Posts Tagged Burn Notice
So if you read the comments section of my Sam Axe preview post, you can read my speculation of how great it would be to see characters from the prequel appear in upcoming Burn Notice episodes. Well, judging by this Entertainment Weekly interview with Matt Nix it will.
So are we going to see any characters from the movie pop up during season 5?
Hmmm…wouldn’t that be interesting. [Pauses]
The answer is yes, yes you will. Sam makes some enemies in this movie. And some of those enemies might show up in season 5.
What a pleasant surprise, I just found out the Burn Notice prequel film, The Fall of Sam Axe, is set to premiere on Sunday, April 17, on USA Network at 9 PM. As much as I enjoy the Burn Notice series, Bruce “Sam Axe” Campbell is likely my favorite character in the show.
Here are two preview clips, courtesy of hulu.
Finally, here’s USA Network’s official description:
“Before Sam Axe teamed up with Michael and Fiona, he was Commander Axe, U.S. Navy SEAL. The Fall of Sam Axe tells the story of how Sam went from respected Naval Commander to the man of mystery we’ve come to know on Burn Notice. On what will turn out to be Sam’s last military mission, he is sent to the jungles of Colombia to investigate claims of a vicious terrorist organization known only as the “Espada Ariente” (Flaming Sword). His mission: to determine whether U.S. military aid is necessary to deal with the threat. But when he arrives, things are more complicated than he’d imagined. He receives word that the rebels have targeted a small civilian clinic deep in the jungle. Sam must now save the clinic’s doctors and patients from certain death. However, nothing is as it seems and the Espada Ardiente may not be the biggest threat Sam Axe faces.”
OK, so the other day, I said I lost the draft of a post. It appears that I misplaced it. Since this version is a tad more informative and less primal, I present it for you. Sorry for the technical snafu folks.
Something amazes me about NBC’s primetime/late night challenges. The Jay Leno 10 PM experiment did not work and will stop by mid-February 2010 (as confirmed by NBC and detailed in this New York Times article). Now NBC is struggling to quickly fill the slot in the short term, while ordering up multiple new pilots for the long run (including one that I’m very excited to hear about, a reworking of the Rockford Files, produced by House co-creator David Shore and Office star, Steve Carrell).
What amazes me about the short-term struggle is that after a few years of placing some of the Law & Order product on USA Network, why has NBC never considered airing Burn Notice (or any of the USA Network [owned by NBC Universal] original series), in the 10 PM slot? Back in August 2009, as noted in this TV Squad article, Burn Notice’s “August airings are burning down nine million viewers at a pop”. NBC wishes Leno could have pulled numbers on that level at 10 PM consistently.
Several weeks ago, a grade school classmate of mine (who I reconnected with through Facebook) asked me what I thought of USA Network’s new show, White Collar. The show’s Friday night slot at 10 PM makes it a show I often miss, due to busy Friday nights in the O’Shea mansion. But I like the show–although it’s a different beast and a far leisurely pace than my favorite USA Network show, Burn Notice. So I was happy to find out that today USA Network is featuring a White Collar marathon. It started at 1:30 PM (EST) and will rununtil 7 PM. If you like what you see, be sure to come back at 10 PM (EST) for a new episode.
The show started with a con artist, Neal Caffrey, breaking out of prison just before he was due to be paroled. The FBI agent Peter Burke, who initially caught Caffrey, quickly catches him again. Staring at an additional four years in jail, Cafferty offers to use his criminal expertise to help Burke. Begrudgingly Burke accepts, knowing just how smart his former adversary is. There’s an element of the late l1960s Robert Wagner series, It Takes a Thief, as well as a sliver of Burn Notice. What I mean by the latter aspect is that Caffrey broke out of jail because his girlfriend, Kate, had left him. The mystery of how and why she left him is an overarching plot thread being carried through every episode.
Of the two leads, Burke is played by Tim DeKay and reminds me of a young Chris Cooper. Caffrey is played by an actor (Matthew Bomer) that folks like myself (who are longtime fans of NBC’s Chuck) will recognize him as that series pivotal character, Bryce Larkin. The witty banter and general chemistry between the two leads are the core appeal of the series.
If you read this after today’s marathon airs, no worries, as USA Network offers all the episodes online for free.
Novelist Tod Goldberg entered my realm of knowledge through my appreciation for the USA Network show, Burn Notice. In August 2008, Goldberg saw the release of The Fix, his first original Burn Notice novel (one of three that he is contracted to write; Burn Notice: The End Game [his second Burn Notice novel] will be released in May 2009). I was fortunate enough to email interview him about his career to date, including his upcoming second collection of short stories, Other Resort Cities (set for release in October 2009).
Before jumping into the interview, here’s his full bio from his site: “Goldberg is the author of the novels Living Dead Girl (Soho Press), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Fake Liar Cheat (Pocket Books/MTV), Burn Notice: The Fix (Penguin) and the short story collection Simplify (OV Books), a 2006 finalist for the SCBA Award for Fiction and winner of the Other Voices Short Story Collection Prize. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Other Voices, Santa Monica Review, The Sun and Las Vegas Noir (Akashic), twice receiving Special Mention for the Pushcart Prize. His essays and nonfiction have appeared widely, including in the anthologies When I Was A Loser (Free Press), Don’t You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes (Simon & Schuster), and Off The Page: Writers Talk About Beginnings, Endings and Everything In Between (WW Norton). A contributing writer for a number of magazines and newspapers, Tod’s journalism and criticism frequently appears in the Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas CityLife, Palm Springs Life, E! and many other publications, and have earned three Nevada Press Association awards for excellence. Tod Goldberg is currently the Administrative Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside’s Palm Desert Graduate Center and previously taught creative writing at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where he was named the 2005 Outstanding Instructor of the Year. He lives in La Quinta, CA with his wife, the writer Wendy Duren.”
Tim O’Shea: Last August you wrote in the LA Times about why–after writing three novels–you chose to write a Burn Notice novel. What were some of the more unique responses in the literary community (or in other circles you travel) regarding the piece?
Tod Goldberg: It was overwhelmingly positive, really, so that was unique in and of itself. Writing is a profession and sometimes you do different things just to see if you can, if you’re any good at it, if it might be another way of doing your job. In this case, I’d always wanted to do some straight crime writing (versus, say, the terribly depressing criminal behavior I normally catalog in my fiction…) and doing it in a fashion where I was assured an audience seemed to strike people as fairly savvy. Mostly, though, I think they just found it funny. I had a ton of other information from Max Allan Collins that I would have loved to have used about his experience writing tie-ins and such, but his story about writing the novelization of Road to Perdition (which was adapted from his graphic comic…and then which he adapted from the original screenplay) was by far the most horrifying.