In anticipation of BURN NOTICE’s mid-season premiere tonight on USA, I had the chance to listen in to a conference call with one of my favorite people, creator Matt Nix. He’s so relaxed and always funny, whether he means to be or not – I love getting a peak into the mind of a TV writer. Read on to hear what Matt has to say about this season, next season, and everything in between!
The first question I had for you, what does the success of a show like this mean to you as a show runner? What does it mean to have a show that’s so successful and so, I guess, just well received by the audience?
Well, I guess in terms of the job, the sort of day-to-day of it, not much actually. I find, like I sort of – you know, people ask me, like, how has your life changed? And really it’s sort of, I come into the office every day, and then I work for a really long time, and then I go home. But I mean the truth is, it was always a really fun process, and it still is. But really, like, kind of the best thing about it is all of your friends from high school call you.
And just all the people getting in touch with you and, you know, I think that for a lot of people on the show, oddly and nobody expected this, but everybody comments on it and how kind of weirdly unexpected and mildly spooky it is. Everybody says to us, oh, your show is the only show that my daughter watches with her grandmother or – its people have this sort of family thing about it, and in a funny kind of way, that’s the most gratifying because it’s totally not something we expected, and having it well received in that way, I don’t know. It’s not like I sat down to do a family spy show, but I guess it turned out that way. (more…)
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