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Q&A: 'Burn Notice' returning to USA Network

Linny Boyette, left, is no longer making his daily appearances outside the Today Show, prompting concern from viewers on a Facebook page devoted to him.

Jennifer S. Altman for the New York Times (2005)

Linny Boyette, left, is no longer making his daily appearances outside the Today Show, prompting concern from viewers on a Facebook page devoted to him.

Linny's mysterious absence

What has happened to Linny, the African-American man who never missed a day standing in the crowd outside in the morning Today Show on NBC? Suddenly he is no longer there.

Linny Boyette appeared in the crowd outside the Today Show every day for 20 years and became something of a celebrity. He was the subject of a Today Show feature story and is chummy with the hosts.

When the Today Show filmed from London during the Olympics last summer, Boyette created a stir by appearing on Today's competitor, Good Morning America, even getting photos taken with the show's stars. There had been reports that he was upset over the replacement of anchor Ann Curry in June 2012.

Boyette returned to Today when the show came back from London, but has been missing lately. His absence has prompted concern from viewers on a Facebook page devoted to him, which is titled Linny Boyette — That Black Guy in the Today Show Audience.

Unfortunately, this is going to go into the unsolved mysteries file, at least for now. There haven't been any recent news stories on Linny, and NBC and the Today Show have been unresponsive to fans' questions on his whereabouts.

To return: 'Burn Notice,' Season 7

My husband and I love Burn Notice and cannot find the program anyplace. Where can we see the program and when?

Burn Notice, starring Jeffrey Donovan as "burned" spy Michael Westen, is a USA Network original series that can also be seen on the Cloo network in reruns. It's set and filmed in and around Miami. The seventh season begins sometime this summer, with Adrian Pasdar joining the cast as a "wild card terrorist," according to USA.

'Covert Affairs' back in summer

I am a big fan of Covert Affairs with Piper Perabo and wondering where it's been. Her character had just gotten involved romantically with best friend Auggie at the Agency, when the season ended. But it never returned. What gives?

The spy drama will return this summer for a 16-episode fourth season, USA Network says.


Last week brought answers about shows that were the subject of recent Ask the Times questions. CBS announced March 27 that The Mentalist has been renewed, along with 13 other shows, including The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Elementary, Person of Interest and Hawaii Five-O. No announcement was made about the fate of Vegas, Golden Boy and CSI: NY, which cannot be considered a good sign for those series and their fans.

Q&A: 'Burn Notice' returning to USA Network 04/01/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 10:26am]
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