‘Burn Notice’ Starts New Season With “Exciting Things”

Jack Bauer who?

In March, 6.1 million people watched “Burn Notice’s” Michael Westen (played by Jeffrey Donovan) jump out of a helicopter after securing some key data on his own precarious situation.

Ending season two on a series high, creator and executive producer Matt Nix thinks USA Networks show is poised to go to another level when it kicks off season three Thursday at 9 p.m.

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“Since we sort of worked out the format, and figured out what ‘Burn Notice’ is and what Michael does, we’re going to be able to do a lot more exciting things,” Nix says. “For example, it won’t feel like we’re spinning off into space if we do a show that doesn’t have a client. There are a lot more opportunities for freshness.”

That means Michael and his partner in freelance covert do-gooder-ship, leggy explosives expert Fiona Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar), will get engaged… or at least, move in together?

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Of course, Nix won’t go out on a limb and spoil that for us, but he will offer up the hint that by even remotely considering the overture in the season-two climax to return to organized spy work, Michael is going to put himself at odds with Fiona.

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“Over the course of the third season, one of the things we’re going to be exploring is, how does what’s going on in Michael and Fiona’s lives impact the relationship they do have, which runs hot and cold,” Nix coyly explains. “And Fiona has a very strong philosophical break with Michael when it comes to working with official organizations.”

Currently, “Burn Notice” is the most popular scripted show on basic cable, and it’s fair to wonder that, given the scarcity of hits on USA’s sibling broadcast network, if the margins-minded execs at NBC Universal might consider moving the show to the Peacock, hoping to expand its popularity even further.

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Given that “Burn Notice” typically cuts its season in two, with the first half running in the summer and the latter at the beginning of the year, Nix says adapting the show’s cable-centric structure for network TV would be problematic.

“Right now, the show is built around having two premieres, two finales and two separate story arcs for each season,” he explains. “And in some ways, that’s in its DNA, and that would be hard to change.”

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