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'Burn Notice' reaches film deal in Coconut Grove

3:54 PM, Aug 12, 2012   |    comments
Jeffrey Donovan stars as Michael Westen in the USA Network series "Burn Notice." (Gannett News Service, Dan Littlejohn/USA Network)
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MIAMI (AP) - The cable spy series "Burn Notice" has reached a deal to film for another year in Coconut Grove, but not as all members of the Miami city commission would have wished.

The Miami Herald reports Vice Chairman Marc Sarnoff has wanted to raze the old Coconut Grove Convention Center where the show films and build a waterfront park.

Sarnoff pitched "Burn Notice" producers a compromise: Instead of paying rent, the show would blow up the convention center when they finished filming.

The paper reports Sarnoff wanted the demolition written into the final episode.

Producers didn't go for his story line. Instead, Fox Television Studios agreed to pay a higher rent that will cover the city's demolition costs, plus taxes.

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