Somewhere, Aziz Ansari's cousin Harris is devastated: the upcoming seventh season of the USA crime drama Burn Notice will be its last.
The network announced the fate of the Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell vehicle on Friday. USA co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber said in a statement, "From day one, Burn Notice‘s characters, storylines and mythology have consistently captivated a massive audience and this final season will raise the stakes even higher, leading up to a spectacular series finale.”
Season 7 of Burn Notice, which will feature 13 episodes (setting it past the 100-episode mark in the process), will kick off on USA on Thursday, June 6 at 9 PM ET.
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If there's anything the folks over at the USA network — which dominated the basic cable for the seventh year in a row — have learned, is that if your wildly popular original programming ain't broke, don't fix it. Also, renew it.
USA announced today that three of their fan favorite shows, Royal Pains, Covert Affairs, and yes, the one with Matt Bomer (pictured here, staring into your soul with his dreamy eyes) White Collar, have all been renewed. The Mark Feuerstein-starrer Royal Pains was given 26 episodes for a confirmed Season 5 and 6, while Piper Perabo vehicle Covert Affairs and Bomer's White Collar each recieved a 16-episode renewal for their fourth and fifth seasons, respectively. (Hey, just think of watching more White Collar as another thing to tide you over until Magic Mike hits DVD).
USA co-presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel said in a statement, "All three of these series have found ways to stay creatively fresh and culturally relevant. The execution in writing, acting and production is among the best on television. In an increasingly competitive landscape, these series got new season pickups the old-fashioned way — they earned it."
They aren't kidding about that last part: all three of those series were ratings champs for the network, ranking among the summer’s top ten scripted hours overall in cable in the coveted 18-49 demo. While Suits, which will also likely pick up a renewal, still remains the network's most-watched show, White Collar, Royal Pains, and Covert Affairs are all still in the top 5.
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USA Network has renewed its longest-running current series, Psych, for a seventh season.
The beloved quasi-procedural dramedy, starring James Roday and Dule Hill as best friends who help the police solve cases in rather odd fashion, will unleash 16 more episodes later this year, long after season 6 resumes its run on Feb. 29.
“We are always trying to find ways to reward our Psych brand ambassadors for their loyalty and passion and social media plays a critical role in how we connect with the people who matter most — the fans,” said network co-presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel, after the renewal news was broken by the series' stars themselves on Psych's Facebook page.
Did you think that movie news was the only breaking information that came out of the San Diego Comic-Con? If you did, then you'll be delighted to know that some of your favorite television shows have a major presence at the convention, which got started in a very big way today.
I'm happy to report two tantalizing updates on two hot programs. First up is AMC's The Walking Dead - Frank Darabont's serialized adaptation of Robert Kirkman's beloved zombie-apocalypse comics. Today, we learned that Michael Rooker (Jumper, Days of Thunder) and Norman Reedus (Boondock Saints) have joined the cast of the show that will premiere this fall. In addition, Andrew Rothenberg (Jim), Juan Pareja (Morales), Iron E. Singleton (T-Dog), Jeryl Prescott Sales (Jacqui), Melissa McBride (Carol) and Adam Minarovich (Ed) have signed up as members of the “survivor’s camp.”
USA's top-rated program Burn Notice also had a major announcement, as Jeff Wachtel, President of Original Programming, announced that the network would be producing a Burn Notice prequel movie starring Bruce Campbell as Sam Axe in his earlier days as an FBI agent. As a long-time fan of the show and Campbell, this is a big deal: Sam is the main reason the show has performed as well as it has and the production values are so high that it has always been ripe for a more cinematic experience. Though the prequel will still be relegated to the small screen, I'm very excited to delve deeper into the Sam's backstory.