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“Burn Notice” will premiere with a 90 minute episode on
Thursday, June 28th at 10pm/9c and will be followed by 11 one-hour
Burn Notice Show Description
When spies get fired, they don’t get a letter from human resources, they
get a “burn notice.” Thus begins a new action & suspense original series
from USA Network. “Burn Notice” stars Jeffrey Donovan (“Touching Evil,”
“Hitch”) as Michael Westen, a spy who has been given a burn notice --
he’s been fired from his job and has to investigate who did it to him
and why. Series also stars Gabrielle Anwar (“The Tudors,” “Scent of A
Woman”) as ex-lover and IRA spy Fiona, Bruce Campbell (“Evil Dead,” Army
of Darkness”) as Michael’s only friend and former spy himself, Sam, and
Sharon Gless (“Queer as Folk,” “Cagney & Lacey”) as Madeline, Michael’s
Stuck in his hometown of Miami, a place he never wanted to return to,
Michael Westen is now cut loose. With a Burn Notice attached to his
name, he has no idea what or who triggered his demise; with his
ex-girlfriend and his old partner, Michael is determined to find out the
reason for his sudden termination. Unable to utilize his normal contacts
and needing to stay under the spy network radar, he puts his Special Ops
training to use to help those who the police can’t or won’t, in order to
fund his ongoing personal investigation.
“Burn Notice” was written and co-executive produced by Matt Nix
(“Chasing Vermeer”) and executive produced by Mikkel Bondesen (“Catch
That Kid”). It comes from Fox Television Studios and Fuse Entertainment.
Jace Alexander directed the pilot.
Burn Notice Bios
Anwar – Fiona
Gabrielle Anwar stars as Fiona in the new USA Network original series
“Burn Notice,” which premieres Thursday, June 28 at 10pm/9c.
Born in Laleham, Middlesex, England, the charming and wonderfully
talented Gabrielle Anwar is no stranger to the film business. Gabrielle
has over 45 film and television performances to her credit, including
her breakout film “Scent of a Woman,” where she appeared opposite Al
She has netted compelling performances in Barry Sonnenfeld’s “For Love
or Money,” where she starred opposite Michael J. Fox; and Gary Fleder’s
“Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead,” starring opposite Andy
Garcia. She also gave a memorable performance as the regal Queen Anne in
Disney’s “The Three Musketeers,” starring opposite Charlie Sheen and
Kiefer Sutherland. In her most recent feature film, “The Marsh,” she
starred with Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker.
Gabrielle has also accumulated notable television appearances, such as
HBO Film’s “In Pursuit of Honor” and TNT’s “The Librarian 2” starring
opposite Noah Wyle. Most recently, she has been seen in “The Tudors” on
In her free time, Gabrielle continues to explore her creative side by
writing screenplays and children’s books.
Campbell – Sam
Bruce Campbell stars as Sam in the new USA Network original series “Burn
Notice,” which premieres Thursday, June 28 at 10pm/9c.
In 1979, with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Bruce
raised $350,000 for a low-budget film, “Evil Dead,” in which he starred
and co-executive produced. Completed piecemeal over four years, the film
first gained notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video
of 1983, beating out “The Shining.” After its appearance at Cannes,
where Stephen King dubbed it “the most ferociously original horror film
of the year,” New Line Cinema stepped forward to release “Evil Dead” in
After co-producing “Crimewave,” a cross-genre comedy written by Sam
Raimi, Ethan and Joel Coen, Bruce moved to Los Angeles and quickly
gained a foothold producing or starring in genre films such as the
“Maniac Cop” series, “Lunatics: A Love Story,” “Moontrap,” and “Mindwarp,”
a post-apocalyptic “Jeremiah Johnson,” during which he met his
wife-to-be, filmmaker Ida Gearon.
Campbell then rejoined his Detroit colleagues to star and co-produce the
second and third films in the “Evil Dead” trilogy, completing 12 years
of work on the cult favorite. This rough-and-tumble background was a
plus as Bruce made his foray into television, first starring in the
highly touted Fox series “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.,” then as
a recurring guest-star on the hit show “Lois and Clark: The New
Adventures of Superman.” With these under his belt, Bruce easily made
the transition to director, helming numerous episodes and recurring as
the "King of Thieves" in the #1 syndicated “Hercules: The Legendary
Journeys,” and its follow-up phenomenon, “Xena: Warrior Princess.”
He has since expanded his range on television, with appearances in
Disney's TV movies “Gold Rush,” and their update of “The Love Bug.” He
teamed up with Fox again for the hit TV film “Tornado!” and starred in
NBC's top-rated “In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory.” At the invitation
of ABC, Bruce ventured into the world of sitcoms with a recurring role
on ABC's Emmy-nominated “Ellen,” participating in one of the three
touted "Out" episodes. Following decidedly dramatic turns on the
acclaimed series “Homicide,” and “X-Files,” he enjoyed a recurring role
on Showtime’s edgy TV industry comedy, “Beggars and Choosers.”
But Campbell didn't abandon his film roots. During that time, he had
featured roles in the blockbuster “Congo,” John Carpenter's “Escape from
LA,” and the award-winning independent crime drama, “Running Time.”
Bruce followed these up with roles in Paramount's romantic comedy,
“Serving Sara,” Jim Carrey's “The Majestic,” and Sam Raimi's blockbuster
After a return to episodic television in the swashbuckling series, “Jack
of all Trades,” Campbell took the title role in MGM's cult sleeper
“Bubba Ho-Tep.” His directorial debut, “Man with the
Screaming Brain,” recently premiered on the SCI FI Channel, and Dark
Horse Comics published the comic adaptation. Campbell’s current films
include the fun-filled Disney hit, “Sky High,” MGM's thriller, “The
Woods,” and A&E's “Touch the Top of the World,” an inspiring true story
about the first blind person to climb Mt. Everest.
Recently, Campbell made the leap into other forms of entertainment, and
is enjoying his new role as an author with back-to-back NY Times
bestsellers - a memoir entitled “If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B
Movie Actor,” and his first novel, “Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way.”
In the multi-media industry, Bruce provided voices on cutting-edge video
games for Activision, THQ and Nova Logic - and he also enjoyed voicing
characters for Disney’s animated TV series, “Tarzan,” and the Warner
Bros. feature, “The Ant Bully.”
Bruce continues to share his filmmaking experience, lecturing at
universities, which include Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford.
He currently resides with his wife, Ida Gearon, in Oregon.
Donovan – Michael Westen
Jeffrey Donovan stars as Michael Westen in the new USA Network original
series “Burn Notice,” which premieres Thursday, June 28 at 10pm/9c.
Most recently, Donovan was seen in “Come Early Morning” directed by Joey
Lauren Adams and co-starring Ashley Judd. Donovan appeared on the big
screen in a memorable cameo in the blockbuster romantic comedy "Hitch"
opposite Will Smith. For his performance in the indie film "Sam and
Joe," Donovan was awarded Best Supporting Actor from the Los Angeles
Method Festival. Other film credits include Barry Levinson's "Sleepers,"
"Purpose," "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2," and "Bait." Donovan made
his feature film debut in "Throwing Down," which won the grand prize at
the Hamptons International Film Festival.
In 2004, Donovan earned critical acclaim for his starring role as Det.
David Creegan in the USA Network Original Series "Touching Evil." His
television credits include HBO's original film "When Trumpets Fade,"
recurring roles on "Crossing Jordan," "Spin City," "The Beat," and "The
Pretender," and notable guest appearances in "Monk," "CSI: Miami," "Law
& Order" and "Homicide. "
On stage, Donovan received rave reviews for his performance in the title
role of the Wang Center's 2005 summer production of "Hamlet" in the
Boston Common. Donovan appeared on Broadway as 'Marco' in the Roundabout
Theatre's Tony Award-winning revival of "A View from the Bridge,"
starring Anthony LaPaglia and Allison Janney, and in the Tony-winning
production of "An Inspector Calls." His off-Broadway credits include the
hit comedy "Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight" (also recorded for
LA Theatre Works), "The Glory of Living" (opposite Oscar winner Anna
Paquin and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman), "Troilus and Cressida,"
"Skyscraper," "Oedipus," and the Pulitzer Prize runner-up "Freedomland."
Donovan also starred in and produced Mike O'Malley's "Searching for
Certainty" in Los Angeles.
Next up, Donovan stars as 'Jim Keith' in the independent film "Believe
in Me," an adaptation of the young-adult novel "Brief Garland" by Harold
Keith which also stars Bruce Dern, Samantha Mathis and Heather Matarazzo.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Donovan attended the University of
Massachussetts at Amherst and graduated from New York University's
Graduate Acting Program, where he received an M.F.A.degree.
He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Gless – Madeline
Sharon Gless stars as Madeline in the new USA Network original series
“Burn Notice,” which premieres Thursday, June 28 at 10pm/9c.
Gless recently received rave reviews, both in the US and UK, for her
starring role as US Secretary of Defense Lynne Warner in the BBC/BBC
America miniseries, “The State Within.” Gless is in pre-production on “A
Round Heeled Woman,” a new play which will open in London’s West End in
2008, based on the best-selling book by Jane Juska, about a 60+ year-old
woman’s adventures in later-life sex and romance. Gless will both
produce and star in the production.
Beginning with her starring role in "Faraday & Company" in 1973, Sharon
Gless has brought her own brand of humor, intelligence and dramatic
flair to each of her roles. She is best known for her portrayal of New
York Police Detective, Christine Cagney, on the hit series "Cagney &
Lacey," a role that garnered her two Emmys and a Golden Globe. Following
"Cagney & Lacey," Gless re-teamed with the show's executive producer,
Barney Rosenzweig, on "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill," for which she was
awarded her second Golden Globe and two more Emmy nominations. Gless
married Rosenzweig in 1991.
In 1994 and 1995, Gless and her television partner, Tyne Daly, joined
together to recreate their title roles in a quartet of critically
acclaimed and popular "Cagney & Lacey" television movies, which they
fondly call "The Menopause Years." Other television series in which she
starred include "Switch," "House Calls," and the short-lived, but
critically lauded, Steven Bochco half-hour, "Turnabout." Gless has
received much acclaim for her dramatic roles in such television movies
as "Separated By Murder," "Hard Hat and Legs," "Honor Thy Mother,"
"Hobson's Choice" and "Letting Go," among others, as well as the
mini-series "The Immigrants," "The Last Convertible," "Centennial," and
Garson Kanin's "Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara Wars," in which she played
screen goddess Carole Lombard.
In 2000, Gless created the role of the outrageous and beloved Debbie
Novotny in the groundbreaking Showtime series “Queer as Folk,” and
remained with the series throughout its five-season run. Wherever she
goes, Gless is regularly approached by fans wishing to express their
appreciation for her honest portrayal of a loving parent of a gay child.
Gless' theatrical film credits include the suspenseful and provocative
film, "The Star Chamber," in which she played the wife of Michael
Douglas. She has recorded several Books on Tape and has starred in
numerous radio plays, one of which, "'Night, Mother," for the BBC,
earned Gless the International Sony Award. She continues to do radio
plays for L.A. Theater Works and the BBC.
She has starred twice on stage in London's famed West End, the first
time in 1993 with Bill Paterson, when she created the role of Annie
Wilkes in the stage version of Stephen King's "Misery" at the Criterion
Theater, and four years later, opposite Tom Conti, in Neil Simon's
"Chapter 2" at the Gielgud Theater. She starred at Chicago's Tony
Award-winning playhouse, The Victory Gardens Theater, in Claudia Allen's
"Cahoots," and at Madison Square Garden with the National Company of Eve
Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues." Gless made her stage debut in Lillian
Hellman's "Watch on the Rhine" at Stage West in Springfield, Mass.
Gless is an active participant in the ongoing struggle for a woman’s
right to choose, and recently joined hundreds of thousands of women in
Washington D.C. for the first-ever “March For Women’s Lives,” where she
stood in solidarity with her entertainment industry colleagues. In 2005,
she was honored by Norman Lear’s People for the American Way for her
unwavering support of human rights.
Gless spends her time at home in three of her favorite cities: Los
Angeles, Miami and Toronto.
Matt Nix – Executive Producer
Matt Nix serves as executive producer and creator of the USA Network
original series “Burn Notice,” which premieres Thursday, June 28, 2007
Nix has worked as a feature writer since 1997. He has written scripts
for Warner Bros., Columbia, Paramount, Universal, New Line, as well as
several independent companies. He has had the opportunity to write in a
range of genres, including dramas, thrillers, light comedies, dark
comedies and children’s films.
Nix currently has several feature projects in active development - an
adaptation of the bestselling young adult novel “Chasing Vermeer” with
Warner Bros., a workplace comedy for Warner Bros., and a “paranoid
thriller for children” for Paramount/Nickelodeon Films.
He is also an acclaimed director of several short films, to the extent
that the word “acclaimed” can ever be applied to short films. His work
has been featured on the SCI FI Channel, the FX Movies Channel, PBS, and
in numerous film festivals around the world.
“Burn Notice” is Nix’s first foray into television.
He lives in Pasadena with his wife and three children.