Fans of signature USA Network series White Collar won’t have to wait long to say goodbye. The network has moved up the six-episode final season, originally slated for 2015, to later this fall. Season 6 of the series starring Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay will debut on November 6, paired on Thursday with Covert Affairs. I hear the six episodes, which are in post-production, have been very well received by USA brass. “From its inception, White Collar captured a massive and loyal following, in large part due to the incredible on-screen chemistry between Matt and Tim, who deserve credit for one of the most brilliantly performed ‘bromances’ in all of television,” said USA Network president Chris McCumber while teasing the series finale. “This season will not disappoint, with an exciting and shocking ending that fans will never forget.”
Season 5 of White Collar, which wrapped its run in January, ended with a cliffhanger involving the abduction of Neal Caffrey (Bomer). This will mark a second consecutive year that White Collar will air in the fall. In its fall debut last year when it premiered in October, White Collar was dinged up against in-season competition but rebounded in January when the conclusion of Season 5 averaged 2.8 million viewers in Live+Same Day, up 22% from fall, and 955,000 adults 18-49, up 32%. Albeit abbreviated, the six-episode final season allows White Collar to join USA’s other established series — Monk, Burn Notice, Psych and In Plain Sight — in getting a proper send-off. USA’s decision to end the series was based on financial reasons as the high-end series, shot in New York, is not owned by the network but comes from Fox TV Studios.
Created and is executive produced by Jeff Eastin, White Collar focuses on the unlikely partnership between the intelligent and charming con-artist Neal Caffrey (Bomer) and the hard-working and earnest FBI agent Peter Burke (DeKay). “Saying goodbye to White Collar – and Neal and Peter – after six successful seasons is incredibly difficult, but I couldn’t be prouder of what our entire team has accomplished over the last six years,” said Eastin. “I’m grateful to FTVS and USA for giving the show a great home, and I can’t wait for fans to see the twists, surprises and phenomenal performances our final season has in store for them.”