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Michael Westen Accidentally Blows the Cover of an Undercover FBI Agent (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 8th 2011 2:50AM
'Burn Notice' - 'Mind Games'Maybe the constant stress and tension is finally getting to Michael Westen. Actually, we can't really blame him for what happened while he was working undercover on this week's 'Burn Notice' (Thu., 9PM ET on USA), but it certainly created a sticky situation for the FBI.

We can, however, blame him for not knowing how to relax, and refusing to shred those papers. Or should he put the past behind him and accept the happiness Fiona seems to be trying to offer him?

With his head all twisted and paranoid, he jumped into a case, and this is where things went wrong. To sow some chaos and push the bad guys in the wrong direction, he fingered the second-in-command as an undercover cop. And it worked, sowing paranoia in the mark.

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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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'Burn Notice' A to Z: Catching Up On This Hot Summer Favorite Before Season 5 Premieres

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 21st 2011 4:00PM
He's back! They're back ... it's back! We're talking about 'Burn Notice,' which kicks off its much-anticipated fifth season this week (Thurs., June 23, 9PM ET on USA).



To celebrate the show's return, we're walking down 'Burn Notice' memory lane, A to Z-style. This also happens to serve as a nifty primer for those uninitiated to the ways of the 'Burn' (are there such people?!), and as a little sneak peek for those who already know what a delicious slice of summer viewing Michael Westen and his pals make.

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'Entourage' Wants Anthony Weiner, ABC Renews 'Wipeout' and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 17th 2011 12:05PM
Anthony Weiner'Entourage' creator Doug Elin wants disgraced Representative Anthony Weiner to appear on the HBO series.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Elin made the request before the New York congressman resigned following a lewd photo scandal. Elin said he's gotten no response from Weiner.

A few months ago Elin tried to get fired 'Two and a Half Men' star Charlie Sheen to appear on 'Entourage.' The series has had many notable guest stars over the years, including Mandy Moore, Bob Saget and Gary Busey.

In other TV news ...

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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' Books Gavin Rossdale as Guest Star

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 2nd 2011 6:20AM
Gavin RossdaleThe British are coming for 'Burn Notice!' It's been announced that both Gavin Rossdale and 'NCIS' alum David Dayan Fisher will be keeping their compatriot Gabrielle Anwar company in the upcoming Season 5.

'Entertainment Weekly' reports that Bush frontman Rossdale will appear in the eighth episode, playing the villainous Armand, a wealthy and powerful man "with a hand in nefarious projects all over the world." Fiona (Anwar) asks him for help, but he'll only lend a hand if she helps him with a major heist job.

Fisher, who has a recurring role on 'NCIS' as C.I.A. agent Trent Kort, is set to play an ambitious and ruthless mercenary in the same episode.

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Cougar Town,' 'Glee,' & More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 17th 2011 2:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Burn Notice,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Dexter,' 'Glee,' 'HawthoRNe,' and 'White Collar.'

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Behold the Power of Oprah: Daytime Queen Gets NBA Game Rescheduled and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 13th 2011 11:30AM
Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey is flexing her muscles in an odd way. The exiting queen of daytime talk shows has gotten an NBA game rescheduled. Why? Because she's filming one of her final shows at the United Center, the arena where the Chicago Bulls were supposed to play the Miami Heat.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the game was supposed to take place on Tuesday, but because of Winfrey's shoot it has been postponed until Sunday.

"We just got the e-mail saying we were supposed to start next Tuesday, but Oprah has it then," Charles Barkley said on ESPN Radio. "So they said, well let's do it Monday. Oprah is having one of her last shows, so she's got the United Center locked up.

"They're going to set up Monday and tape her show Tuesday. So they just sent out an e-mail and said prepare to go to Chicago and start Game 1 Sunday afternoon," he said. "They're going to move it up three days, for Oprah."

The game is the first of NBA's Eastern Conference Finals.

Winfrey reportedly wants to give Maria Shriver her own show. According to RadarOnline.com, Shriver is said to have been approached by Winfrey earlier this year, but now that Shriver has separated from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Winfrey is pursuing Shriver harder.

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Brian Williams will host a new primetime news magazine on NBC. Reports indicate exiting 'Today' anchor Meredith Vieria will also contribute to the new series. [Deadline]

Syfy is prepping a spinoff of 'Warehouse 13.' The new show will feature the H.G. Wells character. [THR]

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Cynthia Nixon Heads to 'Law & Order: CI,' Judge Judy Signs Deal Through 2015 and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 2nd 2011 6:00PM
Cynthia NixonCynthia Nixon is returning to the 'Law & Order' family with a guest role on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent.' The 'Sex And the City' star previously won an Emmy for a role on 'Law & Order: SVU.'

According to TVLine, Nixon will play Amanda Reese in the episode loosely based on the Broadway show 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.' Reese is described as a high-strung director of a fictional show, 'Icarus.' When a sabotaged stunt results in an actor's death, Nixon's character spirals out of control.

'Criminal Intent' has already been visited by Jay Mohr, with appearances from veteran actors Jeri Ryan and Neil McDonough in the pipeline.

In other TV news ...

'Judge Judy' will be sticking around TV for another couple of years. Judy Sheindlin has signed a deal with CBS TV to be on the air until 2015. 'Judge Judy' has surpassed 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' in viewers. [Deadline]

The networks will extend their news broadcasts to one hour tonight to cover Osama bin Laden's death. ABC, CBS and NBC will add an extra half hour to their newscasts this evening. [Variety]

Bravo star Patti Stanger is heading to 'Drop Dead Diva.' The 'Millionaire Matchmaker' will play a brutally honest dating-show guru. Her character insults Jane and then sues Teri for slander. "I can't wait to go head-to-head with Margaret Cho - I love, love her. But watch out, lady, I'm bringing you down! Oh, and while I'm on set, maybe I can do a little matchmaking!" [TV Guide]

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Glee,' 'The Big Bang Theory' and Much More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 29th 2011 2:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Burn Notice,' 'Californication,' 'Castle,' 'Chuck,' 'CSI,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Private Practice,' 'Psych,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'The Good Wife' and 'The Mentalist.'

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E! Greenlights 'Ice Loves Coco,' 'One Tree Hill' Stars Extend Contracts and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 26th 2011 6:00PM
Coco, Ice-TThe uniquely fascinating romance between rapper-turned-actor Ice T and his model wife Coco will now grace TV screens.

E! announced today that it has ordered eight episodes of 'Ice Loves Coco,' a reality series chronicling the marriage of the 'Law & Order: SVU' actor and his wife, who is attempting some sort of "solo career," according to the press release. The pair has been married for ten years.

In other TV news ...

If The CW Picks up 'One Tree Hill' for a ninth season, all of the core stars will be back. Bethany Joy Galeotti, Sophia Bush, Austin Nichols, Robert Buckley, Jana Kramer and Lisa Goldstein have all signed on for another season. James Lafferty hasn't signed yet, but will most likely return on a part-time basis. [TV Line]

HGTV renewed several of its most popular shows, including 'House Hunters,' 'House Hunters International' and 'Property Virgins.' Also returning for more are 'My First Place,' 'For Rent,' 'Real Estate Intervention' and 'Holmes Inspection.' [Variety]

'Repo Games' doesn't premiere until tonight, but there's drama already. A man allegedly shot at the show's production team in Las Vegas yesterday. Naturally, cameras captured the incident. [THR]

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Sam Makes Time for Kisses on 'Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 18th 2011 3:21AM
Bruce Campbell & Kiele Sanchez, 'Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe'The biggest question for 'Burn Notice' fans is if it's possible to have too much of a good thing. Sam Axe is a great supporting character on the series, but were you ready for him to step into the lead for the two-hour 'Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe' (Sun., 9PM ET on USA)?

Of course, Bruce Campbell has been a leading man in campy B-movies for years, and this in some ways was very much the same. In fact, camp is one of the reasons we love Campbell and Sam Axe.

Our own Maureen Ryan gave Campbell his props for squeezing "every scrap of comedic potential from the script," but felt the film was uneven at best.

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Review: Bruce Campbell's Charisma Anchors Uneven 'Burn Notice' Movie

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 15th 2011 11:00AM
It takes a brave man to go up against the premiere of HBO's much-hyped 'Game of Thrones,' but Bruce Campbell has never been one to shy away from a fight.

Campbell stars in 'Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe' (9PM ET Sunday, USA), a two-hour TV movie that rests largely on the actor's avuncular charm. But don't go into 'The Fall of Sam Axe' expecting a dose of what 'Burn Notice' does at its best. It's less ambitious and a good deal less slick than the USA show.

The fairly predictable 'Sam Axe' plot isn't much to write home about, nor will the movie's production values and supporting cast put Miami, Michael Westen or Fiona Glenanne out of your mind. Still, if you take it for what it is -- Bruce Campbell using his approachable charisma in yet another low-budget movie involving a fair amount of bloodshed -- 'The Fall of Sam Axe' isn't a terrible way to spend two hours.

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USA Network Announces Summer 2011 Schedule

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 11th 2011 2:45PM
White CollarBreak out that popcorn -- USA Network is bringing back its classic summer-fun programming with new episodes of hits such as 'Covert Affairs,' 'White Collar' and new shows including 'Suits' and 'Necessary Roughness.'

'Suits,' formerly known as 'A Legal Mind,' stars Gabriel Macht as a top corporate lawyer and Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross, a brilliant college dropout. Gina Torres also stars.

USA's other new series, 'Necessary Roughness,' follows Callie Thorne as a therapist for a football team. She soon becomes the go-to therapist for big names in music and politics. Mehcad Brooks, Marc Blucas and Scott Cohen also star.

Check out USA's full schedule below.

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Five Popular Shows That Should End This Season

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 28th 2011 5:30PM
CSIWhen is it time for a popular TV show to come to an end?

If the show is still getting good ratings, the network might not want to lose a hit. But fans could counter that the quality has deteriorated over time. Another reason for a show to end is if the star leaves the show and it naturally has to end with them (as will likely be the case with 'Two and a Half Men').

All of those scenarios are covered in this list of five shows that are still popular but probably should end this season anyway. Now, all of these shows won't be ending this season -- in fact, all but one have been renewed -- but from a pure storytelling viewpoint, it might be time for them to be over.

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