Controversy: USA Cancels Burn Notice!
Sad but True!
Fox TV Studios action-drama has been top player for cabler since its 2007 debut
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USA Network will call it a wrap for “Burn Notice” at the end of its seventh season that begins June 6.
Fox Television Studios’ spy vehicle created by Matt Nix has been a pillar of the cabler’s sked since 2007, and set the template for the blend of high-octane action and comedy that characterize USA’s signature original dramas. The final season will consist of 13 episodes, taking the show past the 100-episode mark.
“ ‘Burn Notice’ has had an incredible run over the last five years, and we could not be more proud of the extraordinary talent both in-front of and behind the cameras who have collectively made this show into one of the most popular and lauded shows on TV today,” said Chris McCumber, USA Network co-president. “From day one, ‘Burn’s’ characters, storylines and mythology have consistently captivated a massive audience, and this final season will raise the stakes even higher, leading up to a spectacular series finale,” said Jeff Wachtel, co-president of USA Network.
Series stars Jeffery Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless and Coby Bell.
This Sucks! Especially when USA Keep steaming piles of shit like: Covert Affairs, Royal Pains, White Collar and Necessary Roughness! Instead they kill their top show! That’s real smart!
Now before we jump on USA, Was it the USA Execs that canceled the show or did Burn Notice’s writers say hey, there is nothing else we can put this guy through before he either dies, gets back in the CIA Permanently (thus is no longer burned) or he is blackballed for life! We ran out of believable stories! If that was the case then, I much prefer killing the show rather than putting out garbage. Just make sure you can bring it back in the future for a special movie!!!
I hate to see my favorite show go! (I need more walking dead, true blood and game of thrones to help fill the void!)
except for suits, USA Now blows! Nice going USA!
Bruce Campbell on ‘Burn Notice’ end: “There will be time for tears”
Published Tuesday, Jun 18 2013, 6:06am EDT | By Morgan Jeffery |
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Sam Axe is back! The sixth season of Burn Notice is launching in the UK on FOX, so Digital Spy got on the phone to the legendary Bruce Campbell to talk about the new “Sam-tastic” episodes and what to expect from season six.
With Burn Notice drawing to a close after seven years, Campbell also spoke about Sam’s final fate and why he’ll miss blowing stuff up with a beer in his hand…
Season six of Burn Notice is launching now in the UK – should we expect some Sam-tastic episodes? “Yes, very much so Sam-tastic episodes. You can expect the game to change – it’s not going to follow the same formula starting with this season. It’s going to get shaken up – some big dramatic changes. I think the creators were determined to set it free and let it go a little crazy… so Burn Notice is going to get a little crazy in season six.
“You’ll see all kinds of new bad guys – you’ll see some crazy stuff, that’s really the best way I can describe it! It’s been fun for us, because now when we get a script – and into season seven that we’re filming now – we have no idea where this is gonna go until it ends. So we’ve enjoyed it very much as well, just like the viewer.”
Season seven of Burn Notice has been confirmed to be the last. Do you think now is the right time to end the show? “Well, I’m not an executive of a network, but I think there’s always a point where the cost of a show rises and your viewership drops a little bit, and whenever it hits a certain kind of nexus point, that’s usually when they pull the trigger.
“The good news is, we got the news soon enough that the writers can now address that – they’ve got all season to wrap it up now, ‘cos we’ve known about this since pretty much day one of season seven.
“It’s been good for all of us to know, ‘OK, this is it, so let’s give it a good shot’ and the writers have a chance to really wrap it up, ‘cos that’s what viewers want. They want a satisfying wrap-up to a show that has these mysteries to it.”
Have the writers let you in on what Sam’s final fate might be? “Not the final fate – they’re not letting us know about that. But they’re letting us know big, broader things, because I had asked [series creator] Matt Nix the other day, ‘Do I have the right tone based on where you’re going with this?’ and so he had to send me an e-mail letting me know broadly what was happening. Now I know what to keep in mind.”
What is the mood like on set as you prepare to wrap up the series? “It’s fine – we’re too hot and sweaty [to get upset]. These crew members work on average about a 77-hour week, so they don’t even know their names by this point! We’re all just working on a TV show, y’know what I mean? There will be time for tears and reflection later.
“But a lot of these people are certainly sad to see it go. A lot of people on the crew got to go find another gig. It’s easier for an actor to go find work – I’m a gypsy, I just travel wherever the job is -but some of them who are pushing a dolly or working on lights… they can’t always do that.
“But thankfully Miami… when we started the show, we were it – we were the only TV show filming here. Now, seven years later, there are four or five shows here and so I think we’ve helped revitalise this area, [in terms of] being a viable place to film.”
Looking back on the series, what do you think it was about Burn Notice that clicked with viewers? “That it’s more positive than negative. That you are fighting for the greater good. That there’s loyalty. Even though we have a lot of rough edges, we’re pretty responsible, reliable people and we don’t kill that many people. It’s amazing – if you go through in seven years of how many people we’ve actually killed… I think I’ve killed three or four.
“I mean, we have an episode coming up in season seven where I kill someone and it’s a big deal. We make a big deal out of it and I like that. There’s not a high body count – we’re smarter than that.
“So it’s not a bitter, jaded show – as they call it in the industry, it’s a ‘Blue Sky’ show – you’re outdoors, the sun is shining, the breeze is in your hair, y’know?”
And a beer in your hand! “Yeah, a beer in your hand while you’re blowing stuff up!”
Bruce Campbell is well spoken, that’s why he keeps getting work!
This final season of Burn Notice is terrible! It’s like an entirely new show! They stopped the clients! They almost never give the spy tips anymore! They even had the perfect chance tonight! Fiona was trapped by a wall of fire, passed out from smoke inhalation and Michael picked up a fire extinguisher threw it into the flames and shot it to put out the fire. (Ps myth busters please test that stunt out!!)
The show is all focused on working for a mystery bad guy… In which we have no idea why he is working for the guy…
**Update** September 10th 2013
Is this really the end of Burn Notice?
Why? Burn Notice: the fall of Sam Axe!
I believe in a couple seasons they will release a 2hr movie! This is their best original series!