USA Network has teamed with DC Comics to launch a webcomic — or, rather, “an interactive graphic novel” — for Burn Notice, the cable channel’s hit action series.
USA Today’s Whitney Matheson reports that A New Day is designed to bridge the storylines between the fourth season, which ended with former spy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) seemingly being welcomed back into the intelligence fold, and the fifth season, which premieres tonight.
Penned by Burn Notice writer Ryan Johnson and script coordinator Peter Laylaynis, illustrated by Tony Shasteen and overseen by series creator Matt Nix, Burn Notice: A New Day will run for 12 weeks, and include games, ciphers, video and more. Burn Notice returns tonight at 9 ET/PT on USA.
Back when the mid-season finale of White Collar was about to air, I lucked out and got a chance to email interview Joe Henderson, the show’s executive story editor. The Q&A was fairy well-received, so when I realized that the show’s midseason (aka Season 2.5) premiere was set to air this Tuesday, January 18 (at its new time of 10 PM EST on USA Network), Henderson and I found time to exchange info again. While last time we delved a smidge into comics, this interview is completely about White Collar. What makes this interview even more pertinent, the midseason premiere episode (Burke’s Seven) is written by Henderson.
Tim O’Shea: How long have you been itching to write an episode with the great homage-tinged title of Burke’s Seven?
Joe Henderson: This is something we’ve been wanting to do for awhile—the entire team working together in a con. But it was also something we really wanted to earn. Let the audience get to know the characters, build up an anticipation to see them all together, then find that moment where the stakes were high enough to justify it. With Mozzie getting shot, it became the perfect opportunity to bring everyone together.