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Aldis Hodge Feeling the ‘Leverage’ Love Here, and Over There

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Leverage” costar Aldis Hodge, fresh back from London and the first “Leverage” convention in the U.K., still sounds somewhat awed by the fan interaction there.

“I know it sounds a little weird, but there was this woman who made these really awesome dolls of everyone in the cast — hand-stitched and everything. It shows the kind of time and dedication people devote to this show,” he says.   Did she capture him? “I don’t know if she captured me, but she definitely captured Hardison,” he answers, referring to his character.

There were also funny moments. Hodge relates that he and his mom were in an elevator when a fan told him he had a voice “like dark melted chocolate.” Also, “There was a little four-year-old girl who drew a picture for me. That was pretty cool. That had to be my favorite thing,” he says.

“Leverage” continues to be hugely popular at home, too. With its fifth season already assured, he reports that the team will go back to work in March.

Meanwhile,  Hodge says he likes the occasional departure episodes the series creators have been throwing into the mix this season — including the recent “The Office Job” that borrowed style elements from “The Office” comedy, and the current “Girls Night Out Job”/”Boys Night Out Job” two-parter that ends Sunday (12/18).

“You know, it’s always a risk. I hope the audience loves it, or loves us enough to stay loyal,” he says. “You’ve got to play it year by year. I enjoy taking risks and breaking away now and then.”

Timothy Hutton Loving ‘Leverage’ Ratings Rise

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You have to know the gang at Timothy Hutton’s “Leverage” is in a celebratory mood — with the TNT series attracting a 10 per cent ratings increase for its season opener last Sunday over its season premiere last year. Hutton is very happy with the ratings gains, of course. “It definitely feels good. We’re very happy to be on at nine o’clock on Sundays. This year, to return to the same timeslot turned out to be a good decision for the show.”

Demographic breakdowns also show that younger viewers have been cottoning to the series that follows the high tech, high risk capers of a group of modernday Robin Hoods. Notes Hutton, “I think we always felt, TNT and the producers always felt, that the appeal of the show couldn’t be pinpointed to any one group.”

As this season unfolds, not only will his Nate Ford character be dealing with the ramifications of his romance with sexy grifter Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman) — but “a shadowy group that is following the Leverage team. That’s a strong arc.”

Tim Hutton and Wife Aurore ‘Trying to Work Things Out’

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Timothy Hutton’s been enjoying some fatherhood time while he’s busy shooting the third season of his TNT “Leverage” series on location in Oregon. With him much of the time have been his sons, 23-year-old Noah, by ex-wife Debra Winger, and seven-year-old Milo, by his present wife, French illustrator Aurore Giscard d’Estaing. Tabloid reports had the couple splitting last summer, but Hutton says, “We’re trying to work things out.”

Aurore headquarters in France, where Milo goes to school. And regardless of the rough patch the marriage has been going through this past year, Hutton says that as soon as the third season of “Leverage” wraps in August, “I’ll be heading back to France immediately.”

He also hopes to get a directorial assignment in the works during hiatus, and is looking forward to a fourth season of the high tech caper show in which he and his crew pull cons on villains. The fact that “Leverage” has been moved to a time slot on Sunday nights this season, launching June 20, bodes well for the program, he believes. “I’m thrilled by the show’s placement,” he says. “I’d love to see it go for a fourth season.”

Or more.

Timothy Hutton’s ‘Leverage’ Character will Clean Up, but…

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Timothy Hutton’s character in TNT’s ‘Leverage’ will be cleaning up his act again as the third season of the show gets underway.

Hutton, who leads a team of expert criminals in the Robin Hood-style adventure yarn, will be leaving his alcoholism behind when the third season of the show launches on June 20. Says the actor of his Nathan Ford character, ‘Last season he tried to give up drinking, but it didn’t last. This season he’s definitely off the bottle. In the past he would deal with his problems by going back on the bottle. Now he wants to be a good leader and to stay sober.’

How long that will last is questionable. Says Timothy, ‘Some mysterious figure comes out of the shadow about a month into the new season, and that might unravel Nate again. He’s a person Nate would rather not see and he plays such a big part in the story that the show is trying to keep his story a secret for now.’

Hutton recently won a Prism Award for his accurate depiction of a character that’s been described in the past as ‘a functioning alcoholic.’

Asked why he feels so many of the lead characters on TV series (‘Nurse Jackie,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘House,’ etc.) are flawed, he notes, ‘It’s a reflection of life — people can identify with such problems. They’re the same issues regular people go through.’

Despite Detention, Polanski Hands-On With Film

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Timothy Hutton

Timothy Hutton was glad to hear the news that Roman Polanski’s “Ghost Writer” will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February — despite the fact Polanski remains under house arrest in Switzerland awaiting extradition to the U.S. on his 1978 conviction for having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. But, Hutton wasn’t surprised.

The embattled director continued to supervise post-production work on his latest movie when he was imprisoned near Zurich, as well as when he was allowed to return to his Swiss chalet.

“I knew looping and sound work had been done with the different actors and it was on track to come out next year,” Hutton says. “I don’t know the details of how the film has been worked on, but I’m sure that he’s involved with every aspect of it, every detail.”

Hutton plays an American lawyer representing the British prime minister in the feature. The adaptation of Robert Harris’ novel, it’s about a writer recruited to help a disgraced PM (said to be a thinly-veiled Tony Blair) produce his memoirs against the backdrop of a possible indictment at the international criminal court. Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor play the prime minister and the writer, respectively.

“I think it’s going to be a really terrific film,” Hutton says.

Hutton was, of course, stunned when Polanski was arrested last September. “I mean, yeah, it was just a few months before we were all working on the film,” he notes. As for his feelings on the matter? “All I care to say about it is that I had a really great experience working on the film.”

Hutton is due to return to the cameras for Season 3 production of his terrific TNT “Leverage” series in March. The show, in which he plays the mastermind of a group of tech-savvy con artists who employ their skills to bring down bad guys, returns to the lineup Jan. 13. First, time off with his sons, ages eight and 22, and “the cousins are coming up to my house in upstate New York. We’re hoping to get up to one of the local ski areas. A couple of the kids have never skied.”

THE VIDEOLAND VIEW: Jana Kramer tells us she loves her gig as the newest bad girl, Alex, on the CW’s “One Tree Hill,” but adjusting to life in North Carolina hasn’t been as easy. She’s especially missing being with her boyfriend Johnathon Schaech, who she met when the two filmed “Prom Night” together.

“It’s totally a different world out here in Wilmington. I was like, ‘Where’s the town?’ And, they said, ‘This is the town.’ I’m like, ‘It’s only five blocks!’ I fly back to L.A. when I can to spend time with my boyfriend. It’s hard, though. I’m so tired of being in an airplane,” she says. “My boyfriend was just in the country Georgia, so that was really difficult because he was gone for three months. Now that he’s back in L.A. it’s a lot easier.”

Luckily, the cast has become like a second family to Kramer. “I was really nervous when I first came on board because everybody’s been on this show for seven years now. I was worried in particular about Sophia [Bush], because you never know how girls are, and this being primarily her show, but she was extremely welcoming. Sophia, Lisa and I hang out all the time. Everybody’s pretty close because you kind of have to be, since most of our friends are in L.A.”

Now, Kramer just hopes the long-running show has a little more steam left in it. “We just keep crossing our fingers. Hopefully, it sticks around a couple of more years because I just got on the show. It’d be nice to have something steady and to have more time to explore the character, but I’ve learned to never get your hopes up in this business because things change so quickly.”

INDUSTRY BITS: The Russell Brand-Jonah Hill “Get Him to the Greek” shot last summer, but they’re adding new material to the feature expected in June, with production to commence mid-January. Among the parts being cast are a newscaster and two beautiful and sexy girls, one of whom will be required to go topless.

“Greek” has Brand reprising his Aldous Hill, wayward rock legend, role from “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” with Hill as the record company intern charged with getting him to show up to perform his own comeback concert.

Casting is underway for a pilot presentation for a new reality-style TV drama called “Nowhere Home,” following the lives of four runaway teenagers — three girls and a guy, ages 13 to 18. Let us hope the producers don’t choose to glamorize their lives.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster