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'Burn Notice' sizzles

There’s good news for fans of the summer’s best new series. “Burn Notice” has been picked up for a second season.

With broadcast networks keeping their schedules free of scripted programming during the summer, cable has managed to make a substantial foothold, Zap2It.com reports.

USA Network’s “Burn Notice” and TNT’s “Saving Grace” are both summer successes, with “Burn” getting a 13-episode order for a second season and “Grace” getting a 15-episode order for next year.

“Burn Notice” stars a sizzling Jeffrey Donovan as a freelance spy who finds himself mysteriously blacklisted by the government. He goes home to Miami and helps out friends and friends of friends, with MacGyver-like ingenuity, while he tries to clear his name. Bruce Campbell (“Army of Darkness”) plays the buddy who keeps tabs on him for the feds, Gabrielle Anwar (“The Tudors”) is his gun-loving ex-girlfriend Fiona, and Sharon Gless (“Cagney and Lacey”) is his long-suffering (in her view) mom.

It premiered in June to 4 million viewers and has been gradually growing its audience since then.

“Saving Grace” is helped out by a strong lead-in from “The Closer” and had 6.4 million viewers for its premiere last month. Unlike “Burn Notice,” its audience hasn’t grown, but it’s still averaging a respectable 5.5 million viewers each week.

Holly Hunter stars as Grace, a secular police detective who suddenly finds herself the beneficiary of some divine intervention.

On Keitel’s ‘Mind’?

Will Harvey Keitel replace Mandy Patinkin?

Maybe. The Hollywood Reporter says that Mr. Keitel, better known for such big-screen turns as those in “Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir Dogs,” is in talks to join the cast of the CBS drama “Criminal Minds.”

Up until now, the show has centered on the FBI profiler played by Mr. Patinkin, who quit abruptly last month because of what he termed “creative differences.”

The show’s producers undertook an exhaustive search for a big-name actor to play a new central character. “Criminal Minds,” in which the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit solves a new case each week, returns for a third season in the fall.

On the big screen, Mr. Keitel next reprises his role in the sequel “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.”

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