Wednesday, August 25, 2010

In the past few years cable TV has starting bringing us some of the best programs on TV, and especially in the realm of summer and winter TV when most network programing is in repeats or giving us junk like American's Got Talent or The Gates.  One of the shining stars among those cable networks is TNT, which continues to bring us more and more great shows like HawthoRNe, Dark Blue, and my personal favorite Leverage.

If you haven't been watching, Leverage is the tale of former insurance investigator Nate Ford (Timothy Hutton) and his merry band of criminals: Eliot (Christian Kane), the muscle, Hardison (Aldis Hodge), the tech support, Parker (Beth Riesgraf), the thief, and Sophie (Gina Bellman), the con-woman.  Each week the series follows the team as they con someone, usually out of their money.  But rather than using their skills to benefit themselves, the team is usually working for the little man or woman who have been hurt in some way.

I've always been a fan of movies and shows about cons, as its always a blast to try and figure out what is actually going on, and what the long con really is.  Leverage is probably the best show in this genre I've seen in a long time and it never disappoints in its weekly cons.  It also helps that the cast of characters assembled on screen is a riot to spend an hour with.

Currently in its 3rd season, Leverage air on Sunday nights at 9/8c.  On this week's all new episode, Sophie must face her past, as the Leverage team go after a black market antiquities trafficker who takes advantage of refugee children.

In honor of its on-going season TNT has supplied me with a great looking prize, a copy of The Con Artist's Handbook.  To win all you have to do is send me an email telling me you're favorite show or movie about con artists.  You have until this 11:59pm this Sunday, August 29th to enter.  Now for the legal info: Contest is open to US residents over the age of 18.  Prizes are supplied by the Leverage team at TNT.  One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible  entries.  The winner will be contact on Monday, August 30th.


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