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Meet "Castle's" Nikki Heat, A "Burn Notice" Prequel, and Catching Up on "Fringe"

By Dustin Rowles | TV | December 1, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | December 1, 2010 |

In Spring 2011, Jeffrey Donovan — who plays Michael Weston on “Burn Notice” — will direct a prequel to the series that will revolve around Bruce Campbell’s Sam Axe. Matt Nix (the series creator) will pen the script, which will be set in late 2005, and begins after a faction of Colombian rebels makes trouble for the locally stationed military platoon, with Lieutenant Commander Sam Axe (Campbell) being sent down to advise.

I assume the prequel will better explain why Sam Axe is currently retired. That’s good news, I suppose, for those still watching “Burn Notice.” Frustrated, I quit half-way through last season. As basic cable channels go, I’m an F/X guy now with a side of AMC. The USA Network and TNT fare just doesn’t do it for me anymore. Too insubstantial. (Collider)

Elsewhere, Movieline got the first look at Nikki Heat, or the actress who will be playing the actress in the adaptation of the television show’s fictional series written by the fictional Rick Castle, who is played by the very real, and very dashing, Nathan Fillion. Laura Prepon, better known as Donna on “That 70s’s Show” will be playing Heat. Here’s her before the Nikki Heat transformation:


And here she is afterwards:


I like her better as a blonde. I wonder if the actress playing Nikkie Heat will be killed in the television series? That’d make for a fun meta case. And it might even offer them an opportunity to alter their standard six-point opening.

Finally, if you haven’t been paying too much attention to “Fringe” while you’ve been watching it this season (and frankly, some of this season’s episodes have been a little sixth-season of “X-Files,” if you know what I mean), Fox has edited together a movie trailer of sorts for the series, which should bring you up to speed for December’s run of episodes, as well as offer a couple of hints as to where it’s going. And if you think that a real actress playing a fake actress playing a fictional mystery character in “Castle” is confusing on paper, then what’s happening to Olivia Dunham is downright impossible to explain to those not watching the series: There are two dimensions. And two Olivia Dunhams. Both Olivia Dunhams are in the wrong dimensions. And up until recently, only one Olivia Dunham knew she was in the wrong dimension because she thought she was the other Olivia Dunham. Meanwhile, Peter Bishop is also in the wrong dimension, but he knows he’s in the wrong dimension, but he’s sleeping with the Olivia Dunham from his dimension in another dimension, only he doesn’t know he’s sleeping with the wrong Olivia Dunham because that Olivia Dunham is pretending to be the Olivia Dunham from the dimension they are sleeping together in.

Got it?

Watch the trailer:

(Source: Collider)