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Burn Notice Season Finale Smokes: Jeffrey Donovan & Gabrielle Anwar Interview/Podcast

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USA Network's Burn Notice wraps season three with a real twisted finale and it's definitely worth watching and recording to DVR, because you will miss things in this episode if you blink!

A round-table interview with a packed conference call of journos provided an opportunity to interview Gabrielle Anwar (Fiona) and Jeffrey Donovan (Michael Westen). The result was a really interesting series of questions and the most amazing answers.

This is a long podcast. I did edit it but I couldn't edit too much because of the way the two actors were interacting with each other and the media. So stick with it; you will learn a great deal about these characters! Note there is a print transcript which is easy enough to read, but honestly, if you miss the podcast, you miss serious nuances and insight into both the characters and these two actors!

Transcript: Gabrielle Anwar and Jeffrey Donovan, Burn Notice

Kenn Gold of Media Blvd: Hello, I want to thank you both for taking the time today, I really love the show and your performances. It's great to talk to you.

Jeffrey Donovan: Thanks, Kenn.

Gold: First question I had, I just wondered if you could talk about, are you surprised at the success of this show? And I know at times, for USA, the show is either competitive with NBC or sometimes even through passing and are you surprised with the following that it's gotten over the years?

Donovan: Well, I think that all you can hope for is that you make something that people want to watch and then somehow keep integrity while doing that. And so I think we're very happy with the ratings definitely. I know we work really hard, so surprised, yes, we're always surprised when anything succeeds in this day and age.

Gold: Okay, great. And one for both of you, can you talk about your characters and just kind of the evolution that we've seen in your characters, and are you happy with where you guys have ended up with your characters? And if you're in charge of everything, where would you like to see them go I guess in the season or in the future?

Gabrielle Anwar: Do you think we've evolved?

Gold: I'm sure you could always do it better, I mean everybody's got to have that feel for their character.

Anwar: I don't know where we're going, where are we going, Jeffrey?

Donovan: Well, I think that, I'll speak for Gabrielle, I mean I know from talking with all the other cast mates, we're very happy with where it's going. But sometimes Matt Nix and all the other writers keep us slightly in the character dark, not because they don't trust us with the knowledge, but they're just trying to figure it out as well along the way.

When you're dealing with espionage and covert affairs, sometimes the secret is more exciting than the knowledge. If we were both in charge, I would love a deeper insight into Michael's past, that's for me. I don't know about Gabrielle, what would you like?

Anwar: I'm quite happy with Fiona's enigmatic state of being. I don't think I need to know more about, I'd love to know more about where you're from, absolutely, but I quite like not knowing. I don't like to know who I am.

Moderator: Next, we'll go to the line of Jenny Rarden with, please go ahead.

Jenny Rarden: Hello. Thank you, guys, for speaking with us today. My first question is for Jeffrey, I read online that in an upcoming episode, Michael will be going somewhere other than Miami and that he won't be alone. Can you tell us where your character's going and why, as well as who's going with him?

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  • Arloa

    I am not computer savy, but wanted to get the name of this year’s season finale because this is one of my favorite shows, but somehow I can’t get to a site to 1) give me the name of it so I can watch my DVR listings to record it (somehow it got deleted (hmmm-hubby that doesn’t know how to run it???), or to hopefully have someone tell me when I can see it!!

    All of the “gobbly-gook” above does not let me get anywhere!!

    Also, I wouldn’t mind if there weren’t so many other “blogs” to interfere with the purpose of this site!!

    Great show – keep it coming!!

  • Stevie Wilson

    you can check online at
    OR try . Your biggest problem is that you are commenting on season 3.. and I am not sure if you want season 3 or season 5 which they closed out. They restart up this summer.

    However if you checked my personal blog (this is an article site), you would also find it there as well.