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USA orders up ‘Burn Notice’ prequel

Network hopes to capitalize on success with telepic

USA Network is capitalizing on the success of “Burn Notice” by ordering a telepic that will act as a prequel to the series.

Starring Bruce Campbell, the pic will follow the last assignment of his character, Sam Axe, as a Navy SEAL before his retirement. No other members of the show’s cast have been confirmed.

The announcement was made by USA original programming topper Jeff Wachtel at Comic-Con.

Fox Television Studios will produce. Shooting will take place in Latin America and is set to begin in a few months, between seasons four and five of the series. “Burn Notice” is shooting season four, which recently premiered.

No word on whether creator Matt Nix, who has an overall deal at Fox Television Studios, will write or direct.

“Burn Notice” remains cable’s No. 1 scripted series in the 18-49 demo.

USA has been out of the telepic business for a while. The last original TV movie it aired was comedy “Three Wise Guys” in December 2005.

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