“It’s very encouraging,” Sharon Gless says of her 10th Emmy nomination for her 10th TV series, Burn Notice.”

“I like being nominated. I’m not ashamed to say it,” she says of her supporting actress nod. She also recounts the 1983 to ’88 competition between her and “Cagney and Lacey” costar Tyne Daly.

Sharon won twice. Tyne won four times.  “I got really good at being gracious,” she admits with a grin. “I had it down.”

Sitting in her hotel room on Friday (July 30) at the Beverly Hilton — on a break from the Summer TV Press Tour madness — she chatted with Zap2it about her “orgasmic” new show.

]]>Nip/Tuck,” Sharon says she she had no qualms or doubts about returning to TV fulltime on “Burn Notice.” “My idea of orgasmic is a hit TV show,” she says of her reinvigorated career. “I was raised on television, I was a Universal contract player, that’s how I was trained. I’m very comfortable in the format, I don’t mind working long, long hours.”  Sharon acknowledges that her character, Madeline Westen, is the emotional balance to son Michael and she’s more savvy about what he’s up to this season than she was last year. “She’s more knowledgeable now,” says Sharon. “Emotionally, she is the grounding force for Michael, especially. And she’s funny, very smart…now she can use her smarts to help him and sometimes she uses it to manipulate him.” She also plays a mom who understands her boy and his abuse at the hands of his father. “He came out the damaged one because he was the oldest boy.” 
Her favorite episodes include the one she did with her old pal Daly last year and the season finale that got her the Emmy nod for her battle of the wits with an FBI interrogator. She asked creator Matt Nix if she could make some changes to the end of that prolonged scene. Rather than have her character cry when she finds out that Michael has been let go, she had another idea. “I told him ‘She doesn’t cry. She would go across the desk at you. Let me do it.’ And he said ‘OK.’ … He brought me a little gem and then the academy notices … .” She wanted another change that didn’t quite make it in. “I also wanted [Matt] to put me in bed with that FBI guy. There was so much tension between us. I just thought that would be so cool.” Any new sparklies (famous cameos) this season? “We had Burt Reynolds recently. I had one scene with him,” she recalls and talks about Nix being very particular about guest stars. “There was a very big, big singer who wanted to guest role but Matt said, ‘He’s too big.’ He felt that it takes away the validity of the show. I thought that was very insightful.” We also chatted about Miami, her home for 15 years. “It’s a very sexy town. you go down Ocean Blvd. and every restaurant and club has young people  dancing in the middle of the street with very little on.” Speaking of clothing, does she know what she’ll wear to the Emmys? “Yes,” Sharon says, admitting, “I haven’t seen it yet. I’m going very relaxed. I’m aware of my age, and I don’t want to compete with 20-year-olds. It’s important to me that I be emotionally and physically comfortable and that I pay homage to the Academy.” Follow Zap2it and Elizadish on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead