'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.

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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?


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