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TV Fanatic Staff Round Table: The Best Show of 2011

31 December 2011 6:15 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

We've reached the conclusion of our end-of-the-year Round Table discussions. To wrap up 2011, the TV Fanatic staff so far has debated the following categories:

The Best New Show of the Year The Breakout Star of the Year The Best Villain of the Year The Funniest Show of the Year The Best Couple of the Year The Worst Show of the Year The Hero of the Year

So how could we flip the calendar without first asking: What Was The Best Show Of 2011?

Matt Richenthal: Homeland actually made me think twice, but there's no answer other than Breaking Bad. The best acting, the tightest storytelling, the most riveting main character on television. Brilliant in all levels.

Dan Forcella: Every single episode of Justified that aired in 2011 was thrilling, emotional, and made the viewer think. With a superior leading performance by Timothy Olyphant, and stunning supporting work from Margo Martindale, Walton Goggins and Jeremy Davies, »

- matt@tvfanatic.com (TV Fanatic Staff)

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Burn Notice Season Finale Review: Never Saw This Coming

15 December 2011 8:00 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

As this season has come to a close, the emotional intensity has been practically tangible. So much so that the last two episodes have both garnered a perfect rating from this reviewer. Last week, I threw down the gauntlet when I asked if Matt Nix and his team could make it a triplicate and end the season the same way.

In response to my challenge "Fail Safe" picked up said gauntlet and promptly used it against me in an episode that was so well done, I would have given it a 6 star rating had it been possible. 

Let’s start with the biggest game changer: Fiona turned herself in. To the very last second I thought Michael was going to be able to stop her. Even after the first agent drew his gun, I though Michael would rescue her. 

Michael made it very clear to Fiona that there was no »

- jim@tvfanatic.com (Jim G.)

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Mayhem Erupts In 'Burn Notice' Season Finale (Video)

14 December 2011 1:14 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

For my money, the fifth season of "Burn Notice" has featured one of the show's most satisfying adversaries for Michael Westen.

Jere Burns, who plays Anson, the spy psychologist who has gotten inside Michael's head, has a cool but charismatic presence and can more than hold his own with Jeffrey Donovan's driven character, a spy who was exiled from the intelligence community. Anson's ability to anticipate Michael's moves and stymie Michael's attempts to break free of his control have made for one of the show's more interesting chess matches. I've enjoyed how Burns has underplayed the role yet made Anson's coolness into the character's most chilling trait.

The question before Michael in Thursday's season finale, "Fail Safe," is simple: Can he break free of the iron grip that Anson has on the burned spy's personal life? Anson has evidence linking Fiona to a fatal bomb blast; she was framed »

- Maureen Ryan

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Burn Notice Review: The Hero in Us All

8 December 2011 10:50 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

For the second week in a row, Burn Notice earned a perfect rating, this time for "Acceptable Loss," which featured the first case Michael has had where the only way to stop to the bad guy was with the very real death of the client.

We've enjoyed many cases where faking the death of the client, Michael, or both has been used to trick the bad guy and stop them. I believed here, to the very end, that they were going to figure out a way to have Ian survive the mission (even with terminal cancer.)

When they didn't, it was so much more powerful and poetic. Kudos, Matt Nix to you and your team; you again raised the bar on what a show like this can do. When you have time, could you give Hawaii Five-0 a call; they could really use your wisdom. 

It was great seeing Gregg Henry »

- jim@tvfanatic.com (Jim G.)

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Burn Notice Review: Deals With The Devil

1 December 2011 11:16 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Earning a rare perfect rating, "Depth Perception" took everything we knew about Michael and his relationship with his father and scrambled it like an egg being thrown into a blender.

Anson has to be the most sadistic, devious, malicious, manipulative bastard Michael has every faced - and I have never enjoyed a Burn Notice bad guy more. If Sam and Michael had made a deal with the Devil himself, they would have been less screwed over.

I couldn't see anything good coming out of Sam and Michael going to Anson for help. But then the emotions and responses Anson was able to pull out of Michael when he was asking him if you were Oscar what would you want? changed my mind. I began to think that Anson might not be entirely evil. Maybe Michael and Anson could find a middle ground. 

Then Anson dropped the bombshell: That he not only knew Michael’s father, »

- jim@tvfanatic.com (Jim G.)

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Burn Notice Review: Who Died?

17 November 2011 11:13 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

If we learned nothing else from "Necessary Evil," it was that you should never open a package sent to you from a psychopathic killer no matter how harmless he makes it sound.

Rest is peace, Benny, I'm sad that Anson decided to have you rest in pieces. Sorry, too soon?

I would like to say we will miss Benny, but the truth is we didn’t know him. He was only in one other episode and that's just not enough time to get attached. 

I feel like Benny was a missed opportunity for some great story telling. Matt Nix and his team could have been showing us Madeline and Benny getting cozy and closer and completely playing up the “nice guy” to get us attached. Sadly, this didn't take place.

It’s a shame, too, as the “reluctant bad guy” is something we all have gotten very familiar with lately »

- jim@tvfanatic.com (Jim G.)

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Burn Notice Review: Now Where Were We.....

3 November 2011 8:00 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

The mid-season premiere picked up where we left off with Michael being in the situation where he was damned if you didn’t or "Damned If You Do."

Let me say right up front, Anson is 50% insane Joker, 50% suave Captain Hook, and 100% bad news. Not only is he bad news, he’s evil bad news. Michael may have finally met his equal. 

I can already tell that Anson is one of the smartest, if not the smartest opponent Michael has faced off against. Look at how he has been able to stay hidden, and has set both Michael and Fiona up in recent days.  He’s so evil you almost want to like him. Honestly, I can’t wait to see what he does next. 

On the flipside we have Agent Pearce who started the episode pretty hostile, but ended it smiling at Michael. 

Does anyone else think that his »

- jim@tvfanatic.com (Jim G.)

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'Burn Notice': Bruce Campbell teases big guest stars and bigger explosions -- Video

3 November 2011 3:20 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

It’s been a long couple of months for Burn Notice fans. When we last checked in with our favorite gang of Miami-based spies-for-hire things were looking grim.

Luckily, Bruce Campbell stopped by EW just in time for the series’ return tonight to shed some light on what to expect from the remaining episodes of the season. For starters, it sounds like new baddie Anson isn’t going anywhere soon. “He’s hard to get rid of,” Campbell says. “He’s a little weasel, we don’t like him.” He means the character, of course, since he only has good »

- Benjamin Wood

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ProSieben’s Red Arrow Acquires 51% Of Mikkel Bondesen’s Production Company

27 September 2011 7:20 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

ProSiebenSat.1´s production and distribution company Red Arrow Entertainment Group has acquired a majority stake in manager/producer Mikkel Bondesen’s U.S. production company Fuse. The Denmark-born Bondesen launched his U.S. production company in 2005. Its credits include USA’s Burn Notice and Fox’s The Good Guys, both created by Bondesen’s client Matt Nix, as well as AMC’s The Killing, whose format Bondesen brought to the U.S. from Denmark. All three series have been produced by Fox TV Studios, where Bondesen and Fuse have a first-look deal. Since its January 2010 launch, Red Arrow has been acquiring TV production companies and now owns majority stake in 12 companies spanning eight countries. Its first move in the U.S. was last year’s acquisition of 51% interest in Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content, which specializes in unscripted series. The Fuse deal gives Red Arrow a similar foothold in the U. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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'Burn Notice' - 'Dead to Rights': Head games

9 September 2011 7:54 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A quick review of the "Burn Notice" mid-season finale coming up just as soon as I show you my body mic... Well, that was something. For most of this season, it seemed as if Matt Nix and company had become very satisfied with the new status quo, in which half the cast would help the CIA each week, the other half would help out a client, and the arc involving Max's murder acted like a relic of the days when the show felt compelled to be serialized. And for the most part, that worked very well. The whole CIA freelance consultant »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Burn Notice Summer Finale Review: Cliffhanging Done Right

8 September 2011 10:21 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

On the summer finale of Burn Notice, Michael came face-to-face with the last man who burned him; too bad he just framed him and Fiona and had both of them "Dead to Rights."

As cliff-hanger finales go, this was near perfect. The overarching story of Michael being burned got more interesting, but the smaller part we have been chasing since Max’s death was wrapped up. Matt Nix, would you please teach the other shows how it’s meant to work? 

I was going to say that the Tavien storyline felt like it ended abruptly, given that just last week Tavien wanted to talk to Michael so much he kidnapped Sam to make it happen. Then, when push came to shove, he opted for a swan dive off the parking structure.

Really??! The man has been a ghost for months, one step ahead of the Scooby Gang all season, we »

- jim@tvfanatic.com (Jim G.)

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Interview: Burn Notice’s Coby Bell Talks Jesse’s Past, Present and Future

8 September 2011 9:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Last year, Coby Bell joined the cast of the hit series Burn Notice on USA as recently-burned spy Jesse to bring a fresh face to the senior series. Tonight, the summer finale of the most recent season airs on USA. I had the opportunity to sit down with Bell and pick his brain about what his experience has been like for him thus far. It’s always hard for any actor to figure out who a character is, and it’s even harder when that character is introduced at the peak of  a show’s popularity. Bell said in response to how he was received by his fellow cast mates that “they gave [him] such a warm welcome last year, everyone made [him] feel right at home.” He stated that it was his first time ever coming into an established show as opposed to being on from the ground floor. Stating that it took him about half way through »

- Merrill Barr

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Burn Notice Review: "Better Halves"

2 September 2011 12:24 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

After last week’s boring, cookie-cutter offering, "Better Halves" turned things around completely, reminding us why we love Burn Notice.

One thing we learned from the extraction mission is that Michael is either an idiot or isn't ready to settle down.

I'm going with the latter, based on his behavior. Consider when he slapped the ring into Fiona’s hand and when she invited him to the tub after snuggling on the couch... and he turned her down. Then, finally when he took the ring back and kept it "for another mission."

All of these moment made it pretty clear Michael's not stupid, he’s just not ready to settle down. Yet, one hopes.

Of course, the entire mission was made more fun with the addition of Charisma Carpenter as Nicki. I forgot how well she does on this type of show, where she gets a mix of action and humor. »

- jim@tvfanatic.com (Jim G.)

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168 Geeky Media People you should follow on Twitter

23 August 2011 1:12 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

I was going through all my bookmarks and I came along this one that I have not shared with you all yet! Shame on me!  Courtesy of GeekDad.

Whether you’ve been using Twitter since 2006, are determined never to use it unless dragged kicking and screaming, or are somewhere in between, you probably know that it’s wildly popular with all sorts of people. In addition to the celebrities who make a big deal about Twitter (e.g., Ashton Kutcher), there are tons of people, both famous and not, who tweet about lots of interesting things.

Here's a updated list of people to follow on Twitter.

Name Twitter ID Why They’re Listed Here Phil Plait BadAstronomer The Bad Astronomer himself; a source for great space-related info and a dose of healthy skepticism. James Urbaniak JamesUrbaniak The voice of Dr. Venture on The Venture Brothers, and a very funny tweeter. »

- Mars

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Burn Notice Review: "An Eye for an Eye"

18 August 2011 9:17 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

For Michael, even a tiny step forward was still a step forward for Michael in hunting for Max’s killer, a fact highlighted on "An Eye for an Eye."

I was kind of hoping that Lucien would get rescued. It would have given us a glimpse at Michael’s opponent and, given the amount of effort the person went through to frame Michael, you would think he would have done something by now to try and slow him down.

I can appreciate how Matt Nix and his team want to build the mystery around not knowing who killed Max, or why he/she tried to frame Michael, but is it too much to ask for a crumb or two?

After weeks of tiny steps forward and reveals, it feels like we're trying to judge the weather without a barometer. How strong is this person? What does he/she have against Michael? »

- jim@tvfanatic.com (Jim G.)

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Coby Bell Tackles Burn Notice Badassery and The Game's Big Laughs

18 August 2011 7:48 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

If you thought the big menace in Burn Notice‘s most recent engagement was two-legged mercenaries laying siege to a Caribbean island, think again. It was eight-legged arachnids.

Entrenched in the Florida woods for that location shoot, “At a certain time of year there are bananas spiders, and they’re just huge,” Coby Bell, who plays Jesse Porter, reports with a laugh. “They’re like the size of a tarantula, but skinnier. And they look more athletic!”

Burn Notice‘s Lauren Stamille: Pearce ‘Doesn’t Fully Trust’ Michael

That however was not Bell’s first run-in with the critters. “Bruce Campbell »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'The Office': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

5 August 2011 12:15 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Hello from, L.A.!

The sun is shining, the Television Critics Association press tour is in full swing, there’s a party with Fox network stars tonight, I’m in the pacific time zone — which means this column is only an hour late — and I ate my weight in french fries from a food truck last night on Melrose Ave. I’m feelin’ pretty damn good, Roomies. And I hope you feel the same after reading this week’s scoop!

If not, you should probably e-mail me scoop requests to spoilerroom@EW.com. We’ll try again next week. And yes, »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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Burn Notice Review: Besieged by Mediocrity

4 August 2011 11:32 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

After several exciting installments, this week we were "Besieged" with an absolutely mediocre episode of Burn Notice.

It was simply not of the quality and caliber we have come to expect from Matt Nix and his team. The entire plot was like walking through a mud puddle. Sure, it was a little amusing, but it had no depth. 

To start with, Jacob was inept to the point that I don’t see how he lived long enough for Michael to even find him. In fact, it seemed that Sam found Jacob so forgettable he spoke to Mr. Pickles (the dog) more often. How did this guy learn to portray Michael? Where is the confidence and strength it would take to walk into a store "in character" and not slip out before you leave?

Maybe the title is referencing that we are besieged with clichés and stereotypes?

The lead villain was »

- jim@tvfanatic.com (Jim G.)

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Burn Notice Episode 5.6 Review: Michael Lets Chuck Finley Twist In The Wind

29 July 2011 4:22 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Apologies to my weekly Burn Notice readers, due to Comic-Con I had to catch up with Michael Weston and crew this week with a double-header. However make sure you do check out our coverage of Matt Nix and Bruce Campbell being interviewed by Buzzfocus here and this video interview here who came to Comic-Con to promote the DVD/Blu-Ray release of Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe. This week in “Enemy of My Enemy,” Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) and crew took on Serbian arms dealers who paid a large sum of money for a U.S. military-grade weapon drone. Michael comes up with a high-risk sting that puts Sam (Campbell) in harm’s way, undercover as a planted asset to string Miami’s second biggest heroin dealer, Carmelo Dante (Todd Stashwick) along to flush out the Serbs with his army of henchmen. This plan should have been met with an »

- Ernie Estrella

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'The Vampire Diaries,' 'White Collar,' 'Supernatural,' 'Raising Hope': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

29 July 2011 8:31 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Hey, Roomies. I missed you during my travels! But your letters and questions kept me warm last week in San Diego during Comic-Con. (No, seriously, they made me sleep outside and I used them as a blanket. I’m kidding… probably.)

So, here we are, on the doorstep of fall TV, and we’re knocking hard until we get all the info we crave. Let’s get to it.

Remember to keep those queries coming! Mail them to spoilerroom@ew.com or tweet them to me @EWSandraG. Also, if you have a little time, send me your thoughts on Comic-Con. »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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