Burn Notice

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Michael Westen, played by Jeffrey Donovan

Most people would be thrilled to be on the warm, beautiful sands of South Beach. However, Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) is not "most people." He's got a pesky FBI tail, a violence prone ex-girlfriend looking for closure, and a hypochondriac mother calling him 30 times a day. Yet these are the least of his problems.

After 10 years of serving his country working in Eastern Europe and the OPEC countries as a covert operative, Michael is living every spy's worst nightmare. While in the middle of a dangerous mission in Nigeria, Michael's "contact" informs him that he has been burned. When a spy gets fired, he doesn't get a call from human resources and a gold watch. In Michael's case, they jeopardize his life, freeze his bank accounts, dump him in Miami, and flag him on every government list known to man. They can't take away his skills or what's in his head, so they take away his assets and his resources to make sure he can never work again. They burn him.

Now Michael has a much different mission: he must find out who issued his burn notice and why he was blacklisted so that he can put his life back together. Meanwhile, he has to fend off a suddenly hostile world of old foes gunning for him. In order to survive in Miami and fund his own personal investigation, Michael enlists the help of the only two "friends" he has: Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) an ex-IRA operative who also happens to be an ex-girlfriend and Sam (Bruce Campbell) a washed-out military intelligence contact whom the feds have keeping an eye on Michael. He's also forced to deal with the family he went halfway around the world to get away from - particularly his mother, Madeline (Sharon Gless), who couldn't be happier to have her son back in town.

Michael, on the other hand, is happiest when he is in a different hemisphere from the rest of his family. He was 17 when he left home to join the military and he never turned back. Now stuck in Miami, the one place he vowed never to return to, he must confront the bad memories of his childhood and repair the broken relationships he left behind.

As he gets closer to the truth, Michael scrapes by helping out whoever needs his services -- mostly desperate people who can't go to the police. Using his Special Ops training, some duct tape and his sardonic humor, Michael becomes a reluctant hero. It's a dangerous gig, but it's the best he can do ... for now.

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Fiona Glenanne, played by Gabrielle Anwar

Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) is Michael's trigger-happy girlfriend who, despite her good looks, has a rough exterior with a hankering for guns. Her skill vary from picking locks all the way to hand-to-hand combat. Fiona is the type who shoots first and asks questions later. She is stubborn, but patient when it comes to getting her way. With her knowledge of explosives, spy techniques and many other traits, Fiona is a girl you don't want to meet in a dark alley. Although she is sweet, she will stab you the minute you are a threat to her or Michael.
Jesse Porter [S04-], played by Coby Bell

Jesse Porter (Coby Bell) is a nice former spy who wants justice for all no matter what the costs are. Known for his ruthless ability to read spies, he is stronger when he can see the truth in another man or woman's eyes. With Jesse's attention to detail, he can be a great part of the team, but also can be very dangerous as well.
Sam Axe, played by Bruce Campbell

Handsome with a good-natured grin, Sam (Bruce Campbell) is a former Navy Seal, Military Intel Operative, and all-around Cold Warrior. In his prime he was point man on an array of armed conflicts the world over. He worked with Michael many times during those heady days. When Michael reconnects with him in Miami, Sam has embraced his post-espionage days by letting loose. Once, he loved the threadbare world of secret surveillance in the communist bloc, or forward recon in the touch-and-go Middle East.

Now, he has moved on to mojitos, Sugar Mommas and bikini watching in the bars and on the sands of South Beach. He's reliable and consistent, in the way that you can count on a former spy to dig up solid intel and execute missions with stealthy aplomb. Despite his predilection for rich divorc´┐Żes and cocktails, he is an asset to Michael, even when he becomes an informant for the FBI. Though the Feds have Sam keeping an eye on Michael, he needs Sam's friendship, partnership, and expertise, now more than ever.
Madeline Westen, played by Sharon Gless

Madeline (Sharon Gless) is Michael's mother and widow who makes it a priority to make sure that Michael is taken care of. Madeline is a chain smoker with attitude when it comes to helping out Michael catch anyone wanting to do him harm, but doesn't take any bad talking to her. She is quick to strike at any moment. All it takes is a little coaxing and a carton of cigarettes.
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
Status: Ended
Network: USA Network ( USA)
Airs: Thursdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: June 28, 2007
Ended: September 12, 2013
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