Wow. That's all I can say. Wow. ...Okay, I guess I should say more, since I'm the one who begged to write a gushing love note to the Season 2 premiere of Burn Notice, the USA Network's sizzling spy series. I should point out that it was actually my very first episode, having not seen any Season 1 episodes, I'd only read M. Giant's handy cheat sheet, so it was like getting thrown into the middle of a firefight with only the barest idea of what to expect. Hey, kinda like how ex-spy Michael Westen started off the episode! Here're my five favorite things about the premiere.
Stop laughing, I'm serious! I'm a big fan of spy capers in general (ask anyone who's ever talked to me for more than 5 minutes -- Alias
and Ian Fleming come up pretty frequently), so maybe I'm biased, but I swear to you, USA's Burn Notice
is worth watching. It's full of fun factoids (did you know Nigeria is the gun-running capital of Africa? How about how to make a bug out of two cell phones? Or how about the fact that money launderers are "like the Yellow Pages of criminals"? I didn't either!), useful combat tips (actual quote: "When you fight, you have to be careful not to break the little bones in your hands on someone's face." - oh, if only I'd known that in my youth...), and a fabulous supporting cast (Bruce Campbell as a skirt-chasing alcoholic and former spy, and Cagney from Cagney & Lacey
as a pill-popping hypochondriac and communications specialist, among others). Combine all that with a few expensive-looking car chases and a heartwarming fight for the underdog B-story, and you've got an entertaining damn show! Check out the pilot for after the jump.
Well, not exactly. But I was present for a round table of sorts with Battlestar Galactica's
most famous cylon about her new gig on USA's Burn Notice
. For starters, Helfer confirmed she will be in a whopping seven (possibly eight) out of 16 episodes this season, so tonight's season premiere is no mere guest appearance. And aside from knowing she's generally scary and bossy, she doesn't know a whole lot about her new character yet. "To be completely honest, I really don't know much of Carla's back story. I do know that she was a spy, and that she is now the public face of the organization that burns Michael. So she is definitely in a leadership position, and, at this point, pretty much ordering Michael around." Poor Michael. That guy just can't catch a break.
Carrie Underwood tries -- and fails -- to climb the mountain that is live television.
At last, Joe Biden discovers the real perks of being Vice President.
, parks and recreation
, vice president
, the cw
, the carrie diaries
, sex and the city
, david tennant
, the clone wars
, burn notice
, matt damon
, ariel winter
, anne hathaway
, jason sudeikis
"Siri -- confirm that I really do have the moves like Jagger."
, saturday night live
, william mapother
, burn notice
, john c. mcginley
, june carter cash
, game of thrones
, the vampire diaries
Some say warm weather means summer, but we go by light and fun TV shows.
, necessary roughness
, burn notice
, white collar
, covert affairs
, the rockford files
, march cherry
, desperate houseweives
, deal or no deal
, howie mandel's white elephant
Oh, TBS. Despite the sporadic relief of Office
re-runs and the less-awful-than-all-the-other-orginial-series-on-its-network My Boys
, there's really no better way to slap a slogan like "Very Funny" in the face than with The Bill Engvall Show
, Tyler Perry's House of Payne
, Frank TV
and Everybody Loves Raymond
re-runs. And now, as if those weren't bad enough, TBS has given the guy who helmed The Bill Engvall Show, The Drew Carey Show and George Lopez a sitcom starring Valerie Bertinelli
, which is just unbelievable.
, Valerie Bertinelli
, The Office
, My Boys
, The Bill Engvall Show
, The Drew Carey Show
, George Lopez
, Ted Danson
, Sharon Gless
, Burn Notice
Joss Stone is joining the cast of The Tudors
. And no, this is not some different show called The Tudors
, it's the Showtime period drama. And no, she won't be playing some court jester-y Aretha Franklin impersonator (they had those), she'll be playing Anne of Cleves, the fourth wife of Henry VIII. I'm going to come clean here and admit that I don't know anything about Henry VIII or his wives except that he had mental problems and killed them all, so maybe Anne of Cleves was the one who didn't say much and just kind of belted out blue-eyed soul while barefoot, because that's the only way this stuntcasting makes any sense.