Interesting! I wonder how much pull Jeff has with the USA execs about that. I know I'm a bit pessimistic, but for some reason, I don't think they'll get those 8 seasons. Maybe it would be best if they don't drag it out.
Hooray! Let's keep the ratings up. That's what keeps the USA execs on White Collar's side!
Matt has said he's on board as long as White Collar runs because it's a great home base. I don't see any reason to doubt him. Now it's just up to USA!
8 just isn't enough, not with only 16 eps per season. I'm with Tim in hoping for more. However the good thing about only 16 eps is that it makes for a short shooting season, so the actors can pursue movies and other roles so it gives them the best of both worlds. Here's to the hope of many more seasons!
They need 100 episodes for a good syndication deal so that the cast will get residuals. I love White Collar but I also want to see Matt do big movies as a lead, he is too talented to take back seat roles to the likes of Timberlake, Tatum, etc. I think even the 6 months hiatus inhibits that so I am torn. Tim as well should be spreading his talent into movies. I think 8 seasons is too long career wise for Matt. Read interviews with actors like 'McDreamy' who now say they should have moved on Clooney style after a couple years. But I would miss White Collar terribly.
with their current ratings and USA's tendency to chop-chop-chop, I don't expect to see them go beyond S5 at most.
Jeff Eastin also said that he had the series finale already plotted out--he knows what happens at the very end!
To give up a successful Tv Show for a movie career, that may or may not happen, is a risky business. And unfair as it is, being openly gay is not going to make things easier for Matt. I think it's a wise decision to stay with White Collar and I hope it gets at least 8 seasons!!!
@1215 Anon - uh, they have contract through season 6 and WC 18-49 ratings fall in the middle to upper middle of USA pack with a Tuesday 9pm slot thats among the most difficult of week with no lead in show ahead of it. Half of USA shows like Covert Affairs benefit from a lead-in unlike WC. USA is quite pleased with its performance. Rest assured, Matt will move on before it ever gets canceled.
@12:15 anon - IDK about the contracts (I thought I heard through season 5, but I'll take the previous poster's word for it that it's 6 - hurray!), but regardless, I don't get what you mean by USA's tendency to 'chop-chop-chop.' They seem to really stand behind their shows, and I haven't seen them rush to cancel anything. Can you elaborate on that?
I wouldn't be too worried about White Collar - yes, the ratings are down, but that's because the ratings for cable a down in general. White Collar actually hold up well even against the Olympics. And never forget: It actually has to withstand some heavy competitors on it's time slot. If you look past the ratings you will realize that 1. USA uses White Collar as a lead in, something they only do with strong shows, 2. White Collar gets two half seasons, another thing they only do with stronger shows. The weaker shows are normally shown in a row during the summer, to keep the audience interested. 3. They bothered to submit White Collar for the Emmys in a couple of categories - naturally they got passed over again, but that they bothered at all shows the high standing of the show with the executives. Matt Bomer Movie work is naturally another reason to keep the show - and Matt Bomer himself just made it on the list of the best paid TV actors, so he would be crazy to give up his gig. He can easily do movie work around the schedule of White Collar.
pessimistic anon here.First, it's a relief if they have contracts till season 6. But so far there has been no announcements about renewing the show and for how many seasons.Second, I guess I was influenced by an editorial I read, saying White Collar has moved from a top-rated USA show to middle-tier.And I still don't understand why USA cancelled In Plain Sight, which seemed to have higher ratings than White Collar does today.
@2:25 Anon - I really enjoyed In Plain Sight, but while it was on it was by far USA's lowest rated show (and that includes White Collar) and it's demographic was not the 'best' in terms of what most execs want/look at. I would have been happy for it to continue, but frankly I think it lasted longer on USA than it would have on most other networks.
pessimistic anon no official announcement, but there have been rumours that the fifth season will be greenlighted before the fourth even started. But the official announcements are always made later in the year. There are a lot of other shows, which are in greater danger...just take a look at those, who need a lead in. And "In plain sight" - I never watched it, but I was honestly surprised they kept it on as long as they did. It was by far their lowest rated shows, especially in the important demographics, and it didn't really fit into the normal blue sky TV they do.
pessimistic anon here once again. Ok, you managed to calm down my fears a bit :-)
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