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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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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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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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Just the FAQs: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About 'Burn Notice'

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 11th 2010 1:40PM
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While that "What Is Burn Notice?" skit on 'Saturday Night Live' last season was amusing, the USA show's enduring popularity proves that a whole lot of people know exactly what the show is: a fun, funny, fast-paced, gorgeously shot, tightly-written spy drama with a fantastic lead in Jeffrey Donovan as burned spy Michael Westen and a rich supporting cast made up of 'Evil Dead' fan favorite Bruce Campbell as Michael's retired Navy Seal pal Sam, 'Scent of a Woman' star Gabrielle Anwar as the gun-running, tough-chick-with-a-heart Fiona (Michael's love interest) and Emmy-winning TV vet Sharon Gless as Michael's mama, the equally tough and crafty Maddie.

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How'd You Like To See A 'Burn Notice'/'White Collar' Crossover Episode?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 2nd 2010 5:30PM
Burn NoticeTV viewers often have "I wonder what would happen if ______ and ______ had a crossover episode?" fantasy. There have been many crossovers, of course. Everything from Jessica Fletcher appearing on 'Magnum, P.I.' to The Green Hornet and Kato appearing on 'Batman' and the recent crossovers we saw on all of the 'CSI' shows. Now 'White Collar' creator Jeff Eastin is talking about a crossover with another USA Network show.

In this conference call with TV critics, Eastin mentions that he'd love to do a crossover episode with 'Burn Notice.' He's friends with 'Burn Notice' creator Matt Nix and they've joked about it, but he might bring it up to USA for the second season (the season finale of 'White Collar' airs next Tuesday).

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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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Burn Notice reunites Cagney & Lacey stars Tyne Daly & Sharon Gless

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 20th 2010 10:00AM
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Back in 2008, I was lucky enough to get to visit the set of Burn Notice and interview Sharon Gless. At that time, Sharon said that she was trying to get her co-star from Cagney & Lacey -- and good friend -- Tyne Daly to guest on Burn Notice, but Tyne was only interested if she could play her part sans words. "Tyne said, 'I'll do it, but I want to play her as a mute.' Only Tyne Daly! And believe me, she'll steal the show. Matt said he wants to use her -- but not as a mute!"

Tomorrow night, Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless will be reunited on TV in an episode of Burn Notice called "The Dark Road." Tyne Daly will not be playing a mute. In fact, according to Sharon, "It's very, very unusual the situations that they put me in with Tyne. They had me go undercover." It sounds like a fun way to kick off the second half of season three. And hopefully, Tyne Daly will get to watch it. You see, in a recent conference call with the two stars, Ms. Daly and Ms. Gless talked about working together again and more.

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'Code 58' to Premiere June 7, 2010 on FOX

by Allyssa Lee, posted Jan 12th 2010 10:15AM
Calling all cars: Fox has announced that its new Bradley Whitford-Colin Hanks police action comedy, tentatively titled 'Code 58', is set to premiere on Mon., June 7 at 9PM.

Previously called 'Jack and Dan,' the new cop series from Matt Nix (who also created USA Network's hit 'Burn Notice'), will also get two special previews right before the 'American Idol' results show on Wed., May 12 and May 19 at 8PM, before settling into its Monday night slot.

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Bradley Whitford teams with Burn Notice scribe Matt Nix

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 9th 2009 11:35AM
bradley_whitfordLet me start by confessing that every morning, I watched Bravo's back-to-back episodes of The West Wing. That means I get a dose of Bradley Whitford every weekday. Then, there's Burn Notice, created by Matt Nix. I don't miss any of those shows either.

So, the news that Bradley Whitford is signed for Jack and Dan, Matt Nix's new series for Fox, was happy indeed. My reaction was enthusiastic optimism bordering on a reason to sing. "Oh, what a beautiful morning, oh, what a beautiful day... "

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Burn Notice creator Nix bringing similar tone to FOX's Jack and Dan

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 4th 2009 1:05PM
Matt NixUtilizing the same international cost-cutting model that brought us Mental and Defying Gravity this summer, FOX is moving forward with Jack and Dan, a comedic procedural from Matt Nix. Nix is best known for being the creator of Burn Notice, a smoking hit for USA. J&D is more a straight-up cop drama, telling the story of two partners on the street.

Jack is ambitious and follows the rules. Dan is a drunken lech who should have been fired years ago. Probably would have been, too, if it weren't for a heroic act earlier in his career. I have to say, lighter fare is a better direction for these lower budget direct-to-series projects than what we saw this summer.

Cable has it right. People want fun and sexy for summer. The shows under this model get a 13-episode commitment; so why not go all the way with it and try to compete directly with cable? After all, cable is winning summers right now.

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Burn Notice promo kits are cool, but ...

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 19th 2008 11:21AM
Burn Notice promo kitHere's a neat idea: the Burn Notice promotional kits that USA Network sent out to Emmy voters were written in invisible ink! You needed a UV flashlight to read the words, which was included in the kit. The Denver Egoist has all of the details and several pics from the kit, created by TDA Advertising in Boulder, CO.

The kit, which contains 12 episodes of the show on four DVDs, is set up to look like a classified file, and though some of the words are legible, you need the flashlight to read the others. Very cool and very spy-ish, though I wonder if they should have done it a different way. Isn't the preferred method of getting secret messages to Michael via a crossword puzzle? They should have included a secret message about the show inside of a crossword too.

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Matt Weiner of Mad Men: The TV Squad Interview

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 8th 2008 4:23PM
Matt Weiner Mad MenWhen Matt Weiner was a successful sitcom writer -- CBS's Becker -- he had this idea for another kind of show. He couldn't figure out how to pitch it, so he wrote a sample script. The Sopranos' creator David Chase read it and hired him. After copping a couple of Emmys for his work on that HBO drama, Weiner finally got his spec script sold. Now, Mad Men has earned 16 Emmy nominations and Matt Weiner is working on the second season of the show.

Recently, for TV Week, I interviewed Matt about the Emmy nominations. Here are some other thoughts he shared with me about Mad Men:

TVS: What's the show all about to you?

Matt Weiner: A lot of the episodes are about "who am I." A lot of the shows are about what's embarrassing. A lot of it's about denial, about how we juggle our work and our private lives. A lot of the issues that came up in the early 1960s are really hitting us right now.

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Bruce Campbell injured on Burn Notice set

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 27th 2008 5:43PM
Bruce Campbell cutieIn case you didn't know it, Bruce Campbell is my new BFF. Ever since my visit to the set, I have a new appreciation for the man. So, it pains me to report that Bruce recently was filming in Miami when he came up lame.

While chatting with Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune, creator Matt Nix was talking about the new season of Burn Notice -- more on that below -- when he casually mentioned Bruce Campbell was hurt on the set. "He actually just pulled his hamstring doing a stunt, I just got a call, he's on the way to the hospital."

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Sharon Gless: The TV Squad Interview

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 27th 2008 10:41AM
Gless in Burn NoticeOn my recent visit to the set of Burn Notice, I had the pleasure of meeting the cast, including the irrepressible Bruce Campbell, the plucky Gabrielle Anwar, and the fascinating star of the show, Jeffrey Donovan. They were all wonderful and I was thrilled to participate in a round-table interview with them. However, when I had the chance to shake the hand of Sharon Gless, the Emmy-winning actress who starred in Cagney & Lacey, The Trials of Rosie O'Neill and played amazing characters on Queer as Folk and Nip/Tuck, I have to confess -- I gushed. I couldn't help it. She's Sharon Gless!

I discovered that as brilliant as she is a performer, Sharon Gless is also a class act with the media. She talked about another Cagney & Lacey, Tyne Daly, acting, playing villains, Kim Cattrall and much more. Read on and you'll see -- as I did -- why you'd gush to if you were face-to-face with Sharon Gless.

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Burn Notice: A day on the set

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 24th 2008 10:57AM
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Miami in June is hot. Very hot. On the set of Burn Notice, however, everything is cool. In fact, when I arrive at the Coconut Grove studios where the USA spy drama is shot, I find myself smack dab in the middle of a full-fledged film studio.

The old convention center, where I remember going to an indoor flea market in the late 1970s, has been completely transformed. There are trailers, production offices, standing sets, all geared up and working to bring Burn Notice back for season two.
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