Burn Notice [USA, Thursdays, 9/8C] returns for its fifth season with a big change – Michael Westen is no longer a burnt agent. He is, once again, working for The Company – albeit as an asset rather than an agent – and looking to capture the last remaining person behind his frame-up.
USA Network isn’t resting on its laurels. The number on-rated basic cable network is bringing a solid mix of new and returning programs to its summer schedule. Following Sunday’s premiere of Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, new shows Necessary Roughness and Suits will join returning favorites like Burn Notice, Royal Pains, In Plain Sight, White Collar and last year’s rookie success, Covert Affairs on USA’s schedule.
For season premiere dates and show synopses, check out the USA Network press release following the jump.
USA Network’s untitled Burn Notice Prequel has added Kiele Sanchez [The Glades] and Chandra West [The Gates] to its cast. The two-hour event movie will delve into Sam Axe’s past – focusing on his last operation as a Navy SEAL. West will play a a sexy, fun woman named Donna whom Sam has begun seeing while Sanchez will play a humanitarian with a food relief effort.
The prequel – written by Burn Notice creator Matt Nix and directed by Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan – takes place in 2005, when Sam is deployed to check out the situation when some Colombian rebels make things hot for the military platoon stationed there.
John Diehl [The Shield] has signed on as Rear Admiral Lawrence, Sam’s commanding officer. RonReaco Lee [The Shield] will portray Dr. Ben Delaney, founder of a non-profit clinic in Colombia.
The Burn Notice Prequel is set to air this spring.
There are now so many television channels – and so much programming – that Sturgeon’s Law [‘90% of everything is crap’] may apply, but it’s no longer relevant! Now, with hundreds of channels to choose from, it’s virtually impossible to not find at least thirty or forty really good programs. I know because I watch about that many on a semi-regular to regular basis – and there are many more that I check in on from time to time.
When the Burn Notice Movie begins shooting in January, there will be a familiar face behind the camera as well as in front. Series star Jeffrey Donovan has been tapped to direct the prequel film that stars Bruce Campbell in his role as Sam Axe. Burn Notice creator Matt Nix will provide the script.
Follow the jump for details on the shoot and movie’s plot.
Despite having what is sometimes referred to as a blue sky filter, the USA Network has a number of programs that really stretch that description. Foremost amongst them is Burn Notice [Thursday, 10/9C]. The series returns this week with Eyes Open, an episode that picks up with Michael Westen [Jeffrey Donovan] in far less than his usual top condition – but there’s a missing bible and a coded list of the persons responsible for burning him and, well, he can’t let a little thing like a hole in his clavicle [his words…] keep him from taking care of business. And then there’s this seemingly unrelated explosion…
When last we left our friends at Burn Notice, Michael Westen was unconscious, bloody with multiple gunshot wounds and lying on the pavement in front of a burning SUV. Today we start things up right where we left off…well three days later, in a hospital room, Michael beat up from his extensive injuries but ready to take on the bad guys of Miami.
USA’s hot roster of hit series gives viewers something to warm up to as the days get shorter and the nights grow colder. November sees the return of fan-favorite Burn Notice on Thursday, November 11, at 10/9c with brand new episodes. Visit the official Burn Notice website for games, photos and weekly prizes: http://www.usanetwork.com/series/burnnotice/ . Visit USA Network’s Character Arcade http://www.characterarcade.com/ to play games, challenge friends and for more chances to win prizes!
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Following on the heels of the The USA Networks renewal of Burn Notice, In Plain Sight, Covert Affairs and the final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, they continue to keep viewer favorites in their television line up by announcing that they have renewed Psych, Royal Pains and White Collar. Psych will kick off the second half of its fifth season in November, while Royal Pains and White Collar return in January.
Over at the Lifetime Network, Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva have both been renewed: Army Wives for its fifth season and Drop Dead Diva for its third.
The announcement was made by Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager of Lifetime Networks and HISTORY. “Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva have lead Lifetime’s charge in scripted programming and are key components to our success. We are so happy with these two special programs and are excited to pick them up for new seasons, which allows us to launch our next generation of scripted series.”
What an interesting and entertaining summer it’s been for television. New Shows like Covert Affairs and Pretty Little Liars seemed to come out of nowhere to become hits, while reliable standbys like The Closer, Breaking Bad and Mad Men maintained their positions and won big at the Emmys. And for off the charts nasty fun, there was, once again, True Blood.
With the fall season getting underway [The CW and FX have already introduced new shows and the big guys are following over the next couple weeks], it’s definitely time to take a look at the best of this past summer and offer a couple of comments on the few new shows that we’ve seen debut over the last week.
Note that I have not included Mad Men in my summer list because I simply did not have time to include it in my schedule. A separate overview for MM will appear once the new fall season premieres have appeared.
Over the last few years, Tim Matheson, best known for playing Eric in the original Animal House, has become a fixture on USA Network shows. Besides directing episodes of Psych, Burn Notice, White Collar and Covert Affairs [where he directed the pilot, thus setting the tone for the series], Matheson has also guest starred as arrogant bank robber Edward “The Architect” Walker on White Collar and recurred as the charmingly dangerous [or is it dangerously charming?] ex-spy/freelance mercenary, Larry Sizemore over five episodes [so far] on Burn Notice. Little known fact: Matheson is big on Asian films!
I had the great good fortune to take part in a teleconference Q&A session with the former voice of Jonny Quest [yes, Matheson has done some legendary work] where, because of an unusually small turnout, I was able to ask more than usual couple of questions. Thanks to Matheson’s energy and enthusiasm, it was one of the most enjoyable interview experiences I’ve ever had.