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.
When I heard that there was going to be a movie revealing key events in the past of Burn Notice’s Sam Axe, I was stoked. Bruce Campbell’s Axe is a source of much of the subversive wit and spirit of the hit USA Network series. Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe [Sunday, 9/8C], though mostly enjoyable, is not quite what I was expecting.
USA Network has released a trailer for Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe. Set before Sam retired from the Navy SEALs, it exploits Bruce Campbell’s unique charm most groovily, indeed. There are explosions, quips and even a bit of snogging – and a particularly sneaky insertion of Campbell’s best nickname. Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe premieres on Sunday, April 17th, at 9/8C. Enjoy.
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.
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.
Season two of Burn Notice ended with Michael Westen [Jeffrey Donovan] making a perhaps not so clean break with Management [John Mahoney], head of the clandestine government agency that burned him. This after learning that the very agency that burned him had protected him from his enemies – and seen to it that the police hadn’t interfered while he was helping others.
Friends & Family, the first post-Management protection episode, found Michael being trundled off to jail – once he’d swum back to Miami Beach from his aborted helicopter ride. Not only had Management stopped protecting him, someone made the police and, apparently, foreign agencies aware of him – and his location.
On June 2, I had the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session with Matt Nix, creator of the USA Network hit, Burn Notice [Thursdays, 9/8C]. He discussed everything from the show’s spycraft to upcoming guest stars and how writing adjusts to casting, among other things.
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!
Burn Notice [USA, Thursdays, 10/9C] has, over the course of its first three seasons, become one of cable’s most consistent hits. Recently, I had the opportunity to tale part in a Q&A teleconference call with series creator Matt Nix. As usual, Nix was cheerful, charming and loquacious – though [also as usual] shy on the spoiler front.
Also taking part in the Q&A were: Emma Loggins, Jenny Rarden, Melissa Lowry, Troy Rogers, Saran Fulghum and Len Lamoray [no affiliations were given].
In the aftermath of Burn Notice’s [tonight, USA, 10/9C] third summer finale, things have gone south, once again, for Michael Westen [Jeffrey Donovan]. With the death of his CIA contact, Diego, the plan to unburn him has gone away, and he’s left tending to the wound Fiona [Gabrielle Anwar] sustained as she and Michael dealt with the threat to her life that was posed by her former associates in the IRA.
Now, the injured Fiona has taken a job to help a widow and her son get out of an insurance scam [and we all remember how Fi feels about those who exploit children…]. At the same time as Michael and Sam are trying to find Diego’s killer, Fi brings them in on her gig – action, explosions and dramedy ensue.
In the season two finale of Burn Notice [USA, Thursdays, 9/8C] we finally got an answer to the question, “Gee, Michael, with all the mayhem you cause every week, why haven’t the police thrown your ass in jail already?” Turns out that Michael [Jeffrey Donovan] had a guardian angel – in the form of the agency that got him burned, and personified by the gregarious Management [John Mahoney]. In season three – even we don’t see him in the first three eps – Management makes his presence felt by informing the police that there is a rogue spy in town and Michael gets to spend time in jail.
One thing that remains the same in season three is the way Michael [whom creator Matt Nix calls “a do-gooder at heart”] continues to take on jobs helping the victims of the various ills of our society – like helping to capture a vicious Latin American ex-pat who’s living it up in Miami; find, extract and return a kidnapped boy to his bickering parents, and save his brother’s life by running a few “errands” for a charming but deadly arms dealer. Something that has changed is that the police, and every spy agency that might want him dead, know about Michael – and he still can’t leave Miami!