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Michael Finds His Father's Killer on 'Burn Notice' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 2nd 2011 6:00AM
'Burn Notice'Jere Burns is tearing it up as villain extraordinaire Anson Fullerton on 'Burn Notice' (Thu., 10PM ET on USA). He makes us feel itchy and uncomfortable with every scene he's in, but no one is more uncomfortable around him than Michael. This week, he decided to up the ante by sharing some intel with our favorite burned agent.

He revealed that he knew Michael's father. In fact, he described Frank as "such a great tap for information."

Unfortunately, "He started snooping in places that he shouldn't, and a heart attack had to be arranged," Anson explained calmly. "All those years, how many times did you wish he were dead? We did it for you. You're welcome, Michael." You've got to love a good villain!

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'Burn Notice' Creator Matt Nix Talks Game-Changing Season Finale and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 15th 2011 10:15AM
This week's Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast has a different format: Ryan was out of town, so, on my own, I spoke to 'Burn Notice' creator and executive producer Matt Nix for over an hour. (Don't worry, we'll have a regular podcast, probably with a different special guest, later in the week.)

Forgive me for my enthusiasm, but I really think parts of this podcast could be of interest to wide variety of TV fans, even those who don't necessarily watch the USA Network show.

Toward the end of the podcast, at about the 55-minute mark, I asked Nix to do something writer/creator Shawn Ryan ('The Shield,' 'Terriers') has done in previous Talking TV podcasts: I asked him to talk about his "beefs" with TV or the making of it. That got Nix started on a self-deprecating riff about those who take to the Internet to critique episodic problems that occasionally afflict his show.

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A Surprise Visitor Helps Michael Seal the Deal With an Explosion on 'Burn Notice' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 11th 2011 5:45AM
'Burn Notice' - 'Breaking Point'To try and take down this week's target, Michael needed to convince him he was an arms dealer on 'Burn Notice' (Thu., 10PM ET on USA). But when an unexpected visitor arrives in a truck, Dion gets a little jumpy and Michael has to think fast.

Sam and Fiona managed to get the guy out of the truck, and Michael quickly came up with the best story he could have. "I had that truck brought in for a little demonstration," he said. "You can't truly appreciate an RPG until you have held it in your arms like your first-born child."

He gave Dion the weapon and had him try it out by blowing up the truck with a satisfying explosion. The play worked brilliantly, as nothing feels more powerful than creating a massive blast.

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Michael Faces Bad Guys With a Forklift as His Weapon on 'Burn Notice' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 4th 2011 6:45AM
'Burn Notice' - 'Damned If You Do''Burn Notice' (Thu., 10PM ET on USA) returned to bring us more of the same kind of danger, adventure and fun we've come to love and expect each summer. And Michael never fails to leave an impression.

This week, he did so quite literally, with some quick thinking and a handily placed forklift. Even more fortuitous, he had a huge box lifted high. Now, a box doesn't sound like much when you're facing guys in an SUV with their guns blazing, but it's all in how you use the tools you do have.

Michael drove straight towards them like a game of chicken, only to slam on the brakes and dive out of the forklift when it got right in front of the SUV. The bad guys stopped, too, but by that time, the forklift was tipping forward and that giant metal container was crushing their roof. Bad guys incapacitated!

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What to Watch: TV Picks for Oct 31 - Nov 6

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 30th 2011 12:00PM
Bored to DeathMONDAY, OCTOBER 31

'How I Met Your Mother' (8PM ET, CBS)

Ted finally meets his mystery girl in the Slutty Pumpkin costume. Meanwhile, Barney learns he is part Canadian, and Lily has pregnancy brain. Katie Holmes guest-stars as Naomi, the Slutty Pumpkin -- what more can we say?

'2 Broke Girls' (8.30PM ET, CBS)
Caroline enrolls herself and Max in a cake-decorating class to increase their skill level and take their cupcake business to the next level.

'Bored To Death' (9PM ET, HBO)
George encourages Jonathan to give Emily a night out with a younger man, but they end up entangled in a stakeout with a wannabe detective (guest star Brett Gelman) impersonating Jonathan. Elsewhere, George goes out with Bernard, but is surprised to find out that Richard Antrem (guest star Oliver Platt) is a rival restaurateur.

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'Burn Notice' Mid-Season Finale: 'Dead' Larry Comes Back To Haunt Michael (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 9th 2011 4:30PM
'Dead' Larry and Michael on 'Burn Notice'Every episode of 'Burn Notice' (Thursdays, 10PM on USA) is about Michael Westen's past somehow coming back to haunt him. That's the premise of the show -- Westen trying to stay alive after being outed as a spy. But the show's mid-season finale was a little different. Not only was Westen trying to avoid the frame-up for murdering Max, his CIA contact, but an old friend, "Dead" Larry Sizemore came back into his life to blackmail him into helping with a job.

There was some bad blood between Sizemore and Westen that goes back to their days in Serbia and Russia. Sizemore still had a lot of anger. "You deserved to be burned," he told Westen. "Oh, have we forgotten about Chechnya?"

Westen denied doing anything in Chechnya, which is when we got a hint of what happened. "Oh, is that what you tell yourself?" said Sizemore. "You stood there. You watched it happen. You let me kill those people. And then you helped me cover it up. Because that was the job."

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Michael and Fiona Pose as a Couple for a Venezuelan Extraction on 'Burn Notice' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 2nd 2011 4:30PM
Michael and Fiona fight their way out of Venezuela on 'Burn Notice' To extract a bio-weapons expert and his wife from Venezuela, Michael and Fiona had to pose as a couple on 'Burn Notice' (Thursdays, 9PM on USA). They would have to be convincing enough to gain the other couple's trust and get them away from their Russian bodyguards. It's a good thing Michael and Fiona have a lot in common, including being handy with weapons.

The two got separated, and Michael caught up with Fiona in a warehouse. "Michael, how did you find me?" she said. "I know you," said Michael. "You'd want to go down guns blazing. With that, they used each other as cover in a half military stance, half embrace, and started shooting.

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EXCLUSIVE: A Clip from the Action-Packed 'Burn Notice' Mid-Season Finale

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 2nd 2011 10:00AM
There are a million things I'm trying to get done before the holiday weekend, but I wanted to offer a few brief thoughts on the fifth season of 'Burn Notice,' as well as this exclusive clip from the USA Network show's mid-season finale.

I've enjoyed how the show has mixed it up a bit in season 5, and I've especially appreciated the ways in which the continued presence of Jesse (Coby Bell) has allowed the show to vary its approaches to both weekly storytelling and the ongoing tale of Michael's dealings with the CIA and his rocky re-entry into the espionage world.

Creator Matt Nix explained his rationale for keeping Coby Bell's Jesse around this season in an interview earlier this year (you can find it here and here), and I can see now why it was a good idea.

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Michael Goes Undercover with Hijackers on 'Burn Notice' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 26th 2011 6:30PM
Michael in trouble with hijackers on 'Burn Notice'When you go undercover with armed people willing to kill you for any reason, you have to think on your feet. On Thursday's 'Burn Notice' (Thursdays, 9PM on USA), Michael had to invent a story to keep a bunch of thieves trying to rob a billionaire at a local executive airport from harming their hostages. He also had to keep the billionaire away from them.

There was a lot of acting involved, especially after the billionaire's plane was rerouted and the hostage escaped, while Michael was left with the gun-toting thieves. And they weren't buying his story about Marsden, a vigilante Michael has told them was attacking their operation, even after they found Michael lying in some smashed glass after a supposed attack.

"I am concerned that he seems to know all of our moves before we make them," the lead scary thug said. "But you know everything about him. In fact, you're the only one who's ever seen him. Why is that?? Michael didn't have a clear answer, but the thief thought he did. "You and Marsden are working together." In the sense that Michael made him up out of thin air to make the thieves feel threatened, sure, Michael and Marsden were working together.

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Michael Plays Psycho to Scare a Dirty Pharm Exec on 'Burn Notice' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 19th 2011 3:00PM
Michael goes psycho on 'Burn Notice'Michael Westen can be a scary guy. You don't stay one step ahead of the FBI without learning a few tricks that require less-than-perfect ethics. On 'Burn Notice' (Thursdays, 10PM on USA), Westen used his training to convince pharmaceutical magnate James Forte he was an unstable stalker to help his friends Fiona Glennane and Same Axe get access to the company.

Forte had hired Glennane and Axe to find out if someone had been breaking into his house. They learned the guy doing the breaking in was the rightful owner of Forte's company. That's when they brought in Westen, who wasted no time cornering Forte in his car. As Forte sat horrified, Westen told him about how much he had studied ways to hurt people. "It's scary really how much you can learn when you put your mind to it," he said, not blinking. "You know what else is scary? How life can be so fragile."

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Gavin Rossdale Guest Stars on 'Burn Notice' (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 12th 2011 12:50AM
Gavin Rossdale - Burn NoticeWhen he's not flexing his musical muscles or being Mr. Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale apparently has no problem moonlighting as an actor too (he's previously appeared on 'Criminal Minds' and in several movies).

He dropped by 'Burn Notice' (Thurs., 9PM ET on USA) this week to play one of Fiona's former flames, an enigmatic killer named Armand -- and with a name like that, he has to be a villain, right? Fiona reluctantly turned to him for help, but in exchange, he wanted her assistance on a less than savory job of his own.

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Michael, Fiona and Sam Try To Rescue Boy From Armed Compound on 'Burn Notice' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 5th 2011 4:15PM
Michael takes aim on 'Burn Notice' Things rarely go exactly as planned on 'Burned Notice' (Thursdays, 9PM on USA). What fun would that be? Michael's latest mission was to rescue a kidnapped boy and return him to his mother. The boy had been taken by his mother's ex-husband to a heavily armed compound.

They tried to sneak Fiona in on a fuel truck using a special harness that allowed her to ride underneath, but the bad guys figured out she was there, and she had to bail from the moving vehicle. That left her pinned down as a firefight erupted between Michael and Sam on one end and the compound's armed guards on the other.

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Sam Axe Tries to Talk a Gun Out of His Face on 'Burn Notice' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 29th 2011 2:10PM
Sam with a gun to the face on 'Burn Notice'Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell) is usually a pretty slick talker. But on Thursday's episode of 'Burn Notice' (Thursdays, 9PM USA), he had to talk faster than usual, as Carmelo Dante, one of Miami's biggest heroin dealers, held a gun to his chin. Dante was angry that he thought was a shipment of drugs was actually a shipment of weapons, at least according to a Serbian contact he had taken hostage.

It was a tough situation, but one that Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) was confident Sam could talk his way out of. "Oh yeah, it's such a shock that some Serbian scumbag that you took prisoner would lie to save his own life," said Sam. A good start, but the Serbian said Sam would lie, before he passed out.

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Comic-Con Q&A: 'Burn Notice' Star & Creator Talk Season 5, Guest Stars & More (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 21st 2011 11:35PM
Bruce Campbell, 'Burn Notice'At Thursday's 'Burn Notice' panel at Comic-Con, fans got exactly what they wanted: Vintage Bruce Campbell.

The dynamic is simple, but it works -- Campbell goofs on his fans and they love it. 'Burn Notice' creator Matt Nix shared the stage with Campbell, and their good-natured sarcasm was enjoyable to witness ("Actors are like puppets," Nix observed. Campbell: "I'm right here." Nix: "I made him say that").

Of course, they talked about the making of 'The Fall of Sam Axe' movie (which, as luck would have it, comes out on DVD this Tues., July 26), the making of the USA show (the fifth season of which is now underway) and even got serious about Sam (Nix said the beer-loving ex-Navy Seal wasn't far from who Campbell is as a person -- "kind of the best older brother that ever was").

One fan wanted a "scandalous" story from the set, and Campbell obliged her: "Jeffrey Donovan and I have spent a lot of time together in the Charger. One time it got a little out of hand."

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'General Hospital' Star Joins 'Days of Our Lives,' 'The Finder' Adds 2 Actresses & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 20th 2011 11:45AM
Sarah Brown'General Hospital' veteran Sarah Brown -- the original Carly -- is moving to 'Days of Our Lives.'

According to Entertainment Weekly, Brown will play Madison James, a CEO who starts mentoring Alison Sweeney's character, Sami. Look for the character to latch on to Brady (Eric Martsolf) and take on Kate (Lauren Koslow).

"'I'm excited to join such a talented cast to portray such a strong yet feminine character that will inspire our female viewers," Brown said in a statement.

Look for Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn to return to 'Days' in September.

In other casting news ...

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