Burn Notice (Tv Series) 2007

Burn Notice is an American television comedy-drama series created by Matt Nix and starring Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, and Sharon Gless. The series premiered on June 28, 2007 on the USA Network.

Burn Notice was renewed for a third season on October 9, 2008, receiving a 16 episode order. It will return in June, 2009. The show’s taglines are, “Spies don’t get fired, they get burned” and “Sun. Surf. Espionage.” Premise: The title refers to the burn notices issued by intelligence agencies to discredit or announce the dismissal of agents or sources who are considered to have become unreliable. When a spy is burned, they are wiped off the “grid.” They have no prior work history, no money; basically no identity. In some cases, the burned spy is actually killed. The television series is a first-person narrative (including frequent voice-overs providing nuggets of exposition) from the viewpoint of covert-operations agent Michael Westen, played by Jeffrey Donovan. After fleeing a Nigerian operation blown apart by the sudden and unexplained non-cooperation of his U.S. contact, Westen finds himself in his hometown of Miami, Florida, attended to by his ex-girlfriend, Fiona Glenanne, but abandoned by all his normal intelligence contacts, under continuous surveillance with his personal assets frozen. Extraordinary efforts to reach his U.S. government handler eventually yield only a grudging admission that someone powerful wants him “on ice” in Miami; if he leaves the city he will “heat up fast”, i.e., he will be hunted down and taken into custody, whereas by staying there he can remain relatively free. Consumed by the desire to find out why he’s been burned, and by whom, Westen goes to work as an unlicensed private investigator, spy, or soldier of fortune for anyone in town who can pay him any money in order to fund his personal investigation into his own situation as a blacklisted agent. Throughout the series Westen battles and outwits an array of mobsters, con artists, contract killers, professional thieves, drug traffickers, sex traffickers, arms dealers, kidnappers and war criminals. The series makes frequent use of jury rigging, with the characters improvising devices to do the job of more expensive, and hard-to-obtain items. Cast (Series Cast Summary – 4 of 23) * Jeffrey Donovan – Michael Westen (28 episodes, 2007-2009) * Gabrielle Anwar – Fiona Glenanne (28 episodes, 2007-2009) * Bruce Campbell – Sam Axe (28 episodes, 2007-2009) * Sharon Gless – Madeline Westen (28 episodes, 2007-2009) Awards The pilot episode written by Matt Nix won a 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Award, honoring the best in mystery, in the category “Best Television Episode Teleplay”. David Raines, Scott Clements and Sherry Klein were nominated for “Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series” for Burn Notice Series (One-Hour)” at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2008. John Dickson won a 2008 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards for “Top TV Series”. Craig S. O’Neill and Jason Tracey were nominated for a 2009 Writers Guild of America, USA award for “Episodic Drama” (episode “Double Booked”).




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