For the last five seasons, audiences have been riveted by the tale of art thief extraordinaire Neal Caffrey on USA’s caper-drama White Collar. From the pilot episode, viewers were immediately in love with the bromance between the criminal-turned-consultant and his F.B.I. handler, Peter Burke (and Mozzie. Can’t forget Mozzie). From exploding planes to Nazi treasures to the Hope Diamond, White Collar has continued to entertain audiences with the insane New York City adventures of its characters, and that’s why the news of its conclusion comes with such a heavy heart.
According to Deadline, USA is nearing a deal with producing studio Fox TV to shoot and air a sixth and final season of the series, consisting of six episodes, a number that should be just enough to get Neal out of the abduction cliff-hanger we saw him in at the end of season five. While ratings have remained steady, Deadline cites the rising cost of the show’s New York City production to be the deciding factor in the decision.
The conclusion would make the third series finale for USA in two years, following the end of Burn Notice last summer, and next week’s series finale of Psych. While certainly a bummer piece of news, it’s nice to hear USA is really trying to offer fans a proper conclusion to their favorite shows.
Now if only they could re-do the endings of The Dead Zone and The 4400.