USA Renews White Collar for Season 4

Actually Fairly Important News
... USA has given the go ahead, the greenlight, the thumbs up, and the rarely seen Diamond Acorn to a fourth season of White Collar. The show follows a former con man who is now teamed up with the FBI to stop white-collar crimes (not the Catholic Church boy-touching ones). The network has ordered 16 new episodes which means 16 more hours of Matt Bomer, who single-handedly made TV handsomer than ever. For you stats junkies: it's averaging 5.7 million viewers. [Variety]

... Producer-director Peter Berg brought Friday Night Lights to the small screen, so let's hear what he has to say. "I'm pitching a show to NBC that's a Western from a female point of view. They just bought a script." Sounds great, Peter! [THR]

... HBO has finally told us when we can get more The Life and Times of Tim, the best animated show that HBO has ever canceled and then uncanceled. The series, a personal favorite about a shmoe in New York City that's part Curb Your Enthusiasm part something else I can't think of right now, will return on Monday, December 19. Also getting announced today was Angry Boys, the latest from Summer Heights High's Chris Lilley. It follows half a dozen characters, all played by Lilley. Look for it December 5. [HBO via press release]

... NBC continued its tear of developing shows that actually sound good with a new project previously known as The Yard. The Office-style mockumentary examines life on an elementary schoolyard. [Deadline Hollywood]

Here Ye! Hear You! Casting!
... Game of Thrones has made another casting announcement, and... it's a black guy! Finally. British actor Lucian Msamati (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency) will play Salladhor Saan, a for-hire pirate that sails for Stannis Baratheon. I don't remember him being black, either. [EW]

... CBS' The Talk is adding Kardashian mom Kris Jenner to its stable of hee-hawers. She'll fill in as the alternate host of the talk show, which has seen a big change to its panel recently. Also being added (in what capacity I'm not sure) is Sheryl Underwood, a comedian who reportedly likes to call herself a "God-fearing black Republican." If they want to turn this show into an hour of women screaming at each other, mission accomplished. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Real actress Jamie Lee Curtis is joining NCIS for a Sweeps Week role. She'll play a hotshot from the Department of Defense that messes with the NCISers and could even get into Gibbs' pants. [TV Line]

... Remember that old creepy guy from Lost? No, not Locke. You know, the one who was all mysterious and stuff? No, not Jack's dad. You know... that guy! With the Scotch! YES! Widmore! Well the actor who played him (Alan Dale) will play Prince Charming's dad in ABC's fairy-tale drama Once Upon a Time. [TV Line]

... Heather Graham has grabbed the female lead in Rob Corddry's Fox comedy Little In Common. The show is about a California family (Corddry, Graham, some adorable kid) who move to Texas and bond with/clash culturally with people in the community that are involved in Little League baseball. This one is sure to be a ground-rule double! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Seinfeld's Jason Alexander will guest star on NBC's Harry's Law as a teacher who is fired after flunking a student. Look Jason, if you needed some money you could've just asked me. [TV Guide]

Bad News, Good News
... Bad first, because we like to send you off with a smile. Actor Michael Showers was found dead yesterday in the Mississippi River. Showers played the role of Captain Guidry in HBO's Treme. The cause of death is unknown. [NOLA.com]

... Star Trek might get a new series, if Battlestar Galactica producer David Foster has anything to say. He's pitching a series to CBS set within the universe of the famed sci-fi show and taking place post-Voyager era. Make it happen, Les! [NY Post]


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Leave the comedy to the professionals.
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Awesome news. Love White Collar. USA has some great shows on. Better then the main networks.
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Not a surprise, but i'm still very happy to hear this. The 3rd season was a bit smaller than i expected so give us the 4th one fast pls ;-DD
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Worthy of renew, wish they would bring back Kate as a villain though!
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Ugh White Collar got old half way through season 2....
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What a surprise!

Just kidding. :)
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Another series of Star Trek will be awesome. Though I don't think anything can overtake ST:VOY (personal opinion is all). Captain Janeway...the absolute best Captain there ever was.



And yes please to White Collar. A little more Matt Bomar can never be a bad thing *swoon*
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What incentive would Paramount have to do a Star Trek series set in the original timeline while still movies set in the alternate timeline with younger Kirk and Spock? Also, I thought David Foster was a House producer. And technically, I don't think Neil is an ex-con-man.
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Love me some more White Collar! Matt is way to handsome to be kept off tv screens
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I love how this doesnt mention how CBS fired Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete after leaving the hanging for the last 2 weeks! and Only people returning permanetly to the show is Sara Gilbert (The Creator of the show) and Julie Chen (The head of CBSs wife) Sharon Osborne is coming back for 6 weeks and is done and its all do to 1 of the remaining co-host "diva" behavior.
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Game of Thrones needs to hurry up and come back already.
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Yay White Collar!!
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GOT has done a f'n marvelous job casting this off season. They are also filming on 3 (yes 3!!) continents, how cool is that?// .....As ADWD was more like "A dance with George's Bloated Ego"-- I am now leaning to HBO to right the wrongs of the last 2 books in the ASOIAF series, especially the last one, but seriously, especially the last one.. Let this be a lesson to us all. Ever since Mr martin was called the "AMERICAN TOLKIEN" HIS WRITING HAS CHANGED AND GOTTEN MUCH MUCH WORSE. That was not meant to be in caps, but I'm lazy so, rant over and out..
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I just started watching White Collar and much to my surprize, I like it a lot so I'm really glad its been renewed!
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HELL YES!! Give us a new Star Trek series plssss! Although if he's just pitching it now by the time they get it in production and film a pilot, it will already be 2015 :P ! We might not survive past 2012 :(( ! Bummer
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White collar crimes!!! Good one Tim!! Bring you back to your altar boy days???

Glad to hear we'll see the outcome of the big heist.

STAR TREK back!!!!! Yes please. I'll take 6 yrs and double down!! Keep us trekkies posted!!
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Great new for White Collar!
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good news, especially for "white collar"
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good new all around. sweet
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Yeah for White Collar and double YEAH YEAH for star trek.
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"Yays" for White Collar getting renewed and for Jamie Lee Curtis guest starring on NCIS! "A western from a woman's point of view" makes me think of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. I'm all for a new Star Trek series, as long as it is done well.
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A Western show? Awesome. A Western show from a woman's point of view? Not so awesome. The Star Trek news is interesting though.
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Most adorable couple on television has got to be Peter and Neil on White Collar.
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Life and Times of Tiiiiiiiiiiim!!!!! So Happy!
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December? Oh well, at least HBO did the smart thing and uncancelled Tim.
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USA had better renew White Collar, the second best show on the network, Psych being the sirst. And Lucian Msamti would be the second black actor casted into Game of Thrones. Nonso Anozie will play Xaro Xhano Daxos. But he doesn't have that look of what I think Salladhor Saan would look like.
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