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Coby Bell Says Goodbye To 'Burn Notice'

September 12th, 2013 12:11pm EDT
Burn Notice
There are a lot of reasons we're sad to say goodbye to Burn Notice, but one of the biggest is that we won't be able to spend every Tuesday night watching Coby Bell, who plays former spy Jesse Porter. Coby, who's been a BFTV fixture during his four seasons on the show, graciously visited us one more time to help send off the series ahead of tonight's finale.

"It's all so intense at the end. We were all kind of firing on all cylinders," he told us. And although he can't give us any major spoilers - including about that reported character death - he did mention something ahead that he's parti...
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'Burn Notice' Recap: 'Desperate Times' (6.10; Summer Finale)

August 23rd, 2012 10:08pm EDT
Burn Notice
We've arrived at the ​Burn Notice​ summer finale, which usually means bigger explosions and some form of a cliffhanger to be resolved when the show returns in November. "Desperate Times" ticks off every box that fans of the show are used to, which is both a good thing in that it gives the audience what it expects, and a bad one in that there's not much to it beyond that.

The episode opens with Fiona upset at Michael for involving the CIA in their hunt for Tyler Gray, the man who killed Anson and Nate. "Every time we involve them, everything gets more complicated," she tells him a...
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'Burn Notice' Recap and Review: 'Scorched Earth' (6.01)

June 14th, 2012 10:02pm EDT
Burn Notice
What do you think about when you think of Burn Notice? I think of witty voiceovers, explosions, and unique ways to get out of trouble. The season premiere has all those - but it's still missing something. What's left is pretty good, just not perfect.

After the "previously on" that reminds us we don't get to enjoy Tim Matheson's acting on this show anymore, we pick up almost immediately where we left off, with Fiona being searched, processed and eventually handcuffed to a table in an interview room while Michael sits in his Charger and deals with her absence. Sam finally finds him...
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'Burn Notice' Season 6 Premiere Advance Review: Is Six The Charm?

June 13th, 2012 11:30am EDT
Burn Notice
Burn Notice kicks off its sixth season tomorrow night. How is Michael Westen holding up? SPOILER ALERT!

While Burn Notice is still a juicy piece of entertainment (one wonders how expensive all these explosions and shootouts must be!), in terms of its mythology and storytelling, the sixth season premiere leaves something to be desired. A few things, actually.

First, the good news: Jeffrey Donovan is on target in his portrayal of Michael as a man who has almost nothing left to lose and is on his last nerve. Michael is snappish, paranoid and irrational - it's rare to see a show's protagonist...
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The 10 Television Characters I Still Miss

March 28th, 2012 8:00am EDT
Line of Fire
There are lots of TV shows I miss. But then there are the characters: individual performances so good they came alive, and I still wonder about them. It's one thing to mourn a show for awhile, another to ask yourself years later, "Whatever happened to...?" as if that person was real.

Here are ten TV characters that I still think about, in (almost) chronological order of their departures.

1. Jennifer Sampson in Line of Fire, as played by Julie Ann Emery (2003)

I'm putting this one first because this is the character that gave me the idea for this piece. Sometimes I feel like I was the o...
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'The Game' Recap: 'Drink, Pray, Love' (5.06)

February 7th, 2012 11:41pm EST
The Game
This week's The Game continues to pile on the drama for everyone involved, to the point where these once-beloved characters are becoming caricatures.

Malik is selling his huge mansion. Not because he's matured and realized he doesn't need it, but because it's another opportunity for him to be whinging and insisting there's nothing wrong with him. Now, this plot development would have made sense if it stood for something. But as we have to listen to "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday," it's hard to feel sympathetic for a guy who brought the situation on himself. We're suppose...
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'The Game' Recap: 'Grand Opening, Grand Closing' (5.05)

January 31st, 2012 11:45pm EST
The Game
This week's episode of The Game sees Jason get it together - but the rest of the show's still working on that, if what else happens is any indication of the rest of season five.

Jason and Chardonnay are attempting some form of a relationship, which involves Jason being cheap as usual and Chardonnay being one of those people who talks during an entire movie. He suggests they start dating after their annulment, but she's not interested. The next day, Jason drags both Derwin and Malik to the set of his new TV show, just so he can break the news of his drunken marriage and ask for rela...
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'The Game' Recap: 'The Black People Episode' (5.04)

January 24th, 2012 11:37pm EST
The Game
If you hadn't guessed from the title, this episode of The Game plays the race card. Unfortunately, that's not a good move.

There's still plenty of bad blood between Mel and Tasha, which spills out during planning for the Saber Sunbeam fashion show. Tasha has recruited NeNe Leakes and Mel is not impressed. One of the other Sunbeams (who happens to be white) tries to get Tasha replaced as head of the fashion show. This is all another setup for another fight between Mel and

Likewise, Derwin and Malik are still tetchy with one another, so Derwin starts chatting with new QB Quan Kirkland (Ch...
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'The Game' Recap: 'No Money, Mo' Problems' (5.03)

January 17th, 2012 11:41pm EST
The Game
After The Game came back strong with last week's premiere, it hits the skids with this week's episode, which feels all too familiar and not necessarily in a good way.

Tasha talks to Malik about making easy money by going to J.J. Abrams' son's bar mitzvah (first name check of the new season!), while Derwin tells Melanie that he's landed a lucrative Verizon endorsement, thanks to his new manager Irv. Mel isn't thrilled that he didn't tell her before re-hiring Irv, leading Derwin to give her a spiel that involves him comparing himself to Charlie Sheen (really?). Someone was dropped on hi...
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'The Game' Recap: 'Skeletons/The Truth Pact' (5.01/5.02)

January 10th, 2012 11:18pm EST
The Game
The Game is back for its fifth season, after season four was both record-setting and sometimes uneven. Which one would season five be? Maybe even both?

As with the opener last season, our teaser is full of important information: Melanie and Derwin still have to talk about her abortion, there's a body in someone's garage, and Jason and I would both like to know when the hell he got married. Drinking too much will do that to you, my friend.

Twelve hours before all that nonsense, Mel and Derwin are leaving the doctor's office that we left them in at the end of last season. They run i...
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The 11 Best From 2011

December 31st, 2011 11:00am EST
Southland
2011 was a fantastic year for entertainment. Here are my eleven favorite things from the year that's about to wrap, in chronological order...

1. Southland, TNT

(Season 3 began January 4)

I have to admit that I didn't keep up with TNT's gritty Los Angeles cop drama as much as I would have liked; it fell victim to sharing Tuesday nights with three other shows on my watch list. Yet when I did find time to catch it, I was no less than impressed every time.

There's been talk about the show's TV-MA content (allegedly the reason that NBC axed it), but the real talking point should be the st...
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'Burn Notice' Recap: 'Fail Safe' (4.18)

December 15th, 2011 11:17pm EST
Burn Notice
Fail Safe the film (either of them) was fantastic and chilling. "Fail Safe" the Burn Notice finale is not going to keep me up at night, but it certainly capped off the fifth season with a lot to talk about.

Anson has "an instant recipe for mayhem," and Michael's committed to "doing whatever it takes" to stop him from bringing back the very illegal organization that started it all. The episode starts with the moment most might have saved to the end - Michael having a face-to-face confrontation with the man who's been running his life all season, debating how much of a life Michael ha...
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'Burn Notice' Recap: 'Acceptable Loss' (5.17)

December 8th, 2011 11:07pm EST
Burn Notice
"Acceptable Loss" is the next-to-last episode of Burn Notice season five. It's not a whiz-bang episode, but it is one that will tug fiercely at your heartstrings before next week's finale.

Michael and Fiona leave Miami behind for a Washington, D.C. law firm that has ties to Anson. In its file room, Fiona digs up paperwork on last season's "big bad," Vaughn Anderson (Robert Wisdom). Nothing to complicate things like two major villains connected to one another. Michael convinces Pearce (Lauren Stamile) to bring Vaughn to Tampa, but Vaughn wants full immunity before he'll be of any help.
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TV on DVD: 'Doctor Who' & 'The Game' Reviewed

December 8th, 2011 1:00pm EST
Doctor Who
This week in TV on DVD, we look at new seasons for two cult favorites: the BBC's Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series and CBS DVD's The Game: The Fourth Season.

Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series (BBC Home Entertainment)

The Show: Matt Smith's edition of Doctor Who has endeared itself to fans and critics alike. Smith's second full series in the TARDIS is full of energy - and incredibly complicated, as we learn the truth of River Song's (Alex Kingston) true identity and wonder about The Doctor's final fate.

When Who is good, it's really good. The opening two-parter ("The Impossi...
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'Burn Notice' Recap: 'Depth Perception' (5.16)

December 1st, 2011 11:09pm EST
Burn Notice
The last few episodes of Burn Notice have been intriguing stand-alone stories, but this week it's time to get back to the show's mythology - and it does a solid job of juggling multiple plotlines.

Maddie is having a hard time getting over the death of Benny, and we can't really blame her considering she was in front of his house when the bomb that killed him went off. As if that's not enough, Michael tells her about Anson filling in for her therapist, which gets him slapped and kicked out of her house. That's not a good start to the day for Michael, who has another meeting with Anso...
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'Burn Notice' Recap: 'Necessary Evil' (5.14)

November 17th, 2011 11:05pm EST
Burn Notice
Oh, Burn Notice. You lure me in with the explosions, but I keep you around because your characters are just so much fun to spend a Thursday night with.

Now that they know where Anson is operating, Michael is determined to listen in to what he's up to - by breaking into the nearby defense firm. Tracking his calls leads them to...Benny, Madeline's boyfriend?! Michael tries to break the news to his mom, but Maddie decides she'd rather find out for herself. She's crushed when she finds photos of her son and his friends inside her new sweetheart's pad, never mind that Benny seems remo...
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'Burn Notice' Recap: 'Breaking Point' (5.14)

November 11th, 2011 3:15pm EST
Burn Notice
This week's Burn Notice sees Michael make an irreversible choice - but more importantly, it's a caper that entertains and educates simultaneously - just what we've come to expect from the show.

Michael finally has his top-secret clearance back, but isn't happy about what it will be used for. Fiona points out an important fact: even if Michael does what Anson wants, the bad guy isn't just going to turn over his evidence against her and go away quietly. She's determined to do something to change the game - even if it means nearly getting run over to plant a tracker on his car. She ...
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'Burn Notice' 5.11 'Better Halves' Review

September 1st, 2011 10:02pm EDT
Burn Notice
Tonight's episode was the last Burn Notice before the summer finale. With momentum to build, the show gave us...the tired premise of a show's two leads going undercover as a married couple? It's above average, but you'd be forgiven for any deja vu.

We've seen this before. The X-Files did it well. Nikita didn't do it so well. I'm sure there are others I'm not currently thinking of. In the versions I've seen, it's a way to make commentary on the real relationship (or lack thereof) between the two characters via the fake one - and it usually comes off far too obvious for my taste. Bu...
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'Burn Notice' 5.10 'Army Of One' Review

August 25th, 2011 9:59pm EDT
Burn Notice
Last week's Burn Notice was the halfway point for season five, and it was a pretty good one. Now there's the question: what's the series going to do in the back half, to push itself to the expected next level?

What it's always done - bring plenty of action and lace it with sharp wit.

"So we're gonna snatch a murder with some magnets and a roll of duct tape?" Sam asks skeptically early on, to which Michael cheerfully responds, "And guns, Sam. Plenty of guns." The witty rejoinder is just the beginning of an opening that involves fire and shots being exchanged with the man who fram...
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'Burn Notice' 5.09 'Eye For An Eye' Review

August 18th, 2011 10:02pm EDT
Burn Notice
Things are full speed ahead in this week's Burn Notice. There's a case that shows us great acting and plenty of explosions, plus there's a substantive lead in the hunt for Max's killer. What more could we ask for as we approach midseason?

Thanks to Fiona's ex-boyfriend, Team Westen is now armed with the identity of the bomb-maker. His name is Lucien (Patrick Bauchau), and he happens to be an elderly war criminal in hiding. He might look innocuous (he's even got a cane!) but he is one wily piece of work. He's not inclined to be of any use until they threaten to deport his daughter - ...
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'Burn Notice' 5.08 'Hard Out' Review

August 12th, 2011 1:07am EDT
Burn Notice
I've never wanted to be stuck on an island. I've seen Lost (and before that, Gilligan's Island). However, if I had to be stranded on one, I'd want to be there with Michael Westen and Jesse Porter. At least then I might actually survive, or at least it would be interesting.

That's the premise of this week's Burn Notice. Agent Pearce (Lauren Stamile) has a new task for Michael: locating Steve Cahill (24's Henri Lubatti), a bad guy having a big meeting in the Caribbean. Pearce, Michael and Jesse set off to kidnap Cahill, whose dance partner is a "sadistic mercenary" named Miles Vander...
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'Burn Notice' 5.07 'Besieged' Review

August 4th, 2011 10:04pm EDT
Burn Notice
If nothing else, Burn Notice can always be counted on for a good time. Last week wasn't the show's best episode, but still gave us a villain from the past being delightfully evil. This week's episode gives me pretty much the same impression. To paraphrase a fellow magician, it's not so much about the plot as it is about entertainment.

Things are getting uncomfortable in the ongoing subplot. Sam and Fiona come to the rescue of Fake Michael (aka Jacob Starky, played by Charlie Weber), saving him from some armed thugs who decide to make a house call. This puts Real Michael in the awk...
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'Burn Notice' 5.06 'Enemy of My Enemy' Review

July 29th, 2011 1:07am EDT
Burn Notice
After a surprisingly run-of-the-mill episode, Burn Notice comes back this week with one that involves the return of yet another memorable villain.

Before I talk about "Enemy of My Enemy," a few quick words about last week's "Square One," which I missed reviewing since I was hip-deep in the insanity that is San Diego Comic-Con. I caught the episode over the weekend, and I was surprised that it was fairly rote. Although it boasts a cool guest appearance from the always welcome Matt Lauria (The Chicago Code), there's nothing in "Square One" that pops like earlier episodes such as "Blo...
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'Burn Notice' 5.04 'No Good Deed' Review

July 14th, 2011 10:02pm EDT
Burn Notice
One of the little things I've loved about Burn Notice is that it doesn't just make characters up and then forget them; like real people, they come and go, and are often heard from again. That's the case with this week's episode, as longtime reluctant ally Barry Burkowski (Paul Tei) asks for help on behalf of his brother Paul, whom he describes as "screwed six ways from Sunday" after he's been framed for the theft of a valuable server at his credit union. The bickering brothers provide the episode's comic relief, but are also the in to a much more complicated story. With Burn Notice...
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'Burn Notice' 5.03 'Mind Games' Recap and Review

July 7th, 2011 10:06pm EDT
Burn Notice
It's only fitting that since last week featured Michael's awesome mom Madeline, this week's Burn Notice brings back his wayward brother Nate (played oh so well by Seth Peterson)...and his new baby Charlie.

The rest of the family Westen has moved back to Miami, and Nate thinks Michael should turn the Charger into a "spymobile," but Mike is not amused. In fact, he's picked up on the fact that Nate's wife is conspiciously absent. Caught out, Nate admits to his older brother that Vegas didn't exactly agree with him, and he needs his family's help to "stay straight." Normally, these ne'e...
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'Burn Notice' 5.02 'Bloodlines' Recap and Review

June 30th, 2011 10:02pm EDT
Burn Notice
What's one way to make Burn Notice even more awesome? More Madeline!

This week, Michael's in the middle of a motorcycle pursuit through the Costa Rican jungle - but it turns out he's just chasing Fiona, who's enjoying their vacation. That is, until two Army guys arrive and tell Michael that he has a phone call waiting for him from Langley. Wow, these CIA guys do thus far always seem to call at inopportune times.

Some time later our hero is meeting Max at his "first official government gig," assigned to keep an eye on "valuable asset" Carson Huxley, a genius nuclear engineer who's ...
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'Burn Notice' 5.01 'Company Man' Recap and Review

June 23rd, 2011 10:05pm EDT
Burn Notice
Burn Notice is back, and the burning (pardon the pun) question on my mind was how the show will follow one heck of a fourth season. The answer? It's not shabby at all.

At the end of last season, Michael was welcomed back to the CIA by Raines (Dylan Baker, sporting a beard since we saw him then). We get a quick rundown of all the things he's been doing since that handshake, complete with spiffy graphics. All that work has led Michael to Canada, where he's looking sharp and meeting Max (Melrose Place's Grant Show). Michael's burn notice hasn't been officially lifted, so he's just a...
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TV On DVD: 'Burn Notice: Season Four'

June 16th, 2011 5:28pm EDT
Burn Notice
Last Tuesday saw Fox Home Entertainment drop Burn Notice: Season Four, a four-disc, eighteen-episode set just in time for the show's fifth season premiere next week (June 23). Here's my review.

The Show

Season four stands as my favorite year of Burn Notice to date. I say that while eating a certain amount of crow, as I was convinced that it had the potential to be the worst, but it ended up being a very pleasant surprise. I've already discussed at length how the series successfully upended its own formula, so I won't repeat myself too much here.

This season will always be special to...
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My Favorite TV Police

May 28th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
The Chicago Code
There's no group of people that I love seeing on the small screen than the police. Having been there and done that, I have a certain affection for good portrayals of the men and women in law enforcement. Now that we've recently celebrated Police Week, here's my tribute to the TV cops (note: not federal agents or anything else - just cops!) who've left impressions on me over the years.

Sergeant Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and Detective Ben Gannon (Harry Morgan), NBC's Dragnet

My earliest memories of TV cops have to do with one of the most storied franchises in the genre. Thanks to Nick ...
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Interview: Coby Bell Returns For More 'Burn Notice'

April 7th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Burn Notice
Season five of Burn Notice is underway in Miami, and I'm certainly looking forward to it! Thankfully, I don't have to do any spy work to get the dish; I went straight to one of the experts - series star and January People Who Are Awesome honoree Coby Bell, who's ready for his second season as burned counterintelligence expert Jesse Porter. Coby and I sat down Wednesday to talk about what Burn Notice fans can expect when the show bows in the summer, as well as the recently-concluded fourth season of his other series, BET's The Game. Spoiler alert!

You've just started shooting season ...
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