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'Burn Notice' Recap and Review: 'Last Rites' (6.03)

June 28th, 2012 10:13pm EDT
Burn Notice
​Burn Notice​ has become sort of a workhorse for USA: it's been around awhile, it's proven that it's a good show, and so it just quietly continues to be good without much fanfare. (There wasn't nearly as much attention paid to its season premiere this year as there usually is.)

"In prison, there's no such thing as good attention," Michael tells us. Word. Seems that Fiona got into a little trouble for smashing Taryn Manning in the face last week. She's also got a visitor request from Michael for a few days from now, which only increases her determination to find out who's trying t...
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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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'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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'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' 5.10 '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.

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

December 14th, 2010 10:40am EST
Burn Notice
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...
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'Burn Notice' 4.16 'Dead Or Alive' Recap And Review

December 9th, 2010 11:02pm EST
Burn Notice
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...
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'Burn Notice' 4.15 'Brotherly Love' Recap and Review

December 2nd, 2010 11:06pm EST
Burn Notice 4.15
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 ...
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2010 Emmys: Who Should Win & Who Will Win

August 28th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
2010 Emmys
It’s a transitional year for the Emmys, meaning this is one of the more exciting races in recent memories. The flood of new nominees (brought on by a stellar development slate) means that we can no longer rely on the predictable Emmy voting to determine winners. Instead, this is a year where we can see many newcomers emerging and starting a whole new slate of predictable nominees.

Yes, that was a little cynical, but it’s the sad truth of the Emmys – habits are hard to break for the voters. Luckily, this year the virgin nominees have afforded them an extensive choice for brand new habits.

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'Glee,' HBO's 'The Pacific' Land Massive Emmy Nominations

July 8th, 2010 10:26am EDT
Glee
Hit TV musical "Glee" is set to be the toast of the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards after landing a massive 19 nominations.

The comedy about a group of high school students in a choir club will fight for the Outstanding TV Comedy prize against "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Modern Family," "Nurse Jackie," "The Office" and "30 Rock," which has taken home the title for the last three years.

"Glee's" leading stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele have been nominated in the male and female categories for the outstanding comedy actor awards, while their co-star Chris Colfer has received a best supporting...
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Bruce Campbell And Sharon Gless Appreciate Their Place In 'Burn Notice'

August 13th, 2009 12:06pm EDT
Burn Notice
With seventy years show business experience between them, actors Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless seem just about over it. A beloved B-movie icon, Campbell spent much of his career

either fighting off the undead in movies like The Evil Dead and Maniac Cop, or bouncing around several starring roles in well-received, yet quickly cancelled television shows like "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." and "Jack of all Trades." Sharon Gless couldn't be any more different. The last of Hollywood's contract players, Gless hit it big as NYPD detective Christine Cagney in the CBS hit "Cagney & Lacey"...
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TV's Most Kick-Ass Female Detectives

February 16th, 2009 9:00am EST
Cagney and Lacey
Once upon a television season, fans of police dramas and crime procedurals didn't think detectives could ever get more hard-boiled than Vic Mackey of "The Shield" or Andy Sipowicz of "NYPD Blue." Thankfully, we were wrong. Not only are there an increasing number of take-no-prisoners police detectives and home-sleuths on the case, but many of them are wearing skirts. From Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Roselyn Sanchez in "Without A Trace" to Kathryn Morris in "Cold Case," "Law and Order's" S. Epatha Merkerson and the women of the CSI franchise, powerful, well-written female pro...
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'Nip/Tuck' Recap: Stab Wounds, Memory Loss & More

January 7th, 2009 10:25am EST
Nip-Tuck
Well, the writers of FX's "Nip/Tuck" have done it again - they've created more pure genius. Multiple stab wounds? Memory loss? Cancer? With the continuation of Season Five just beginning, I can only imagine what the writers have in store for us for the remaining episodes.

The episode began by recapping the stabbing of Dr. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) by his crazed former talent agent Colleen Rose (Sharon Gless). One can only begin to wonder how Sean managed to survive the multiple stab wounds, not to mention the extreme blood loss portrayed … but I guess this is why it's TV!

Julia...
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Our Favorite Girls With Guns

October 30th, 2008 2:34pm EDT
Angelina Jolie
Long before Angelina Jolie (or Sarah Palin for that matter) ever picked up a gun, hot chicks in movies and TV have been packing heat. Kate Jackson (who turns 60 this week!) and the other stars of the original "Charlie’s Angels" inspired a generation of girls to feather their hair and kick butt.

Here’s our list of the top 15 gun-toting beauties, past and present. Doesn’t matter what side of the law they’re on. All that counts here is how they look wielding a piece.

See our Girls With Guns Flipbook here.

15. Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, and Kate Jackson in Charlie’s Angels

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TV Stars Who Deserve Emmy Nominations On July 17, Part 1

July 8th, 2008 11:55am EDT
Boston Legal
Last week, I helped the Emmy panelists decide upon which series to cast their vote for, and now it's the actors' turn.

The Emmy blue ribbon panel received a group of lists from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences last week. These were top ten lists from which they were to select the five nominees for the big Emmy show. They will view select episodes from each nominee and base their decision on what they see.

It's nigh on impossible to glean an accurate impression from a small sample, especially when it comes to acting. Many characters are given complex arcs from which the...
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Back from the Dead: TV Shows That Survived Cancellation

May 8th, 2008 8:22am EDT
Jericho
Shows are canceled all the time. This time the victim was "Men In Trees," a show that jumped timeslots, disappeared for months at a time, and was finally put out of its misery by ABC. It wasn't exactly a surprise the network canceled it. Who knew it was still on? (Fans can catch the final few episodes when it airs again beginning May 28.)

But what doesn't happen all the time is second chances. Once a television show is canceled (a.k.a. axed, yanked, cut, punted, escorted off the premises, etc.) by its network, it ceases to exist. Normally, that is the case...but not always. After al...
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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week:

January 21st, 2008 8:55am EST
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Monday, Jan. 21

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX, 9 p.m.) - John and Cameron try to fit in at high school. Hopefully, there's no robotic substitute teacher this time.

Medium (NBC, 10 p.m.) - Rocket scientist Joe, TV's brainiest husband, is interviewing with an employer who has a missing daughter. Luckily, Joe's wife is TV's best psychic.

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel, 10 p.m.) - His book Kitchen Confidential inspired the short-lived FOX series of the same name. In this week's No Reservations, Bourdain explores the thriving film scene, natural scenery a...
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