Question: I was just wondering how you think the improved quality of original cable shows affects the cancellation decisions of the networks? I have been eagerly anticipating the new season of Burn Notice and it got me to thinking. Do the networks even see cable shows as viable competition? Has the success of cable summer premieres changed the network opinion of new summer programming? I don't know how it all works out, but I'm sure they analyze and overanalyze the numbers. My thought is: What stops them from trying to push the more demographically specific shows (like Moonlight, which I didn't watch out of blind allegiance to Joss Whedon, which I know sounds stupid) during the summer? It seems there is more and more evidence that new summer shows can work, so it just makes sense to me that this should be tried (the sooner the better) before the audiences go somewhere else.
Answer: That's a lot of questions to consider, and I'm not sure the reasoning tracks from subject to subject. The
Question: Can we get some Burn Notice scoopage?
Answer: Exclusive casting prattle! Shark's cancellation has freed Kevin Alejandro to guest star in the upcoming season as the psycho-possessive lover of Jacqueline Pinol (CSI: NY), who becomes the target of a Michael Weston sting.
Tricia Helfer by Justin Stephens/Sci Fi and Jeffrey Donovan by Jim Fiscus/USA
Tricia Helfer's post-Cylon career is heating up.Sources confirm to me exclusively that the Battlestar Galactica babe has landed a multi-episode arc on USA Network's fraktastic Burn Notice, which launches its second season on July 10. Helfer will play Carla, Michael's sleek, sexy and lethal "handler," who often comes across as unaffected and slightly amused by him. Teases series creator Matt Nix: "To protect the people he loves, Michael is forced to work for Carla his only link to the people behind his burn notice."Helfer, who recently inked a talent holding deal with Fox (which produces Burn Notice), will juggle her Burn duties with the final season of BSG which is easier said than done considering BSG shoots in Vancouver and BN in Miami. But that's what first-class cabins were made for, right?Burn Notice and Tricia Helfer does it get any better than that? Well, does it?!
Question: I thought Burn Notice was one of the best shows going last summer. What's USA saying about Season 2?
Answer: They're saying it'll premiere Thursday, July 10, at 10 pm/ ET.
McLeod's Daughters - Season 6 courtesy Koch Entertainment
New releases announced today, March 3:Burn Notice - Season 1 will be coming out June 3 Fearless Planet (on DVD or Blu-ray Disc) will be coming out June 3 Inspector Gadget - Big Little Problems will be coming out June 17 McLeod's Daughters - The Complete 6th Season will be coming out June 10 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items.
Question: I'm just wondering how summer television (specifically The Closer, Burn Notice and Army Wives) will be affected by the strike? Also, will the fall TV shows air originals during the summer or will they end abruptly and pick up where they left off in the fall?
Answer: I wish I had a better answer than this: I don't know. This is such murky, uncharted terrain that I can't answer these sorts of questions with any authority. In the case of Burn Notice, I was told recently by someone at USA Network that the second summer season was projected to have started production sometime around the end of this month, so it's still remotely possible that the summer season can be salvaged if the strike is over within the next month or so. If it drags into spring, that will spell trouble. And as concerned as I am about TV in the back half of this messy season, I am even more anxious about whether we'll be able to enjoy a TV summer as fruitful as last year, with Burn Notice, Mad Men, Damages, Army
Monk by Gavin Bon/USA Network Photo, PSYCH by Alan Zenuk/USA Network Photo
Peacock cannot live on half-baked reality alone. Monk and Psych, both of which return to USA Network with new episodes on Friday, Jan. 11, will get encore Sunday-night showings on NBC beginning in March, reports the Hollywood Reporter.NBC, which has already added Law & Order: CI repeats and the Web original Quarterlife to its midseason slate, is also hot to fire up Burn Notice, but that is not as easy, since the series is produced by the News Corp.-owned Fox TV Studios.
Question: I'm just wondering how summer television (specifically The Closer, Burn Notice and Army Wives) will be affected by the strike? Also, will the fall TV shows air originals during the summer, or will they end abruptly and pick up where they left off in the fall?
Answer: If I knew, I'd tell you. But I'm not a fortune-teller, so the answer, as it is with most strike-related issues, is: We have to wait and see. If the strike goes on too long into the new year, it will affect the production start dates of series that were planned for the summer, and their runs may also be affected. What happens after that is anyone's guess. As for the network prime-time shows that have been airing since fall: Again, it depends on how many episodes they'll be able to produce once the strike is over and how soon they'll be ready to air. It's possible some regular-season shows could run into the summer, but everything hinges on when everyone can get back to work ...
Question: Any idea when the second season of Burn Notice will premiere?
Answer: It's slated for June, but as a result of the — all together now — writers' strike, that's subject to change. Shooting was scheduled to get under way in mid-January, but that start date will be delayed for as long as the strike lasts (i.e., a two-month strike would push back production to mid-March). I'm told that as long as the strike is resolved by the end of February, the second season will debut on schedule. (Last year, Burn Notice didn't start shooting until April and still premiered in June.) In the meantime, Jeffrey Donovan is currently lensing the Clint Eastwood drama The Changeling, opposite Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich.
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Question: First of all, I want to thank you for all that you do. It's wonderful to have a sane voice in this crazy world of television (especially when it comes to the Emmys). I agree with practically all of your insights (though I'll admit that I'm a Dwight fan) and I appreciate your recommendations. I just started the first season of Dexter and I have to say that I'm blown away. It's an amazing show, and though House is still my favorite, Michael C. Hall is giving Hugh Laurie a run for his money. Maybe it's just the Miami flavor (who would have known Miami would be such a great spot for awesome television?) or the freelance geniuses using their "unique" cache of knowledge to make the world a better place, but there seem to be several similarities between Dexter and Burn Notice. And then there are the voice-overs: the often humorous narration offering helpful hints and insights into their respective worlds. Try a mini-marathon of each back-to-back — even if you don't see the ...