Hutton gains 'Leverage' in TNT pilot


Timothy Hutton has been tapped as the lead in "Leverage," Dean Devlin's drama pilot for TNT.

Meanwhile, Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Alison Elliott are set to star in Lifetime's one-hour pilot "Long Island Confidential."

"Leverage" centers on Nate Ford (Hutton), an investigator for big insurance companies whose life spiraled out of control when his son died after the same companies for which he had been recovering million-dollar stolen goods refused to pay for the boy's medical treatment. Now with the help of a team of the world's best thieves and experts in Internet and computer fraud, item retrieval, security circumventing, infiltration and other nefarious skills — the people he used to track down — Nate stands up for the little guy and goes after the richest and greediest.

Devlin penned and will direct the pilot, which he is exec producing with John Rogers.

Hutton, who recently starred on NBC's drama "Kidnapped," is repped by Endeavor, the Hofflund Co. and Alan Wertheimer.

"Long Island," from ABC Studios and Bender-Brown Prods., centers on a detective (Elliott) who returns to her Long Island roots and learns that it's hard to escape one's past.

Santiago-Hudson will play her boss, Lt. Calvin Burke.

Jan Oxenberg wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Lawrence Bender and Kevin Brown.

Santiago-Hudson penned, exec produced and starred in HBO's 2005 film "Lackawanna Blues," which was based on his Obie Award-winning play and earned him a Humanitas Prize and an Emmy nomination.

Elliott next appears in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford."

Kimberly Nordyke contributed to this report.