Burn Notice

10:30pm – Wednesday, July 25 on FOUR

The legendary Burt Reynolds guest stars as an ex-CIA operative targeted by the Russians after he lets slip some Cold War secrets in Burn Notice, continuing its latest season on Wednesday, July 25 th at 10:30pm on FOUR.

“When they approached me about this, I was very happy,” Reynolds says about his guest role, “but I forgot how hard you work on those shows. The hours were unbelievable, but I really was very fond of both those guys [costars Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell].” They [Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell] were incredibly respectful,” Reynolds continues. “I was very touched by that. Maybe it’s because I’m old, but they were very sweet, and I had a lot of fun with them. They like to horse around a little; you’ll die in that heat if you don’t have a laugh or two.”

While holding true to the spirit of Burn Notice, Reynolds’ character will also pay homage to his past roles in action movies from Operation C.I.A. to Malone. Make sure not to miss this when Burn Notice screens on Wednesday, July 25 th at 10:30pm on FOUR.

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THE BOX – Wednesdays from 7 March, 9.30pm

The best spy drama is back! Delve into the pasts of your favourite characters as this brand new season to the BOX introduces the back stories of the complicated lives of Michael, Fiona and Sam. Season 3 follows Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) in his quest to get the burn notice put on him in the previous season lifted.

10:30pm – Wednesday, February 22 on FOUR

This week see the return on Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) when FOUR premieres the third season of Burn Notice, screening on Wednesday, February 22 nd at 10:30pm on FOUR. After coming face-to-face with the man who burned him and ended his career as a spy in last season’s finale, fans are left wondering – what does season three have in store for Michael and Co.?

Not love for Michael and Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), according to Donovan. “We love exploring the kind of pushpull attraction that we have for one another, but I think you’ll probably see more of Michael and Fiona trying not to be together,” he explains. Adding: “You’re going to see people from Michael and Fiona’s past come back into their lives.” “And that’s what season three is going to really focus on – who in [Michael’s] past is a threat to his livelihood,” Donovan continues.

“Though Michael does find out who burned him, it doesn’t release him from the perils of his career choice.”

Make sure not to miss Burn Notice when the series returns for its third season on Wednesday, February 22 nd at 10:30pm on 3.

Lynch confirmed to host Emmys

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Rossdale to guest on Burn Notice

Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale has been confirmed to appear in an upcoming episode of Burn Notice. Rossdale has acted previously in the likes of Constantine and Criminal Minds.

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Burn Notice prequel given release date

A release date has been set for the Burn Notice prequel film, which will follow series star Bruce Campbell’s former-Navy Seal Sam Axe over the course of his final mission. The prequel will screen in the US in April.

The BOX – Tuesdays from 17 August, 7.30pm

Spies don’t get fired, they get burned.

That’s right, Michael, Fiona, Sam and Michael’s mum are back for a gripping new season of your favourite spy, drama, comedy, crime thriller!

After 10 years of serving his country working as a covert operative, Michael is living every spy’s worst nightmare. When a spy gets fired, he gets burned. In Michael’s case, they jeopardize his life, freeze his bank accounts, dump him in Miami, and flag him on every government list known to man. They can’t take away his skills or knowledge, so they take away his assets and his resources to make sure he can never work again.

Now Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) has a much different mission: he must find out who issued his burn notice and why he was blacklisted so that he can put his life back together. Meanwhile, he has to fend off a suddenly hostile world of old foes gunning for him. In order to survive in Miami and fund his own personal investigation, Michael enlists the help of the only two “friends” he has: Fiona Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar), an ex-IRA operative who also happens to be an ex-girlfriend and Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell), a washed-out military intelligence contact.

Returning for a second season, we find Michael on a dangerous new mission that could give him clues about what or whom he is up against regarding his burn notice. Without money but with the help of Sam and Fiona, he continues to help those less fortunate while struggling to put his life back together.

the BOX – Tuesday 3 November, 7.30pm

Our very own Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess; Spider Man; Spartacus) makes an appearance in Miami on Burn Notice.

the BOX – Tuesdays from 25 August, 7.30pm

Most people would be thrilled to be on the warm, beautiful sands of South Beach. However, Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) is not “most people.” He’s got a pesky FBI tail, a violence-prone ex-girlfriend, and a hypochondriac mother calling him 30 times a day. Yet these are the least of his problems.

After 10 years of serving his country working as a covert operative, Michael is living every spy’s worst nightmare. When a spy gets fired, he doesn’t get a call from human resources and a gold watch. In Michael’s case, they jeopardize his life, freeze his bank accounts, dump him in Miami, and flag him on every government list known to man. They can’t take away his skills or what’s in his head, so they take away his assets and his resources to make sure he can never work again. They burn him.

Now Michael has a much different mission: he must find out who issued his burn notice and why he was blacklisted so that he can put his life back together. Meanwhile, he has to fend off a suddenly hostile world of old foes gunning for him. In order to survive in Miami and fund his own personal investigation, Michael enlists the help of the only two “friends” he has: Fiona Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar), an ex-IRA operative who also happens to be an ex-girlfriend and Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell), a washed-out military intelligence contact.

Using his Special Ops training, some duct tape and his sardonic humour, Michael becomes a reluctant hero. It’s a dangerous gig, but it’s the best he can do… for now.

Thursday, February 5th at 8:30pm

When spies get fired, they don’t get a letter from human resources – they get BURNED!

This week TV3 premieres the second season of Burn Notice, the sexy, action-packed series starring Jeffrey Donovan as blacklisted spy Michael Westen. Burn Notice premieres on Thursday, February 5th at 8:30pm on 3.

Dumped in his hometown of Miami without money or resources, Michael struggles to put his life back together and find out why he’s been burned. Meanwhile using his unique skills and training to help people in need – people who can’t get help from the police.

As well as Donovan, Burn Notice also stars Gabrielle Anwar as Fiona, a beautiful ex-IRA operative who happens to be Westen’s ex-girlfriend. Bruce Campbell as Sam, Michael’s closest friend, who’s secretly keeping an eye on Michael for the government, and Emmy-award winner Sharon Gless as Madeline, Michael’s hypochondriac mother, who couldn’t be happier to have her boy back in town.

Gless recently spoke to Monsters and Critics about the series, revealing that it is her character who makes viewers identify with Michael Westen.

“This is a spy show…You never see James Bond have a mother. But that’s what makes this interesting. It makes Jeffrey’s character so much more human,” she says.

Apart from Michael, Madeline has another son, Nate, who is quite the opposite of Michael given that his a notorious gambler with a history of stealing and manipulating to fund his addiction. Nevertheless, Nate seems to be the more favoured one in Madeline’s eyes.

“Well, Nate is her baby.  Nate is the one who didn’t leave,” Gless explains. “And it’s this dynamic that makes Burn Notice realistic, in that it’s dysfunctional and it’s crazy.”

“Dysfunctional and crazy”, is certainly right, but the series has also been referred to as “A blend of high-adrenaline intrigue and smart humour in a way seldom seen on television since Magnum, P.I.”

So make sure not to miss this highly praised series when Burn Notice premieres its second season on Thursday, February 5th at 8:30pm on 3.