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"Burn 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 him once!).

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 Burn Notice section!


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 Dates
Highlights include a new season of "Burn Notice" and the premiere of "Graceland" on Thursday, June 6.

If It's Summer, It's USA


WHITE COLLAR and New Reality Series THE CHOIR Will Bow This Fall

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 "Big Brother."

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 9/8c.


Hit Original Drama Series Returns Thursday, June 6 at 9/8c With 13 New Episodes

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 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 Characters Welcome. 

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 Weston

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 humor.”

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 Festival.

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 MONK.

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 time.

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 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, 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 Madeline Weston

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 rave reviews.

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 “Nip/Tuck.”

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 mid-2009.

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 Arts.

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 Mona’s mother.

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 of America.

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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