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Burn Notice: Is Season Seven the End?

Burn Notice season sevenLast week we reported that USA Network was working on a deal to renew Burn Notice for a seventh and final season of 13 episodes. Today, the cable channel announced that they had indeed renewed the show for 13 more episodes.

They didn’t say however that the seventh season will be the show’s last but one has to wonder. Though Burn Notice is USA’s most popular scripted series, they’re only renewing it for 13 episodes — the show’s smallest season since year one. Seasons two and three had 16 episodes each while years four, five, and six have had 18 installments each.

Do they want to use these 13 episodes to wrap up the show? We shall see.

Star Jeffrey Donovan recently told reporters on a conference call, “I think probably season seven will be our final season, and it will probably come down to those two people probably in some devastating fashion.”

Here’s the press release from USA. Please share your theories below.

USA NETWORK FIRES UP SEASON SEVEN ORDER FOR RATINGS POWERHOUSE “BURN NOTICE”

Emmy(R)-Nominated Original Drama Celebrates Its 100th Episode Milestone

NEW YORK, NY – November 7, 2012 – USA Network’s longest running original drama BURN NOTICE, consistently one of cable’s top scripted series, today received a 13-episode pickup for its seventh season. In 2013, the Emmy(R)-nominated series will join an elite group as the third show in the network’s history to reach 100 episodes. This pick-up completes the renewals of summer’s most successful block on television following the recent third season order of USA original SUITS.

“BURN NOTICE is like a fine wine that gets better with age,” said USA Network Co-Presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel. “Delivering high-octane action, gripping drama and nearly 7 million viewers for the mid-season finale, this veteran series is a proven staple of our portfolio.”

Fast-paced spy thriller BURN NOTICE follows the formerly black-listed spy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan), currently working under-the-radar with the CIA on special projects. Michael’s eclectic team includes ex-IRA operative and girlfriend Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), washed up former Navy Seal Sam (Bruce Campbell), ex-counter-intelligence agent Jesse (Coby Bell), and Michael’s mother – honorary member Madeline (Emmy(R) winner Sharon Gless). As the second half of the series sixth season returns on Thursday, November 8 at 9/8c with a special two-hour premiere, the team is stranded in Panama and desperate to find a way back to Miami.

BURN NOTICE, paired with original drama SUITS, was the most successful block on television this summer attracting more adults 25-54, 18-49 and 18-34 than any other pairing of scripted series.

BURN NOTICE was created, written and executive produced by Matt Nix. Mikkel Bondesen and Alfredo Barrios serve as executive producers. The series comes from Fox Television Studios and Fuse Entertainment.

Fox Television Studios produces scripted and unscripted programming for US broadcast and cable networks, and international broadcasters. The studio produces the hit series Burn Notice and White Collar, both for USA; and the series The Glades for A&E. FTVS also is in production on Graceland, its new series for USA from White Collar creator Jeff Eastin; The Americans for FX, starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, and Maron, a fictionalized look at the life of comedian and podcast sensation Marc Maron, for IFC.

The #1 network in all of basic cable for six consecutive years and an unprecedented seven straight summers, USA Network is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes. USA is a leader in scripted programming with a powerful stable of originals, spectacular live television and is home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, a broad portfolio of acquired series and entertainment events. A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV. USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. The award-winning website is located at http://www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.

What do you think? Are you glad to hear that Burn Notice has been renewed for a seventh season? Why do you think there will only be 13 episodes? Is this the end?

 

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Cheryl Hudson September 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

I beleve that Burn Notice SHoULD be renewed every year. It is such a good show with all apisodes having you hanging on to your seat. Why they always want to cancel GREAT shows is far beyond me. Kerp it going and let Michael and Fiona get back together. They are so HOt as a couple.

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melle August 27, 2013 at 3:38 am

Burn notice is the best of the best. Their new shows like Graceland does not measure up compare with burn notice and the others like white collar, psychic only to mention a few. this fall line up the family does not look like it will make it–if I wanted to watch something like that I would be watching ABC, CBS, and NBC that is the quality they put out. USA has a line up that we watch–why spoiled it?

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Rhonda August 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I don’t understand why they are taking Burn Notice off the air. It is such a good show
that I look forward to each week. It is getting to where this day and time you can’t find
a good show to watch on T.V. anymore all they want to put on is reality shows and stupid
sitcoms. What happened to the good old days when it didn’t matter what channel you watched although we didn’t have many channels you could find a good show to watch.
There are only about half a dozen shows during the week that I watch and a lot of them
are on USA and now they are taking my favorite show off the air. It just isn’t fair.

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JessZee July 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Burn Notice is such a fun an entertaining show it is so ridiculous for it to come to an end. There are so many other shows like NCIS etc. that have more or less same plot and is still going strong. Burn Notice has intrigue, comedy, drama and action wich makes it so great to watch every week. I watch the reruns on Netflix all the time. Please do not cancel.

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Sherry July 25, 2013 at 11:26 am

I am very upset to hear Burn Notice is being cancelled. It is a big mistake to take such a great and exciting show off the air. I know so many people that love and watch the show all the time. Whoever is making this decision is so totally wrong.

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Randy E. July 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I don’t get why anyone would in their right mind *cancel* a TV show that has such high ratings as Burn Notice? Back in the 80′s Miami Vice was also a much-loved television show and was every bit as popular but unfortunately that series lost it’s spark the last couple of seasons. Burn Notice on the other hand has not, and is more popular today than it was in season one.

I just don’t get it why any network would want to end a show that has the story potential of Burn Notice. There are so many stories left to be explored and it’s a mistake to bring to a close this beloved show – and what’s with only ordering 13 episodes for the final season? I mean, really? The most popular TV show they’ve ever had and they’re gonna only make 13 episodes? Are they TRYING to make people not like them?

Personally I think the USA Network has made a big mistake here. Oh they’ll continue on just fine but the revenue they would have realized will be lost once Burn Notice has left the stage. Total mistake letting this show go like this . . .

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Tera July 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm

They will never listen so why bother

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