White Collar
White Collar
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
USA Network is banking on the popularity of its departing series Monk to kick off a similarly themed crime comedy White Collar, set for a fall premiere. The series is a "fresh" and "fun" approach on the classic good cop bad cop team-up, with a pairing that features a career criminal with a career federal agent.

"The series will offer viewers a distinct voice and style, inspired storytelling and memorable characters," says USA Network original programming president Jeff Wachtel.

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Matt Bomer, who plays Chuck's old buddy Bryce Larkin on Chuck, is the charming criminal mastermind Neal Caffrey who who's brought in as an FBI consultant, working on complex white-collar crime cases with the man who caught him, his nemesis G-Man extraordinaire Peter Burke played by Tim DeKay.

The "most unlikely of partnerships" between the con artist and the FBI agent starts when Caffrey is caught by Burke. After escaping from a maximum-security prison to find his long-lost love, Neal is nabbed by Peter once again. But rather than returning to jail for the getaway, Neal suggest that he provides his expertise to assist the Feds in putting away infamous and elusive criminals in return for his freedom.

White Collar will premiere with a 90-minute episode in October, with its 13-episode run lasting until early 2010. Its first episode will immediately follow the 10th of Monk, which is on its eighth and final run. It also stars Tiffani Thiessen as Peter's wife and intelligent event planner Elizabeth and Willi Garson, who plays Mozzie, a friend of Caffrey's who distrusts the Feds with a passion.

- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: USA Network
(Image courtesy of USA Network)

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