of my favorites on tv. I don't want it to end. I could see another 5 years of " jobs " for this team to do. Just not fair.

  7. Pamela Olson

    You know what, why do I even bother to watch shows anymore……..once you get invested and actually care about the characters they give it the ax………."SIGH".

  8. Anne-Marie R. Foster

    There are the two biggest problems with it – funny and smart, obviously too much of both for any TV exec or critic to handle ;} How the heck are ya, Mr. Harsha?

  9. Ray Vehovec Jr

    that sucks! one of the few show I like that isn't a frickin docudrama! grrr

  10. David Welsh

    Another great show getting cancelled because far too many idiots in positions of authority on networks. They want people stupid so they can keep pretending that they can brainwash people into believing things that the real con artists (them) are right.

  11. Beverly Hayes

    I loved that show and now, as usual it will be gond Christmas Day. All I can say is Merry F'ing Christmas, TNT. You did the same thing with Hawthorne and left its followers blowing in the wind. That was also a great show!

  12. Beverly Hayes

    That depends on what they do with the last show. Tie up loose ends or leave people hanging like they did on Hawthorne.

  13. Holly Lua

    Super disappointed. I really enjoy this show and think it's very clever and well-done. There's another good show that bites the dust. I'm getting so sick of these dumb decisions!

  14. Maria Yvette

    I think the decision to cancel Leverage SUCKS! TNT do you even care what the people want anymore? SMH..

  15. Trujillo Bill

    What a shame it one of the few drama/comedy shows that isn't full of killing -blood and guts and has a great twist on what could happen if you are a bad guy. I have throughly enjoyed the chemestry of the cast and will miss this show more than most that are being canceled sadly its just another example of bad decisions by some executives for whatever reason to be replaced by some mindless reality show. Shame on you guys!

  16. Mark Eberle

    This sucks! Good TV is going away. Leverage is a great program, there aren't many left. I don't watch anything else on TNT another channel off my radar.

  17. Sam Spencer

    I really will miss Leverage, it introduced me to Beth Reisgraf. a truly spirited actress, with comic chops. Bye Bye Parker!

  18. Anonymous

    I hated that show. The tough guy character was a horrible and annoying actor. Just his voice alone drove me insane. I'm glad it's gone. I'm going to record the finale for my girlfriend anyway though. She really liked it.

  19. Chantel Bebee

    don't cancell leverage.its the only show we record.everything else sucks big time.what's wrong with these people at TNT? don't they know what people want to watch and not have to watch mindless crap every night;DOn't CANCELL LEVERAGE.PAY THEM LIKE THEY PAID CHARLIE SHEEN….

  20. Anonymous

    do producers ego's get so big they lose all concept of what's good and cancel it anyway. we have over 200 channels and this was one of the few worth watching.

  21. Fran Anderssen

    Are they kidding? This is one of the very few shows that is appealing to someone with an IQ over 91. There is enough sick violence, gratuitous sex, and foul language for everyone else. Leave the rest of us who search in vain for something with quality. More and more, people who have the top packages on cable and satellite keeps asking "Is it my imagination, or is there nothing to watch on tv?" The program is so well written, great chemistry among the cast members and plots that move fast and furiously. Truly original writing. Please, some other network with some sense pick it up and put it in a decent time slot with a good leadin show.

  22. Gail Gulledge

    What these exec. should be cancelling are all the stupid shows like dancing kids and a teacher that needs to be in the insane ward, a crass and dumb kid that farts, and other shows that include real life of "stars". Leverage is one of a kind and lets us hope that for once the little man can win against "the man" and all the money. Great show, cast and directing. Let's hope we can see reruns on another network or channel. One more reason to get a Hopper.

  23. Geri Swanson

    Bah Humbug to TNT. They always cancel the good shows. Leverage is awesome. I just don't get why they have to cancel it.

  24. Cyndi Murphy

    Well here we go again. GEEEEEEZ. Going to miss this show loved it very much and looked forward to it every week. Great writing and loved the plots and characters. Well execs here is a very sarcastic MERRY CHRISTMAS to you.

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  26. Kelly Chernault

    Well this just sucks. Leverage cancelled and then I see Fairy Legal as well. Ta ta TNT!

  27. Patricia Stickney

    Yes! Leverage was one of my favorite shows on TV! TNT I have no reason to watch you anymore! :(

  28. Gloria Tadaro

    Holy Crap TNT thought you were the best Station to watch Drama, and your cancelling Drama, Ya really don't know Drama after all. Leverage is the best.

  29. Cathymarie Lipscomb

    Yup, read this last night. If they don't have the ratings they are dropping. I don't think fan base has anything to do with it.

  30. Cerriwin Farthingsworth

    Sad? SAD? How about freakin' devastated? How about gut shot? How about skull splittingly painful this is? I'M SHATTERED! I LOVED THAT SHOW! THEY BECAME A PART OF MY FAMILY! DAMMIT TNT DAMMIT!

  31. Carole Saunders-Forman

    I am so sorry that is happening. They are the best Actors , They work so so well together and the story lines were great. Good Luck to all and I know I will miss you.

  32. Betty Couch

    Leverage was one of our favorites. It was sad to hear it had been cancelled. All the actors were great.

  33. Sharon Gaught

    yES iM MADDER THAN hELL! My 15 yr old daughter and I watch the show religiously and we enjoy the cast and the plots. This is one of the most best written shows ever. WTH TNT. Get with the program and let there be a 6th season. Its your Christmas present to all the fans. Please.

  34. Sharon Gaught

    its ratings fell cause they are constantly juggling the days its on and when its on and the breaks for midseason and finales.. Its confusing as all get out. Leave the show on…

  35. Andy Munzing

    A great show, like Mission Imppossible from the 70's. And Honey BooBoo with subtitles survives. Leverage A&E sounds good. TNT had some great series but why? Better hope NASCAR saves your butt, I have blocked your channel. Like them apples?

  36. Bill Key

    It was one of the more enjoyable programs on TV and I don't really want to see it go.

    That was from my wife.

    I on the other hand, by direction, am just absolutely crushed and appalled that this most ground breaking and original TV series since Bonanza is destined for the ash heap of history. Appalled. Crushed. Appalled…but I repeat myself.

  37. Anonymous

    Leverage , cast n crew , thanks for a great show with wonderful actors! Funny how these networks keep the crappy shows n get rid of great TV shows! Guess it's time to pick up a Book!

  38. Anonymous

    It seems a little strange to me that Leverage would be canceled with such short notice. On the other hand, I’m glad the creators were prepared for the show’s end so there won’t be some unintended cliffhanger. My coworker at DISH thinks the show deserved another season, and everyone deserves more than a week’s notice that the show is ending. I will definitely be watching the finale Christmas night on my DISH Hopper. It works on up to four TVs simultaneously, so while my family watches holiday movies in the family room, I can watch Leverage in the den in peace.

  39. Johnnie Billiter

    So hard to find a clean and enjoyable program to watch with family. My 16 year old daughter and I were keeping tabs on when the new season started to watch together. I had just started to like TNT again. Well I droped the movie channels so I guess TNT can pack its bag with them. I like NASCAR but I believe I will find anther way to watch races that run on TNT. Mr. Devlin I hope you will consider other means of getting the gang back together. We need someone who will stand up for the wronged. This was the 2000's A-Team. RIP TNT! Or not!

  40. Jeffrey Williams

    My absolutely favorite show! Soon there will be no quality shows left to watch; just reality junk or extreme violence. This show was the highlight of my week.

  41. Jeff B.

    Leverage is a great show and deserves to stick around. If its the ratings that caused TNT to cancel then it is likely due to some of the stupidity of the writing and episode topics. As the series progressed over the years it has gotten away from its roots, roots that made it the hit it was meant to be. Don't cancel just get back to the roots of what made the show great.

  42. Jimmie Carr

    One of the most enjoyable shows i have had the pleasure to watch.wish someone would pick it up.

  43. Pac Man

    HELL YEAH I'M PISSED OFF! Since it's beginning I've watched this show, &, like a lotta people, I've fallen in love with the cast every week. It was kinda like havin' a hand full of best friends come over once a wk pick you up & get into some trouble or max & relax. I figured the cast were really startin' to get their characters down packed with the little nuances, subtleties & details & with a sixth season we'd get to the meat & bones of everyone makin' the stories more interesting, exciting & a trip to see. Now you're given it the axe? F*CK YOU TNT! You jus' lost a viewer for life. Thanks for nothing.

  44. Arlene Garr Reeder

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO! I suppose they will replace it with some dumb reality show. This sucks

  45. Pac Man

    Before Leverage came along I used to watch TNT for the reruns of Buffy, Angel, Charmed & my all time favorite Law & Order (all of them) with the Closer for back up but you've gone & taken the closer off as well. Well I've got the other shows on dvd so I no longer need tnt.

  46. Anonymous

    It was my favorite show on TV. They didn't rely on titillating the senses with sexual innuendos or unrealistic glorification of violence. Just good character development and definition and very clever plot lines. Could it be the viewing public has become jaded to clean, thoughtful programming that requires more than the attention span of a gnat?

  47. Dianne GodChild Simmons

    I love Leverage; I don't understand why TNT will cancel much a great show. I look forward to watching each week to see what clever way they would use to help some one. WHY WHY WHY!

  48. Anonymous

    Exactly!! Every time my wife an I start liking a show it gets cancelled. Every show we hate seems to continually get renewed.

  49. Debra Brown

    I love the show. I think it was a mistake to cancel the show. Maybe another station will pick it up and they will get the rewards for having the show.

  50. John Dal Negro

    wife and I really enjoyed the show anytime you find a great show thereis a reason to cancel it we will try and watch as little of tnt as we can and hope everyone else does also.

  51. Nolana Boel

    Leverage was TOPS in every way. Guess the Good Guys don't win after all. Bring them back please…We want the Good Guys to WIN!

  52. Le Ann Wilson

    I never comment on anything, but I just discovered Leverage a few months ago and absolutely love it! I'm constantly looking for episodes, so I can get caught up. It's become one of my top three shows to watch! I'm very disappointed with TNT! Let me repeat, VERY DISAPPOINTED!

  53. Anonymous

    I really enjoy Leverage, suppose you are going to put on a stupid reality show. Come on TNT.

  54. Jeanette Alston

    I can't believe that TNT would take one of the best shows off the air. In this day and age where there's nothing but smut, foul language and shows with absolutely no redeeming qualities it was so refreshing to have a show where people helped other people and the bad guys got their due in the end. TNT is falling into the same pattern as CBS and NBC with shows that aren't fit for families to watch. Shame on you.

  55. Jean Eichelberger

    I'm so sad AND mad – I love Leverage and the cast and stories. There isn't a gory bloody body every 10 minutes, but an actual story. I'll admit I have to sometimes watch an episode a couple of times to track exactly how the con is going down, but I am really going to miss this show.

  56. Raymond Young

    Leverage was the only show that watched, when it was on. The only things that I will watch now, is the reruns. Why did they cancel this show?

  57. David DeAngelo

    TNT Sucks! This totally bites! I only watch the history channel mainly, and I find a show, a modern day A-Team with out the explosions! What a great show! To the actors, you ROCK. You will be missed.

  58. Anonymous

    If they quit changing the time and day it was aired it would have undoubtedly done better. USA should pick it up – they love characters……

  59. Pac Man

    Over the top or not I don't hold my tongue about how I feel. It's genuine how I feel so I have no problem with expressing it.

  60. Valencia Norton

    I hate to see this show end. I loved all the main characters. What was TNT thinking? The main characters were all intelligent, witty, funny and caring. It seems that the shows wanted now are insipid ones. Too bad. Even the reality shows were renewed. What the HELL for?

  61. Lloyd Stanton

    It's the Sh***! I was really hooked on it. Now all they have to do is end NCIS and (LA) to really make me think the end of the world is near!

  62. Mischell Bailey Wilson

    Apparently an idiot is running TNT. LEVERAGE IS THE BEST! I agree with Sharon if TNT would put the show on and leave it on and stop messing with its time slot and these midseason breaks it would do fine. I made sure it was set to DVR so I wouldn't miss the show because of TNT pulling all that garbage. I am another person who doesn't see much of a reason to continue to watch their network. I personally hope they loose all their viewers.

  63. Grace Hersh

    Boo TNT! Leverage was not only my favorite show, but also my 77 year-old mother's and my 12 year old daughter's! Bring it back!

  64. Amy Delony

    No reason to watch TNT. Leverage was the best and pulled me in for other shows. Bye bye

  65. Terry McCoy

    They take off leverage and put on another stupid hospital show. These shows are boring and have had there time. I will never watch TNT again.

  66. Curt Douglas

    Y othersYes It was original.Not since the A team have I enjoyed a series with comedy and action helping those who have been wronged by others.

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