Have the ‘Leverage’ con artists met
is “Mission: Impossible” with a sense of humor
about itself. In every episode, Timothy Hutton’s
gang of thieves and hackers pull off a difficult
task to help some underdog.
The gang members are crooks with hearts of gold.
The show’s producers get credit for being good
guys, too, since they offer a rare new episode
(Sunday, 8 p.m., TNT) amid all the repeats of
If you thought one group of con artists was
fun, try two. Our heroes must foil a black widow
named Meredith, who’s orchestrating an elaborate
grift on wealthy bachelors with a female crew.
Hutton’s Nate has to make her think she’s getting
the better of him.
“As good as you are, you’re not nearly as good
as you think you are,” Meredith tells him.
Well, yes he is. Nate cons her out of business,
making her regret that she ever met him.
He also cons us out of another hour of our time,
but we don’t regret it in the slightest.
‘Call of the Wildman’
Sunday, 9 p.m. (Animal Planet)
This reality series follows the adventures
of gap-toothed Ernie Brown Jr., who makes his
living solving wild-animal problems in backwoods
Kentucky for about $50 a pop. With his habit
of catching dangerous snapping turtles and snakes
with his bare hands, kissing the critters on
the mouth, and shrieking “Yi yi yi yi yi,” Brown
astonishes even his roughhewn neighbors. “Ernie
is a whole different critter,” says one. “I’ve
never seen anybody like him.”
I’ll second that emotion. Brown is known locally
as the Turtle Man, but he might as well be called
the Man Turtle since he often seems more beast
than human. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a
spin-off series where he moves in with some
of those animals he kisses so passionately.