Executive producer and director Dean Devlin pitched Leverage to TNT in mid-2007.
The show was greenlit in October and the pilot, which was written by John Rogers and Chris Downey, was shot in July 2008.
This formula is followed by every episode in seasons one, two, and three.
Shooting was in 4096 x 2304 at 24 frame/s, though resolution was reduced in post-production to 1080p.
Because most of the narrative has seemed to follow the team's point of view, the audience is momentarily uninformed as to exactly how they have succeeded in their con.
A flashback then reveals how a seeming complication was either anticipated by the Leverage team, or used in a clever improvisation.
Television today tends to be more dry, dark and edgy.
I’m not saying it’s bad, but it’s not the type of show I was interested in.