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'Burn Notice' Renewed for Seasons 5 and 6

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 16th 2010 11:30AM
It's that time of year, when struggling shows on the cancellation bubble desperately compete to get renewed before networks announce their new lineups at the annual industry upfronts. Critical favorites, fading hits and failed experiments all vie for those final few coveted slots.

And then there's 'Burn Notice.'

According to Variety, 'Burn Notice' has managed to sidestep the Hollywood killing season in spectacular fashion, earning a rare two-season renewal. Making the pickup even more unusual is the fact that seasons 5 and 6 have been given the greenlight before season 4 has even begun airing.It's that time of year, when struggling shows on the cancellation bubble desperately compete to get renewed before networks announce their new lineups at the annual industry upfronts. Critical favorites, fading hits and failed experiments all vie for those final few coveted slots.

And then there's 'Burn Notice.'

According to Variety, 'Burn Notice' has managed to sidestep the Hollywood killing season in spectacular fashion, earning a rare two-season renewal. Making the pickup even more unusual is the fact that seasons 5 and 6 have been given the greenlight before season 4 has even begun airing.

In fact, the fourth season of the cable network's popular spy thriller, which tells the tale of an ex-government agent trying to find who sold him up the river, hasn't finished filming yet, meaning that USA is effectively banking on the series remaining popular and profitable for the next three years. And in Hollywood terms, that might as well be an eon.

Still, given the massive ratings the series has pulled in since its 2007 debut -- the first half of season 3, which aired last summer, brought an average of 6.1 million viewers -- the decision makes some sense, as it allows the producers to lock down cast contracts and make long-term story plans, something that helped ABC's 'Lost' focus its storyline when a similar deal was struck after that show's third season.

If there's any fly in the 'Burn Notice' ointment, it's the fact that such renewed focus may be necessary; the second half of season 3, which picked up in January after a long hiatus, dropped over a million viewers per episode from the first half of the season. And the season finale, which aired on March 4, brought in just 4.3 million viewers compared to the 7.6 million earned by the first half capper, a decline that has to be a source of some concern for the network.

Still, given the show's track record, it seems that USA has faith it can turn things around. And thanks to this announcement, the show will have plenty of time to do it.


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