Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 11:36 a.m.
See City Commissioners Plan to Evict Burn Notice from Coconut Grove; Burn Notice Eviction Not for Public Debate, Commissioners Say.
It looks like Michael Westen has overcome his latest "burn" -- for the next year, at least.
After months of failed talks between Burn Notice
's producers, who want to keep filming the show in Coconut Grove, and city commissioners, who planned to replace its filming headquarters at the Coconut Grove Convention Center
with a public park, a tentative deal has finally been set.
Burn Notice will stay at the convention center for the next year, assuming it gets renewed for a seventh season.
A spokesperson for the show confirmed that commissioners have struck a deal in principle for an extended lease at the convention center. The compromise? Burn Notice
will pay a higher rent than they're used to -- $450,000, a hefty hike compared to the $240,000 it paid in years past, according to Miami Today --
and has agreed to vacate at the end of its newly extended lease.
What happens in one year is up for debate. Burn Notice's producers have argued that no place else in Miami is suitable for shooting the show, and said they'd move to Broward, Louisiana, or beyond if they were forced out this year. If the city wants to keep the production in town, it had better make good on its promises to develop bigger and better TV and movie production studios before this time next year.
For now, however, there's just one thing left to prevent Burn Notice from filming in Coconut Grove for another year: the fact that USA hasn't yet picked the show up for another season. If it gets canned after all this drama, we can all consider ourselves "burned."
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