Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases people are excited for.

I normally don't do any mems, except for the occasional IMM post, but I thought that I would do a WOW post for once. This week (and my first wow) I'm waiting for...



Title: Prophecy of Days - Book One: The Daykeeper's Grimoire
Author: Christy Raedeke
Publisher: Flux
Release Date: May 1, 2010

Summary:

PROPHECY OF DAYS, BOOK ONE: THE DAYKEEPER’S GRIMOIRE is the story of Caity Mac Fireland, a girl from San Francisco whose parents drag her to an isle off the coast of Scotland to manage some family property. Caity finds that a Mayan relic is concealed there, intentionally left centuries ago by Mayan Daykeepers in an attempt to keep their profound knowledge about the year 2012 alive into the current era.

As she delves into this world of secret knowledge, Caity is helped along by a visiting family friend and Feng Shui master, Uncle Li; a Mayan elder named Bolon; and Mr. Papers, her pet monkey that communicates through origami. A handsome Scottish lad gets pulled into the intrigue, as do several other people with questionable motives and loyalties. Caity must weave together a tapestry of information in order to make her radical discovery, a mystery protected by an elite coterie of power-brokers who influence world events. Caity’s twenty-first century mind is put to the test as she tries to uncover the answer to an ancient riddle while trying to outwit this powerful group that will stop at nothing to control the secret, and her.

Why I want it:

IT SOUNDS AWESOME! How does that summary not hook you in? Although, it kinda terrifies me at the same time. I also heard something about a monkey? I like monkeys. Plus it has to deal with the Mayans, and I'm part Mayan! The cover is also pretty cool.

And another reason? I actually met and had lunch with Christy in the summer during SCBWI during the tenner/blogger lunch. (You can see that post HERE.)

What are you waiting for?

-Alicia

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Graduated or Graduating?! High School and College


I am working on an article that may or may not be published. However, I need to talk to a few people that either graduated last year (2009) or are graduating this year (2010). High School Graduates AND College Graduates (sorry for the confusion, I thought it was just HS before) If you or someone you know falls under these categories, please get in touch. Either email me with your graudation year in the subject (lauren51990 AT aol DOT com) or leave a comment with your email and I'll get in touch with you. I only have two days so if you volunteer, I need to hear back today or tomorrow once I send over the question. Sorry for such short notice!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Law and Order: Criminal Intent Review/Giveaway (worth $160)

Review by Lauren

Fans of Law and Order: Criminal Intent are going to be in for quite an episode this week and next week for the two part/two night premiere. People die, people leave. I won't say who of course as that is part of the mystery but it should be interesting. I can see a lot of people complaining and I can't say much on that front as I never really watched this show before either. I do love Jeff Goldblum though. He has a laidback attitude on the show that is easy to watch and even easier to love. I'm quite interested in seeing where his character goes with the show and for more mysteries to unveil themselves this season.

I have seen both parts of this premiere and you definitely don't want to miss either. The first isn't just build up and the second isn't just the end of a climax. Both have some shocking factors and should give fans a shocking goodbye, with a nice hello. Don't miss it! For now...enter the giveaway.



Giveaway!

-Open to U.S. Residents only
-Entrants must be at least 18 yrs of age
-This prize pack is valued at $160 and is provided by USA Network


To Enter: What are you looking forward to this season? (or from the show in general, if you haven't watched before)


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Ends: Saturday, April 17th

LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT returns with 16 all new episodes on its new night, Tuesday, March 30 at 10/9c. SAG nominee Saffron Burrows and Academy Award nominee Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio join Academy Award nominee Jeff Goldblum for the Season Nine two-part season opener featuring the departure of long time cast members Emmy Award nominee Vincent D’Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe and Eric Bogosian.

Winner will receive:

-Criminal Intent Nylon Cinch Sack

-Criminal Intent T-Shirt

-Criminal Intent Hat

-Criminal Intent Logo Pin

-Criminal Intent Season 3 DVD


-Criminal Intent Season 4 DVD

In Plain Sight Review + Giveaway (worth $130)

Review by Lauren

Having seen this week's premiere of In Plain Sight, I can say that you don't want to miss this one. I love the USA network but honestly I never really sat down and watched this show before but I definitely want to now. I'd love to win this prize pack myself to have the previous seasons. Overall, the show is interesting, fun, and downright funny sometimes.

As for this particular episode, it's a nice start to a new season with guest star Donnie Wahlberg as a former criminal that will do anything to keep his son (and future loved ones) safe. He has an intense role and most parents would probably understand his feelings near the end. You'll just have to see the episode to know what I mean...

The character of Mary is a sarcastic, yet lovable, woman who must keep secrets to do the job she loves. I found her to be entirely engrossing and hopefully others will too. So watch the show, whether you have before or not, as it seems fairly easy to get into the swing of it and it might just cure those summertime yearnings for the moment.


Giveaway!


-Open to U.S. Residents only
-Entrants must be at least 18 yrs of age
-This prize pack is valued at $130 and is provided by USA Network




-To enter: Please let me know a favorite quote from In Plain Sight. If you haven't seen the show yet, then why do you want to watch?

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Ends: Saturday, April 17th!

IN PLAIN SIGHT starring Mary McCormack returns for season three on its new night, Wednesday, March 31 at 10/9c with guest star Donnie Wahlberg. IN PLAIN SIGHT also stars Frederick Weller, Nichole Hiltz and Paul Ben-Victor. Returning guest-stars for season three include Lesley Ann Warren, Cristian de la Fuente and Joshua Malina. Other season three guest stars will be Emmy winner Allison Janney (“The West Wing,” “Juno”); Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winner Rita Moreno (“Cane,” “The Guardian”), Steven Weber (“Wings,” “Studio 60”), Tess Harper (“No Country for Old Men,” “Breaking Bad”), and Josh Cooke (“Committed,” “Four Kings”).


Winner will receive:

-In Plain Sight Canvas Travel Bag

-In Plain Sight Luggage Tag

-In Plain Sight T-Shirt

-In Plain Sight Season 1 DVD

-In Plain Sight Season 2 DVD

Friday, March 26, 2010

Possessed by Kate Cann


Title: Possessed
Author: Kate Cann
Publisher: Point
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed from Nancy
Release Date: Out Now
Pgs: 336
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Review by: Alicia
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Summary (from ARC):

She though it was an escape…but she might be trapped forever.

Rayne cant wait to get away—from the stifling heat of summer in London, from her controlling older boyfriend, Damian, from the tiny apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. So when she finds a job at a secluded country estate, Rayne jumps at the chance to escape.

But as soon as she arrives, her retreat feels like another prison. The ancient estate is suffocating, filled with spooky relics and a strange energy that seems to surround her everywhere she goes. Rayne wants to believe it’s all just her imagination, but as she spends more time in the country she becomes more convinced that there’s something out there…something that wants her to stay…forever.

Review:

When I heard that Kate Cann had a new book coming out, I got extremely excited. I love her other books and always reread them. So when Nancy told me she had her newest book, Possessed, I freaked out and had to borrow it.

This book was ok, I liked it, but at the same time I didn’t like it. Sometimes I liked Rayne, and other times I didn’t. For instance, all of her lying really bugged me. And, I never really felt like her boyfriend was overprotective.

I couldn’t stand St. John and his crowd. They annoyed me. So I can't say I was too surprised with what happened, but there was one thing about St. John I didn’t really see coming.

I liked all of the characters that lived at the house and Ethan. The background mystery was really interesting—definitely spooky and creepy.

Cover Comments: this cover is creeeepy!

Overall: 3/5

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Match Made in High School Review + Interview


A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker

Review by: Lauren

Book Source: From the Author

Summary (source):When a mandatory course forces Fiona to “try the knot” with super-jock Todd Harding, she’s convinced life couldn't get any worse. Until her crush is paired with her arch enemy (otherwise known as Todd’s obscenely hot, slightly sadistic girlfriend). But that’s nothing compared to her best friend’s fate – a year with the very goofy, very big Johnny Mercer.

A series of hilarious pranks leave Fiona wondering: is there something her “best friend” hasn’t told her? Could there be more to Johnny Mercer than an awesome music collection? And most intriguing, could Todd Harding have a heart beneath his pretty-boy exterior?


Review:

This is one of the most fun books I've read in awhile! When I say A Match Made in High School is laugh-out-loud funny, I'm not lying or exaggerating. I was around my mom a few times I read this book and she would just shake her head whenever I'd burst out in giggles. It's a really fun story but there is a lot of depth to the book.

I love that the characters are more than they seem. You don't just have the popular/dumb guy or the mean cheerleader or even the wallflowers that nobody cares about. They all have a story to why they are the way they are and it's great unraveling the mystery as you read.

Fiona is a believable girl, not always the nicest or most understanding, but with a huge heart underneath it all. The bickering between her and Todd includes some of the funniest moments and is sure to give readers many favorite quotes.


This a book that I would love to own the final copy of and not just an ARC. It's hard to buy every single book I want but Kristin Walker's debut is a sure-fire hit. The weather is getting warmer, so head to the bookstore and pick this one up. It'll have you smiling through the exams coming up for sure!

Kristin Walker Interview

By: Lauren


1. If you had to be matched up with someone from your high school to fake marry them, who would you pick and why? (You don't have to use real names!)

I'm sure I would've picked my high school boyfriend, just so we had an excuse to do stuff together.

2. What idea first came to you when writing this book? The overall storyline, a character, etc.?

The idea of a high school marriage education course was the first spark. Fiona's character fell in line soon after that. And I had a vague idea of the overall storyline around then, too. I knew I wanted to turn some stereotypes upside-down, so I tried to head in that direction.

3. What about being a debut author do people not realize?

We're not millionaires. Many of us (in YA, at least) probably don't make enough from our first book to buy a new car. For some, not even a used one. But most debut authors will tell you that it's not about the money. It's all about getting published. Everything else is gravy.

4. If the book wasn't A Match Made in High School, what would it be called? What's at least one song that would fit the book?

The original title of the book was Marriage Ed., which honestly, was the file name I saved the manuscript under. I'm pretty lousy at thinking of titles for myself. I can do it for other people, but not for me. I think that when I'm so deeply involved in the details of a story, it's hard to think of something that sums up the whole thing. Razorbill came up with A MATCH MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL, and I love it.

One song? Has to be something from the White Stripes. Either Fell in Love With a Girl or We're Going to Be Friends.


5. If you could wish on a real shooting star, what what it be and why?

I've wished on so many! I'm pretty sure some were airplanes, though. Discounting the obvious answers like world peace and an end to hunger, I'd wish that my kids lived long, healthy, happy lives, and that I didn't screw them up too much.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My Dating Disasters Diary by Liz Rettig

My Dating Disasters Diary by Kelly Ann

Author: Liz Rettig

Review by: Lauren

Also for: http://www.teensreadtoo.com

Summary-

Kelly Ann is a boy's girl...not the kind that dresses up and snogs them, but rather the time that plays football (or soccer) with them and is seen only as a friend. Things start to change though when her best friend Liz and new friend Stephanie try and make her more into a girl. She finds herself liking to dress up and fawning over all sorts of boys, from a famous singer to a boy in her own class. Add in run-ins with royalty, boring sisters who find dates, a new school, and more and you have one hilariously fun read!

Review-

The Kelly Ann diaries are perfect for fans of Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicholson books. Both are teen girls from the UK who write in their diaries about all sorts of topics related to growing up. Kelly Ann is a fun, realistic girl that is going through all sorts of changes that are easy to relate to. She's hilarious and pulls readers into her story. The book is sure to be a fast read for many.

Just one part of a series, once Dating Disasters ends, teen girls can go along with Kelly Ann in the next novel. Personally, I'd love to read more!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Kirstie Alley's Big Life Prize Pack!



ENTER TO WIN A PRIZE PACK TO CELEBRATE THE SERIES PREMIERE OF KIRSTIE ALLEY’S BIG LIFE ON A/E !!!

PREMIERING SUNDAY, MARCH 21 AT 10PM ET/PT ON A&E

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Rules- This will end April 4th!!

-Open to U.S. Residents only
-Entrants must be at least 18 yrs of age
-This prize pack is valued at $70 and is provided by A&E Network

-What are your thoughts on Kirstie Alley's upcoming show?

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Psych, Giveaways, Updates!


Sorry for the delay in finding giveaway winners. If they are in the left hand corner still, they they might be over but a winner hasn't been chosen. I will be working on that this week. I didn't win the giveaway I entered (but thank you for allll the help) so that means The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June will go in the basket and there will be one winner. I'm still figuring out what to put in it but again, a winner will be chosen soon. As for the White Cat ARC, that's a totally different winner which will be figured out soon as well.

Thanks for entering the Psych giveaway. We had a HUGE turn out. The winner for that has been chosen and their info was submitted so sorry if you didn't win. Keep an eye out for new promos and giveaways coming up though!! I hope you enjoyed the Psych finale. I loved it. If you go down a few posts, please read the Ally Sheedy and James Roday interview. It's very interesting!!!

IMM 4

In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren who was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.

Alicia here. I did a vlog! Woo! Let's hope it isn't that bad. Also, sorry if it's blurry or dark, I used the web cam.




Bought:
The Immortal Realm- Frewin Jones
Bleeding Violet- Dia Reeves
The Secret Year- Jennifer R Hubbard
The river- Mary Jane Beaufrand
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin- Josh Berk
Incarceron- Catherine Fisher (not shown)
Eight Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Book 1)- Heather Brewer
Ninth Grade Slays (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Book 2)- Heather Brewer
Tenth Grade Bleeds (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Book 3)- Heather Brewer
Eleventh Grade Burns (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Book 4)- Heather Brewer

Won:
Struts & Frets- Jon Skovron (From YA Books Central)
Kissed by an Angel: Kissed by an Angel; The Power of Love; Soulmates- Elizabeth Chandler
Perfect Shot- Debbie Rigaud
Perfect You- Elizabeth Scott
Stupid Cupid- Rhonda Stapleton
What Would Emma Do?- Eileen Cook
(the rest from Zoe's Book Reviews)

Not Your Mothers Book Club:
Very LeFreak- Rachel Cohn
My Boyfriends' Dogs- Dandi Daley Mackall
Finnikin of the Rock- Melina Marchetta
Brightly Woven- Alexandra Bracken
Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story- Adam Rex (not shown)

Review:
Something Like Fate- Susane Colasanti
Demon Princess: Reign Check- Michelle Rowen
Shade- Jeri Smith-Ready
Claire de Lune- Christine Johnson
Guardian of the Dead- Karen Healey
13 Treasures- Michelle Harrison
The Beautiful Between- Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Forgive My Fins- Tera Lynn Childs
Little Vampire Women- Louisa May Alcott and Lynn Messina
The Light (Morpheus Road)- D. J. MacHale

-Alicia

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Psych Interview: James Roday and Ally Sheedy



Interview has spoilers so read AFTER you watch the show if you don't want things ruined!!

Psych Interview/Conference with James Roday (Shawn Spencer) and Ally Sheedy (Mr. Yang) in honor of the season finale tonight at 10/9c. It's called "Mr. Yin Presents" and you do not want to this one believe me! I was lucky enough to see it a couple days ago and it was just fantastic. It leaves you guessing the whole time and the end is definitely one amazing cliffhanger. I can't wait for more, but this is definitely a way to end the season. Again, DO.NOT.MISS. And if you can record it and watch it over until new episodes are aired, then do it. Otherwise look online and try and find it afterwards...again, not because you should miss it tonight if you can help it!

Q&A was done by Lauren. Sorry for the way the names and answers run together but I really wanted to get this posted so I didn't edit that except for my questions (which is all in bold further down this post). There is a picture of creepy Mr. Yang (Ally Sheedy) right before it so you can't miss it. I'd love to know what you think of the interview either before or after the episode tonight (and thoughts on the show too!) It was co-written and directed by James Roday as well!! Giveaway details in the left hand corner, it ends tonight at midnight so enter!!


Moderator Our first question today comes from Frederic Germay, from Media Boulevard Magazine. Please go ahead.

F. Germay My first question is what are some of your favorite episodes in Psych’s four seasons?

J. Roday I assume you’re asking me that question, Frederic?

F. Germay Sure, well, if Ally wants to answer as well…

J. Roday That’s a lot of pressure to put on Ally –

A. Sheedy That’s okay. I love the episodes that have Yang in them.

J. Roday Yes. Ally likes the Yang episodes. I too, like the Yang episodes. I would toss in just a random sampling of – let’s see, I’ve always been really fond of the tele-novella episode where we spoofed a Spanish soap opera that was called “Lights, Camera, Homicidio.” I think like half of season one is very dear to me just because we were sort of flying by the seat of our pants and every week was truly a new adventure. I look back at some of those episodes and even though they may not be the greatest episodes they’ll always have – they’ll be very near and dear to me because it was just so much love happening to get this show off the ground.

Then more recently they let me direct for the first time in season three and I’ll always remember that very fondly. That was the “Tuesday the 17th” episode and the first time John Landis came up to work with us on an episode called “Scary Sherry,” that also was one heck of an experience. But mostly the episodes with Mr. Yang.

A. Sheedy See why I like doing this show? There you go.

J. Roday Yes.
F. Germay Okay. Where do you get the creative inspiration for your character to be so bizarre and different? Do you get all that from the script or is there someone in your life that you modeled the character after?

A. Sheedy I’m not sure, who are you asking?

F. Germay Oh, James.

A. Sheedy Oh, okay.

J. Roday It’s a really great character because he kind of lives by his own set of rules and he’s Peter Pan. He’s Puck, I don’t know real people like him. To approach any situation first and ask questions later that’s just Shawn, and I think I’ve sort of found it along the way. Like I said if you go back and watch early episodes and compare them to the stuff that we’re doing now I think the evolution of the character is – you can see a lot of differences. I’ve always sort of trusted in the fact that this guy doesn’t think a whole lot before he does stuff, so I try not to think too much before I do stuff, and I think it’s worked out okay.

Moderator Our next question comes from Travis Tidmore from CineManiac. Please go ahead, please.

T. Tidmore Hi guys, thanks for joining us today.

J. Roday Yes, thanks, Travis.

A. Sheedy Hi, yes.

T. Tidmore Clearly in this episode there is a lot of Hitchcock references. James I was wondering if there is anyone else you drew inspiration from – influences from when you were directing this episode?

J. Roday You know, I really do try to stay as faithful to Hitchcock as I could both aesthetically and in pacing and I just shamelessly ripped off four or five shots straight out of his films, quite frankly. It was an homage episode and I’m a Hitchcock fan, and Andy Berman who wrote the episode with me, is a Hitchcock fan. As much as we could get away with doing Hitchcock in a Psych episode that’s definitely what we set out to do.

T. Tidmore As a Hitchcock fan I really enjoyed it.
J. Roday Thanks, man.

T. Tidmore No problem. And Ally, from the season finale it looks like we may be seeing more of you. Do you know when that might be, how long we’ll have to wait to see you again?

A. Sheedy I don’t know. I think there is a strange secretive sort of story going on here and so I’m not going to answer that unless James says I can.

J. Roday I think it’s fair to say we have not seen the last of her and we’ll leave it at that.

A. Sheedy Okay, there we go.

T. Tidmore All right, thank you guys very much.

J. Roday Thank you, man.

A. Sheedy Thanks.

Moderator The next question comes from Lisa Steinberg of Starry Constellation, please go ahead.

L. Steinberg Hi James and Ally, how are you doing today?

A. Sheedy Good, hi.

J. Roday Hi.

L. Steinberg Ally, I want to take the time to say how gorgeous you looked last night on that awards show.

A. Sheedy Oh, thank you so much. That was a little nerve wracking, thank you.

L. Steinberg My pleasure. That was a beautiful homage that you guys did as well.

A. Sheedy Yes, it was great actually.

L. Steinberg My question for you, Ally is how hard is it to be kind of menacing – this menacing character on such a hilarious show?

A. Sheedy Oh, it’s not hard at all. It’s not hard at all because everybody is so whacked out and so extreme that I feel like I’m not in the middle of some very serious true to life drama where I have to pull out all these details about how a serial killer would really behave. I just feel like I get to sort of swing out there and wing it, and it was fun working with James as a director because I definitely had the feeling like anything I could come up with goes. Nobody was coming up to me and saying, well, that’s really not how da, da, da, da, da. I felt like I have total freedom with this character to go anywhere, which is the best when you’re working.

L. Steinberg My question for James is the episode that we’ll be seeing has kind of a little bit shocked and surprised a lot of the fans. It’s kind of hard for them to figure out what’s going to be happening. Is that surprise element something that you feel is important not only to this episode coming up but to the show itself?

J. Roday I don’t want to pull the rug out from under our fans every week and slap them in the face with stuff, but this was a season finale and it was the long awaited return of Mr. Yang, and yes, we kind of wanted to load our canon with as much stuff as we could. That’s a fun way to end a season, I think.
Moderator Our next question comes from Rosa Cordero, Accidental Sexiness, please go ahead.

R. Cordero Hi, James, it was awesome meeting you at Extinction, you were fantastic.

J. Roday Oh, thank you.

R. Cordero And Ally, I have to agree with the previous caller you looked gorgeous on the Oscars last night.

A. Sheedy Ah, thank you. Thank you.

R. Cordero You have to realize the teenager – oh sorry, the teenager inside of me is doing cartwheels right now that I’m talking to you.

A. Sheedy Oh, great. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

R. Cordero Okay, so then I’ll ask –God, I’m so nervous I forgot my question.

A. Sheedy Don’t be nervous. Don’t be nervous, please.

R. Cordero Oh, I remember. Are there any clues as to who Yin is in either of the two episodes that we have?

J. Roday No, nothing overt. We’re still sort of working that out ourselves, but we’ll make sure that when we do finally sort of come clean we’ll do our best not to make it one of those things where retrospectively it’s like, well, that’s not – that couldn’t have been possible. We’ll do our best not to cheat. I don’t think we’ve backed ourselves into any corners so far. We’ve kept it pretty ambiguous. We’ll just come up with something really cool and then lay it out there.




Moderator: Next question comes from Lauren Becker with Shooting Stars, go ahead please.

L. Becker: Hi … thanks for talking to us today.

J. Roday: Hello.

A. Sheedy: Hi.

L. Becker: I guess it’s obvious now that “Mr. Yin Presents” was always kind of being formed since the first episode but how did the whole story line come together and how long have you been working on writing it, James?

J. Roday: Well, we sort of – we kind of had to ... that it would be fun to do a trilogy within the landscape of Psych. For a while it was just me and Andy that thought that was cool and then we did the first one and it kind of went over like gangbusters. And Ally was a huge part of our campaign to keep going because I think she did such a marvelous job with that character that it’s like how can you not want more of that? I’ve got to give credit to Jimmi Simpson, too, who also came in and –

A. Sheedy: Oh my God!

J. Roday: -- and created this unbelievable sort of character that we didn’t want to see the end of yet either. A lot of things came together to sort of give us a boost and then from there it was sort of like a no-brainer. We started thinking about the second Yang, I think a day after the first one aired and everybody was so pumped about it. We have not stopped thinking about it since because we still have more work to do.

A. Sheedy: Thank you for saying all that, James, –

J. Roday: It’s so true, though.

A. Sheedy: Thank you. That made my day, definitely made my day.

L. Becker: I’m really excited. I really loved the second part and it definitely leaves you on a cliffhanger, but I enjoyed the Hitchcock references and I was wondering for either of you if there was any particular movie that you wanted to reference in that or what your favorite Hitchcock movie is in general.

J. Roday: What do you think, Ally, what’s your favorite Hitchcock?

A. Sheedy: What’s my favorite one? What’s the name of the Kim Novak one?

J. Roday: Vertigo.

A. Sheedy: See, she’s the boss in this and I can’t remember anything anymore. Vertigo, yes, I love Vertigo, absolutely. I didn’t frigging reference anything for that character. I was like, whatever, you know?

J. Roday: Yes, you were just Yang-ing it in the cell there.

A. Sheedy: Yes, I just, you know, yes.

J. Roday: Most of the references were happening outside.

A. Sheedy: Yes.

J. Roday: I personally am a huge Psycho fan. I have always been a Psycho fan. I’m a horror buff, which is why not only did I get Ally Sheedy in a John Hughes tribute, I got a horror film tribute in the same Oscar telecast and I don’t think it gets better than it did last night for me. I just think Hitchcock sort of revolutionized the idea of the chiller twist that horror films kind of attempted to be predicated on since Psycho came out. That is the original jaw dropping twist that sort of set everything else in motion. I love that movie, and Anthony Perkins is fantastic in it and it’s shot amazingly and yes, that would be my number one.


Moderator Our next question comes from Kiko Martinez with Extra Chicago, please go ahead.

K. Martinez Hey, James, I thought that was a pretty good Jimmy Stewart impersonation you had there. How long did it take to perfect that, or was that one of those kind of impersonations that you have to know as an actor?

J. Roday You know what? I didn’t think I had a Jimmy Stewart in my canon but Andy wrote it and I gave it a shot with a full disclaimer that if it was terrible we would not be using it. It’s a bad Jimmy Stewart impression but it’s good enough that you know who it is. Yes, that’s what I have to say about that.

K. Martinez Ally, what was it like having all those actors on the same stage again last night and what did you think about Fisher Steven’s win?

A. Sheedy Oh, that was – well first of all, that movie The Cove is an incredible documentary. It really, really is. It’s not a – I’ve never seen a documentary quite like that one just because of the particular people who were involved in it. It was thrilling. There was Fisher, who I’ve known forever, up there for a documentary. It’s just – I can’t really describe the feeling but there is something about it where you kind of feel like you’re proud of the person even though there is no reason for you to feel proud of them, kind of. It was great to see everybody. It’s really, really nice actually to see everyone. The only person I’m really in touch with regularly is Judd, so it was just nice to check in and see everyone is doing so great.

K. Martinez Thanks a lot.

A. Sheedy Thanks.

Moderator Next question comes from Isis Hernandez with USA Fan’s Character, please go ahead.

I. Hernandez Well I super, super loved this episode. I’m a huge Hitchcock fan and I was just counting every Hitchcock reference and I’ve got to go back and see it a third time to keep counting because –

A. Sheedy Oh, that’s great.

I. Hernandez -- it’s fabulous. My first question is for Mr. James Roday. I know that Hitchcock loved to kind of do most of his directing in preproduction in the fact that he kind of knew how he would be directing before the first day of shooting. Did you approach it this way, the same way that Hitchcock approached it?

J. Roday No. Hitchcock, God love him, he’s one of the great masters of all time, but he did used to stick to that whole idea that the entire movie was in his head before he stepped on set for the first day and that never once in his entire career did anything ever change. That’s like the most impossible thing in the world for me to believe if for no other reason than something must have fallen over at some point or exploded or something.

We’re a TV show on a seven day schedule so it’s like you want to make people laugh, come in with a plan. Ha, ha that’s very funny. You learn very quickly that if you can get two or three or maybe four of the things right or at least close to what you had in your head over the course of a seven day shoot then you’ve succeeded. That’s a lot to be happy about. The same goes for this episode. I sort of chose my battles and I picked the things that I really, really, really wanted to look like the way that they were storyboarded or the way that they were conceived and everything else you’re just rolling with the punches and collaborating like crazy and hoping that other people will step up and make you look good because you simply haven’t had time to think about some stuff as much as others.

For this episode the Hitchcock stuff was obviously very important. We wanted to service that as best as we could and it was a lot. It was a very ambitious episode. Andy and I had sort of looked at each other several times and we were like, gosh, why did we think we could do this? It’s a game and you’ve kind of got to be ready for anything at any time and that’s the fun of it also.

I. Hernandez Awesome. Now my follow up question for Miss Sheedy, this is amazing
that I even get to ask you a question, this is my life work.

A. Sheedy Oh, listen to that. It’s not that amazing.

I. Hernandez Tell me about the conversation, somebody had to have come to you and said, hey, do you want to play a serial killer? I mean, who gets to play a serial killer for fun.

A. Sheedy Right? Exactly. That was my reaction. No. I heard okay, so there is a show called Psych and they want you to do a character called Mr. Yang, and could you take a look at the script? I read it. I didn’t know how on earth anybody had me in mind for that part either, not a clue. But as soon as I read it, I thought, okay. This is going to be really, really, really fun so absolutely and jump in. That’s how it went.

I. Hernandez And you were creepy good in it, creepy good.

A. Sheedy Thank you. It was fun.

I. Hernandez Thanks.

Moderator The next question comes from Troy Rogers with DeadBolt.com. Please go ahead.

T. Rogers Hi, James. Hi, Ally.

A. Sheedy Hey.

T. Rogers James, since the show likes to reference the 80s so much, what was it like for you working opposite Ally?

J. Roday It kind of goes back to that last question, I’ve been a huge Ally Sheedy fan for a long time and she’s been on our board of people that absolutely must come on the show since the very beginning. It’s surreal. It really is. You grow up and you have dreams of doing this for a living and you have people that inspired you and then you get lucky enough to do it and one day you’re sitting across from them and it’s crazy, but it’s also – it’s unbelievable. All you can do is – you just kind of want to capture these moments in little time capsules because –

A. Sheedy It’s so cool. James, what’s really funny is when we were sitting in the car for the first scene in the first episode, I was sitting there and was just okay, ready, jump off the cliff here and just do my thing; but I was also thinking please let me do a good job for him. You don’t know what goes on, on the other side, too. It’s like both of us, you know?

J. Roday Yes, I haven’t been nervous many times on our show, I have to be honest, but I had the butterflies going with Ally.

A. Sheedy Aw, you know, I did not know. Cool.

T. Rogers Ally, what’s the best part about playing Mr. Yang?

A. Sheedy Everything. Everything about Mr. Yang is fun for me, everything. When I read this one and – I wish somebody could read what I read for the first one. Mr. Yang is on a bungee cord like banging off walls. You know what I mean? I read that and then I gave it to my kid to read and I said, “I don’t have a clue how they’re going to do this.” She thought it was just hilarious. I also said to Rebecca, “I’ve done a lot of stuff in my career as you know, my darling girl, but I have never been on a bungee cord.”

T. Rogers Great.

J. Roday Ally was a very, very good sport.

A. Sheedy It was fun. It was really fun. It was craziness.

T. Rogers Cool. I have one more quick thing for James. I want to know how different is it to direct something you wrote as opposed to the other one that Steve Franks wrote and you directed?
J. Roday I actually wrote the other one with Steve as well. I would say this one was a little different in that in terms of the writing it was actually -- the first one was much closer to me from a writing standpoint in that it was a slasher episode and I’m sort of the slasher aficionado on the staff. There was a lot of responsibility to make sure that we were making a slasher film even though we were doing an episode of Psych.

This time Andy did a lot of heavy lifting and I was able to sort of focus way more on the aesthetics and making sure that it looked good. There was still a difference I think. Also, just the first time around I was mostly dealing with our core cast and this time around I was actually getting to direct Ally Sheedy. That was just the other big difference.

T. Rogers Excellent.

J. Roday By direct I mean popping in to the cell after each take and giving her a big thumbs up with a sh..-eating grin on my face --

A. Sheedy Oh, listen to this.

J. Roday ... and then going back behind the monitor.
A. Sheedy Oh my God.

Moderator Our next question comes from Matt Carter with Examiner.com. Please go ahead.

M. Carter Hey, hey, James, how are you doing?

J. Roday Good, man.

M. Carter Okay, I guess my first question is, ... in the past that your goal here is to get David Bowie on the show at some point, so have you started to think a little bit about season four? Is your little quest to get David Bowie any closer?

J. Roday It’s a long shot, man. He’s always in some exotic place and he’s tough to track down. I feel like our best shot was probably on “American Duos” when Landis, who is friends with him, sort of reached out almost made it happen. We’re going to keep trying, but I have to be realistic. I want you all to be realistic with me. There is a less than 30% chance it’s going to happen, but we’re going to keep trying.

M. Carter Well I’m going to keep holding out hope.

J. Roday All right.

M. Carter My next question is for Ally. This is just to satisfy the Breakfast Club geek inside of me, and that is if you could bring anybody from the Breakfast Club over to Psych for an episode, maybe you could take them down as Mr. Yang, who would it be?

A. Sheedy Do you mean a character or an actor?

M. Carter Actor.

A. Sheedy Take one of the actors down?

M. Carter Who do you want to take down?

A. Sheedy Oh, I don’t know that I should be answering this question. I don’t want to get – let’s just say I have an idea but I’m going to be in big trouble if I say it. I’m not quite sure how I’m taking ... down.

M. Carter Let’s just say work with, that’s much more feasible.

A. Sheedy No, no. I know. I know. One of my favorite people in the world is Judd, but he already did an episode of Psych. I guess my personal soft spot love is for Judd, so there you go.

J. Roday So we can bring Judd back and then she can take him down and there you go.

A. Sheedy Okay.

Moderator The next question comes from Sammi Turano with TV Grape Vine. Go ahead please.

S. Turano Good morning, how are you?

A. Sheedy Hi.

J. Roday Hi.

S. Turano Good. I’m very honored to talk to you both.
A. Sheedy Thank you.

S. Turano My first question is, Ally, how did you prepare for this role for Mr. Yang?

A. Sheedy I just told myself not to get – just to not plan anything ahead of time. It was so funny and wacky so I decided to completely dispense with the creepy dark, very serious and brooding serial killer thing and just like I thought the whole thing was hysterically funny. I thought that whole monologue in the car in the first one was hysterically funny. So I decided I was going to do that and if somebody thinks it should be not funny then they’ll come and tell me.

S. Turano Oh you were fantastic, though. You had me on the edge of my seat.

A. Sheedy Oh good. Thanks. It was really, really fun.

S. Turano James, what was it like doing a more dramatic episode of Psych. Usually you guys are more comedic and funny. What was it like doing such a dramatic episode?

J. Roday We as the cast dig those. We don’t get to do them very often. As much as we love our show and as lucky as we are to do it and still be doing it, any time we can mix things up it’s fun for us because we get to work different muscles and even if it’s just for a week it’s fun to mix things up. Once or twice a year we know that we’ll have these episodes coming up and everybody gets pumped and everybody gets a little extra sleep. We don’t go out as much and we recognize it as an opportunity to do something that we don’t always get to do.

S. Turano Fantastic. ... episode, I see an Emmy in someone’s future for this episode. It was fantastic.

J. Roday Thank you very much.

S. Turano Thank you for having us.

J. Roday Our pleasure.

A. Sheedy Thank you.

Moderator The next question comes from Stefan Blitz with Forces of Geek.com. Go ahead, please.

S. Blitz Hi, and how are you today?

A. Sheedy Hi.

J. Roday Good.

S. Blitz James, the question for you is first of all, this episode is extremely Shawn focused and kind of features a little more dramatic pivotal moments for his character. Do you think this in any way will change the tone of the series next season?

J. Roday No, I don’t think it’s going to change the tone. I think it’s another sort of feather in the cap of Shawn’s growth. Obviously I’m not getting younger; the character is not getting younger. None of us are getting younger so we have to start addressing that. This is a pretty good jumping off point, I think going into season five of just like wow, everybody sort of needs to check in with themselves and recognize that you can’t be a kid forever and maybe that should start informing our behavior a little bit.
We’re still going to be plenty silly. This is just a character beat for him more than anything. He’s mortal even though he likes to think sometimes that he isn’t. This is sort of just a wake-up call. It’s good. You’ve got to do that kind of stuff once you get this deep into the series so that you feel like you’re going somewhere.

S. Blitz Thank you. And, Ally –

A. Sheedy Yes, hi.

S. Blitz How are you?

A. Sheedy I’m good. How are you? Thanks.

S. Blitz It was extremely surreal watching it for me and I’m sure it was even more surreal for you. What was the experience like just kind of having – being surrounded by your past?

A. Sheedy Wait, you mean doing the show?

S. Blitz I meant on the Oscars when –
A. Sheedy Oh, the Oscars. Oh it was great. Really I haven’t seen most of those people for quite a while. It’s bizarre because every time we see each other it’s sort of like not a lot of time has passed. I share this crazy experience with those four people and nobody else in the world. It’s weird. We just share a lot so there is a lot of unspoken stuff that goes on.

S. Blitz Thank you very much. You were great on Psych and it was just nice seeing all of you guys together again last night.

A. Sheedy Cool. Thank you.

Moderator Next question comes from Lena Lamoray with Lena Lamoray.com. Go ahead, please.

L. Lamoray Hi, James and Ally.

A. Sheedy Hi.

J. Roday Hey.

L. Lamoray James, how do you think the fans are going to react to the finale and some of the choices that were made by the characters?

J. Roday How are they going to react – I’m sorry to what is the second part there?

L. Lamoray To the finale and some of the choices that were made by the characters?

J. Roday I hope they dig it. There is not a lot of build up to it and I think our publicity guys have done a really good j ob of sort of getting everybody’s anticipation up and like I said I think we’ll get away with it partially because it’s a finale and everybody gets a few months off to sort of process and water cooler talk and you don’t have to sort of adjust yourself to come right back next week and watch us save a sea mammal of some sort.

I think the fact that it’s the end of the season buys us a little bit of latitude and the fact that it’s a little darker and a little scarier and the stakes are pretty high is fun I hope for fans. It’s a nice sort of curve ball that we don’t throw very often. Also, I think it’s a treat to watch good actors doing good work on a show that you’re a fan of. I think that’s what Ally and Jimmi and the rest of the cast sort of delivered in spades in this episode. They certainly all made me look good.

L. Lamoray Ally, can you share with us any funny stories about your time on the set of Psych?

A. Sheedy Oh my gosh, do you have like all day? It was the whole thing was really funny, but I have to say it’s very difficult to work with Jimmi and not break because he is so friggin’ funny. I just basically decided if I started laughing it actually would work and as soon as I did that then it wasn’t difficult. Do you know what I mean? I wasn’t thinking like, don’t laugh because it’s impossible. Besides I think I would find him funny.

On this one there was an entire contraption set up which was a metal cord that was pulling me backwards so a certain part of the scene was just about the cord for me because I just didn’t know when I was going to get pulled backwards, which kind of made it work even better.

J. Roday Yes, you did.

A. Sheedy What?
A. Sheedy I didn’t know when it was going to go back.

J. Roday Yes, that played every time.

A. Sheedy Yes, I didn’t. That was completely human response. The guys were behind the wall and they were going to pull it like when they felt like it was the right time so I never knew when it was going to happen.

Moderator The next question comes from Martin Sternberg with Small Screen Scoop. Go ahead please.

M. Sternberg Hi, Ally. Hi, James, how are you guys doing?

A. Sheedy Hi.

J. Roday Great. What’s up man?

M. Sternberg Not much. This question is for James actually. In this episode you’re acting and directing. I was just wondering what’s the biggest challenge for you for doing both at the same time in a scene?

J. Roday The acting part is more challenging because I just don’t want to think about it. I think I might have gotten marginally better from my first time out when I wasn’t thinking about it at all and my set of eyes on the set, Andy Berman, had to keep running up to me going everything is great except for you. You need to go again.

This time I think I was a little more aware of it, but truthfully there are so many things that you’re sort of in charge of and there are so many questions that you have to answer after any given take from the director’s perspective that that’s kind of all you’re thinking about, at least me anyway. I’m just lucky that on the acting side I’m playing a character that I’ve played for many, many years, that certainly helps. Staying in the moment as an actor is definitely the biggest challenge while you’re directing.

M. Sternberg All right. And, Ally, well, and James also if you’d like. Considering all the remakes that they’re doing in Hollywood now if they were to do a Breakfast Club reboot who do you think they should cast in the roles.

A. Sheedy Well that will never happen, by the way, ever, never, never.

M. Sternberg Well, we wouldn’t allow it.

A. Sheedy Hm?

M. Sternberg I said we wouldn’t allow it to stand, but hypothetically.

A. Sheedy Wow. Who should be in it? Well …

J. Roday Hypothetically I would protest. I would stand outside of the studio with a sign to prevents actors from going in and auditioning.

A. Sheedy I think – you know who I think is great who would be so – I think she would be great is either Allison Ormali’s character. I love that actress in Up in the Air, the young one, Anna Kendrick, she’s great so she can do anything. That’s what I think.

M. Sternberg Fair enough. Well, thank you both.

A. Sheedy Thanks.

J. Roday Thanks, man.
Moderator Next question comes from Mike Spring with DVD Snapshots. Go ahead please.

M. Spring Hi guys, how are you doing?

A. Sheedy Hi.

J. Roday Hello.

M. Spring James, my question is for you first. I was pretty surprised when I was watching the movie Gamer and you and Maggie Lawson popped up together on screen. How did that come about?

J. Roday Oh man. We’re buddies with the filmmakers. I’ve known Mark and Brian for a while and they just called and said, “Hey do you guys want to come to New Mexico for a day and do some silly stuff?” We were on our way across country to visit Maggie’s family anyway so we just made a quick pit stop and did that silly stuff.

M. Spring Was the mustache your idea or theirs?

J. Roday The mustache is always my idea, man. Any time I can exploit that thing I do because it’s serious and it’s real.

M. Spring Ally, was it tough when you first played the character to come into the show with this really tight knit ensemble cast or did they make you feel welcome from the get-go?

A. Sheedy They made me feel welcome and it was not difficult because this is just a whacked character. You could drop this character anywhere and I don’t think that she particularly pays any attention to what’s going on around her. She lives inside this crazy ass mind. I felt really welcome and I didn’t feel like an intruder at all. I felt like the killer has shown up.

J. Roday We were ready to cater to Ally’s every whim and need the first time she came. She was shooting in the middle of a rain storm in a drive-in movie theater and the trailers were way far away and she showed up and was just like, “I’m not going back. I’m not going back to the trailer.”

A. Sheedy No, no. No way, it was fun there. How surreal was that? We were in a drive-in movie theater in the middle of the night with that crazy man who was worried about his car, you know the entire time. I just thought this is just nuts.

J. Roday She was awesome. We just all got to hang out with Ally Sheedy for a night. That’s pretty much how it worked out.

A. Sheedy You’re so funny.

M. Spring Great, thank you.

A. Sheedy So funny.

Moderator The next question –

A. Sheedy James, that guy was obsessed with the belt buckle, the whole night that he was going to get a scratch on that car. I felt like, so don’t give your car to a movie set.

J. Roday Exactly. Why, was he there?

A. Sheedy He didn’t want a scratch on his car. It was like, he had to have read the script like you get thrown on the car and it’s – he kept coming up to me and he was like, “Don’t scratch the car.”

J. Roday Dude, are you kidding? I’m a serial killer. Why do think you even think you can reach me right now.

A. Sheedy Huh?

J. Roday Why do think you can reach me right now, I’m a serial killer. I don’t even understand what you’re saying to me.

A. Sheedy Oh my God. Oh my God, yes –

Moderator The next question comes from Kiko Martinez with Extra Chicago. Go ahead please.

A. Sheedy Hi.

K. Martinez Hey James, what do you do on the time off during the summer? Do you get a chance to sit down and write more? I know you’ve dabbled in film writing some. Do you get a chance to work on that at all?

J. Roday Yes. I’ve always got some ball in the air. I’ve got to do it while I’m young I guess. This hiatus I actually spent doing a play. We started in Los Angeles and we’re now wrapping up the run that we’re doing here in New York City so that’s been awesome and different and totally gratifying. That’s pretty much gobbled up all of this hiatus.

You’ve got to keep writing to get better so any time somebody asks me advice – writing advice – I don’t know why they would ask me, but when they do I just say always be writing. There is always stuff on the burners.

K. Martinez Then Ally, James has this commercial where he and other actors state something about themselves that people might not know. For instance, James says, “I am Mexican.” So what would you say that maybe people wouldn’t know about you on a commercial like that or a PSA.

A. Sheedy I’m actually a man.

J. Roday Gee, nobody knows that, but now everybody knows that.

K. Martinez Thanks.

J. Roday Don’t even know what to say because that’s so unbelievably startling and profound you don’t even know how to respond.

Moderator The next question comes from Travis Tidmore with CineManiac.


T. Tidmore Ally, I have a question. Your character Allison Reynolds on Breakfast Club –
A. Sheedy Yes.

T. Tidmore -- seemed a little off. Do you think she hadn’t become friends with those kids during detention she may have gone off – lost the wheels and become Mr. Yang?

A. Sheedy Oh my goodness. Isn’t that funny? Well, I think she has that day with them but I don’t think it means that her wheels don’t come off. I think things sort of go back to the way they were after that. That’s what I think at the end of the Breakfast Club day it’s the way it was before.

I have my own ideas in my head about what happens with Allison but I do think the wheels definitely come off at a certain point, yes.

T. Tidmore James, you’ve already had Ally and Judd as you guys have mentioned. When is the next Breakfast Club member showing up?

J. Roday Good question, man. It would be quite a feat to get all five of them. You know what? I’m not just saying this because Ally is on the phone, Ally was always sort of a – like she was kind of number one and then Judd was number two and then there was like a three-way tie with lots of love for the other ones. I kind of feel like I’ve already – for me anyway, I got the top two on the list. It would be great to get all of them. I don’t even think Emilio really acts anymore, does he?

A. Sheedy No, he’s directing.

J. Roday Yes.

A. Sheedy Molly is doing a TV show, but Michael, I bet Michael would do the show, and he’s really funny.

J. Roday He’s awesome. I’ve actually hung out with him and he used to be on the network, so I think we could make that happen.

A. Sheedy Yes, he’s great.

T. Tidmore I would like to see that. Thanks guys.

A. Sheedy Yes.

Moderator The last question will come from Martin Sternberg with Small Screen Scoop. Go ahead please.

M. Sternberg Hi again, guys.

A. Sheedy Hi.

J. Roday Hey, man.

M. Sternberg Well, this is for both of you, but James, first. They always ask you who you’d like to see guest star on the show and I’d like to ask both of you the opposite, which show would either of you like to be on and what type of character would you want to play?

A. Sheedy Hm. James, go ahead.

J. Roday I’m going to sort of cheat my way out of this and say I was ready to do just about anything on Flight of the Concords until it got – but now they’re done so my dream is out. My candle is no longer burning. I would have literally – I think those guys are genius and I would have rode by on a bicycle and just the back of my head being featured. I thought that’s how much fun they were having on that show.

M. Sternberg Fair enough. And Ally, what other show would you – that’s on currently that you’d like to guest star on and what other type of character would you like to try?

A. Sheedy I like extreme characters these days that are just fun. I’d love to play some kind of – The Good Wife films in New York and it’s a cool show and I was thinking I’d love to play one of those horrible Washington hostesses. Somebody who is just really awful in every single way on that show, someone really mean. That would be fun.

M. Sternberg Well thank you both for your time and I haven’t had a chance to see the finale yet, but I’m really looking forward to it.

J. Roday Well, make sure you get that answer to the producers of The Good Wife.

A. Sheedy Oh, we’ll send it to them. Or I’ll play Carolyn Maloney, how about that? That would be fun, too.

B. Bernstein Great. Well, thank you everyone for joining the call today. James, Ally, thank you so much for your time.

A. Sheedy Thank you.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Psych: Season Finale Giveaway!


Don’t miss the most shocking PSYCH finale ever as a killer targets Shawn using scenarios from classic Hitchcock films. Ally Sheedy guest-stars in Psych's season finale, directed by James Roday — "Mr. Yin Presents" — premiering this Wednesday at 10/9C! (photos used are not owned by me, they were given to use as a promotional tool)

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Burn Notice Interview: Jeffrey Donovan + Gabrielle Anwar



Conference Call Transcript with Jeffery Donovan (Michael) and Gabrielle Anwar (Fiona) from USA's Burn Notice

Question for Shooting Stars by:
Lauren

Season Finale: TONIGHT on USA at 10/9c. You don't want to miss! It was a blast to interview these two and the interview can be quite amusing at times so I hope you check it out. And watch the show tonight.

Episode Details:

Michael's worst fears come to life when a world class terrorist is unleashed on Miami, threatening to detonate a bomb if Michael doesn't give him what he wants.

John Mahoney and Garret Dillahunt guest-star in the Burn Notice season finale, "Devil You Know," premiering Thursday at 10/9C.


Here we go (my Q/A is in bold)-

Moderator: We'll go to the line of Kenn Gold with Media Blvd, please go ahead.

K. Gold: 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.

J. Donovan: Thanks, Kenn.

K. 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?

J. 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.

K. 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?

G. Anwar: Do you think we've evolved?

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

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

J. 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?

G. 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 Joshua Maloni with Niagara Frontier, please go ahead. Joshua Maloni, your line is open. We'll move on to the line of Jenny Rarden with TVismypacifier.com, please go ahead.

J. 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 characters going and why, as well as who's going with him?

J. Donovan: Well, obviously I can't. It's the season finale, and it's really literally in the last five minutes of the show. It's a bit of a cliffhanger. Michael's been stuck in Miami for quite some time, and there's a couple of psychopaths on his tail, and things come to a hilt. And by the end of the show, Michael is actually transported out of Miami, but I can't tell you where, but it's a bit of a cliffhanger.

J. Rarden: Well that's good enough, yes, we wouldn't want to give everything away. Okay, and then my second question is for both of you, when my husband and I saw the previews for Burn Notice before its first season, the thing that first caught our eye was you, Jeffrey. We've been huge fans of yours since we saw you in Touching Evil, which we loved.

J. Donovan: Thank you.

J. Rarden: The other things that caught our attention were the plot and that it was on USA, which we feel is a terrific network for bringing out new and extraordinarily interesting shows and characters. So for both of you, what first drew you to the show and to your characters?

J. Donovan: Gabrielle?

G. Anwar: I was drawn to the character, Fiona, I just thought it was so brilliantly written. It was sparingly written, but so insightful. I couldn't believe that a man had actually written the script, I mean at least her character. When I first met Matt Nix, who created and wrote the script, I actually said to him, you must have a remarkable relationship with your wife, because you have such incredible insight. So that was what intrigued me about playing a character.

When you sign up for a TV show, you don't know if it's going to be for a pilot or for the rest of your life, so I wanted to play a character that I enjoyed thoroughly, and there weren't that many of them out there. So that's why I clasped onto this script with great hope.

J. Donovan: I got hooked on the voiceover, the first page is a voiceover, it says, "You know what it's like to be a spy?" I love the idea that not only do I get to play a spy, I get to play a burn spy, and on top of that, I can talk to the audience about what it's like being a spy. I thought I had never seen anything like that on television, so that's what hooked me.

Moderator: Next, we'll go to the line of Susan Leno with The TV MegaSite, please go ahead.

S. Lanoue: Hello. I was wondering if you could tell us anything about the rest of the upcoming episodes, especially Good Intentions?

J. Donovan: It's difficult, because a lot of it is, The Penultimate Episode and then the finale have a lot of cliffhangers and a lot of reveals.

S. Lanoue: Right.

J. Donovan: So without giving too much away, Gilroy, who's basically a psychopath controlling Michael's actions, has to deliver a plane that has a secret piece of cargo in it and needs Michael's help to do it. When that happens, you find out it actually is someone quite dangerous, and Michael unfortunately allows him to escape.

And then the finale is about trying to capture this psychopath that's loose.

S. Lanoue: Alright, and what was it like working with Carlos Bernard in the episode?

J. Donovan: Gabrielle?

G. Anwar: Fantastic. He's such a wonderful man and a fantastic actor, it was an absolute pleasure.

J. Donovan: I didn't really work with him much, so it was all Gabrielle and Carlos. So I only met him in brief, I think at the lunch table.

Moderator: Next, we'll go to the line of Joshua Maloni with NFT, please go ahead.

J. Maloni: Hello, guys, thanks for your time today, let's try this again here. Let me ask you both, you both obviously had success in film, and a lot of times when that happens, people are less likely to want to do television. What do you like about this particular medium and why do you keep coming back to television? What do you like about this?

J. Donovan: I think that, especially with cable, it's an avenue to be creative. I think why people are drawn more now to cable shows than ever is that they take more risks, they're creatively pushing the envelope. I think that the networks have to answer to a bigger advertising calling, whereas the smaller cables have lower ceilings that they can bump their heads on. So I think that's why I keep being drawn back to television, because I think it's one of the most creative outlets.

And if you think about it, we make 16 one-hour movies a season. You don't get any opportunity like that in movies. I mean, I can't say I'll be able to do 16 movies in the next year, and so that's how I see it. How about you, Gabrielle?

G. Anwar: I like the stability, the continuity of having a lifestyle where I know I can pay my rent at the end of each month. And also I have these children that I am raising and it's nice for all of us to sort of know that we're going to be in a specific place for a certain amount of time. I've never known that in my career. So I'm really quite grateful at this point that I get to have the sort of double existence and I can rely on both.

J. Maloni: Right. And Gabrielle, I apologize if you've already been asked this, but take us a little bit inside Fiona's mind with regard to Michael's pursuit of the truth of trying to erase the burn notice. What is her sort of threshold? How long can she wait for him to sort of fulfill this quest that he's on?

G. Anwar: I don't know. It's really not up to me is it? I have my own personal threshold and it was at the end of season one.

J. Donovan: Wow, wow.

G. Anwar: I think it's going to be a real testament to have patience and adoration of Michael, which I don't think she would admit either.

Moderator: Next, we'll go to the line of Sheldon Weibe with Eclipse Magazine, please go ahead.

S. Weibe: Hello, thanks so much for doing this call. One of the strengths of the show is that each of the three major characters is capable of assessing the strength and weaknesses of an opponent or an ally. What I'd like is if you would put yourselves in the mindsets of your characters and then assess your own characters and each others.

G. Anwar: Whoa.

J. Donovan: Well, Dr. Freud, I would say that Michael is probably some sort of borderline personality disorder who grew up in incredible fear in a dysfunctional hostile family. He ran away and escaped it, so he joined the U.S. Army to find a noble pursuit. Now, he uses all the things that damaged him as his abilities now to help others. I wouldn't even go in to trying to figure out Fiona.

G. Anwar: Well, I don't even understand your question, so let's just leave it at that.

S. Weibe: Oh, dear, okay. What would Fiona's assessment of Michael be from an objective potential opponent or ally position?

G. Anwar: His ability to decipher the characteristics of the problem at hand you mean, that assessment of him?

S. Weibe: That kind of thing, yes.

G. Anwar: I think she finds it extraordinarily erotic.

J. Donovan: Really.

S. Weibe: Okay.

G. Anwar: I do. I think it's foreplay, all of it. I think she finds him the most fascinating creature.

J. Donovan: Wait a minute, you said I do, and then you said she, is this Gabrielle talking?

G. Anwar: Well, Dr. Freud, who's the bloody doctor here, Jeffrey?

J. Donovan: He is.

G. Anwar: Look what you've caused.

Moderator: Next, we'll go to the line of April MacIntyre with Monsters & Critics, please go ahead.

A. MacIntyre: Okay, I'm going to compose myself from that last question. Okay, right. So I'm loving the series and the more I watch your series, Jeffrey, it reminds me of this old series from the 60s called The Avengers. It has that feel. There's a very, the combination of real drama and camp and humor and lightness.

And Gabrielle, you're Diana Rigg for lack of, yes—

G. Anwar: Yes, thank you.

A. MacIntyre: And of course, Jeffrey, you're Patrick Macnee for me, I feel the more I watch it, the more I'm reminded of that series as far as the pacing, the energy, the breaks of comedy into the drama. And I was wondering if you could tell me, I really enjoyed seeing Tim Matheson and you play off each other, and I'm wondering will we see Larry again?

J. Donovan: Yes, you will. Larry's such a pivotal thorn in Michael's ... and that gives my character great ammunition to kind of fight with. He's a terrific character and Tim's such a wonderful man and an extraordinary actor. One, we were lucky to get him, and two, he's actually happy to be on the show and wants to continually come back. He'll be directing season four's premiere.

A. MacIntyre: Wow.

J. Donovan: And also, he'll return as Larry at some point in the season.

A. MacIntyre: Love that. And Gabrielle, I love the unspoken communication, you guys say more in glances and looks than what's delivered on the script, and that's another wonderful thing about this series. And Gabrielle, I was wondering about you and Madeline, your relationship with each other, and obviously she and Michael are a tribe of two, but I think it's growing bigger. Can you talk about that?

G. Anwar: Yes. I think that these two women have a tremendous amount of respect for one another. And you're right, there's so little spoken about what's really being felt and really being witnessed with that connection to Michael, which I think is pretty accurate to real life, especially with the in-law figures. There's so much that's not spoken out loud, and yet there are so many physical undertones and it's very apparent, and that's thanks to Sharon. I mean, her performance is so beautifully nuanced and I find it terribly inspiring. She's a wonderful woman and actress.

Moderator: We'll open up the line of Alix Denver with The TV Chicks.com.

A. Denver: Hello, thanks so much for taking the call. I was wondering who would be your dream guest stars you'd like to see appear on the show?

J. Donovan: Hold on, Alix, how old are you?

A. Denver: I am 27.

J. Donovan: Oh, okay, you sound 17, I just wanted to make sure.

A. Denver: I promise.

J. Donovan: Okay, alright. Gabrielle, who's your dream guest star?

G. Anwar: Steve McQueen.

J. Donovan: Yes, he's dead.

G. Anwar: He is?

J. Donovan: Gosh, you don't read the papers.

G. Anwar: I didn't realize it had to be somebody who could actually appear on the show, but I would say Steve McQueen.

J. Donovan: I would love Angelina Jolie.

A. Denver: How interesting. And do you think there might be perhaps any other USA network show crossovers in the future or would you like to see that happen?

J. Donovan: I actually would like to do a crossover somehow with White Collar, I think that the show tonally is similar to ours. I don't know how that would work, but I would like to see that. I don't think we would work with any other show. I think Psych and Royal Pains doesn't figure into our tone.

Moderator: Next, we'll go to the line of Lauren Becker with Shooting Star Mag, please go ahead.

L. Becker: Hello, thanks for talking to us. My question was, one of the things that I really love about the show is the different kind of characters and personas that you both take on to figure out to help your clients and everything. And so I was wondering if you had a favorite kind of accent or persona that you've done or how you get the inspiration for that or if you just go with what's in the script?

J. Donovan: Gabrielle?

G. Anwar: Well, you're the final king. I don't know how Jeffrey can come up with these creations that he does. It's pretty remarkable, especially he's got such a heavy workload and yet he still can create these fabulous side characters. It's really, really fun to watch. I don't have that in my repertoire, so I'm glad it's all on his shoulders.

J. Donovan: Oh, sure you do. You played the French character, you played a hillbilly kind of girl, white trash girl, Gabrielle—

G. Anwar: That's it, we've seen all I've got.

J. Donovan: I think a lot of the characters that we play really do come out of a script. The writers are incredibly talented and they really help us with specific dialogue and note and kind of character descriptions. My favorite—

G. Anwar: Yes, you do still come up with these fabulous little quirky things, like the chewing tobacco and the tooth picks and it's really fun. Those little tiny quirks make it so much more interesting than if it were just what was on the page I think.

J. Donovan: Some people call those crutches, those are crutches. I think those are crutches. But my favorite character of all has to be Michael McBride, the Irish character that I played. It's because it's the character that Fiona had fallen in love with, so it's very dear to my heart.

G. Anwar: Oh.


Moderator: Next, we'll go to the line of Sarah Fulghum with Totallyher.com.

S. Fulghum: Hello. I'd like to know what goes into learning all the side tricks. Is it just like here's your script and have at it or is there more training and research involved in your roles?

J. Donovan: We have an ex-operative that actually is a consultant on our show that Matt Nix and the other writers have access to, so everything that is put into the show gets vetted through him before we air it. Ninety-five percent of it you can find on the Internet anyway, but everything that is put into a script has been researched and vetted, so that when we speak it or we do it, we know it's actual.

S. Fulghum: Got it. And to both of you, what has been your most memorable experience with meeting the fans of the show?

J. Donovan: Gabrielle?

G. Anwar: What with the fans, sorry?

S. Fulghum: Memorable experience with meeting the fans of the show?

G. Anwar: I think actually to be honest, it's the fact that so many couples are enjoying it together. It's become sort of a date night theme, which is really fabulous. I'm happy for bringing the love, it's all about the love.

J. Donovan :Yes, that's actually true, Gabrielle. A lot of husband/wives and boyfriend/girlfriends come up to me, the husband will say, "Oh my gosh, my wife loves the show. I got her onto it," or she'll say, or a woman will come and say, "My husband didn't watch the show until I told him about it." It's pretty neat that it is kind of a date night for couples.

Moderator: Next, we'll go to the line of Isis Fernandez with Character Playground, please go ahead.

I. Fernandez: Hello, both of you. It's such a pleasure to talk to both of you guys.

J. Donovan: Thank you.

G. Anwar: Thank you.

I. Fernandez: And I love Fiona. Fiona is fabulous, because sometimes a girl just wants to see things blow up and she's the answer that we've all been praying for. I'm a long time viewer of the show, and one of the things that I wanted to know more about was season one, wanted to know who burned Michael Westen; in season two, we wanted to see him get away from Carla; in season three he was exposed, kind of naked to the world, in fact, of espionage.

And so I was kind of wondering now that we're seeing how Michael is and how the group is without the big overall mystery of who burnt Michael Westen, and who's doing this, is there going to be a return of management anytime soon? Maybe management checks in saying, "Michael, do you want to come back," or are we going to see that at all, maybe in season four?

J. Donovan: Yes, season four is actually pretty remarkable. I met with the writers last week and we kind of broke down the next eight or nine episode ark. A new character is going to be introduced.

I. Fernandez: Okay.

J. Donovan: I don't know the name yet, but he is going to be a young operative, but he's going to play a significant new role on the show. And then there is actually going to be a change of management. There's going to be a new management that controls Michael's life, and you'll see Michael have to go on even more dangerous missions under this new management with the new operative.

I. Fernandez: Fabulous. And Fiona gets to blow more stuff up, correct?

J. Donovan: Yes, more of Fiona explosions.

G. Anwar: Oh, yes.

I. Fernandez: And my follow-up question as we know is a Fiona-related question. We know Fiona wants Michael to settle down, Fiona wants the life, and at this point, we're not sure Fiona's going to get the life. So for both of you guys I guess, what do you think the life that Fiona seeks would look like or could look like, obviously it's not going to be Suburbia and the 2.5 children and the dog and the cat, so what could it look like?

G. Anwar: I don't know to be perfectly honest whether she does want to settle down. I don't think that that is interesting to her at all. I think she wants to feel secure, but again I don't know what that definition of security might be to her. It's certainly not your typical conventional idea of marriage for example, but I think she wants to feel secure because she's a woman and it seems innate in all of us.

Moderator: Next, we'll go to the line of Laura Tucker with Small Screen, please go ahead.

L. Tucker: Yes, hello. My first question is for both of you. One thing that always cracks me up when watching Burn Notice is the tags that they put on the freeze screens of like the newer temporary characters such as Gilroy Freelance Psychopath or Damon ... What would each of your tags be under your names, not for Michael and Fiona, but for Jeffrey and Gabrielle?

G. Anwar: Okay, you first.

J. Donovan: If I got introduced, a smiling shark.

G. Anwar: Oh, gosh, still figuring it out.

J. Donovan: That's true actually.

L. Tucker: Okay. My other question is for Jeffrey, I'm always interested in the fight scenes on the show and I'm a martial arts instructor. And I know much of what we see you do is most likely complements of the stunt coordinator, but I've also heard that you have martial arts training yourself, can you fill me in on that?

J. Donovan: Actually what you see is 90% me actually. I have a black belt in Shotokan karate, about 15 years experience. I have eight years in Jujitsu and Akito, and about three years of boxing. So what I try to do in every episode is the stunt coordinator makes it safe, but most of the time I choreograph it. And it's a great relationship, because I will say what would really happen here is this, and then he comes in and makes it safe for the guest stars. And if something gets too physical, then the stunt men come in and take over.

Moderator: Next, we'll go to the line of Stevie Wilson with Atlas Story.com, please go ahead.

S. Wilson: Hello. Obviously I'm not Steve, I'm Stevie, and the question I had for you is, Jeffrey, you spend a lot of time, because you're the main character, you are very physical in this role, and you obviously spend so much time on set, what do you do for fun in what little off time you have?
J. Donovan: I golf. Luckily down in Florida, there's a lot of golf courses, and I just put a golf hat on and take my sticks out and I usually walk a course. And sometimes I'm by myself and sometimes I just kind of walk onto a twosome or a threesome and join them, and most people just kind of leave me alone, and that's my quiet time. I love walking about four or five hours on a golf course.

S. Wilson: How's your handicap?

J. Donovan: I'm good, I'm a single digit, I'm down to a seven.

S. Wilson: Impressive, wow. Okay, Gabrielle, you have a complicated life too, you've got kids and you live out in LA, how do you juggle all this and then find time for yourself?

G. Anwar: I don't. I don't have any time for myself. In fact, sitting here in this hotel room in New York is as exciting as it gets for me, my alone time. There really is no time, I'm a mom, and mom's don't have days off.

Moderator: Next, we'll go to the line of Cameron Cubison with poptimal.com, please go ahead.

C. Cubbison: Hello, thank you both so much. I was curious now having three seasons under your belt, is it getting easier or harder to keep playing these characters and stay invested in them? Are there any challenges you're facing now that maybe you didn't have in the beginning of the show?

J. Donovan: I'm getting older.

G. Anwar: Here, here.

J. Donovan: And as you get older it's harder to run and jump over cars and beat up bad guys, but it becomes easier in some ways because you know the characters so well, so it's a little bit of both. What would you say, Gabrielle?

G. Anwar: Yes, I always get a little anxious like the first day of school when we've had our hiatus and we're coming back, because I think I'm not as insane as I was when we started shooting, which really landed itself to Fiona. And now I'm afraid I might be getting a little boring in my old age, so I think that I don't know if I can step into her shoes and deliver. I have that anxiety before we start shooting.

J. Donovan: Oh, you underestimate your insanity.

G. Anwar: Really, oh, thank you, I really appreciate that support.

Moderator: Next, we'll go to the line of Lena Lamoray with Lena Lamoray.com, please go ahead.

L. Lamoray: Hello, Jeffrey and Gabrielle.

J. Donovan: Hello.

G. Anwar: Hello.

L. Lamoray: Have you ever tried any of the spy tips you give on the show?

J. Donovan: No. No, absolutely not. Gabrielle?

G. Anwar: Not the spy tips, no, but I do think that I can do super human things like drive my car at 150 miles an hour on the PCH and then get into trouble for it.

L. Lamoray: You have such fantastic chemistry on screen, so what is it like off screen with each other and with other cast members?

G. Anwar: Oh, it's a problem.

J. Donovan: Well, we don't find each other at all funny, that's a hard thing. We're very blessed, we really are. I know cast mates usually probably hide the fact that there's tension and turmoil, but Bruce, Sharon, Gabrielle, and I, we get along, not only on screen, but off screen. They're extraordinary actors, but even better people, and the chemistry is just terrific. We have dinner, we hang out whenever we have time off, which is very little.

Moderator: Next, we'll go to the line of Zach Oat with TV Without Pity.com, please go ahead.

Z. Oat: Hello, guys, thanks for doing this. On a recent episode of Saturday Night Live, they did a parity game show called, What is Burn Notice? Where people who had not seen the show tried to figure out what it was about based on vague promos and sort of an obscure title. Did you know that aside from your massage number of viewers, that there were people out there who didn't really know what the show was about? And do you think it's a hard show to wrap your head around either based on the title or on the concept?

J. Donovan: I don't know. It seems like everybody knows the show, because I walk down the street and everyone yells, "Burn Notice, I love your show." So I thought it was kind of a funny parity, quite funny actually, to make a show, it's like what is Seinfeld on cable? So I just thought it was hysterical. What did you think, Gabrielle?

G. Anwar: I thought it was funny. I think Ashton Kutcher's awfully cute. He can make fun of me anytime.

Z. Oat: Great, thank you.

Moderator: Brian Fitzpatrick with Lair of the Green, your line is open.

B. Fitzpatrick: Hello, guys, thanks for spending some time with us today.

J. Donovan: Sure.

G. Anwar: You're welcome.

B. Fitzpatrick: The addition of Chris Vance as a psychopath Mason Gilroy is really given you guys a violent insane villainess this season. And when Michael and Gilroy meet it seems like they're kind of coiled vipers waiting to strike at each other. He seems to really enjoy being a psycho. How is working with him added to the show during the season?

J. Donovan: Yes, he's definitely added a great tension to every scene that I'm in with him, and I think kind of a great super villain that kind of governs over the show. I think the best part of Burn Notice is always when the villain or guest star is either more talented, smarter, or crazier than the rest of the cast, because it ups all our game. What do you think, Gabrielle?

G. Anwar: Yes, I agree. I don't actually get to work with Gilroy, but I agree with you. There's nothing more inspiring than to have to pull everything you have out of your back pocket on the stage. And we have so little time to rehearse and to find everything imaginable in one scene, that when you do have this fantastic talent to work with, it really is, it's fun, it makes it so much more enjoyable.

B. Fitzpatrick: Great. As a follow up, it's really obvious that Miami is as much a character in the show as the setting. What's your guys favorite part about filming in such a diverse and vibrant city?

J. Donovan: I actually love the weather, to be honest with you. I love that the climate is constantly being washed and rinsed. You're living in the Caribbean in the United States and sometimes it's incredible blue skies and sometimes it's an incredible thunderstorm that kind of screams through, but I love that part of Florida.

Moderator: Matt Carter with Examiner.com, your line is open.

M. Carter: Hello, Jeffrey and Gabrielle.

G. Anwar: Hello.

J. Donovan Hello.

M. Carter: My first question I guess would just be for Jeffrey, and that's how was it working with Tyne Daly from Cagney and Lacey? I mean those themes at the start of this mid-season premiere, they were heart wrenching. It was some of the best drama I've seen on the show, so I was just curious how it was for you? I don't know if Gabrielle had much of an opportunity to spend time with her on set.

J. Donovan: To be honest with—

G. Anwar: No, I didn't unfortunately.

J. Donovan :Yes, and neither did I, it was almost all with Sharon. So we all, to be honest with you, sat back and watched two pros go toe-to-toe 12 rounds. It was quite remarkable. We were all just blown away by it. So I was more of a spectator like you than I was an actor in it.

M. Carter: Wow. My other question then would be for both of you, and that is, what would you guys say is most dangerous stunt you've had to do? Were you ever actually afraid doing it?

G. Anwar: I don't like fighting with Jeffrey, because I always hurt him. Because I don't know what I'm doing, and he's such an expert, and I always manage to accidentally cause some damage.

J. Donovan: Yes, the most dangerous is either a bomb or something going off or a fight with Gabrielle. They're about the same.

M. Carter: Alright, well thank you, guys, so much.

Moderator: Jay Jacobs with pop-entertainment.com, your line is open.

J. Jacobs: Hello, guys. Well, you sort of touched on what I'm going to ask already, but over the years Michael and Fiona sort of brought this romantic feeling and this background story of their past, and it seems like there are little hints that they're giving in a little bit more, both as a character and also as the straight actor.

Do you think that that could ever work, like just as part of the show? Do you think that maybe it's a good idea not to give into those things, getting into sort of the Ross and Rachel, Dave and Mattie type of thing, where you sort of like too much of the tension in the show?

J. Donovan: What do you think, Gabrielle?

G. Anwar: No, what do you think?

J. Donovan: No, you go first, I've done it all.

G. Anwar: No, no, no, no answer.

J. Donovan: Fiona and Michael are our real relationship in as much as TV relationships are built off of tension, and let's say it's Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd in Moonlighting. Once the banter ended after a couple of seasons and they slept together, there was no tension.

J. Jacobs: Right.

J. Donovan: That is a typical TV relationship. Ours actually is atypical, we have had sexual relations, we have fought, we have gotten back together, we've hated each other, we've become friends to each other, that is the tumultuous relationship of their dynamic, and that will never change. So the tension is not about them hooking up, the tension I think is their love for each other and how that's displayed every episode.

J. Jacobs: Alright. And speaking of tension, it seems to me that this season Michael's relationship with his mother is sort of soft. Did that sort of come naturally with just dealing with Sharon over the years or is that something that was sort of planned out?

J. Donovan :Was that for me or for Gabrielle?

J. Jacobs: Well, for either of you, but I guess you probably dealing with Sharon more in this particular set.

J. Donovan: Could you repeat the question, I'm sorry, you broke up?

F. Jacobs: Yes, Michael's relationship with his mother has softened a lot this season from where it was in the early season, they were constantly fighting, and now you see more of the strong bond and the love together.

J. Donovan: Yes.

J. Jacobs: And they are really trying to help each other, was that something that just sort of came naturally from working with Sharon over the years or how did that come about?

J. Donovan: Well, you can help but love Sharon, but at the end of the day, we're actors and we can create any hatred or tension that we need for a scene to work.

J. Jacobs: Right.

J. Donovan: So I don't think the writers were ever thinking like, "Oh, how nice, Jeff and Sharon get along, let's make them love each other on the show." I think what you're seeing is just a natural evolvement of what does a viewer want to watch. Do you want to see a mother and son antagonistically attack each other every single episode for five years? I don't think so. So it's just a natural progression, just like Fiona and Michael's natural progression.

F. Jacobs: Okay, thank you very much.

Moderator: Connie Allen with Blast Magazine, your line is open.

C. Allen: Hello, thank you for taking my questions this afternoon. The first one is for Jeff, you mentioned about Michael's past, it seems that his father seems to be a significant part of who he is and we always get little bits and pieces about him. There's been some fan speculation that maybe the show isn't always what it seems, that maybe his father could be alive or could not be alive. How would you feel if that were to change, if he found out some new information about his father?

J. Donovan: Well, that device is always in play every season. I don't think we ever sit around and plot that Michael's father is going to come back. It's not something that we think about, we just know that the device is in play and we like it that way. I think the only shocking thing would be if Sam turns out to be my dad, that would be awkward.

C. Allen: Alright. And my follow-up question is actually for the both of you. Obviously you guys get along really well, are there any favorite or challenging scenes that you've done so far that kind of stick out in your mind?

J. Donovan: What do you mean, challenging, in what way?

C. Allen: Challenging, like dangerous, any challenges there, or dynamic scenes, like anything that's a favorite that you two have done and worked together that kind of stand out as memorable?

J. Donovan: Yes, I really love a scene that kind of came out of working with Gabrielle this past season where we created a scene that wasn't necessarily on the page where I slap her across the face. And Gabrielle did such an incredible performance of having to deal with her feelings for Michael hitting her and then acting as an undercover character. That I think was probably some of the best work I've ever seen her do and that was one of the most memorable moments for me.

G. Anwar: Thank you.

Moderator: Next, we'll go to the line of Jason Kerouac with Panelsonpages.com, please go ahead.

J. Kerouac: First for Jeffrey, I know that you've recently donated some money to your high school in Angsbury, Massachusetts; but I know you're also very involved in Life Rolls On, could you tell us a little bit about that cause and what drew you to it specifically?

J. Donovan: Well, many years ago, an actor friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go to a charity golf event out in Malibu for Life Rolls On, and I hadn't heard about it. And he explained it's a charitable foundation to raise money for spinal cord injuries in young athletes. And Jesse Billauer suffered a life changing surfing accident at the age of 19, and this foundation was created out of his name.

It's a wonderful foundation that raises funds that aren't necessarily being put into by the government or a lot of private foundations, to research how we can get these kids either wheelchair assisted living or new types of devices that will help them either walk or stand or even ride a surf board again or any sport that they got injured in. And so that's how I got involved and it's an incredible organization.

J. Kerouac: Excellent. And then my second question would be for both of you, a complete redirection here, but we see a lot of TV shows getting the action figure treatment now, Lost, Dexter, would you guys be interested if the opportunity came up to be a mortalized little plastic—

J. Donovan: Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute, Dexter, a serial killer is an action figure?

J. Kerouac: There is an action figure of Dexter, so I mean Michael Westen would be an obvious choice I would think, and you have to have knife—

J. Donovan: Does he have a knife in his hand, I mean, are you kidding me?

J. Kerouac: He does, he does.

J. Donovan: Are kids playing with this stuff?

J. Kerouac: I mean it's not on the shelves at Toys R Us, but it's for the older collectors.

J. Donovan: Okay, alright, now I'm feeling a little bit better. I just was a little worried about that.
G. Anwar: I sense a little jealousy.

J. Donovan You sense a little fear. I would love a Michael Westen action figure and a Fiona Glenanne action figure, and then I could blow them up at home.

Moderator: Next, we'll go to the line of Curt Wagner with Show Patrol, please go ahead.

C. Wagner: Hello, guys, thanks for doing the call. I love the show. Most of my questions have been asked, but I was wondering if we're ever going to see any flashback episodes to see how your two characters met or maybe how Bruce and one of your characters meet or anything like that, if that's ever been talked about?

J. Donovan: Flashback has been talked about, but not in a nice way. We're not, one, we've never done a flashback ever of anything and it's just not a device that we employ, so I doubt it, but I can't rule it out. One of my favorite episodes of Magnum PI, which I was a fan of was when Tom Selleck got knocked off a boat and he had to wade in the water until he was picked up. So they just basically shot him for about a half an hour wading in the water and then did the entire show of flashbacks. I liked that idea.

C. Wagner: Alright. And then Jeffrey, any plans to return to Chicago and do some more theatre here?

J. Donovan: Not in the winter, I will guarantee you that my friend, never again. I give Chicagoans all the credit in the world. No wonder Barack Obama became President, the man survived winters in Chicago, that man can handle anything.

C. Wagner: Okay. Well then I guess it's not going to happen right, your shooting schedule doesn't allow it then.

J. Donovan: I know, I know unfortunately.

C. Wagner: Alright, well thank you, good job, and good luck.

J. Donovan: Thank you.

Moderator: Rosa Cordero with Accidental Sexiness.com, your line is open.

G. Anwar: Accidental Sexiness?

R. Cordero :Yes, totally you guys are sexy on purpose, so I'm going to have to make a special posting for this interview. First, I want to thank you both for bringing, I'm a South Florida native, born and raised in Miami, and you guys bring our city actually onto the small screen, because these other shows they call themselves Miami, but they don't actually film here.

J. Donovan: You're welcome.

R. Cordero: So that's awesome. And I really love, I follow both of you on the small screen, and on the big screen, Gabrielle, you're awesome on The Tudors, and Jeffrey, you were so awesome in Changeling. I wonder if there's any other projects you guys are working on?

J. Donovan: None for me.

G. Anwar: Me neither.

R. Cordero: Gabrielle, don't you have two movies that are due to come out?

G. Anwar: Oh, that's right, yes, I do. In fact, I don't even know what's one of them is called, because they keep changing the title on me, so I'm not going to be able to do much of shout out for that. I have nothing coming up, only Burn Notice for now.

R. Cordero: I thought Warrior and The Family Tree?

G. Anwar: Oh, gosh, those. I shot those more than three years ago.

R. Cordero: Oh, they have them listed for 2010, that's so strange.

G. Anwar: Oh, that's not a good sign when they've been sitting on the shelf that long, just FYI.

J. Donovan: I'll be the first in line.

R. Cordero: And Jeffrey, I hear you have an acting school here in Miami, is that true?

J. Donovan: Well, it's not a formalized school, but it is, I teach seminars. I've partnered with a casting director who's been working in South Florida for about 20 years, Ellen Jacoby, and we created a acting seminar, basically a small little institute for beginners, advanced, and intermediate actors in the area.

And it's really a selfish journey for me, because we're running out of actors on our show to hire locally. So instead of going to Louisiana or South Carolina or any of these places around us, I thought why don't we just increase the talent level of the locals, so that's why I'm doing it.

R. Cordero: Oh, that's great, if you need any cute Miami bloggers in your background, you can just let me know.

J. Donovan: Okay, I will.

R. Cordero: Thank you.

C. Fehskens: Gloria, we have time for one last question.

Moderator: That will come from the line of Kristyn Clark with Pop Culture Madness, please go ahead.

K. Clark: Hello, thank you so much for taking our call today.

J. Donovan: Sure.

K. Clark: What has been your most memorable episode to shoot?

J. Donovan: Gabrielle?

G. Anwar Wow. I think the episode that's airing tonight was memorable for me, because I actually had to work every day.

J. Donovan: For once.

G. Anwar: For once. It's true, I actually had a much greater significance in the storyline for this particular episode, so I got a taste of what Jeffrey has to contend with on a daily basis, and I was absolutely bloody exhausted. So it was memorable, because I just had to work really hard "for once."

J. Donovan: And I guess my most memorable is the pilot. No one had ever heard of Burn Notice, not even the term. They put this rag-tag team together of Bruce, me, Sharon, and Gabrielle, and Matt Nix who had never been given a show before, and we just kind of went down to South Florida and we made our show. We made the Burn Notice and what every episode has been based on since, so that's the most memorable. Because I'm so proud that we took a risk, we did the show we wanted to do, and that it caught on is just gravy.

K. Clark: Awesome. And as my follow up, since the majority of the questions have been addressed, what is one question that you wish someone would ask that they haven't asked you before?

J. Donovan: There isn't a question out there that hasn't been asked to be honest with you, all the way down to a why I don't sweat, and I do, I just hide it well.