Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Burn Notice - Chicago Tribune: Jeffrey Donovan Interview

From the Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan's The Watcher blog:

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July 1, 2008

'Burn Notice's' spy guy: A talk with Jeffrey Donovan

An interview with “Burn Notice” star Jeffrey Donovan, who plays ex-spy Michael Westen on the USA Network series, which returns July 10.

Donovan talks about the quirks of his witey donvan, maureen ryan, michael shanks, stargate sg-1, the watcher, tricia helferty character, Michael’s new handler, Carla (Tricia Helfer), his fellow burned spy Victor (Michael Shanks) and his manipulative mother (Sharon Gless). Donovan also talks about why he thinks “Burn Notice” will be overlooked at awards time and why he thinks his show is every bit as good as “Mad Men.”


MR: So Michael will meet another burned spy, Victor, this season. Matt said he’s pretty different from Michael?

JD: Yes [laughs]. Victor is what Michael would be if Michael had rabies.


MR: What’s the most fun about it [the job]?

JD: The humor. I love bringing the humor and that’s why I got the job. Matt told me, “You’re the only guy who brought humor to a dire situation.” And that’s our goal, every episode -- in the middle of this high-stakes espionage spy-world stuff, this James Bond, Jason Bourne stuff, I can be funny, but you still can believe I’m pulling this job off.

We don’t want to second-guess our audience. We go from a premise of our audience and our fans [being] as smart or smarter than we are -- we don’t have to talk down to them, they can catch up. We believe the audience is out there for a really smart television show that doesn’t dumb down because [people] want some Cro-Magnon to get it. Our audience is smart and we just want to stay one step ahead of them.

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