TNT gains 'Leverage' for series


TNT has picked up Dean Devlin's action drama pilot "Leverage" to series.

The cable network has ordered 13 episodes of the project that stars Timothy Hutton and is executive produced by Devlin and John Rogers.

"Leverage," from Devlin's Electric Entertainment, follows a team of thieves, hackers and grifters who exact revenge against those who abuse power. Beth Riesgraf, Aldis Hodge, Christian Kane and Gina Bellman co-star in the series, slated to premiere this year.

Devlin directed the pilot for "Leverage," which was written by Rogers and Chris Downey.

"It's fast-paced, smart and just great fun," said TNT's top programmer, Michael Wright.

"Leverage" marks the second series pickup for TNT this year, following the 10-episode order for Steven Bochco's "Raising the Bar" last month.

In other cable news, USA Network said Wednesday that its new original series "In Plain Sight" is set to premiere at 10 p.m. April 24 with a 90-minute episode, followed by 11 hourlong installments.

The Universal Media Studios show, set in the world of the Federal Witness Protection Program, stars Mary McCormack, Lesley Ann Warren and Frederick Weller. It was created by David Maples, who executive produces with Paul Stupin.

Kimberly Nordyke contributed to this report.