'White Collar' returns to the network to continue Season 3 on Tues., Jan. 17. And don't worry 'Collar' fans, Neal Caffrey and his fancy suits will definitely be back for Season 4. Meanwhile, 'Royal Pains' will continue its own third season on Wed., Jan. 18. Both shows will air at the 10PM ET time slot.
The network will also premiere its new buddy cop dramedy, 'Common Law,' on Thurs., Jan. 26. The series stars Michael Ealy and Warren Kole as a pair of bickering LAPD detective partners who are ordered into couples therapy by their boss.
"USA's original programming blew through all expectations this summer. We had an unprecedented number of original series on our air -- and every single one of them was great," Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel, USA Network co-presidents, said in a statement.
"The actors who make our shows unique aren't just stars, they are character actors in the finest sense. Our writers, directors and producers truly understand what it takes to create sustainable success. It's a rare and wonderful thing to announce the pick-up of our entire summer of programming."
Earlier this summer, USA renewed its other originals: 'White Collar,' 'Suits,' 'Burn Notice' and 'In Plain Sight,' making them seven for seven in pick-ups.
Ted Linhart, senior vice president of research at USA, announced the news on Twitter.
"White Collar has officially been renewed for Season 4," he wrote. "An inside fun tidbit Our Chairman Bonnie Hammer & USA Co-Prez Jeff Wachtel announced the renewal to WC cast & crew on set a few hours ago."
At times, Caffrey had to stay one step ahead of Burke, almost literally: He tried to avoid his elevator and nearly lost his hat. The art fraud case involved a fake Degas, which Caffrey had to replace before Burke could get to it in a penthouse.
Mozzie was helping Caffrey remotely, opening doors in the apartment complex and keeping him updated on his time. But would it be enough to keep Burke from finding him and the fake Degas?
The summer finale promises to be a sizzling one. A lot is on the line for Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer); his Nazi treasure heist secret may finally be exposed.
In the exclusive preview after the jump, guest star Beau Bridges briefs the team on a painting Neal is very familiar with.
According to TVLine, the 'Dirty Sexy Money' and 'Community' alumna will play the recurring role of "New Female Character." Sounds juicy, right?
Just who is this new character? Well, with name that vague, don't look for producers or even the actress to give up details.
"I got a very cool job offer last night at 11.45pm for a cool new recurring on a TV series," Krusiec said on Twitter.
Mum's the word!
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According to TV Guide, Smith is heading to rival broadcaster NBC to launch a new primetime newsmagazine with 'NBC Nightly News' anchor Brian Williams.
Smith began working at CBS in 1987, and most recently co-anchored 'The Early Show' and 'CBS This Morning.' He has also contributed to 'CBS Evening News' as a senior correspondent and substitute anchor.
In December, after CBS announced the changes to 'The Early Show' lineup, executive producer David Friedman said 'Early Show' newsreader Smith would "shift his focus to hard news with an expanded role as primary substitute anchor on 'The Evening News with Katie Couric,' 'Face the Nation' and 'Sunday Morning' while continuing to report major stories for all CBS News broadcasts."
Friedman said he decided to make such sweeping changes to the morning program after he "looked at many different aspects of the show and tried to figure out what needed to be changed," adding that "obviously if things were, quote unquote, working, we wouldn't make changes."
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Jones does well pretending to be a pastry chef, while Peter comes across as more genuine and winds up the "winner." Neal, on the other hand, was so good at playing utterly despicable, Diane had to bid on him or watch the auction derail as no one was interested.
In a fun cameo, Jill Zarin of 'The Real Housewives of New York City' was on-hand as another woman in the speed-dating format. We particularly enjoyed her disgust at Neal talking about how he hunts fawns and then takes a phone call during their very short date.
'White Collar' stars Tiffani Thiessen and Matt Bomer stopped by 'Watch What Happens Live' (weekdays, 11PM on Bravo) Thursday night and played a game of 'Shaved by the Bell' with host Andy Cohen. Pivoting off Thiessen's iconic '90s role as Kelly Kapowski on 'Saved by the Bell,' Cohen showed the pair a series of pictures of '90s stars with their heads shaved and Thiessen and Bomer had to guess who they were.
Despite the fact that everyone looked like Sinead O'Connor, Thiessen and Bomer fared pretty well, nailing Blossom, Screech, Shannon Doherty, Fabio, Alanis Morissette, Kato Kaelin, Vanilla Ice and Pauly Shore. They won a '90s mix CD and Bravo 'Mazel' shirts for playing. For some of the celebs featured in the montage, it was the most screentime they've seen in years.
Yep, the guy who made Ashley cry during an awful date will be joining Jake Pavelka, Vienna Girardi and various other 'Bachelorette' and 'Bachelor' castoffs in the 'Pad.' Entertainment Weekly confirmed the news.
Two more mystery contestants will be revealed before the August 8 premiere. Paging Bentley ...
Check out a full cast list here.
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It's not hard to imagine the Hollywood siblings having some behind-the-scenes drama between them, especially after watching them butt heads here as a pair of desperate brothers vying for a shot at the family fortune on this second episode of Season 3.
But why the 'Game of Thrones' podcast logo? Well, that's here because I never got around to posting links to the the two epic 'GoT' podcasts we did with TV critics James Poniewozik and Myles McNutt last week.
Below you'll find links to those podcasts, plus running times for this week's discussion of 'White Collar,' 'Covert Affairs,' 'Franklin & Bash,' 'The Killing,' 'Camelot' and BBC America's re-airing of 'Battlestar Galactica.'
According to 'The Hollywood Reporter' 'Gossip Girl' alums Mädchen Amick and Robert John Burke, plus Amick's 'Twin Peaks' co-star Dana Ashbrook, will all be stopping by the F.B.I. dramedy this summer.
Amick will play "sultry femme fatale" Selena Ellis in the episode titled 'Veiled Threat' airing July 5. Selena's suspected of marrying wealthy men for money, and the real question is: Will she catch Neal's (Matt Bomer) eye?
Ashbrook will guest star on the July 12 episode, 'Scott Free,' together with Hutch Dano ('Zeke and Luther'). He'll play Carlisle, a status-conscious millionaire playboy "who loves to spend big bucks on extravagant, over-the-top objects."
The slow build-up to the reveal of the $60 million Neal's old pal knew was still stashed within the air ducts of the Gramercy Fencing Club made the explosion that much more satisfying.
Perhaps redirecting additional flow to only two air ducts so it would blow out the money isn't the cleanest way to retrieve it, but the visual of the bills flying out as the two men looked on was simply stunning.
'White Collar's' return is a sprightly, enjoyable affair -- stylishly shot, well acted and deftly threaded with moral ambiguity -- whereas the spy drama 'Covert Affairs' is surprisingly leaden.
I could go on about what 'White Collar' is doing right these days -- and I will in a bit -- but first, after a year of trying to crack this show's code, I've finally figured out what 'Covert Affairs' is: It's the spy show by and for people who've never seen 'Alias.'
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