One of USA Network’s signature series appears headed for its final season. The series is "White Collar," the police procedural that debuted on USA back in 2009.
Our good friend Nellie Andreeva over at Deadline.com writes that she hears that the network and series producer Fox TV Studios are talking about a deal that will bring “White Collar” to a close with a sixth season consisting of just six episodes.
The order would be “a compromise between a movie/miniseries conclusion USA had been considering and a full-length season, sought by producer [Fox TV Studios],” Andreeva notes.
The fifth season of the show ended in January with a cliffhanger, with Neal Caffrey, played by Matt Bomer, abducted.
So why end the show? With ratings for the series still solid, the answer is primarily economics, Andreeva notes. Since the show isn’t owned by USA’s sibling company — the Universal TV studio — at this point in the show’s life cycle, continuing it much longer doesn’t make much financial sense for the network.