White Collar: Review

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USA
Series Premiere: 23 October @ 10pm

I really hope that the networks start canceling some shows, because I need to make room for one more on the DVR. USA is quickly becoming a staple in my apartment for the effervescent tone of shows like ‘Royal Pains,’ ‘Burn Notice,’ ‘Psych‘ and ‘In Plain Sight.’ Their newest entry tackles (obviously) the world of white collar crime in present-day Manhattan. Have no fear though, the procedural aspect of the show isn’t Lehman Brothers type stuff, it’s far more Thomas Crown than that. Neal Caffrey (played by Matt Bomer of ABC’s hot-minute show ‘Traveler‘) is one of the slickest thieves in the world. He knows his suits, he knows his wines and he’s got a head of hair that would make shampoo jealous. His cool moves help him walk out the front door of a maximum-security prison just before the end of his sentence, all so he can (we assume) go after the girl that got away. He gets pinched immediately by the FBI agent who caught him in the first place, Peter Burke (Tim DeKay of ‘Tell Me You Love Me‘).

Burke is in a pickle on a case and strikes a deal with Caffrey to consult on the job while wearing one of those sexy ankle bracelets. And I think we all know what happens next: the unlikely duo manage to help one another every day, on the job and off. It’s kind of a tried and true pairing – the frenemy thing. The pilot episode of ‘White Collar’ certainly shows the difference between these two fellas in their personal and work lives (not to mention their code of ethics), but they seem to get chummy awfully fast. This doesn’t give these boys a lot of room to grow towards one another, unfortunately, but I’m hoping the series will find other means of keeping things interesting. It’s a great concept and Neal Caffrey is the coolest new character on TV, so I’ll be watching every week.

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Author: JP

JP SARNI is a producer and writer who holds a BFA in Media and Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. Producer credits include: "Heartland" (short / set to premiere at the 2007 San Francisco International Gay & Lesbian Fim Festival), "The Launch" (short), readings of the rock opera "Utah's Crying" under his M├ętropole Ink production entity, plus "Play Ball! A Trilogy of Baseball Films" (associate producer) and "Flashback" (producer / showcase production) for Weird Sisters. For two years, he worked as a producer and on-air reporter for SIRIUS Satellite Radio (on programs including "The Judith Regan Show"). He has just finished line producing the feature-length documentary, The Pennhurst Project, for Radioaktivefilm NYC (The Ground Truth), and will next be line producing Charles Forbes' Minor Gods for the Summer Play Festival at Theatre Row. Additionally, he has worked for legendary publicist Bobby Zarem, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and numerous film production credits, including: Alfie, WTC View, and the upcoming P.S., I Love You.

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