Mar 3, 2011

Burn Notice Prequel Movie Gets Title, Premiere Date

Whoops, I'm a few weeks behind on this. USA has announced that the Bruce Campbell Burn Notice spin-off telefilm we're all so excited about will be called Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe and will air on April 17 at 9PM on USA. Here's the bulk of the press release, per The Futon Critic:
BURN NOTICE: THE FALL OF SAM AXE, starring Bruce Campbell, will premiere Sunday, April 17 at 9/8c on USA Network. The prequel film to USA's smash hit series takes place in Colombia 2005 when Lieutenant Commander Sam Axe (Campbell) is sent to advise a local military platoon. It's there he discovers deep layers of deception and ultimately realizes he may be allied with the wrong side. Shot on location in Bogota, Columbia, the two hour movie is directed by BURN NOTICE star Jeffrey Donovan.

BURN NOTICE: THE FALL OF SAM AXE also stars RonReaco Lee ("The Good Guys," "Madea Goes to Jail"), Kiele Sanchez ("Lost," "The Glades"), John Diehl ("Miami Vice," "Stargate") and Chandra West ("John From Cincinnati," "The Gates").

The prequel is written and executive produced by BURN NOTICE creator Matt Nix. Donovan and Campbell also serve as executive producers on the Fox Television Studios project alongside BURN NOTICE's Mikkel Bondesen.
That's also the first mention I've seen of the supporting cast (though I haven't been following the Twitter feeds). Like all of America, I was kind of cool on Nikki and Paolo on Lost, but the episode that focused on them was kind of awesome, and I did like Kiele Sanchez on what I saw of The Glades, another Florida-set cable show. Miami Vice vet John Diehl (who also played G. Gordon Liddy in Oliver Stone's Nixon) should make a good untrustworthy superior/foil for Campbell as Rear Admiral Lawrence. I can't wait for April 17!

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