Matt Nix

Matthew E. Nix (born September 4, 1971) is an American writer, producer, and director. He is best known for creating the USA Network television series Burn Notice, the Fox series The Good Guys and more recently the Fox series The Gifted.

Matt Nix
Nix in November 2011
Nix in November 2011
BornMatthew E. Nix
(1971-09-04) September 4, 1971 (age 48)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationScreenwriter, television writer
Alma materUCLA
Notable worksBurn Notice (2007–2013)
The Good Guys (2010)
SpouseMelinda Stahl

Early life and educationEdit

Nix was born in Los Angeles, California, to Phillip and Susan Nix, and graduated from Analy High School in Sebastopol.[1] A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he was a UCLA Alumni Scholar.[citation needed]


Burn NoticeEdit

In summer 2006, Matt Nix created Burn Notice, a TV series whose title refers to the burn notices issued by intelligence agencies, which discredit or announce the dismissal of agents or sources. The television series follows agent Michael Westen (played by Jeffrey Donovan), who is abandoned by all his normal intelligence contacts. Not knowing why he has been "burned", he begins to work as a freelance spy and investigator as he tries to find out what happened.[2]

The series premiered on USA Network on Thursday, June 28, 2007. It co-starred Gabrielle Anwar as Fiona Glenanne (Westen's "trigger-happy ex-girlfriend"), Bruce Campbell as Sam Axe (an old friend who "used to inform on" Westen to the Federal Bureau of Investigation), Sharon Gless as Madeline Westen (Michael's mother), and as of season four Coby Bell as Jesse Porter (a spy Westen accidentally burned). During production of its fourth season in early 2010, it was announced that the series had been renewed for two more seasons.[3]

On the final episode, Nix had a cameo appearance as a news reporter. He also had a voice cameo in the pilot, as he is the voice that says "We've got a burn notice on you. You're blacklisted."—which then went on to appear in the opening sequence of every episode. The series ended on September 12, 2013.[citation needed] Between seasons four and five, a Burn Notice movie, entitled Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, was aired on USA Network. Written and executive-produced by Nix, the movie portrayed character Sam Axe's final mission as a U.S. Navy SEAL.[citation needed]

The Good GuysEdit

In early 2010, Nix began working on The Good Guys, a series which premiered on Fox on May 19, 2010. The series starred Bradley Whitford as Dan Stark, a mustachioed, former big-shot detective with the Dallas Police Department, and Colin Hanks as Jack Bailey, a young, ambitious, by-the-book detective who has been assigned as Dan's partner because of his snarky attitude.[4][5]

The Good Guys was originally known by the working title Jack and Dan. For several months, the series was to be known as Code 58, the Dallas Police Department code for "routine investigation", and then briefly as The Five Eight before producers settled on The Good Guys title.[6] The show struggled with low ratings, regularly ranking in fourth place for its timeslot during the summer and then fifth place from October onward.[7] The final episode to air was broadcast December 10, 2010, on Fox.[8]

On December 15, 2010, Fox Television Studios, the production company for the show, informed the Dallas Film Commission that the show would not be renewed for a second season.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Melinda Stahl.[10]



Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer
1997 Chekhov's Gun Yes No Yes Short film
1997 Mike Feeny's Secret for Success Yes No Yes Short film
1998 First Prince Yes No Yes Short film
1999 Me and the Big Guy Yes Yes Yes Short film
2002 Mementoke Yes No Yes Short film
2004 Singularity Yes No No Short film
2017 There Shall Come Angels Yes No Yes Short film


The numbers in directing and writing credits refer to the number of episodes.

Year Title Credited as Notes
Creator Director Executive
2010 The Good Guys[6] Yes Yes (1) Yes (4) Yes
2007–13 Burn Notice Yes Yes (5) Yes Yes (24)
2011 Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe N/A No Yes Yes Television film
2015 The Comedians[11] developer No Yes Yes (2)
2015 Complications[12] Yes Yes (2) Yes Yes (4)
2017 APB developer No Yes Yes (3)
2017 Ben 10 No No No Yes (1)
2017–19 The Gifted Yes No Yes Yes (5)
2020  Turner & Hooch[13] Yes No Yes Yes
  Denotes television series that have not yet been aired


  1. ^ "Analy Alumni Association" (PDF). Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  2. ^ Dempsey, John; Adalian, Josef (February 27, 2007). "'Burn,' 'Bill' get berths". Variety. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  3. ^ "Burn Notice Renewed For Two Seasons By USA - TV Ratings, Nielsen Ratings, Television Show Ratings". TV by the Numbers. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-05-09.
  4. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (February 7, 2010). "If Code 58 Doesn't Nail How the Dallas PD and DA Do Business, It's Not For Lack of Trying". Unfair Park. Dallas Observer. Retrieved March 6, 2010.
  5. ^ Levin, Gary (May 13, 2010). "Who says cop shows can't be funny? Not Fox, thanks to 'Good Guys'". USA Today. Retrieved May 14, 2010.
  6. ^ a b Wilonsky, Robert (February 9, 2010). "How Did Code 58 End Up Shooting In Dallas? Because It Looks Like a '70s Cop Show Set". Unfair Park. Dallas Observer. Retrieved March 6, 2010.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 19, 2010). "Fox's Kevin Reilly And Mike Darnell On 'American Idol' & 'Fringe' Moves; No Back Orders For 'Running Wilde' & 'Good Guys'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
  8. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (November 21, 2010). "Are The Good Guys Gone? Hard to Say". Unfair Park. Dallas Observer. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
  9. ^ O'Connell, Joe (December 18, 2010). "Fox doesn't renew Good Guys". Dallas News. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  10. ^ Profile,; accessed September 26, 2016.
  11. ^ "Billy Crystal-Starring Comedy From Matt Nix & Larry Charles Lands At FX With Pilot Order". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  12. ^ "USA Starts Production on Drama 'Complications' Starring Jason O'Mara", TV by the Numbers, September 17, 2014.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 10, 2020). "'Turner & Hooch': Josh Peck To Headline TV Series Reboot For Disney+". Deadline. Retrieved August 10, 2020.

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