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USA’s BURN NOTICE!!

I am – Hercules!! An action-dramedy from a maker of short films named Matt Nix, “Burn Notice” is about a formerly globetrotting spy who -- having learned that he has been suddenly and mysteriously deemed untrustworthy by the entire intelligence community -- makes ends meet as a private investigator in Miami, his hometown, as he tries to work out who betrayed him. It’s fun when a CIA freelancer as highly trained as lead character Michael Weston (“Touching Evil” vet Jeffrey Donovan) schools the local thugs in applied brutality. It’s less fun when his mom starts nagging him for favors, or when he teaches a kid how to deal with bullies, or when he ditches the G-men tailing him; these bits feel too familiar by half. Also? The great Bruce Campbell, a long way now from Brisco County Jr., feels underutilized here as a fat, retired intelligence officer who hooks Weston his first P.I. gig. I’ll need another episode or two before I decide whether or not this thing is season-pass worthy, but a superspy slumming as a Miami gumshoe makes for a terrific premise, and the commercial-free pilot has some inspired moments, notably Weston’s encounters with an overmatched local drug dealer named Sugar. But what matters Herc’s opinion? TV Guide says:
… while the deadpan Westen is scrappy and resourceful, the pilot is neither thrilling nor funny enough to earn notice. …
Entertainment Weekly says:
The best reason to watch USA's new spy drama, Burn Notice, is Jeffrey Donovan. … a standard detective story that's brightened by unusual characters and snazzy dialogue. …
The New York Times says:
… the casual irreverence of “Burn Notice” is a little unsettling … cheerfully insouciant about the world’s trouble spots but takes its hero’s inner child to heart. Michael has a soft spot for children, yet he is so emotionally stunted that he cannot maintain a relationship. But heavily armed gangs roaming African streets that evoke present-day Somalia and Sudan are used to comic effect. When Michael is dragged by Nigerian gunmen and tossed into the back seat of a waiting Mercedes, he makes sardonic small talk with the two large, menacing thugs on either side of him: “You know, Mercedes makes an S.U.V. now,” he says. “Big back seat. It’s great. Surprisingly affordable too.” …
The Los Angeles Times says:
… delightful … the show floats along on a spy's-handbook narration that sounds remarkably convincing. We learn how to make a listening device from two cellphones; that "in a fight you have to be careful not to break all the little bones in your hand on someone's face"; that when housebreaking "you want to look like a legitimate visitor"; that a spy's best friend is a hardware store. …
The Chicago Tribune says:
… a highly enjoyable hybrid, one that marries espionage and crime stories to a dry comedic tone. The result is a series that will probably appeal to fans of AMC’s underappreciated “Hustle” and Showtime’s “Dexter,” as well as those films starring Bond, James Bond. …
The Philadelphia Inquirer says:
Looking for something new and different on TV? It's not Burn Notice. Looking for some summertime fun? It is Burn Notice …
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer says:
… "Burn Notice," like many hot weather commitments, is casual. Although it'll satisfy your urge for small-screen action and tug at your emotions every so slightly in the same fleet-footed hour, you might not feel compelled to come back week after week. That's just fine, because you'll always be excited to stumble on this show, and you'll never be lost. … I
The Orlando Sentinel says:
… flashy, erratic action series … sends Michael on a quest to find out why he was axed. But the show also loads him down with too much narration. As the hero, appealing Donovan has to chatter too much. "Burn Notice" also saddles Michael with a forlorn former lover, Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar). Their scenes lack fizz. …
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says:
… the kind of show you don't want to think about too hard, just as it doesn't pay to dissect such glib Michael-isms as: "Guns make you stupid; duct tape makes you smart." Just enjoy Donovan's spirited sarcasm, Anwar's feisty-lass act and Gless' mordant mom. And if you're a fan of "Psych" and "Monk," you probably will.
The Boston Herald says:
… Part spy caper, part dramedy, part boring … The show is an easy fit with USA’s “Monk” and “Psych” - series that are quirky but hardly appointment television. “Burn Notice” has a spark of life. Now, if USA Network would just fan the writers.
Variety says:
… USA delivers a pleasant surprise, if only because so little about the concept indicates how much fun the 90-minute premiere is. …
The Hollywood Reporter says:
… goes a little heavy on exposition. Far too many scenes open with a Westen voice-over. Many of these are instructive, even amusing, but the technique is overused. Worse, it borrows from a film noir style that is otherwise little evidenced elsewhere in the show. "Burn" is at its best when Westen is outwitting and outracing bad guys, including the FBI agents assigned to tail him. …
10 p.m. Thursday. USA.





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  • June 28, 2007, 5:05 a.m. CST

    Still want to check this out...

    by Ironmuskrat

    I like the premise, bad ass CIA guy gets kicked to curb and left to fend for himself while he learns his fate. I just hope to doesn't get to soft with stories of bullied kids and overbearing moms. At least throw in someone getting garroted with piano wire in there once in awhile.

  • June 28, 2007, 5:08 a.m. CST

    Is everyone sleeping off a hangover?

    by Ironmuskrat

    I get two first posts in less then 10 minutes.. I hope everyone is OK =)

  • June 28, 2007, 5:44 a.m. CST

    it's 3am Muskrat

    by BadMrWonka

    people are still getting their drunk on!<p>unlike me, who has to work at 8am, and can't fall asleep no matter what I try.<p>I drnak some milk, masturbated, read a few chapters of a book. nothing is working!! now I'm watching comedy bits on youtube...LORD LET ME SLEEP!!

  • June 28, 2007, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Gabrielle Anwar...

    by BangoSkank

    ...makes me want to touch myself. Which is reason enough for me to watch the first episode. After that, we'll see....

  • June 28, 2007, 8:10 a.m. CST

    African Child Street Gangs?

    by PwnedByStallone

    Hilarious I tell ya! sigh...

  • June 28, 2007, 8:45 a.m. CST

    curious ads

    by jccalhoun

    It is odd that Bruce Campbell is underutilized because the first commercial I saw for the show featured Bruce exclusively. I thought he was the star of the show. But because he's in it I'll watch it.

  • June 28, 2007, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell for the Comedian!

    by Darksider

    He's about due for an Academy Award. Well, maybe a nomination anyway.

  • June 28, 2007, 9:42 a.m. CST

    9th!

    by Spastic Jedi

    sweet.

  • June 28, 2007, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell..."FAT"!!?!

    by godzooka

    unfortunately herc's right...check out his gut in My Name is Bruce. i guess he let himself go, livin' the good life.

  • June 28, 2007, 10:13 a.m. CST

    I'll give it a chance.

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    I like spies and I like Bruce. Good lookin'.

  • June 28, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST

    No Studio 60 TB?

    by evolution1085

    On point though, this show gets a couple weeks for a good premise, the awesomeness of the Chin, and the fact that USA usually doesn't deliver shit (The Starter Wife excluded, those commercials annoy the shit outta me)

  • June 28, 2007, 11:20 a.m. CST

    "Bruce Campbell for the Comedian!"

    by BangoSkank

    Niiiiiice. Never would have considered it, but now that I have, I'm not sure anyone else will do.

  • June 28, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    I really liked Donovan's previous

    by skimn

    USA series Touching Evil, and it looks like a decent summer diversion.

  • June 28, 2007, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Herc... you've got mail! (BN story & pics!!!)

    by dknight-72

    Herc, I'm serious. Earlier this week, I sent Harry, Quint and you an exclusive personal story of mine from the set of BURN NOTICE. Not to mention... pics of AICN's very own resident man-god... Bruce Campbell. I figured today would've been the perfect day to post it but you guys have obviously not come across it yet. Check it out. You won't be disappointed. Oh, and share with the talkbackers. I'm sure they'll enjoy as well. Thank you. P.S. I sent the e-mail from two different addresses. One Hotmail... and one Belsouth (which belongs to my brother). You should also see a second e-mail (that I just sent yesterday) with two additional pics from the set. Oh, and if you can... tell Harry and Quint about this too. Thanks.

  • June 28, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Herc... you've got mail! (BN story & pics!!!)

    by dknight-72

    Herc, I'm serious. Earlier this week, I sent Harry, Quint and you an exclusive personal story of mine from the set of BURN NOTICE. Not to mention... pics of AICN's very own resident man-god... Bruce Campbell. I figured today would've been the perfect day to post it but you guys have obviously not come across it yet. Check it out. You won't be disappointed. Oh, and share with the talkbackers. I'm sure they'll enjoy as well. Thank you. P.S. I sent the e-mail from two different addresses. One Hotmail... and one Bellsouth (which belongs to my brother). You should also see a second e-mail (that I just sent yesterday) with two additional pics from the set. Oh, and if you can... tell Harry and Quint about this too. Thanks.

  • June 28, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Herc... you've got mail! (BN story & pics!!!)

    by dknight-72

    Herc, I'm serious. Earlier this week, I sent Harry, Quint and you an exclusive personal story of mine from the set of BURN NOTICE. Not to mention... pics of AICN's very own resident man-god... Bruce Campbell. I figured today would've been the perfect day to post it but you guys have obviously not come across it yet. Check it out. You won't be disappointed. Oh, and share with the talkbackers. I'm sure they'll enjoy as well. Thank you. P.S. I sent the e-mail from two different addresses. One Hotmail... and one Bellsouth (which belongs to my brother). You should also see a second e-mail (that I just sent yesterday) with two additional pics from the set. Oh, and if you can... tell Harry and Quint about this too. Thanks.

  • June 28, 2007, 4:13 p.m. CST

    I wasn't planning to watch this,

    by mbeemer

    but with Bruce in the picture, I'm there.

  • June 28, 2007, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Gabrielle Anwar has the sexiest overbite...

    by glodene

    that stokes a mad flame deep within my loins. She was so damn sexy in The Pate Bros. "The Grave" with Craig Schaeffer and Keith David a few years ago...I think i'm gon' throw in laser disc copy tonight, seein' as how it not on dvd yet.

  • June 28, 2007, 6:55 p.m. CST

    My someone had their ice-cold glass of haterade

    by glodene

    today. No nee to get all snippy because you were'nt wise enough to embrace the wonders of BUFFY!

  • June 29, 2007, 2:16 a.m. CST

    I liked Touching Evil

    by The Selecter

    but since there seemed to be only one other person who did, it went poof!

  • June 29, 2007, 2:19 a.m. CST

    BRUCE CAMPBELL

    by ImFixingtoDie

    Nuff Said. Watch.

  • June 29, 2007, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Pretty good..

    by Ironmuskrat

    The plot and the characters are pretty standard stuff for this type of show. But it worked for me for the most part. The show is at best when Michael is working by himself using what little resources he has left to get things done(evicting Sugar from his personal space). Bruce Campbell does well in one of the most subdued roles I have ever seen him in. Even my wife liked the show and thats saying a lot considering she rarely watches anything thats not CSI or a Lifetime movie.

  • June 29, 2007, 7:30 a.m. CST

    I enjoyed it.

    by Russman

    And Bruce is in it too! I'm sticking with it for a bit.

  • June 29, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Herc... for the love of Bruce, please read this!

    by dknight-72

    Earlier this week, I sent Harry, Quint and you an exclusive personal story of mine from the set of BURN NOTICE. Not to mention... a few pics of AICN's very own resident man-god... Bruce Campbell. I figured yesterday would've been the perfect day to post it but you guys obviously haven't come across it yet. Check your e-mail. You won't be disappointed. Oh, and share with the talkbackers. I'm sure they'll enjoy as well. Thank you. P.S. I sent the e-mail from two different addresses. One's Hotmail... and the other's Bellsouth (which belongs to my brother). You should also see a separate e-mail (that I just sent a couple of days ago) with two additional pics from the set. Oh, and if you can... tell Harry and Quint about this too. Thanks.

  • June 29, 2007, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Herc... for the love of Bruce, please read this!

    by dknight-72

    Earlier this week, I sent Harry, Quint and you an exclusive personal story of mine from the set of BURN NOTICE. Not to mention... a few pics of AICN's very own resident man-god... Bruce Campbell. I figured yesterday would've been the perfect day to post it but you guys obviously haven't come across it yet. Check your e-mail. You won't be disappointed. Oh, and share with the talkbackers. I'm sure they'll enjoy as well. Thank you. P.S. I sent the e-mail from two different addresses. One's Hotmail... and the other's Bellsouth (which belongs to my brother). You should also see a separate e-mail (that I just sent a couple of days ago) with two additional pics from the set. Oh, and if you can... tell Harry and Quint about this too. Thanks.

  • June 29, 2007, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Herc... for the love of Bruce, please read this!

    by dknight-72

    Earlier this week, I sent Harry, Quint and you an exclusive personal story of mine from the set of BURN NOTICE. Not to mention... a few pics of AICN's very own resident man-god... Bruce Campbell. I figured yesterday would've been the perfect day to post it but you guys obviously haven't come across it yet. Check your e-mail. You won't be disappointed. Oh, and share with the talkbackers. I'm sure they'll enjoy as well. Thank you. P.S. I sent the e-mail from two different addresses. One's Hotmail... and the other's Bellsouth (which belongs to my brother). You should also see a separate e-mail (that I just sent a couple of days ago) with two additional pics from the set. Oh, and if you can... tell Harry and Quint about this too. Thanks.

  • June 29, 2007, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Burn Notice was enjoyable.

    by BillyPilgrim

    I laughed a few times and was entertained. I'll give it a few more episodes. Never hurts when the hero kills two guys in the bathroom, kneecaps the drug dealer and tricks the rich man into shooting his bodyguard in the gut. This guy might need a body count tracker.

  • June 29, 2007, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Liked it quite a bit. Got my season pass.

    by the_pissboy1

    Not much is on that's fun or smart. This and Chonchords got my season pass.

  • June 29, 2007, 3:10 p.m. CST

    it was pretty good

    by jccalhoun

    I liked it. I"m not sure that I will remember to watch it every week but since it is cable I'm sure they will play it enough that I'll be able to catch it.

  • June 29, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST

    I liked it too

    by Neo Zeed

    I'll keep watching.

  • June 29, 2007, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Gabrielle Anwar

    by Mr_Deadite

    Is so goddamn fugly... yuck. Good show, otherwise.

  • June 29, 2007, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Gabrielle Anwar is not fat or ugly you blind pedophile!

    by glodene

    RECOGNIZE!

  • June 30, 2007, 10:56 a.m. CST

    BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURN!

    by Osmosis Jones

    .

  • June 30, 2007, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Nice so far

    by DarkLordFett

    Caught the premier episode. It is one of those niche little fun shows that doesn't take itself too seriously and tries not to insult it's audiences intelligence too much. Bruce Campbell, 'nuff said. He could be used better though. At times, it kinda reminds me of MacGyver. I guess you can't have a hardware store-lovin spy that doesn't. Just gotta keep trying to remember when this is on.

  • June 30, 2007, 11:37 p.m. CST

    No, she is not fat or ugly, but...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...I thought "fugly" stood for "fucking ugly," not "fat and ugly."

  • June 30, 2007, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Nope! Where i come from, it's a combination..

    by glodene

    of Fat and Ugly. "Fucking" imho, is an unnecessary modifier when it comes to describing ugly.

  • July 1, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Well....Meh

    by lfhlaw

    As a pilot, it was uneven i thought. I liked the Michael Weston character. I thought Bruce didn't have much of a role other than 'here this is your lead' or here's a job. Bruce was doing his smarmy type mug shot. Hopefully there's a bit more with him doing some more 'acting'. The explanation of everything reminded of the 1st season of Macgyver where he had to explain every single little thing that he was doing. Hopefully that will drop off. It did remind of Macgyver again when he was building the fake bomb. Anyhow, I think this show may need probably a full season to flesh out the characters, but it shows promise. At least USA will give it a chance compared to any of the big 3/4 networks.

  • July 1, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell givin Artie Lang a run for his money

    by picardsucks

    Jesus Christ Bruce they're called situps!!!

  • July 1, 2007, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Grosse Point Blank - The Series

    by GilesT

    Which isn't a bad thing, by the way. <br> <br>OK, so not so keen on Anwar's character being an ex-member of a terrorist organisation traditionally romanticised in the US, but Sayid in Lost was a torturer for the Iraqi Elite Republican Guard and they still managed to make him a sympathetic character. <br> <br> Girl needs some elocution lessons, though. God, that accent was atrocious. We're talking Dick Van Dyke cockney levels of auditory offensiveness here. Its like she's channelling the Lucky Charms leprechaun...

  • July 24, 2007, 7:50 p.m. CST

    watched 4 eps so far and i like it

    by Mr_X

    its great. not must see, but it's actually rather good and it will grow on me. good job!