'Burn Notice' creator: Dramatic changes to come in new season
June 14th, 2012
01:27 PM ET

'Burn Notice' creator: Dramatic changes to come in new season

[The post below contains spoilers for the season 6 premiere of "Burn Notice."]

We told you that USA Network heats up in the summer, and tonight marks the return of “burned” spy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) and a new season of “Burn Notice.”

The series follows the Miami-based Westen as he uses his intelligence training to solve cases for ordinary people while also trying to figure out who blacklisted him, and season 6 begins tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

When we last saw Michael and crew, Anson Fullerton (Jere Burns), the man responsible for burning Michael, was blackmailing him with evidence that proved that his partner and trigger-happy ex-girlfriend Fiona Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar) committed a murder.

To be fair, the murder was a setup. But since this is Anson’s leverage against Michael, Fiona turned herself in at the end of the season 5 finale. Michael, who had been rekindling his relationship with Fiona and had tried to keep her out of jail, could only watch in disbelief as she was locked up.

Now a furious Michael has to hunt down the clever Anson and break Fiona out. And because his name has been cleared, he also starts to offer his services to the CIA.

Matt Nix, the creator, writer and executive producer of "Burn Notice," said in an interview last month that fans can expect to see more explosions, fights, car chases and energetic scenes in the season premiere. Like a lot.

“It feels like ... a gigantic action movie,” Nix told CNN.

This season, fans of the show will dive further into Michael’s psychological state as he deals with the frustration of losing Fiona, as well as his history with the intelligence community.

“At the beginning of the show, most of the things Michael was dealing with were external,” he said. “It fit into a traditional procedural. Michael wasn’t struggling with himself particularly. Michael’s struggles now are internal, more with [the] moral dimensions of what they are doing.”

In order to address these dramatic turns, Nix said that a few alterations were made to the format of the show. While the major crux has always been Michael’s role as a sort of private eye with the overarching plot of finding who burned him, now the major focus will shift to Fiona in jail and how (and if) Michael and Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell) get her out.

Nix said that the show has been slowly eased into this serialized approach since the previous season and noted that there hasn’t been a single client in 10 episodes.

“What was once a very self-contained procedural is now very serialized,” he said. “A lot of it has been finding more ways to getting more serialized, focusing the drama less on external mechanical things and more on internal.”

But fans shouldn't notice a major difference in the show's tone, Nix said, and they'll recognize that case solving is still a “discreet goal.”

“Now, a regular episode over the regular season feels more like the premiere or finale of a season,” Nix said.

Guest stars to look forward to this season include Taryn Manning, William Mapother from “Lost,” Faran Tahrir from the 2009 film “Star Trek” and former “Scrubs” star John C. McGinley.

Are you going to tune in?


soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Bookenz

    Is this show still on? I quit watching a while ago - can't stand that Fiona chick.

    July 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Darianf Sakarie

    The very heart of your writing whilst appearing agreeable initially, did not really settle properly with me after some time. Somewhere within the sentences you actually were able to make me a believer but only for a short while. I still have got a problem with your leaps in logic and you might do nicely to help fill in those breaks. In the event you actually can accomplish that, I could undoubtedly be impressed.

    July 3, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. あーん

    Burn notice最高

    June 29, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kjf

    It was getting to a point where the clients part of the show was being forced so I don't mind the format change. I like more time being devoted to Michael's past and his enemies. How many drug dealers can the team put in jail before it gets stale?

    June 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Denise

    My son and I are avid watchers and are looking forward to the new season and it's psychological components. I wouldn't mind a client thrown in here or there, but overall, we are still hooked and intend to remain so.

    June 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Martha

    Not liking it so far. Too much drama. Bring the clients back. In other words get the show back to what it started out being. Michael is acting crazy. This was a fun show that I wouldn't miss now I don't know if it will be worth watching. My old saying is "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Don't ruin a good show. The ratings will drop and then the show may not recover.

    June 16, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. additcted to this show

    You're not supposed to like the team being broken up. That's why we are supposed to watch and cheer for them to get back together. The show is a little more sick and twisted than it used to be; diving into the pychosymatic state of someone with the talents of Michael can be a little tricky as well as a double edged sword as far as turning some of the viewers off. But overall, the die hard fans will be drawn in even more. My wife and I loved the start to the new season

    June 16, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. Harry Hodag

    Agree with the comment that the tone has changed. The breeziness that matched a Miami night is now a bit nastier, and is less fun to watch.
    We'll see.
    Remember: change isn't always positive.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. mommy2girls

    I miss the clients, and I miss the old format. I will give it some time, but I'm not happy with the team broken up. I think the success of the show was the lightness of the tone and a bit of the humor, as it loses that and becomes a bit darker, it goes away from what made it a success. Where was the yogurt last night too?

    June 15, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sly Sadie

    Can't wait! DVR is all set up. This is a great show, and I love the cast. They always have a good storyline, and they are always action packed. Glad it is back on!

    June 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Loren

    You betcha! Always thought that the clients were the weakest part of the show, so seeing how Michael gets his life back should be a barnburner.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |

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