USA Network has picked up original series White Collar, which pairs a con artist with an FBI agent.
The "characters network" has ordered the 90-minute premiere and 13 one-hour installments from Fox Studios. Starring Matthew Bomer (Chuck, Tru Calling), Tim DeDKay (Tell Me You Love Me, Carnivàle), Tiffani Thiessen (What About Brian, Fastlane) and Willie Garson (Sex and the City, John From Cincinnati), the show will be shot on location in New York. It was unclear at press time, when the series would hit USA's air.
White Collar (working title) turns on the unlikely pairing of a con artist and an FBI agent who have been playing cat and mouse for years. Neal Caffrey (Bomer), a charming criminal mastermind, is finally caught by his nemesis, G-Man Peter Burke (DeKay). But a maximum-security prison can't hold Caffrey from finding his long-lost love, and when Burke nabs him again the crook offers up his expertise to assist the Feds in catching other notorious and elusive criminals.
"White Collar is the perfect complement in our hot summer line-up of character-driven originals that continue to draw loyal audiences to USA Network," said USA executive vice president, original scripted programming Jackie de Crinis in a statement. "The strength of the show's lead characters, smart writing and crisp direction are key elements that we believe are the tentpoles of another compelling series."
White Collar marks USA's second pilot pick-up of 2009. The first, Royal Pains, got the greenlight in January, and will be paired with the network's hit spy drama Burn Notice, beginning June 4.