Bye-bye Bomer, parting is such sweet sorrow. USA Network has decided to close the book on White Collar
, one of the network's flagship shows, after a truncated sixth season.
The show about a white collar criminal conscripted into helping the FBI solve crimes is one of USA Network's longest-lasting and most high profile vehicles. Show star Matt Bomer, part of the magic in Magic Mike
, is arguably one of the biggest stars appearing on a USA show. So it comes as a bit of a shock the network has decided not to move forward with the series.
Of course, White Collar isn't completely dead in the water. Neal Caffrey will ride again in a dramatically shortened sixth season comprised of just six episodes. It will give the show a chance to close out storylines, say goodbye to beloved characters, and address the kidnapping cliffhanger which closed out season five.
Of course, for an audience used to getting 16 episodes of White Collar per season, a mere six might seem like a raw deal.
Why is USA pulling the plug on one of TV's sexiest crime fighters? As with most things in the television industry, it comes down to cold hard cash, a motive Neal himself might understand.
According to the initial report from Deadline
, White Collar
was an expensive show to produce. With a well-known (and well-paid) cast and location shoots in the Big Apple, the price tag of White Collar
was apparently getting too high for USA to pay. Especially considering the show isn't owned by USA in the first place.
Add to this the fact that White Collar's fall season saw a drop in ratings, and the writing was probably on the wall for Neal, Mozzie, and friends. Of course, White Collar isn't usually billed as a fall show, and when the series returned in the winter the ratings rose to a healthy 2.8 million.
This is one in a series of decisions by USA Network to offload some of it's longest-running and most popular programs. The network has already cancelled several shows, including Necessary Roughness, Psych, and Burn Notice.
It's uncertain what the future holds for Neal, Peter, Mozzie and company, but at least the creative team will get to finish their story. Although I, for one, will miss being able to see Matt Bomer's face on my television every week.
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