Burn Notice was first up with the following participants:
Chris Vance (panel moderator): Mason Gilroy
Tim Matheson: Larry Sizemore (also has directed several episodes)
Bruce Campbell: Sam Axe (AKA Chuck Finely)
Matt Nix: Creator, writer, director, executive producer
Alfredo Barrios Jr. Writer, executive producer
The intro to the panel was a Michael Westen "voice over video" in the style of the show on how to smuggle your friends into Comic Con. It was very funny.
The biggest news to come out of the panel is that they will be doing a Burn Notice prequel with Bruce Campbell. It will cover his last mission as a Navy Seal, and how he ended up in Miami. That news got a big rise out of the crowd when announced by USA. Bruce Campbell's joking response was "USA finally got their sh!t together".
There were some spoilers for upcoming episodes that slipped:
- Larry is coming back in S4
- Fiona is kidnapped in an upcoming episode
I was shocked to hear that they shoot each episode in only 7 days. The panel gave a lot of credit to their second unit and the fact that the cast is usually prepared so they don't need a lot of takes for that. There was some discussion about the relationship between Larry (Tim Matheson) and Michael. They described Larry as the Devil on Michael's shoulder and Sam as the Angel.
Matt Nix held nothing back as the audience asked about how they decided on Miami as a location for the show (it was USA Network's idea) and was it a mistake to give Fiona an Irish accent in the pilot (yes).
Bruce Campbell (Sam) is my new hero. An audience member asked what he considers a good movie. After jokingly remarking any movie with himself in it he said one of his favorite movies was one that most people in the room probably had never heard of: Bridge over the River Kwai. Further remarking about the film he said William Holden was "a man" who could kick Ben Afflicks's ass, it was a movie that had a score, not a soundtrack, was shot in 70mm and unlike most movies today had a theme.