Monday, June 15, 2009

Mysteries on TV: Burn Notice, The Murdoch Mysteries, and Jesse Stone in Thin Ice, New This Week on DVD

Mysteries on TV

, your source for the most complete selection of detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series now available or coming soon to DVD, is profiling one made-for-television movie and two series that have season DVDs being released this week.

Combining the best action/thriller elements with good-natured humor and an iconic new breed of espionage, the second season of USA Network hit heats up as blacklisted spy Michael Westen (played by Jeffrey Donovan) hones his unique skills for new clientele. After being fired as a professional spy and dumped in his hometown of Miami without money or resources, Westen struggles to put his life back together and find out why he has been "burned." The series also stars Gabrielle Anwar as Fiona, a beautiful ex-IRA operative who happens to be Westen’s ex-girlfriend; Bruce Campbell as Sam, Michael's closest buddy in town; and Sharon Gless as Madeline, Westen's hypochondriac mother. Joining the cast this season is Tricia Helfer as Carla, the woman who may be behind Michael's "burn notice."

The Burn Notice: Season Two DVD set of 4 discs contain all 16 episodes that aired on USA Network, half during late summer 2008 and the remaining episodes in early 2009.

Jesse Stone is back! Paradise (Massachusetts) Police Chief Jesse Stone (played by Tom Selleck) finds himself in trouble with the Town Council when he inadvertently becomes involved in a shoot-out on a Boston street in Jesse Stone: Thin Ice. His friend, State Homicide Commander Healy, is seriously wounded and Jesse comes under investigation by the Boston Police Department's Internal Affairs Division, which causes him to be away from Paradise for extended periods of time in this exciting fifth installment of the popular series. When Chief Stone fires the Paradise Police Department's most enthusiastic ticket-writer, the city's main source of revenue takes a serious hit. His status with the Town Council already faltering, the chief puts his own job in serious jeopardy by agreeing to help a celebrated out-of-towner search for her missing child

These made-for-television movies are based on the bestselling books by Robert B. Parker. A sixth movie, . No air date has yet been set by CBS.

Cutting-edge Victorian science meets cunningly plotted mystery in . In the 1890s, Detective William Murdoch (played by Yannick Bisson) adopts modern techniques like "finger marks" and forensics to track Toronto's most sinister killers. Though derided by his skeptical boss (Thomas Craig), Murdoch finds friends and allies in a lovely pathologist (Hélène Joy) and an eager-to-learn constable (Jonny Davis). Along the way they cross paths with some of the era’s most famous figures, including Nikola Tesla, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Prince Alfred.

The The Murdoch Mysteries: Season One DVD set of 4 discs contain the 13 episodes that originally aired on Canadian television from January through April 2008.

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