Q: When is "Burn Notice" coming back? I haven't heard anything about it in a while.

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

"Burn Notice" has been such a dependable ratings-getter for USA Network that it's unlikely to be canceled suddenly, yet fans always worry.

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that every season ends with a dramatic cliffhanger (actually, most episodes do as well), so fans have a lot of emotion invested in the show continuing.

Whatever their reason for worrying, though, they can stop: Season 7 of the spy drama is secured and will air this summer. However, this one may actually be the last.

Rumors to that effect have been circulating since before it was officially renewed, and with the network committing to only 13 episodes for Season 7 instead of the usual 16 or 18, speculation has continued. (It's worth noting that while "Burn Notice" has been getting 18-episode runs, 13 is a normal season for cable.)

Series star Jeffrey Donovan added to the speculation in a conference call about the renewal announcement, saying "I think probably Season 7 will be our final season."

However, a network spokesperson said there was "no expectation" that this would be the final round.

If that decision does get made, though, Donovan promises that fans will get warning, and the show's plot lines will wrap up "in some devastating fashion." Cold comfort, indeed.


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