TELEVISION

Burn Notice wraps after seven years of Miami spy capers

 

dhanks@miamiherald.com

Burn Notice, the most successful television series to film in Miami since Miami Vice, wrapped production Wednesday after seven years.

Cast and crew dined on lobster and beef filet on the set inside the Coconut Grove Convention Center, which served as the show’s headquarters since filming its pilot in late 2006. The set was closed to local press, but the show’s workers and stars chronicled this week’s final moments on Twitter. “Sammy has left the building,” Bruce Campbell tweeted Tuesday as his character, Sam Axe, filmed his final appearance. “Kudos to the fans who kept Burn Notice on the air for seven long years.”

A cable spy drama with a light touch, Burn Notice earned high ratings for USA Network and became one of the most popular shows on cable television. USA did not renew the series after seven seasons. No reason was given for the end of the show, which continues to have strong ratings but which also faced rising production costs.

Burn Notice ended up in Miami for a slightly longer stretch than did Miami Vice, which filmed between 1984 and 1989. Both shot 111 episodes, though Vice filmed more given its feature-length specials. Burn Notice was also the first English-language series of note shot in Miami to be renewed for a second season.

While Vice was a pop hit and helped spark a tourism rebound in Miami, Burn Notice never earned much attention beyond its core audience. A Saturday Night Live skit in 2010 spoofed the series’ low profile with a fake game show called “What is Burn Notice?” And while Vice thrived before the era of government subsidies for entertainment, Burn Notice collected millions in tax dollars from Florida’s film office.

Burn Notice’s series finale airs Sept 12.

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