TV Show Reviews
Notice" review by Suzanne
Premieres Thursday, June 6 at 9/8 c on USA Network
Burn Notice is always a fun show to watch, with lots of
action and witty banter as well as great drama and romance
between the main characters. Sadly, I guess USA has decided
that 7 seasons is enough. That's a real shame. I'll
certainly miss it. Perhaps it was the actors' choice to
leave, or the creative team decided they had done enough.
You never know nowadays, especially on cable. I hope we see
more of Bruce Campbell (Sam), who is my favorite, and I'm
sure we'll see more of the others who are so talented.
They sent me the first 2 episodes of this summer finale
season, and they were awesome. Michael is undercover,
working for the CIA, sort of against his will. His friends
and family have no idea where he is and think he may be
dead. He gets involved with this new character (played
suavely by Adrian Pasdar from "Heroes"). He has a new
handler, played by Jack Coleman (who was also on "Heroes"
and many other shows). In the meantime, a mysterious British
guy is trying to close to Michael's friends to see if they
know what he's up to. In the second episode, Michael comes
back to the US and ends up helping his friends. I don't want
to give you too many spoilers here!
Let's just say that things don't go as anyone has planned.
Michael's friends have moved on with their lives. Fi has a
hot new boyfriend, played by Stephen Martines (a fine actor,
who got his start on "General Hospital" years ago - I met
The two episodes are a big thrill ride, like most Burn
Notice episodes. It's great to see everyone again, and
Sharon Gless, in particular, is looking fabulous.
I hope you watch and enjoy. This is one of my favorite
shows...Don't forget to check out our
THURSDAY, JUNE 6TH
- BURN NOTICE
“New Deal” – 9/8c – SEASON PREMIERE
Working under deep cover in the Dominican
Republic as part of the deal he made with CIA, Michael
(Jeffrey Donovan) is recruited by a notorious underground
terrorist named Burke (guest star Adrian Pasdar) to steal
sensitive equipment from a secured defense facility. Back in
Miami, Sam (Bruce Campbell) and Jesse (Coby Bell) rush to
find answers after a mysterious source reveals that
Michael’s life may be in danger.
Guest Stars: Jack
Coleman, Adrian Pasdar, Stephen Martines, Nick Tarabay
USA Network Sets Summer Series Premiere
Highlights include a new season of "Burn Notice" and the
premiere of "Graceland" on Thursday, June 6.
If It's Summer, It's USA
USA NETWORK CONTINUES TO DOMINATE SUMMER WITH GRITTY NEW
ORIGINAL SERIES "GRACELAND," NEW REALITY SERIES "SUMMER
CAMP" AND A STRONG LINEUP OF RETURNING FAVORITES
WHITE COLLAR and New Reality Series THE CHOIR Will Bow
NEW YORK - April 3, 2013 - Continuing its streak of
dominating the summer TV landscape, USA Network announced
today a powerful line-up of new originals and fan favorite
returning series. The network will launch two new series,
including the provocative drama GRACELAND from WHITE COLLAR
creator Jeff Eastin, starring and Daniel Sunjata ("Rescue
Me") Aaron Tveit ("Les Miserables"), and the fun-filled
reality competition series SUMMER CAMP from the producers of
This summer the seventh season of BURN NOTICE turns up
the heat on Thursday, June 6 at 9/8c, followed by the
much-anticipated launch of GRACELAND at 10/9c. Fan favorite
ROYAL PAINS premieres its fifth season on Wednesday, June 12
at 9/8c paired with the third season premiere of NECESSARY
ROUGHNESS at 10/9c. Hit international spy drama COVERT
AFFAIRS returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, July 16 at
9/8c, followed by the third season return of acclaimed drama
SUITS at 10/9c. SUMMER CAMP premieres in July.
BURN NOTICE: The fast-paced spy
thriller returns as viewers uncover the details of the
mysterious deal Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) struck in the
season finale. This situation pushes Michael into new and
daunting territory and brings him face-to-face with some
formidable friends and foes from his past. As the
repercussions of the deal become increasingly dangerous and
complex, Michael will enlist the help of Fiona (Gabrielle
Anwar), Sam (Bruce Campbell) and Jesse (Coby Bell). Emmy(R)-nominated
Sharon Gless also co-stars. Recurring guest stars this
season include Adrian Pasdar, Jack Coleman and Stephen
Martines. The series will celebrate its landmark 100th
episode this season. Premieres June 6, airs Thursdays at
USA NETWORK´S EMMY®-NOMINATED SERIES "BURN NOTICE"
WILL AIR ITS FINAL SEASON THIS SUMMER
Hit Original Drama Series Returns Thursday, June 6 at 9/8c With 13
New York, NY - May 10, 2013 - USA announced today that its
Emmy®-nominated original drama series and ratings juggernaut BURN
NOTICE will air its seventh and final season beginning Thursday, June
6 at 9/8c. The hit series, from Fox Television Studios and creator
Matt Nix, stars Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell,
Sharon Gless and oby Bell, and will join an elite group this season
as the networkTMs third series to cross the 100 episode milestone.
"BURN NOTICE has had an incredible run over the last six years, and
we could not be more proud of the extraordinary talent both in front
of and behind the cameras who have collectively made this show into
one of the most popular and lauded shows on TV today," said Chris
McCumber, USA Network co-president. "From day one, BURN NOTIE's
characters, storylines and mythology have consistently captivated a
massive audience, and this final season will raise the stakes even
higher, leading up to a spectacular series finale, said Jeff
Wachtel, co-president of USA Network.
The adrenaline-charged seventh season of BURN NOTICE will keep hearts
racing as viewers uncover the details of the mysterious deal that
fans´ favorite renegade spy, Michael Westen (Donovan) struck in the
season six finale. Michael's past and present collide as he tries to
rebuild relationships with his family and friends while pursuing a
dangerous mission involving the CIA and a lethal network of
operatives. Recurring guest stars this season include Jack Coleman
(oeHeoes ), Adrian Pasdar (POLITICAL ANIMALS) and Stephen Martines
(oeThe Closer ).
Over the years, BURN NOTICE has been honored with numerous industry
accolades, including an Emmy® nomination and Gracie Award for
supporting actress Sharon Gless, as well as an Edgar Allan Poe Award
for showrunner Matt Nix. The BURN NOTICE: A New Day digital graphic
novel won the AdAge Vanguard Award for the Most Innovative Broadcast
Brand Extension in 2011. The series has also been praised for its
impeccable stunt work and has garnered multiple Emmy® and Screen
Actors Guild nominations. Greatly beloved by fans, BURN NOTICE was
nominated for Favorite TV Obsession in 2011 and Favorite Cable TV
Drama in 2013 at the PeopleTMs Choice Awards.
A critical hit since its inception, the Los Angeles Times praised the
series, saying it had "a smart, savvy edge that seems fresh" and the
Chicago Tribune called it an "espionage gem" and pointed out "The
characters always come first, and they are all very well realized."
USA Today noted it "mixes drama with humor, often through dry
narrative asides,oe and Entertainment Weekly called it a oecanTMt-miss.
A breakout hit, BURN NOTICE premiered in 2007 as the #1 new scripted
series in P18-49, P25-54, and total viewers P2+. In 2009, BURN NOTICE
became the most watched scripted series ever on basic cable in
P18-49, the first-ever series to break 3 million in the demo in a
year. BURN NOTICE has been one of the top ten scripted series on
cable every year it has been on the air and was a successful lead-in
to hit series launches for ROYAL PAINS and SUITS. When BURN NOTICE
aired Thursdays at 9pm last summer, it became the top performer in
that timeslot on cable, outperforming FOX head-to-head in P25-54,
P18-49, P18-34, and total viewers P2+.
Fans can catch up on season six of BURN NOTICE on VOD or via
streaming at usanetwork.com starting on May 7.
The mobile app Shadow Recruit challenges viewers to get inside
Westen's mind, test their spy skills and become his "shadow." Plus,
fans can explore the show´s mythology through the award-winning
graphic novels BURN NOTICE: A New Day and First Contact, which
feature the hunt for those responsible for burning Westen.
BURN NOTICE was created, written and executive produced by Nix.
Mikkel Bondesen, Alfredo Barrios, Craig O´Neill, Ben Watkins, and
Terry Miller serve as executive producers. From Fox Television
Studios, Fabrik Entertainment and Flying Glass of Milk Productions,
the series films in Miami.
Follow the official twitter feed
of BURN NOTICE at @burnnotice_usa on Twitter.
Fox Television Studios produces scripted and unscripted programming
for US broadcast and cable networks, and international broadcasters.
Series include Burn Notice, White Collar, and Graceland, all for USA;
The Americans for FX; the Emmy-nominated The Killing for AMC; The
Glades for A&E; and Maron for IFC. Current FTVS pilots include Sirens
for USA; Rita for Bravo; and Line of Sight for AMC.
USA Network is the #1 network in all of basic cable and is seen in
over 102 million U.S. homes. A division of NBC Universal, USA is the
cable television leader in original series and home to the best in
blockbuster theatrical films, acquired television series and
entertainment events. The award-winning USA website is located at
Matt Nix serves as
executive producer, writer and creator of the USA Network
original series BURN NOTICE, which returns for its seventh
and final season on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 9/8c..
Nix has worked as a feature writer since 1997. He has
written scripts for Warner Bros., Columbia, Paramount,
Universal and 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 also created FOX series,
“The Good Guys,” a one-hour cop dramedy starring Bradley
Whitford and Colin Hanks. Nix currently has several feature
projects in active development.
He is also an acclaimed director. In addition to his work
directing episodes of BURN NOTICE, he has written and
directed several short films, which have been featured on
SyFy, FX Movies Channel, PBS and in numerous film festivals
around the world.
Jeffrey Donovan as Michael
effrey Donovan stars as
Michael Westen in the hit USA Network original series BURN
NOTICE, which returns for its seventh and final season on
Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 9/8c.
Renowned for his versatility and striking presence, Donovan
has made a name for himself through memorable performances
on both stage and screen. Donovan appeared in Clint
Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” where he starred in the role of
Robert Kennedy opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Naomi Watts.
Donovan starred in the poignant 1920’s era drama
“Changeling” opposite Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich for
director Clint Eastwood, which was produced by Brian Grazer
and Ron Howard.
Donovan has also starred in the production of “Don’t Dress
for Dinner” at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago. He
received rave reviews for his performance in the Marc
Camoletti sex farce most notably from the cities leading
paper citing “…leading man Jeffrey Donovan recalls Cary
Grant with his sexy charm, athleticism and gift for deadpan
Donovan has also been seen on the big screen as a
captivating leading man in the Joey Lauren Adams film "Come
Early Morning." Written and directed by Adams, the film
premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Donovan
received high praise for his performance as Cal, the
romantic lead opposite Ashley Judd.
Donovan appeared on the big screen in a memorable cameo in
the blockbuster romantic comedy "Hitch" opposite Will Smith.
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
In 2004, Donovan earned critical acclaim for his starring
role as Detective 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 "CSI: Miami,"
"Law & Order," "Homicide: Life On The Street” and on USA’s
Donovan executive produced and directed his BURN NOTICE
co-star, Bruce Campbell, in the original USA Network prequel
movie BURN NOTICE: THE FALL OF SAM AXE. He also directed the
100th episode of BURN NOTICE which will premiere this summer
on Thursday, June 13 at 9/8c.
Gabrielle Anwar as Fiona
Gabrielle Anwar stars as
Fiona in the USA Network original series BURN NOTICE, which
returns for its seventh and final season on Thursday, June
6, 2013 at 9/8c.
Born in Berkshire, England, the accomplished actress has
over 45 film and television performances to her credit in
both Europe and the U.S., including her breakout film “Scent
of a Woman,” where she was whisked off her feet into an
acclaimed tango with Al Pacino.
Anwar has enthralled in a vast array of diverse characters,
including the blind diving horse circus performer in
Disney’s biopic “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken;” the risqué
royal in Showtime’s “The Tudors;” the supercilious
counterpart to Noah Wyle in TNT’s “The Librarian: Return To
King Solomon’s Mines;” the fatal object of desire in “Things
To Do In Denver When You’re Dead;” the regal Queen Anne in
“The Three Musketeers;” the expert party girl in BBC’s
adaptation of Mortimer’s “Summer’s Lease;” and the coquette
pursuing Dermot Mulroney and Hope Davis in the independent
feature “Happy Together.”
With three children, a canine, feline, and equine menagerie,
an art studio, a yoga practice, a garden, a green lifestyle,
and a slew of literature in the works, Anwar has no free
Bruce Campbell as Sam Axe
Bruce Campbell stars as Sam
Axe in the USA Network original series BURN NOTICE, which
returns for its seventh and final season on Thursday, June
6, 2013 at 9/8c.
In 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert,
Campbell 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, Campbell 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 Campbell 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, Campbell 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
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, Campbell 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: Life on the Street” and “The 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.” He 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” 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.
Campbell made the leap into other forms of entertainment,
and is enjoying his role as an author with back-to-back New
York 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, Campbell 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 Brothers feature “The Ant Bully.”
Campbell directed and starred as himself in “My Name is
Bruce,” a spoof of his B-movie career. He also voiced the
character of Mayor Shelbourne in the animated hit film
“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.” Most recently, Campbell
starred in and executive produced the television movie BURN
NOTICE: THE FALL OF SAM AXE, which gave fans insight on how
their beloved Burn Notice character came to be.
In 2011, Campbell voiced the role of Rod “Torque” Redline in
“Cars 2,” the sequel to the hit Disney animated feature. He
will also serve as a producer on the upcoming 2013 remake of
“The Evil Dead” starring an all-new cast and will join his
filmmaking pal Sam Raimi on "Oz, The Great and Powerful."
Campbell 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.
Sharon Gless as
Sharon Gless stars as
Madeline Westen in the hit USA Network original series BURN
NOTICE, which returns for its seventh and final season on
Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 9/8c.
Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Sharon Gless was
recognized for her role as BURN NOTICE’s Madeline Westen
with a 2010 Emmy award nomination.
In 2009, Gless traveled to London to produce and star in a
one-night performance of “A Round-Heeled Woman.” The play is
based on the best-selling book by Jane Juska, about a
woman’s adventures with sex and romance later in life. She
starred in “A Round-Heeled Woman” in San Francisco in 2010
and Miami in 2011, before bringing her pet project to the UK
& then the West End, this past winter, where she received
Gless starred in two independent features, “Once Fallen”
with Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, and “Hannah Free,” in which
Gless held the title role. As Hannah, a character who spans
60 years, she played a free-spirited woman attempting to
reunite with the love of her life one last time. The film
was selected as the Closing Night film at the prestigious
Frameline Gay/Lesbian Film Festival in San Francisco.
She was an Emmy nominee for Guest Actress in a Drama Series
for her chilling performance as Colleen Rose, an ambiguous
Hollywood agent with a multitude of dark secrets on FX’s
For five seasons (2000-2005), Gless starred as the
outrageous and beloved Debbie Novotny in the groundbreaking
Showtime series “Queer as Folk.” In 2006, she received rave
reviews for her starring role as US Secretary of Defense
Lynne Warner in the acclaimed BBC/BBC America miniseries
“The State Within.”
Gless was first exposed to the entertainment industry at a
young age, by her grandfather Neil S. McCarthy -- the most
respected lawyer of Hollywood’s Golden Age. McCarthy, whose
clients included Cecil B. DeMille, Louis B. Mayer and Howard
Hughes, notably drew up the first contract between a studio
and a player -- an interesting fact since Gless was the last
contract player in the history of Hollywood (Universal).
Her first series role was the 1973 “Faraday & Company.” She
guest-starred in several top TV shows before landing another
series role in “Switch.”
In 1982, she landed the career-changing role of New York
Police Detective Christine Cagney on the smash hit drama
“Cagney & Lacey.” The role garnered her two Emmys wins and
six nominations, along with a Golden Globe. After the show
ended in 1988, she re-teamed with “Cagney & Lacey” executive
producer, Barney Rosenzweig, for the drama series “The
Trials of Rosie O’Neill.” That role led to her second Golden
Globe win and two additional Emmy nominations. Gless married
Rosenzweig in 1991.
In 1994 and 1995, Gless reunited with her television partner
Tyne Daly to recreate their title roles in a quartet of
critically acclaimed “Cagney & Lacey” television movies.
Gless and Daly fondly refer to these telefilms as their
character’s “Menopause Years.” Also in 1995 she received her
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The “Cagney & Lacey”
movies, as well as the entire series, was released on DVD
Additional television roles include the series “House Calls”
and “Turnabout,” as well as the telefilms “Separated by
Murder,” “Hard Hat & Legs,” “Honor Thy Mother,” “Hobson’s
Choice,” and “Letting Go.” She also starred in the
miniseries’ “The Immigrants,” “The Last Convertible,”
“Centennial,” and Garson Kanin’s “Moviola: The Scarlett
O’Hara Wars,” in which she played screen goddess Carole
Lombard. She has also starred opposite Michael Douglas in
the feature film “The Star Chamber.”
Gless made her stage debut in Lillian Hellman’s “Watch on
the Rhine” at Stage West in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Since then, she has starred twice on stage in London’s famed
West End, the first time in 1993 when she created the role
of Annie Wilkes in the stage version of Stephen King’s
haunting “Misery” and in 1997 in Neil Simon’s comedy
“Chapter Two.” She starred in Claudia Allen’s “Cahoots” at
Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theatre and at Madison Square
Garden with the national company of Eve Ensler’s smash “The
Vagina Monologues.” Additionally, she has recorded several
books-on-tape and starred in many radio plays. Her recording
of “Night, Mother” for the BBC earned Gless the
International Sony Award.
In 2007, she was the recipient of the Theatre School at
DePaul University’s prestigious Award for Excellence of the
Gless is an active participant in the ongoing struggle for a
woman’s right to choose. In 2005, she was honored by Norman
Lear’s People for the American Way for her unwavering
support of human rights. She’s also become a vocal advocate
for gay and lesbian (LGBT) causes.
Gless spends her free time at home in one of her three
favorite cities: Los Angeles, Miami and Toronto.
Coby Bell as Jesse Porter
Coby Bell stars as Jesse
Porter in the USA Network original series BURN NOTICE, which
returns for its seventh and final season on Thursday, June
6, 2013 at 9/8c.
A Southern California native, Bell was introduced to acting
by his father, Broadway veteran Michael Bell. After
graduating with honors from San Jose State University,
Bell’s big break came when he was cast as a guest star on
“ER.” Additional stints on “Smart Guy,” “Buffy the Vampire
Slayer” and “Parent Hood” led to a recurring role as Patrick
Owen on “L.A. Doctors.”
In 1999, Bell portrayed Agent Dinko Bates in “A.T.F.,” a
television movie based on the real-life events of a compound
under siege in Waco, Texas. That same year, Bell began a
six-year run on the critically acclaimed drama “Third
Watch,” as Officer Tyrone ‘Ty’ Davis, Jr., a role he played
for the show’s entire run.
After “Third Watch” ended in 2005, Bell switched gears to
flex his comedy skills. He landed a recurring role on “Half
& Half,” as a San Francisco firefighter who is originally
set up on a date with the star, Mona, but ends up pursuing
In 2006, Bell starred in and co-produced an independent
film, “Drifting Elegant,” which marked his producing debut.
That same year, his one-episode guest star appearance on
“Girlfriends” led to a series regular role on its spin-off
show, “The Game,” which ran for three seasons on The CW and
was then picked up by BET. He portrays Jason Pitts, a frugal
professional football player and captain of the fictional
San Diego Sabers.
An accomplished musician and songwriter, Bell enjoys singing
and playing in a reggae band. He is a gifted athlete who
excels at basketball, soccer and surfing, and he volunteers
his time mentoring underprivileged youth with Big Brothers
Bell currently resides in Long Beach, California, with his
wife and four children. They are the proud parents of two
sets of twins: 7-year-old daughters and a 3-year-old
daughter and son.
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