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Roadster on TV show - Leverage

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by mt2, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. mt2

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    I walked into my wife's office tonight while she was watching that new TNT show, Leverage. It was the end of the show and one of the actors (Timothy Hutton?) had just told the rest that he had bought an electric car. I stepped in just to see the cast walk up to a Radiant Red Tesla.

    He hopped in, turned the key to the familiar video game sound, and stomped it leaving the rest of the cast with their jaws hanging open. My wife tells me they were ribbing him about his new "electric car" until they saw it.

    The Tesla badge and the letters T E S L A on the back were in proud display. Very nice.
     
  2. doug

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    I've never heard of the show. But someone will have to post a clip when it shows up.
     
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    #3 vfx, Dec 10, 2008
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    Thanks In5, I just caught the show. (spoiler alert)
    It is terrific news. The last scene has Radiant Roadster looking luscious as a show(off) piece for Tim's character. The final shot has the clue though. As the girl exits, the Producer credit pops up as Dean Devlin. (Producer of WKtEC) It has to be his car parked in the spot clearly shown with a sign "Electric Vehicle Parking Only". The car's drive away shot starts tight on the TESLA logo clearly holding on the (real looking) CA license number 2WAQ233. Nice to see Dean is getting the word out still.
     
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    Was thinking about the Roadster's appearance in the show last night. I think it marks the beginning of a new chapter in the Roadster's life.

    Previously we and Tesla were dependent on it's infantile company fleet to get the word out. At first the crib only had two cars, then eight, then 15, now Tesla has spawned two dozen well cared for VPs crisscrossing the world making appearances at public events, doing stories on local news, and having drive days with customers and lucky fans. But at the end of the day these babies are still wrapped in swaddling clothes and trailered back to the nursery for a mother's care.

    Now with a privately owned Roadster making a appearance on Leverage, we see the toddler take it's first steps. It is going out into the world by itself. A customer with no ties to the company vision has offered the Tesla for his own agenda. Soon we will see the car promoting Websites and Redbull, It will be on platforms at Casinos and will be used to sell all manner of (at best), tangentaly suspect products. The child has learned to walk. To date we have only been watching the teething pains and colic of a newborn. Now we get the fun of watching it step and struggle through all the new obstacles as the car's image is co-opted by private ownership. It will surely fall down but before we know it, our child will be dating.
     
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    #5 doug, Dec 10, 2008
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    Ya know, now that I think of it, I was in the Menlo Park store back in early September and Bob Sexton or one of the other guys mentioned that one of the red cars in LA got borrowed for some TV show. I think it was EP2, though might have been VP17. I wonder if this was the show.


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    #6 doug, Dec 10, 2008
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    Found it, but this link probably won't last for long:
    zSHARE - quickflicksnow.com-lvrg102.wmv

    I didn't watch the show, just skipped to the end. The part of interest starts at 41:45.

    The car looks like VP17 with microfiber seats. I heard EP2 got refurbished and is in LA, but I don't know what interior is has these days.

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    I kinda have a soft spot for the scoundrel characters and this wasn't halfbad. The Roadster fits perfectly though into the spirit of the show and this is a perfect product placement for them..... and it doesn't feel as much as a product placement as those things usually do.

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    So, I wonder if we'll be seeing more of the car in future episodes?

    And how the hell did he get around the waiting list? EBay? (Yeah, I know, it's a television show).
     
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    Perhaps Dean Devlin didn't get around the waiting list. He is likely to be just such a person who has been waiting on it for 2 years. Although it is also possible that they are using one of the VPs instead.

    Edit to add: Oh, I see - you meant the character played in the episode. Have not finished watching the linked episode yet, so do not have a good guess thus far.
     
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    There was a flickr set a while back of some guys borrowing a red roadster from the LA store then hanging out in the penthouse suite of an oceanside hotel. There was some mention of them doing a TV show with the roadster... I wonder if that was the one. If so, they would have done the show months ago.
     
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    How could the show have an owner's car?

    Dean the Producer of Leverage was a Producer on Who Killed the Electric Car. And pushed Chris Paine the Director of the film to buy a Roadster (even though it's a stretch for a Director of a small Documentary.
    Dean was at the Tesla debut party at Baker hanger where they sold 40 cars (the next 60 went in three weeks). and we know he was on he list.

    *Update* I just got word Chis says the car in the car is probably Dean's.

    Why would Tim's character have a car without waiting? Well the story is he had Elon type money. (Yeah, I know, it's a television show).

    The good news is if it is Dean's car then we we are likely to see the car on a regular basis.
     
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    Why assume that it's an owner's car?
     
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    I'm thinking that the one on the last episode was VP17 because I'm sure it was filmed months ago. Having watched movies and tv shows get made, I'm thinking they swapped the plates so they wouldn't be manufacturer plates.

    But I also figure that, since they made such a big deal about showing the car off, Dean Devlin's car will appear in future epesodes.
     
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    Looks like VP17 to me.

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    I just got an email confirming that it was VP17 from the LA store.
     
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    I wonder what color Dean Devlin's car will be, and if they plan to film it instead of VP17 when it arrives. (or perhaps it has already arrived... maybe he was Sig 100 like Chris Paine?)
     
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    Scathing review of Leverage, using the Roadster as a metaphor for all perceived problems with the show.

    Robbin'? Good! | Culture11

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    Nice first comment by tomsax!

     
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    "...president Bush won't allow them access to any of the $700 billion allocated to bailing out the financial industry."

    Actually, I thought it was funds from the TARP that got GM and Chrysler $14B in bridge loans till March.
     
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    Well, of course that was the result. But the source of the "Tesla is asking for a bailout" was that auto manufacturers were initially denied a bailout from that package, and then went after the ATVM funds for their own bailout. Along the way bad-mouthing any other manufacturer applying for those loans as also seeking a bailout.

    It is a shame that even though the bigger auto manufacturers got their bailout from the source they originally wanted, Tesla got smeared along the way for political expediency. And an even bigger shame that idiots like the author of this article continue to spread the misinformation months after its debunking and relevance to try and grind some non-existent political axe.
     

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