"Burn Notice" - TV-series

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"Burn Notice" - TV-series

Postby Penguin » Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:12 pm

A rather corny series, but has it all regarding spies and rationalizations for, well, dealing with bad guys, dope and arms dealers, terrorists, tough interrogations and psyops...False flags, private intelligence organizations intermingling with the government ones and tight asses in bikinis.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burn_Notice

Premise

The title refers to the burn notices issued by intelligence agencies to discredit or announce the dismissal of agents or sources who are considered to have become unreliable. When a spy is burned, they are wiped off the grid, without access to cash or influence. According to the narration during the opening credits, the burned spy has no prior work history, no money; in essence, no identity. The television series is a first-person narrative (including frequent voice-overs providing nuggets of exposition) from the viewpoint of covert-operations agent Michael Westen, played by Jeffrey Donovan.

After fleeing a Nigerian operation blown apart by the sudden and unexplained non-cooperation of his U.S. contact, Westen finds himself in his hometown[3] of Miami, Florida, attended to by his ex-girlfriend, Fiona Glenanne, but abandoned by all his normal intelligence contacts, under continuous surveillance with his personal assets frozen. Extraordinary efforts to reach his U.S. government handler eventually yield only a grudging admission that someone powerful wants him "on ice" in Miami; if he leaves the city he will be hunted down and taken into custody, whereas by staying there he can remain relatively free. Consumed by the desire to find out why he has been burned, and by whom, Westen goes to work as an unlicensed private investigator/spy/soldier of fortune for anyone in town who can pay him any money in order to fund his personal investigation into his own situation as a blacklisted agent. Throughout the series Westen battles and outwits an array of mobsters, con artists, contract killers, professional thieves, drug traffickers, sex traffickers, deadbeat dads, arms dealers, kidnappers and war criminals. The series makes frequent use of jury rigging, with the characters improvising devices to do the job of more expensive, harder-to-obtain items.

At the end of Season Two, Westen has an encounter with "the Management" who threatens to put him back on the radar if Westen doesn't cooperate with their agenda. After a dramatic leap from a helicopter into the Atlantic Ocean, Westen finds himself arrested by Miami police who think he is an illegal immigrant after he washes up on South Beach.

Season Three picks up with Westen under surveillance by Detective Paxson (played by Moon Bloodgood), who has been tasked with monitoring his activities. Michael is able to secure the arrest of a major Miami criminal Paxson has long been targeting, and threatens to reveal the true circumstances of the arrest if Paxson does not stop bothering him. Paxson agrees to the deal. Michael is then contacted by a man named Tom Strickler, who is very heavily connected and offers Michael the chance to regain his old job if he does some work for him. In the midseason finale, Michael is forced to kill Strickler in order to save Fiona's life, an action which has unforeseen consequences.

Tie-In Novels

In 2008, Signet Books started publishing tie-in novels for the show under their Obsidian imprint:

* Goldberg, Tod (2008). Burn Notice: The Fix. Signet. ISBN 978-0-451-22554-2.
* Goldberg, Tod (2009). Burn Notice: The End Game. Signet. ISBN 978-0-451-22676-1.

[edit] Production

The show is filmed on-location in and around Miami, Florida, as well as in Hollywood, Florida generally around Hollywood Boulevard and Hollywood Beach.

[edit] Awards

The pilot episode written by Matt Nix won a 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Award, honoring the best in mystery, in the category "Best Television Episode Teleplay".[5] David Raines, Scott Clements and Sherry Klein were nominated for "Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series" for Burn Notice Series (One-Hour)" at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2008.[6] John Dickson won a 2008 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards for "Top TV Series". Craig S. O'Neill and Jason Tracey were nominated for a 2009 Writers Guild of America, USA award for "Episodic Drama" (episode "Double Booked").

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Postby MinM » Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:10 pm

"White Collar" is an entertaining series too. Interesting too in that it's star was in a summer replacement series a few years ago that dealt with false flag operations by the government.

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Burn Notice and White Collar return with new shows this week :thumbsup001:

BTW the sidekick/conspiracy theorist character on 'White Collar' is played by the same guy that played Lee Harvey Oswald on 'Quantum Leap':
Hugh Manatee Wins wrote:Here is a 1990s time-travel themed show called 'Quantum Leap' that has the hero going back into Lee Harvey Oswald's body.
But the kicker is that the show's writer claims to have a brush with Oswald from army days, too. My what a small world.

Quote:SEASON 5

Lee Harvey Oswald
Writer: Donald P. Bellisario
Director: James Whitmore Jr

5 October 1957 to 22 November 1963:
In a two-hour episode to commemorate the 30th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, Sam leaps into Lee Harvey Oswald, taking on the accused killer's personality and volatile emotions while affecting key events in his life leading to JFK's death. The character of "Sgt. Bellisario" reflects series creator Bellisario's claimed real-life brush with Oswald in the military. The prolific Willie Garson, who'd played the title character in the first-season Quantum Leap episode "Play It Again, Seymour," went on to reprise his Lee Harvey Oswald in the motion picture Ruby. Garson, also well-known for episodes of The X-Files, Sex and the City and other shows, essayed a major role in the SCI FI Pictures miniseries event Steven Spielberg Presents Taken).

Lee Harvey Oswald / "Alik J. Hidell" - Willie Garson
Marina Oswald - Natasha Pavlova
Major Yuri Kosenko - Elya Baskin
Gushie - Dennis Wolfberg
Bar girl - Patty Toy
Lt. Obrigowitz - Ward C. Boland
Mariska - Donna Magnani
Sgt. Lopez - Reni Santoni
PFC Briggs - Philip McNiven
Corp. McBride - Michael Rich
Lt. Anna Guri - Erika Amato
Sgt. Bellisario - Matthew Charles Nelson
Jackie Kennedy - Karen Ingram
Frazier - Nathan Lisle
Ruth Paine - Becky London
Joda - Rodney Kageyama
Carlos - James Medina
New Orleans police officer - Chris Kinkade
Guard - Lazar Rockwood (as Lazar)

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On the other end of the TV Spectrum, which admittedly is a short one (from relatively innocuous to brain-addling crap?), is 'Chuck':
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The title character is played by a religious nut, who displays no discernible acting skills. To the extent this show has a purpose it ostensibly serves as an infomercial for Best Buy's Geek Squad. The background of the creator of the show is much more noteworthy than 'Chuck':
Josh Schwartz (born August 6, 1976) is an American screenwriter and television producer. Schwartz is best known for creating and executive producing the Fox drama The O.C. Schwartz recently developed The CW's teen drama series, Gossip Girl from the hit Gossip Girl books, and co-created NBC's comedy-drama-spy series, Chuck.

At 26, he became the youngest person in network history to create a network series and run its day-to-day production when he ran The O.C...

Schwartz was born in 1976 in Providence, Rhode Island to Steve and Honey Schwartz. His parents were both toy inventors at Hasbro, working on the development of toys such as Transformers and My Little Pony, until they went on to start their own company. Schwartz grew up on the East side of Providence, Rhode Island with a younger brother, Danny, and a younger sister, Katie. Schwartz always had ambitions of being a writer since early childhood. When Schwartz was seven years old, he won an essay-writing contest at sleep-away camp for a review of the recently released movie Gremlins; the opening line was "Spielberg has done it again" and stood out amongst the pile of essays from the other kids. He even had a subscription to the entertainment industry newspaper Variety at age twelve. He attended Providence's private Wheeler School, a coeducational independent day school, for 11 years, graduating with the class of 1994...

Film school at USC

In 1995, Schwartz realized his boyhood dream of attending film school to study screen and television writing at the University of Southern California. He became a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Schwartz

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Re: "Burn Notice" - TV-series

Postby MinM » Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:49 pm

Before 'Burn Notice' tonight (01-21-10) -- 'Bones' tackles JFK

'Bones' 5.12 Preview: Tracing Back JFK's Assassination
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The next episode of "Bones" will interfere with American History. Booth and Brennan are on a mission to identify the cause of death of a very important person, whose bones are kept inside the Jeffersonian Lab. Analyzing the structure with computer technology, the team finds out that laying in front of them are the remains of John F. Kennedy.

Mr. White (guest star Richard T. Jones) and his team of government agents put the Jeffersonian Lab on lock down and demand that Brennan and her forensics team determine a cause of death for an unidentified, but highly classified set of remains. As the team gets to work, their findings lead them to suspect they are investigating one of the most famous presidential assassinations in history.

Meanwhile, Booth's boss, Andrew Hacker (guest star Diedrich Bader), helps him break into the lab and determine the motive behind the mystery investigation, and a frustrated Cam worries that Michelle may be keeping a big secret from her.

"The Proof in the Pudding" is set to air on January 21.
"Bones" Preview - The Education Forum

"Bones" next Thursday - The Education Forum
Michael Hogan wrote:According to his profile, "Mark R. Whittington is a writer residing in Houston, Texas. He is the author of The Last Moonwalker, Children of Apollo and Nocturne."

In reviewing the Bones episode, Whittington writes:
"....while a modern forensic examination of President Kennedy's remains would be interesting, there would be little purpose for doing so. Vincent Bugliosi has already effectively debunked all of the Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories in Four Days in November. Lee Harvey Oswald, a communist, acted alone. This has not stopped the conspiracy theory industry and no doubt if a modern exam were to confirm Bugliosi, the conspiracy nuts would not be persuaded anyway."

http://www.associatedcontent.com/articl ... html?cat=2


:popcorn: Should be a good one? :thumbsup001:

'Burn Notice': A Refreshingly Retro Spy Caper : NPR
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Re: "Burn Notice" - TV-series

Postby sunny » Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:17 pm

It was a good one, sort of. The forensics team determined the official story doesn't hold up but decided not to reveal this--actually, they covered it up-- because the man-child FBI agent (David Boreanaz) couldn't handle the truth. He is a former sniper with the Army Rangers and the team felt he wouldn't be able to psychologically accept that he'd killed people for a gov't who could kill it's own president and lie about it.
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