Every time you think you’ve got Burn Notice (USA Network, Thursdays, 9/8C) figured out, its writers throw a curve – like changing Michael’s status from burned to active; like killing off one of the show’s best recurring villains (RIP Larry); like moving away from the case of the week at unexpected times; like changing up the timing on big event cliffhangers and hitting the core characters with unexpected loss; like this week’s highly irregular summer finale.
The sixth season of Burn Notice (USA Network, Thursdays, 9/8C) finds former IRA weapons expert and current love of Michael Westen’s life, Fiona Glennane behind bars – voluntarily – to free Westen from the dastardly machinations of psychopathic former CIA shrink, Anson Fullerton.
Late last week, I took part in a teleconference Q&A with Gabrielle Anwar – with a number of other journalists/bloggers – to discuss this season’s unusual developments.
At the end of season five of Burn Notice (USA Network, Thursdays, 9/8C), things changed for Michael Westen when his long-time love and one-woman arsenal, Fiona Glennane, surrendered to the CIA. Tonight’s sixth season premiere picks up right where the fifth season finale left off.
Burn Notice [USA Network, Thursday, 10/9C] creator Matt Nix cranks things up for the series’ mid-season premiere with Michael’s CIA security clearance, a powerful – and selective – computer virus and a kidnapping. And that’s just for starters!
Fans who can’t get enough of their favorite spy and the accompanying colorful cast of characters, now have another diversion to devote time to. USA Network, in partnership with DC Comics, announced its first series of interactive multiplatform comics with a series created to bridge the storylines between seasons four and five of BURN NOTICE. The comic, entitled “A New Day” and written by the creative team behind the show, including series creator Matt Nix, goes beyond the two-dimensional traditional comic by offering enhanced user experiences including interactive games, hidden ciphers, artwork peelaways and more. Chapter one went live in tandem with the fifth season premiere of BURN NOTICE last Thursday, June 23. Having garnered over 100,000 page views since it launched, “A New Day” is available on www.usanetwork.com, Facebook and as a freestanding iOS and Android App on select devices. The only caveat is that your browser must be updated to the absolute latest in order to view it. The nine pages of storyboard of each chapter read very quickly providing straight-forward info, but the interactive bits provide for some interesting and fun diversions.
For three seasons, Burn Notice’s Michael Westen has sought the person[s] responsible for his being burned and stuck in the last place he ever wanted to be – Miami. Now a menacingly charming, bullet-headed black guy with a booming voice and ten thousand dollar suits has offered to help him do just that – if Westen does a few ‘errands’ for him.
With season four of Burn Notice being released next week – and season five only a couple of weeks away – I thought it would be fun to look back at the fourth season’s best moments [and episodes].
It was an eventful season for burnt spy Michael Westen [Jeffrey Donovan]: he found himself semi-willingly working with the people who burned him – and their slick, politely nasty representative, Vaughn [Robert Wisdom] – to take care of some problems that could have caused the country a great deal of bother. Along the way, he, his friends – ex-IRA demolitions/weapons expert Fiona [Gabrielle Anwar], former Navy SEAL, Sam Axe [Bruce Campbell] and Jesse [Coby Bell], a counterintelligence agent Westen accidentally burned – and, on occasion, his feisty, manipulative mom, Madeline [Sharon Gless – who deserved her Emmy nomination] took on lesser [bit no less dangerous] opponents like: a motorcycle gang, a drug syndicate, a flirty assassin and many more.
Following the jump, my five favorite episodes and fifteen moments/reasons that season four was so much fun. Tomorrow: Fifteen Reasons To enjoy White Collar Season Two.
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…
Following the strangest cliffhanger of the series to date, Michael Weston finds himself in a brand new situation in tomorrow’s fourth season premiere of Burn Notice, Friends and Enemies [USA, 9/8C]. That posh library in the middle of a very secure prison leads to a real game changer for everyone’s favorite burnt spy!
Burt Reynolds, best known for playing loveable scoundrels like Bandit in the 1977 homage to the CB/ Trucker craze “Smokey and the Bandit”, will guest star as a former CIA operative who gives Jeffrey Donovan’s character Michael Westen a glimpse into his own future on the upcoming 4th season of USA’s spy drama, “Burn Notice.”
The still handsome 74 year old actor is no stranger to working on television.Reynolds began his acting career in a guest starring role in the 1959 cop drama “The M Squad” and from 1962 to 1965 Reynolds played Quint Asper, Dodge City’s half American Indian blacksmith on the long running western series “Gunsmoke”. The rugged action made a successful transition to the big screen and became a true silver screen standout in the tough-guy role of Lewis Medlock in John Boorman’s 1972 backwoods shocker, Deliverance.
“Burn Notice” is a sexy, action-packed original series starring Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen, a blacklisted spy. After coming face to face with the group of people that burned him, Michael must figure out his next move. All while staying ahead of anyone else that may have him in their crosshairs. In the meantime, he continues to use his unique skills and training to help people in desperate need of assistance. The series also stars Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless.
Burn Notice returns to USA Network for it’s 4th season on Thursday June 4th at 9PM EST.
Recently, I had the opportunity to take part in a teleconference Q&A with Burn Notice’s [USA,Thursday, 10/9C] Gabrielle Anwar and Jeffrey Donovan – the latter of whom seldom does these things [which is a shame because he’s smart, and wry and funny – and a gentleman…] – for the series’ third season finale. The result was a lot of fun and, in a few instances, revelatory.
There were more than twenty reporters/bloggers on the call [see end of Q&A for complete list], which might be due to Mr. Donovan’s presence. And a good time was had by all…
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