Anwar gives 'Notice' for USA Net pilot


Gabrielle Anwar has been tapped to star opposite Jeffrey Donovan in USA Network's drama pilot "Burn Notice."

Emmy winner Sharon Gless and Bruce Campbell also have joined the Fox TV Studios project, to be directed by Jace Alexander.

Set in Miami, "Burn" centers on Michael Weston (Donovan), a blacklisted Special Ops agent who uses his elite training to find the reason for the "burn notice" that ended his spy career as well as to help those who can't go to the police.

Anwar will play Weston's ex, a former IRA terrorist and expert at survival tactics who has a love-hate relationship with him.

Gless will play Weston's mother, a lonely, an aging chain smoker who has issues with her son.

Campbell will play a former Navy SEAL who is an old friend of Weston's.

"With Sharon, Bruce, Gabrielle and Jeff, we've been able to bring together a world-class cast on 'Burn Notice,' " USA executive vp original programming Jeff Wachtel said. "It's a testimony to the great script and the great creative team, including our partners at Fox TV Studios."

Production on "Burn" is slated to begin Tuesday in Miami. Mikkel Bondesen is executive producing through his Fuse Entertainment. The project's writer, Matt Nix, is co-executive producing.

Anwar next stars opposite Noah Wyle in the TNT movie "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines" and opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers on the Showtime series "The Tudors." She also is developing the feature script "Proud Marry" for "Librarian" producer Dean Devlin and his Electric Pictures. Described as "Pretty Woman" meets "Flashdance," that project centers on an underprivileged young girl trying to make it in the upper-crust New York ballet world.

Anwar is repped by Innovative Artists and Bradley Kramer of Kramer Management.

Eight-time Emmy nominee Gless won twice for her starring role on "Cagney & Lacey." Her recent credits include the Showtime series "Queer as Folk" and the British miniseries "The State Within." She is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates.

Campbell recently starred in the A&E movie "Touch the Top of the World" and lent his voice to the animated feature "The Ant Bully." He is repped by APA and manager Robert Stein.