SALEM, Ore. -- A TNT crime drama is coming to Oregon.

That's the word from Governor Ted Kulongoski who announced Thursday the hit television series, "Leverage" is coming to the state and many Oregonians will be hired as cast and crew.

"The decision to locate in Oregon is a clear indication that our incentive programs are working. State support for film and television creates jobs and brings a big return on investment for Oregon taxpayers," Kulongoski said.

The show starring Timothy Hutton is to start its second season. Creators describe it as "a team of thieves, hackers and grifters who join forces to take revenge against those who use power and wealth to victimize others."

"We're delighted to be bringing 'Leverage' to Oregon," Electric Entertainment Founder and 'Leverage' Executive Producer, Dean Devlin said.

"From our initial scouting of locations to making the final decision to move the production, we have found the cooperation and assistance from everyone at the Governor's Office of Film & Television to be extraordinary. The officials from the city of Portland and those at the state level have also been outstanding. We are so impressed by the wide variety of locations available to us," Devlin said.

Shooting will begin in late spring at locations across the state.

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