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'Burn Notice' Recap: 'Desperate Times' (6.10; Summer Finale)

8/23/2012 10:08pm EDT
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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...

'Burn Notice' Recap: 'Reunion' (6.07)

8/2/2012 10:02pm EDT
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With last week's episode, Burn Notice endeavored to shock us by killing off a major supporting character. There's no question that the death was significant, but of equal importance was how it would affect everyone left standing. Show-altering twists are great, but often lose their impact if they're forgotten by the next episode.

Thankfully, Burn Notice takes time to pay attention to Nate's death, as well as the return of Fiona. In short order, Maddie gives Michael the cold shoulder, and everyone learns that Rebecca (Kristanna Loken) betrayed them. Michael and Fiona set out to fi...

'Burn Notice' Recap: 'Shock Wave' (6.06)

7/26/2012 10:10pm EDT
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When a network spends a week hyping something as a hugely important episode, expectations are naturally raised. USA has promoted "Shock Wave" quite a bit since last week, but that's perfectly all right, because the installment is worthy of the attention.

Fiona meets Arthur Meyers, who is a stereotypical MI6 agent that expects her to confess to the consulate bombing or he'll leak that she's in British custody and bad things will happen to innocent people. This leads her to look for a way to quickly disappear, even if it means hiding in the walls like Bob from ​Bob's Burgers​. Once M...

'Burn Notice' Recap: 'Split Decision' (6.05)

7/19/2012 10:10pm EDT
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​Burn Notice​ delivers another serviceable tale of espionage with "Split Decision," but it's not nearly the show's best effort. The always-dependable Bruce Campbell carries an episode that wouldn't be nearly as good without the series' perfect cast.

Michael has a lunch meeting with Card (John C. McGinley) to discuss Fiona. "The CIA would like her to prove she's a friend of the Agency," he's told. Namely, they want Fiona's arms supplier, Greyson. With the help of Maddie, Fiona sets up a meeting between Greyson and Michael. However, Michael is caught up with his task of the week, w...

'Burn Notice' Star Jeffrey Donovan Is Engaged

6/25/2012 8:07pm EDT
Jeffrey Donovan
Actor Jeffrey Donovan has asked his longtime girlfriend to become his wife.

The J. Edgar star, 44, recently proposed to 21-year-old model/actress Michelle Woods and she accepted, according to E! News.

The couple, which has been dating for over two years, is planning to walk down the aisle this summer.

'Burn Notice' Recap and Review: 'Scorched Earth' (6.01)

6/14/2012 10:02pm EDT
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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...

'Burn Notice' Season 6 Premiere Advance Review: Is Six The Charm?

6/13/2012 11:30am EDT
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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...

'Burn Notice' Recap: 'Fail Safe' (4.18)

12/15/2011 11:17pm EST
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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...

'Burn Notice' Recap: 'Acceptable Loss' (5.17)

12/8/2011 11:07pm EST
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"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.

'Burn Notice' Recap: 'Depth Perception' (5.16)

12/1/2011 11:09pm EST
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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...

'Burn Notice' Recap: 'Necessary Evil' (5.14)

11/17/2011 11:05pm EST
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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...

'Burn Notice' Recap: 'Breaking Point' (5.14)

11/11/2011 3:15pm EST
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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 ...

'Burn Notice' 5.11 'Better Halves' Review

9/1/2011 10:02pm EDT
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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...

'Burn Notice' 5.10 'Army Of One' Review

8/25/2011 9:59pm EDT
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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...

'Burn Notice' 5.09 'Eye For An Eye' Review

8/18/2011 10:02pm EDT
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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 - ...

'Burn Notice' 5.08 'Hard Out' Review

8/12/2011 1:07am EDT
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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...

'Burn Notice' 5.07 'Besieged' Review

8/4/2011 10:04pm EDT
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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...

'Burn Notice' 5.06 'Enemy of My Enemy' Review

7/29/2011 1:07am EDT
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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...

'Burn Notice' 5.04 'No Good Deed' Review

7/14/2011 10:02pm EDT
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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...

'Burn Notice' 5.03 'Mind Games' Recap and Review

7/7/2011 10:06pm EDT
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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...

'Burn Notice' 5.02 'Bloodlines' Recap and Review

6/30/2011 10:02pm EDT
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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 ...

'Burn Notice' 5.01 'Company Man' Recap and Review

6/23/2011 10:05pm EDT
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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...

TV On DVD: 'Burn Notice: Season Four'

6/16/2011 5:28pm EDT
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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...

'Burn Notice' Star Jeffrey Donovan Gets Probation For DUI Charge

2/2/2011 11:36pm EST
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Actor Jeffrey Donovan avoided a jail stint on Wednesday after striking a plea deal over a 2009 DUI arrest.

Donovan, the star of TV series Burn Notice, was busted by police in Miami Beach, Florida in July, 2009 after he was forced to swerve his vehicle to avoid crashing into a stationary cop car.

He told the arresting officer, "Sorry, I didn't see the red light or your stopped car."

He failed a sobriety test, but insisted, "I really think I'm only borderline and not too drunk... The only mistake I made tonight was drinking (allergy medicine) Benadryl with three glasses of wine."

The acto...

Get To Know Your 'Burn Notice' Prequel Cast

2/1/2011 8:25am EST
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Thanks to the folks at TVLine, we now know someone who'll be joining Bruce Campbell in the Burn Notice prequel telefilm. In fact, we know many someones.

Here's who you'll be seeing, where you've seen them before, and who they'll play:

Chandra West
Where You've Seen Her Before: As Devon on ABC's The Gates, Gail McKinney on CW's 90210, and Tina Blake on HBO's John From Cincinnati.
Who She'll Be Playing: Donna, a "sexy and fun" woman who's the love interest for a then-Lt. Cmdr. Sam Axe (Campbell).

RonReaco Lee
Where You've Seen Him Before: As snitch Julius Grant on Matt Nix's other series, ...

Interview: Coby Bell Dishes On 'Burn Notice' And 'The Game'

12/14/2010 10:40am EST
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I got an early Christmas present on Monday: the chance for a follow-up chat with one of my favorite actors, Burn Notice and The Game star Coby Bell. Picking up where our August conversation left off, Coby sat down with me to discuss that scene from Burn Notice, his second job on The Game, and a particular guest spot of his that you may have missed. Warning: this interview does contain some spoilers for both series.

You warned us in August that fans were going to be upset with Jesse - now we know why! What was your reaction when you realized Jesse was going to have to shoot Michael to sa...

'Burn Notice' 4.16 'Dead Or Alive' Recap And Review

12/9/2010 11:02pm EST
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Burn Notice is on a roll. Last week it did an excellent job bringing back Nate Westen, and this week it provides the return of one of my favorite bad guys, arms dealer Tyler Brennen (The Shield's Jay Karnes).

The most important question from last week was "What is Michael going to do with the list of people who burned him?" We get a quick answer, as Michael tells Jesse they need to hand it over to the government. Jesse, in turn, has contacted Marv (Richard Kind), hoping to use the information to get both himself and Michael back into the spy world. Marv isn't too keen on Michael, so M...

'Burn Notice' 4.15 'Brotherly Love' Recap and Review

12/2/2010 11:06pm EST
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Last week, I wasn't too thrilled with the return of Natalie (Callie Thorne). This week, however, I am beside myself when it comes to Burn Notice, as it gives me the overdue return of Michael's ne'er do well brother Nate Westen (Seth Peterson).

Michael's bummed out, unhappy that Sam and Jesse are on their way to Santo Domingo to attend the auction of the list from Simon's Bible and he's not going with. Sam points out that his face wouldn't exactly be a welcome one in that company anyway, which gets Michael to relent. Leaving him behind, Jesse finally meets Justin Walsh (apologies as I ...

'Burn Notice' Star Arrested For DUI

7/20/2009 12:05pm EDT
Jeffery Donovan Arrested For DUI
According to, Burn Notice Star Jeffery Donovan was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Miami.

The website has learned Jeffrey Donovan was arrested on suspicion of DUI last Sunday, July 12th. The 41-year-old posed for a cop cam and was released several hours later.

So far, there have been no comment from Donovan's reps.

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New TV On DVD, June 16

6/16/2009 8:00am EDT
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The semi-serious action series Burn Notice stars Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen, a highly trained American secret agent who is fired - or "burned" - by his superiors. Season 2 is now on DVD. Also in stores: Everwood season 2 and Saving Grace season 2.