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Leverage Continues in Paperback Form

on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 00:00

Over the course of five television seasons, Nate Ford and his team of highly-skilled former criminals assisted an assortment of ordinary citizens who were left with little recourse in the face of corporate greed and government corruption. The TNT drama not only provided “leverage” against such injustices but hours of entertainment for fans of the series as well. On December 25, 2012, Leverage aired it series finale, bringing closure to the character arc of Nate Ford while setting up a future for the rest of his colleagues that ensured that the “little guy” would continue to have someone looking out for them, especially during situations in which the legal system failed to provide protection.

Although Leverage the television show may have ended, the story of “hitter, hacker, grifter, thief and mastermind” lives on through a series of paperback novels published by Berkley during the first five months of 2013. Instead of picking up where the series left off, however, the books fit within the narrative of season four, when the Leverage Team was based out of John McRory’s Bar and Grill in Boston. Thus while not an actual continuation of Leverage, the setting does allow all five major characters to play a role in the proceedings and the novels themselves remain true to the group’s dynamics as well as the mythology already established on the television show.

My Gimpy Life Review

on Wed, 09/05/2012 - 00:00

“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” Frank Sinatra sang of New York, but for aspiring actors and actresses, Hollywood is the place that can make their dreams come true. Unfortunately, the majority of these wannabe thespians struggle in anonymity, and must deal with awkward auditions, inattentive agents, aggressive competitors and various other obstacles too numerous to mention. For Teal Sherer, these impediments are magnified even more by the fact that the hopeful actress is confined to a wheelchair. In reality, however, the comedy webseries My Gimpy Life demonstrates that the path to Hollywood success is filled with the same potholes and roadblocks regardless of physical handicaps, and that the dream of making it big can be just as daunting and soul-crushing as well.

My Gimpy Life is not the first foray into the webseries medium for Teal Sherer, as the real life actress portrayed the bitter and vile Venom during the third season of The Guild. While that series focusses on the exploits of a group of online gamers who struggle to make sense of the offline world, My Gimpy Life follows Teal Sherer as she attempts to find success in both her personal and professional lives. An assortment of cast and crew members from The Guild offer a helping hand to My Gimpy Life, including actresses Felicia Day and Amy Okuda as friends of Sherer who exhibit personalities that are similar to their personas on The Guild. Guild producer Kim Evey makes a brief acting appearance on My Gimpy Life as well, and both webseries share the same director, Sean Becker. But although these related aspects of the two productions add to the overall quality of the webseries, My Gimpy Life inevitably belongs to Teal Sherer.