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Reader's Cheer of the Week: Burn is on Fire

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Posted by Eric2542...Cheers to Burn Notice for being one of the flashiest, smartest, most exciting and best shows on TV. Jeffrey Donovan’s excellent turn as former spy Michael Weston, combined with snappy dialogue and edge-of-your-seat stories, makes this show the James Bond of television. Plus, when you have costars like Gabrielle Anwar and Bruce Campbell, you can’t go wrong. • Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on or in TV Guide magazine! read more

"Breaking and Entering"

Burn Notice returned tonight on the USA cable channel, at 10p and 1a...but we, and protagonist Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan), aren't too much further along in figuring out how or exactly why he was given his burn notice, or identity- and asset-destroying walking papers (or lack of papers), from the espionage agency for which he was working. After luring him into trailer of a semi with the promise of a face-to-face meeting and answers, the mysterious voice over his buddy Sam's car's emergency radio tells him to call her "Carla," and is eventually revealed to belong to actress Tricia Helfer...a fact you'd have to work pretty hard to avoid hearing about in advance.But before we see Carla, we learn that Michael's trip in the back of the tractor-trailer was just a means of getting him on site, so that he could be blackmailed into a task for Carla and whomever she might be working with, or for. Michael emerges from the trailer to see a computer security expert lying bound, gagged an... read more

"Loose Ends"

I've been looking forward to this season finale all week. We finally got to meet the mysterious Philip Cowan; that definitely didn't go as planned. Sam's double blackmail case gets more and more complex until ultimately it puts him in mortal danger. Michael finally understands why his mother is so needy and learns that in a crunch he can count on family. And lastly, I think we finally understand why Michael needs to find out why he was burned: His job was his family. He could count on them to have his back and be there when he needed them.Let's start at the beginning. Michael's feeling a little jumpy, as evidenced by him pulling a gun on Sam while he's working out. Cowan burned him, sent someone to kill him and is now off the grid. When Cowan calls him to meet, they start a kind of high-stakes scavenger hunt — Cowan leaves sophisticated clues that Michael must interpret and follow to get a face-to-face meeting. Michael's first mistake is taking Sam as backup. Cowan spots Sam an... read more

A TV show that (almost) fills ...

Question: A TV show that (almost) fills the void left by my dearly departed Alias, USA's Burn Notice has become my new favorite show. While it's not as flashy as Alias, and the twists and turns not nearly as breathtaking, it does manage to seamlessly blend the best of all worlds: action, comedy, espionage, sexual tension, family dramedy, escapade-of-the week storylines and a series-spanning mystery to solve (who put out the "burn notice" on Michael and why). It's as if someone threw Alias, Moonlighting, CSI: Miami and MacGyver into the spin cycle and out popped Burn Notice. Jeffrey Donovan, whom I only remembered as the smarmy client in Hitch, delivers such a charmingly witty performance as burned CIA operative Michael Weston. The spectacular casting of his cohorts — bold-n-brassy yet sexy former-IRA assassin (Gabrielle Anwar), washed-up alcoholic ex-spook with uncertain loyalties (Bruce Campbell), not to mention his formerly estranged, not-as-helpless-as-she-seems mother (the ... read more

"Broken Rules"

I know this blog is coming a little late in the game, but I’ve been watching this show since the beginning. So whether you’ve been a fan from the first episode or a Johnny-come-lately, welcome to the party.The PlayersMichael Westen: a former spook who’s been burned. He's deposited in Miami without any money, credit or job references. He takes on local cases to make money while he tries to find out who burned him.Fiona: Michael’s former flame, who still carries a torch. Her accent in the first episode (and her name) might have us believe she’s Irish, but she can fake an American accent pretty well. She’s former IRA and met Michael on the job.Sam: a spy buddy of Michael’s forced to keep tabs on him. Sam’s living comfortably off his pension and can’t have his friendship with Michael interfere with that. When Michael discovers his duplicity, the agency sends in new surveillance.Jason Bly: the new guy. He works for a branch of the NSA and isn&... read more

Coming Soon: 24 Vet's News Hour, and More

As a sort of "test drive," Fox News Channel will premiere 24 producer Joel Surnow's The 1/2 Hour News Hour, a right-leaning version of The Daily Show, this Sunday at 10 pm/ET, then air a second episode on Mar. 4.... USA Network has given a series order to Burn Notice, a drama starring Jeffrey Donovan as a secret agent whose espionage careeer is mysteriously sabotaged, to debut in June. Gabrielle Anwar costars.... TBS has announced a summer premiere for The Bill Engvall Show, a domestic comedy starring the Blue Collar Comedy Tour headliner and Nancy Travis. read more

Casting About: ER's Stamos Has a Raisin D'etre

Per the Hollywood Reporter, John Stamos has joined the cast of ABC's TV-movie adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun, playing Carl Lindner, one of the community members who fights to keep the African-American Younger family from moving in.... Gabrielle Anwar will star opposite Jeffrey Donovan in the USA Network drama pilot Burn Notice, about a special ops agent whose career is mysteriously ended.... Per Variety, Judy Davis and Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) have joined the cast of USA's The Starter Wife six-hour mini. read more

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