This fall the USA Network will debut a new television series called White Collar. White Collar is the brain child of writer Jeff Eastin, who is also responsible for the shows Hawaii and Meet the Marks. White Collar features Matt Bomer as a white collar criminal named Neil Caffrey and Tim DeKay as FBI Agent Peter Stokes. Caffrey and Stokes are rivals who, under unusual circumstances, become partners.
The origins of the Caffrey/Stokes partnership stems from when Caffrey escapes jail. He escapes in order to find his long lost love but his plans become short lived after he is recaptured by Agent Stokes. In an attempt to avoid going back to prison Caffrey makes a proposal the FBI cannot turn down. Caffrey offers his services to aid in catching other white collar criminals. In return Caffrey wouldn’t be sent back to prison. Instead Caffrey is released into the custody of Agent Stokes and together, the two work to catch criminals.
Actors Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay are no strangers to the small screen. Earlier in the decade Matt Bomer played Luc Johnston on the short lived television series “Tru Calling”. Tim DeKay has appeared on several TV shows including “Cold Case”, “4400”, “CSI: Miami”, and “Scrubs”. Matt Bomer also played Eric in the 2005 film Flightplan.
“White Collar” will also star actress Tiffani Thiessen. Tiffani Thiessen first made a name for herself in the 1990s, when only a teenager, by portraying Kelly Kapowski on the television show “Saved by the Bell”. Tiffani Thiessen’s success has continued into adulthood. She played Valerie Malone on the television series “Beverly Hills 90210”. Tiffani Thiessen’s character on “White Collar” is named Elizabeth.
The premise of “White Collar” makes the series appear to be a unique detective show which is nothing new for the USA Network. The USA Network is already home to two unique detective shows, “Monk” and “Psych”. “Monk” stars Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, a former detective with obsessive compulsive disorder. “Monk” is currently in its eighth and final season. “Psych” follows fake psychic detective Shawn Spencer (James Roday). “Psych” is currently in its fourth season. Both “Monk” and “Psych” have garnered the USA Network much success.
The USA Network takes pride in their colorful television characters like Adrian Monk and Shawn Spencer. Neil Caffrey should provide the USA Network another colorful television character to take pride in. “White Collar” debuts in October.