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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 episodes.

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 hypochondriac mother.

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

FionaGabrielle 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 Pacino.

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 Showtime.

In her free time, Gabrielle continues to explore her creative side by writing screenplays and children’s books.

SamBruce 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 the U.S.

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 “Spider-Man” series.

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.

MichaelJeffrey 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

He currently resides in Los Angeles.

MadelineSharon 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 at 10pm/9c.

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.

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