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Things Get Steamy in an Exclusive 'Covert Affairs' Clip

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 14th 2011 1:00PM
It's not all work and no play for spy Annie Walker.

In Tuesday's episode of 'Covert Affairs' (10PM ET, USA Network), Annie is assigned to track down her old friend, Mossad agent Eyal Lavin (Oded Fehr), who is in Washington posing as a CIA operative.

Why is Lavin in the United States and what does he want? Spies have various ways of discovering these things, and not all of them are unpleasant, as the clip below reveals.

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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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'White Collar' Summer Finale Preview (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 6th 2011 2:00PM
White CollarThe dog days of summer are upon us and with them come a sad realization: 'White Collar' (Tues., 9PM ET on USA) is leaving us for a few months.

The summer finale promises to be a sizzling one. A lot is on the line for Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer); his Nazi treasure heist secret may finally be exposed.

In the exclusive preview after the jump, guest star Beau Bridges briefs the team on a painting Neal is very familiar with.

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Review: Does USA Score with the Sports Drama 'Necessary Roughness'?

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 29th 2011 10:00AM
The pilot for 'Necessary Roughness' (10PM ET Wednesday, USA), a sports-oriented light drama led by the redoubtable Callie Thorne, is far from a chore.

Even though the show's first episode is 75 minutes long with commercials, the pilot doesn't feel padded. It smoothly -- almost too quickly, in fact -- set up the crisis that precipitates therapist Dr. Dani Santino's move into the field of sports therapy. And it's interesting to note that on the network known for its "Characters welcome" tagline, Dani really isn't quirky or odd in any noticeable way.

She's a strong-willed, upper-middle class woman whose life begins to fall apart, and it's the unsentimental way in which Dani moves forward that gives this show its necessary grit.

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Spy Guy, Part Deux: More Intel From 'Burn Notice' Creator Matt Nix

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 24th 2011 11:00AM
Last week I posted a 'Burn Notice' feature that contained excerpts from an interview with the show's creator, Matt Nix. The USA show returned Thursday night, and so today seemed like a good time to post more from that interview, including some areas of discussion that didn't make it into last week's feature.

Below, Nix talks about Miami ex-spy Michael Westen's relationship with his new CIA boss, the dilemmas Michael and Fiona face this season, the show's stable of supporting characters and, as they say, much, much more.

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Review: With New Law Drama, USA Network 'Suits' Up

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 23rd 2011 1:00PM
USA Network has been quite clear about its mission. It's positioned itself as the network where you can enjoy yourself without having to learn too much backstory about the show you're watching -- and yet you don't necessarily have to check your brain at the door when you're watching USA's better offerings.

So, given how clear USA is in its branding, why does its new show, 'Suits' (10PM ET Thursday) feel muddled, despite some strong performances? I don't think there's anything wrong with the show's premise, which concerns two somewhat mismatched legal eagles. But the central relationship isn't as interesting -- or as central -- as it should be, nor am I sure the show's writers have a clear grasp of the kind of jeopardy that's fun to witness vicariously.

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EXCLUSIVE 'Burn Notice' Clip, Plus Creator Matt Nix Talks Big Changes This Season

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 15th 2011 10:15AM
The exciting fifth-season opener of USA's 'Burn Notice,' which arrives on USA June 23, alters the world of spy Michael Westen in tantalizing ways.

As viewers learned at the end of the previous season, Michael has finally "come in from the cold." After spending years uncovering the nefarious deeds of the bad guys who got him 'burned' (or exiled) from the spy community, he's been embraced by the CIA once more. So everything's groovy now, right?

"One of the things that emerges early in the season is that the typical intelligence agency job is not necessarily a high-stakes, high-octane thrill ride," the show's executive producer and creator, Matt Nix, said in an interview. "It's not necessarily something Michael is even particularly interested in doing anymore."

"It's still 'Burn Notice,'" Nix hastens to add. "I didn't want to be like, 'Okay, now he does paper-shuffling."

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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.

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'Burn Notice' and 'Royal Pains' Return to USA in June

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 3rd 2010 11:13AM
Burn Notice and Royal Pains return in June
While most viewers glaze over at the amount of dreck major networks spew out during the warmer months, fans of USA Network's original series vibrate in anticipation for the return of the favorite programs.

And why not? USA is doing what its big brother NBC hasn't been able to do: create character-driven programs that mix humor with drama, all wrapped up in a nicely written script. Not only do fans have a right to be excited, but the network can crow a bit itself. As it will do in June when two of its most popular shows return.

On Thursday, June 3rd, 'Burn Notice' and 'Royal Pains' return to the schedule with all new episodes. For 'Royal Pains', which debuts at 9PM ET., it will be the sophomore season. At 10PM ET. 'Burn Notice' begins its fourth season, ranking it the second-longest running show behind 'Psych' (not including 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent', which originally ran on NBC).

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'Burn Notice,' 'Royal Pains' to Premiere June 3

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 1st 2010 12:46PM
Burn NoticeUSA Network has announced the premiere dates for two of its most popular series.

According to the Live Feed, 'Burn Notice' season 4 and 'Royal Pains' season 2 will premiere on Thu., June 3, at 9 and 10PM, respectively.

Meanwhile, the network will also premiere 'White Collar,' 'Psych' and 'Covert Affairs,' starring Piper Perabo, in July.

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'In Plain Sight' - 'Father Goes West' Recap (Season Premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 1st 2010 1:52AM
in_plain_sight_mary_marshall_usa(S03E01) As originally planned, this season opener of 'In Plain Sight' was supposed to have run last season, but when Mary was shot and left clinging to life, USA Network and all the other brainiacs involved with the show decided to give us a cliffhanger. Not that there was ever really any doubt that Mary would survive, because without Mary in the middle, there's really no show.

Nevertheless, it was refreshing to see the new season kick off with Mary not clinging to life, but instead being the world's worst patient. More on her return to active duty and Marshall's green cashmere scarf and cheese danish theories after the jump.

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How USA Network Found its Groove

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 31st 2010 12:00PM
How did USA become basic cable's most popular channel? They found a formula that works, and they stuck with it.

This week sees the season premieres of USA's 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' (Tuesday's debut, introducing a new detective played by Saffron Burrows, marks the beginning of season 9) and 'In Plain Sight' (starting its third season on Wednesday). Both series feature USA doing what it does best: offering quirky crimefighters who nail bad guys even as their own lives are falling apart.

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Preview of 'In Plain Sight's' March 31st Premiere

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 10th 2010 2:01PM
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Spring is definitely on the way, and not just because we'll be spring forward with the clocks this weekend. No, it's on TV that spring is busting out all over. 'Army Wives' is returning with a new season, 'Glee' is coming back to finish this season, even 'Friday Night Lights' will finally commence on NBC -- after already having a complete run on DirecTV. One of the premieres that's got me intrigued is the March 31st 'In Plain Sight' on USA Network.

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'Burn Notice' - 'Good Intentions' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 26th 2010 3:21AM
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Every now and then, it's fun to watch what happens when Michael or Sam or Fiona don't have the upper hand in a situation. This penultimate episode of the season was one of those with lots of flying by the seat of their pants and taking a walk on the wild side ... whether they wanted to or not.

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Matt Nix Talks 'Burn Notice' and Dark Deeds for a Noble Purpose

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 25th 2010 2:02PM
matt_nix_usa_network_burn_noticeMatt Nix is the man who single-handedly entered the term "burn notice" into the American pop culture lexicon. In a recent conference call about the current season of 'Burn Notice' and Michael Weston's spy games, Matt Nix reflected on the past, gave us a glimpse into the exciting last few episodes this season, and assured us all that despite the torrid chemistry, Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless are not going to hook up as Sam and Maddie. Michael and Fiona, on the other hand, that's still a flame that's burning... if you don't mind the pun.

Q: What can you tell us about upcoming guest stars that you have lined up?

Matt Nix: In the finale, we have Garret Dillahunt coming and doing a pretty amazing bad guy. Let's see, the guy who played Tony Almeida on '24' Carlos Bernard, is playing a bad guy who... under other circumstances he could have been one of the team, but he is willing to do certain things that they're not willing to do. He's a guy who's really committed to what he's doing. It's a pretty devastating performance. He's pretty awesome.

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