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'Burn Notice' Series Finale Recap: Michael's 'Reckoning' Day

9/13/2013 8:07am EDT
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After seven seasons and more than 100 episodes, Burn Notice is finally drawing to a close. It's not only a sad event but an incredibly difficult moment. How do you send off a long-running show with a passionate fan base? By checking off every single box on its proverbial list, from big explosions to one really sad death.

"Reckoning" picks up immediately where "Sea Change" left off, and we discover that a shell-shocked Michael made the decision to shoot Sonya (recurring guest star Alona Tal) rather than Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar). This makes a watching Kendrick (John Pyper-Ferguson) turn on hi...

Coby Bell Says Goodbye To 'Burn Notice'

9/12/2013 12:11pm EDT
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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...

'Burn Notice' Recap: Michael Nearly Loses His Mind In 'Psychological Warfare'

7/26/2013 8:20am EDT
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Since it's the final season of Burn Notice, it's time to pull out all the stops (or all the skeletons in the closet). This week's episode sees the return of "Crazy Larry" Sizemore, perfectly played by Tim Matheson. What does he have to do with anything? A lot, as it turns out, even though he's dead.

Having convinced Sonya (Alona Tal) he's in for good - by sleeping with her - Michael has a lot of thinking to do. He's asked Fiona for an "urgent" meeting so that he can tell her that he's gotten into bed with the enemy. Understandably, this doesn't go over well with her, either from a personal...

'Burn Notice' Recap: Which Character Sacrifices Themselves For Michael?

6/28/2013 8:50am EDT
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Burn Notice didn't have a great episode last week. Thankfully, it rebounds this week with an episode that's more plausible and heavier on the real spy action.

Michael is hiding in the plants somewhere and not too happy about it, while Burke (Adrian Pasdar) is interrogating their "guest" Serrano (Ricardo Chavira) about an arms deal he did in Haiti. Serrano's not talking until he sees via laptop that Michael, albeit very reluctantly, is in his daughter's bedroom with a gun pointed at her head. He understandably cracks, so Burke calls off Michael, while giving Serrano a gun with a single bull...

'Burn Notice' Recap and Review: Sam, Jesse and Michael Reunited

6/21/2013 9:00am EDT
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Things still aren't going very well for Michael Westen on Burn Notice. Realizing that his old life is very much in the past, Michael burns a photo of Fiona just as he realizes that he's made the news. But there's no time for him to dwell on either issue. Burke (Adrian Pasdar) tells Michael that his next assignment is to steal a truck, and when his original choice for help gets on his bad side, Burke decides that he wants to call in Michael's "guys in Miami."

It's an unexpected development that doesn't please Michael's handler Strong (Jack Coleman), but Michael eventually persuades him that...

DVD Spotlight: 'Burn Notice' Season 6

6/13/2013 2:10pm EDT
Burn Notice
With Burn Notice's final season airing on USA, Fox Home Entertainment has sent the penultimate season out on DVD. Burn Notice: Season Six is not unlike Michael Westen himself - it's not flashy or whiz-bang, just a solid set that delivers all the things you'd expect a TV on DVD release to have.

No spoilers here for those who haven't caught up, but this season of the spy drama is where it begins to show its age just a little bit. Particularly when considering the season's major villain, it becomes obvious that Burn Notice has stretched its original mythology about as far as it possibly can. ...

Check Out A Clip From Tomorrow's 'Burn Notice: Season Six' DVD

6/10/2013 10:15am EDT
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To tie in with the return of Burn Notice to USA, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is releasing Burn Notice: Season Six tomorrow - but you can get an early look at one of the special features with this Starpulse exclusive clip.

Watch series creator Matt Nix get "burned" like his hero Michael Westen in this amusing video from the DVD set's extras, which features appearances by stars Bruce Campbell and Coby Bell.

Other additions include deleted scenes, a gag reel, and commentary on the episode "Shock Wave" with Nix, Campbell, Jeffrey Donovan and Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin, who stepp...

'Burn Notice' Recap and Review: Michael's 'New Deal,' Fiona's New Boyfriend

6/6/2013 10:55pm EDT
Burn Notice
Burn Notice is back for the final time, and returns with a season premiere that while not the most exciting episode on its own, certainly generates plenty of excitement for what should be an ambitious swan song.

After making his mysterious deal with the CIA at the end of season six, Michael Westen is now operating solo in the Dominican Republic, and looking a lot worse for wear. He's drinking, has grown an unflattering beard, and is brawling in an underground fight club. His bad luck's been around for awhile: nine months earlier, we see why Michael made that deal in the first place, as a s...

TV Preview: USA's 'Burn Notice'

6/6/2013 1:10pm EDT
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One of USA's longest-running series is on its way toward the finish line. Burn Notice, which has been on the air longer than anything not called Psych, will start its seventh and final season tonight. Series creator Matt Nix and the show's writers have taken the opportunity to once again shake things up. SPOILER ALERT!

Fans of Burn Notice know that Nix and Company like to do that a lot. They've pulled all sorts of crazy reveals in their various premieres and finales, whether it's killing off long-running recurring characters or having Michael wake up in some strange place worlds away from ...

'Burn Notice' Preview: An Incredible Return In Its Final Season

6/5/2013 8:30pm EDT
Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen
It's the final season for one of USA’s signature shows: Burn Notice. When long-running shows begin their final episodes, we typically get a focus on the main character and how they became who they are now. Instead, the team behind Burn Notice is smartly taking us back to who Michael was before the show even began.

When the season premiere, "New Deal," begins, Michael is in deep cover in the Dominican Republic, 9 months after accepting a role at the CIA again in order to protect his friends. Jack Coleman (HRG from Heroes) plays Andrew Strong, his new handler who happened to be "in the marke...

'Burn Notice' Recap: 'Over The Line' (6.13)

11/15/2012 11:01pm EST
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It's out of the frying pan, into the fire for Michael Westen in this week's Burn Notice. After killing his mentor-turned-adversary Tom Card, Michael has to escape the CIA, represented by "heavy hitter" Olivia Riley (The Wire's Sonja Sohn).

Michael's exit plan involves coming right out into the open, stealing a car and crashing it through a parking garage wall in order to reunite with Fiona and Jesse. While they make their getaway, Sam is apprehended by Riley and taken into Agency custody. It's up to Team Westen to prove Card's crimes without going down for the one Michael just committed....

'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...

TV on DVD: 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' 'Burn Notice,' 'White Collar,' 'Leverage' & 'Boss'

7/29/2012 3:30pm EDT
Star Trek
July has been a great month for TV home-video releases, from the eagerly anticipated Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-Ray to fan favorites like Burn Notice, White Collar and Leverage. Here's an inside look at all those titles, as well as Starz's Boss and Acorn Media's James May's 20th Century.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season One [Blu-Ray]: This is the release that Star Trek fans have been waiting for. As we celebrate Next Generation's 25th anniversary, its inaugural season looks near-perfect on Blu-Ray, down to astonishing levels of detail in special-effects shots. There's clearl...

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

6/28/2012 10:13pm EDT
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​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...

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

6/14/2012 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...

'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...

5 Must-Watch Roles For 'Burn Notice' Fans

6/11/2012 1:10pm EDT
Burn Notice
If you're a Burn Notice fan going through withdrawl before this Thursday's premiere, don't worry: I've handpicked the five roles where you can see the show's main cast in other parts while you're waiting.

Stars Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Coby Bell and Sharon Gless all had considerable resumes before they were Michael, Fiona, Sam, Jesse and Madeline. If you haven't checked out their other work, you're missing out. Click on for the roles you should check out...

Sharon Gless: The State Within

The obvious answer when it comes to Sharon Gless is to say Cagney & Lace...

'Supernatural' 7.20 Recap: Geekster's Paradise

4/28/2012 8:12am EDT
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“Supernatural” has always been admirably diverse, but around the fifth season, hunting became a good old boys club. Granted, those boys were equal parts pretty and goofy, but I was still perturbed by the severe lack of female hunters, angels and key players. So I wished, prayed and may have even written a few angry emails begging for a decent female character that wasn’t a damsel in need of rescue or charmed by Sam and Dean’s spectacular faces, had no problem fighting for the greater good and maybe had a few awesome one-liners. The answer to my prayers came in the form of Charlie Bradbur...

Investigating 'Law & Order: SVU' Star Danny Pino

2/8/2012 4:09pm EST
Law & Order: SVU
Law & Order: SVU fans: you landed the best detective working in television.

After seven seasons as a major part of what made Cold Case a cult hit (one that's still talked about two years after its cancellation), Danny Pino has revitalized SVU in its thirteenth season. If anyone could fill the major void left by the departure of series star Christopher Meloni, it was Pino, who created a memorable character of his own in Cold Case's smart and often smart-mouthed Scotty Valens (and stepped in to replace a character on that series as well; current Grey's Anatomy star Justin Chambers had his ...

'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...

10 Presents To Give To Naughty And Nice Celebs

12/14/2011 2:00pm EST
I must confess that I’m known for giving the best Christmas presents. With the big day less than two weeks away, I’m putting on my bedazzled Santa hat and taking over gift-giving duties for 10 celebs who have been naughty and nice this year.

Lindsay Lohan

It’s hard being a fan of an actor as troubled as Lindsay Lohan, who seems to be a magnet for mugshots, poor decisions and merry-go-round trips to the L.A. County Jail. My present to the star currently gracing the cover of Playboy in an awkward, overly airbrushed spread, would be the advice and guidance of a celebrity who have rebounde...

'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
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...

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

11/17/2011 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...

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

11/11/2011 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 ...

Fall TV Progress Report: Grading 10 New And Returning Shows

10/14/2011 1:00pm EDT
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Fall is one of my favorite times of year, and it’s not because of everything from, lattes to cakes, is pumpkin-flavored and stores are stuffed with caramel apples. It’s because there is a fresh, shiny crop of new and returning shows to devour. Most shows are at least three episodes in, so it’s time to grade 10 new and returning shows to gauge their progress in this burgeoning season.


“2 Broke Girls” CBS Mondays 8:30 P.M. EST

“2 Broke Girls” is a snappy, odd couple sitcom about Max (“Thor’s” Kat Dennings), an uber-sarcastic and cynical waitress who takes in Caroline (Bet...

Fall 2011 TV Premiere Dates

9/6/2011 1:00pm EDT
Two and a Half Men
Labor Day is over, signaling the unofficial end of summer and the start of the new TV season. While television is somewhat entertaining during June, July, and August, it's the fall debuts that many TV addicts anticipate.

Next week the networks start rolling out new and returning series, kicking off with "90210" and "Ringer" on the CW on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Check out the list below to see when your favorites air:

Tuesday, September 13
8 pm 90210 CW
9 pm Ringer (NEW!) CW
10 pm Parenthood NBC

Wednesday, September 14
8 pm H8R CW
8 pm Survivor: South Pacific CBS
9 pm America’s Next Top Mode...