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'Burn Notice' Adding New Villain to Cast

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 18th 2010 4:02PM
Burn NoticeIf 'Burn Notice' keeps adding cast members at the rate it has been doing lately, the cast will be as large as the one on 'Lost.' First we reported that Coby Bell had been added to the cast in a regular role as a spy that comes in contact with Michael Westen and sticks around Miami, and now Michael Ausiello says that the show is also getting a new villain to go up against Michael (Westen, not Ausiello).

Robert Wisdom is joining the cast as bad guy Vaughn, described as "a veteran spy handler" and "ruthless." If the name sounds familiar to you it's because Wisdom has had roles in 'The Wire,' 'Supernatural,' and 'Prison Break.'

Some people aren't happy when new cast members come on their favorite show, because it messes up the dynamic. But the core of 'Burn Notice' is still Michael, Sam, Fiona, and Madeline and I don't think new story arcs will affect that.

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True, there was less continuity in S3 that S2 because the writers had to address a lot more issues. Out from under the umbrella of Management, they had to explain how Michael would deal with the cops. They also had to put an end to Michael's quest to get his old job back, ala Strickler, in order to advance the main storyline. This left less time for a build up to the finale. Thus we may have felt like the Gilroy, Simon arcs were a bit underdeveloped, unless you consider the possibility that the whole Gilroy/Simon plot was orchestrated by Management to bait Michael and, thereby, bring the burn notice theme back to its origins. In the season finale, we see Michael's utter frustration as he realizes he has played right into Management's hands. Although dealing with all these issues may have sacrificed continuity, we were treated to some really powerful episodes this season that truly stand on their own. Looking back over all of Season 3, not just the second half, we saw some of the best writing and performances of the series, not to mention some great guest appearances. And lets be realistic. When you've got 16 episodes in a season, they can't all be ranked on top. With episodes like "Fearless Leader," "End Run," "The Hunter," "The Long Way Back,"Friendly Fire," "Enemies Closer," "Good Intentions," and finally "The Devil You Know," how can you honestly say this was a lackluster season? Show me anything on TV that consistenly delivers on par with BN.

March 19 2010 at 9:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I agree with you. This show is great! "Devil You Know" was an edge-of-the-seater. Michael's face when he realized that Management had him - heartbreaking. And "Enemies Closer" was a wonderful episode, "End Run" had the best bad guy EVER! Every episode has something outstanding about it! I love all of these characters. Season 3 is stored on my DVR until the DVD comes out and I watch an episode every day or so. This show hasn't let me down yet! I can't wait until it comes back!!

April 07 2010 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Burn Notice needs a little shaking up. This past season was rather mediocre and not on par with season 2.

March 18 2010 at 6:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Coby Bell is hot! Maybe he'll have some evil activities that require him to not wear clothes? Or go swimming or something?

March 18 2010 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My only concern is the continious plot line concerning Michael's Burn Notice. While it serves as a great base and knits the show together. I don't think they need to address it in every episode. The show is basicly Mike and company helping those in need. I'd like some episodes where yhe team isn't alway's looking over their collective shoulders.

March 18 2010 at 5:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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