USA Renews White Collar, Royal Pains and Covert Affairs

Three USA dramas—Royal Pains, White Collar and Covert Affairs­­—have officially been renewed, the basic-cable network announced on Tuesday.

The move was expected, as each of those series has proven to be a reliable ratings performer, with the trio ranking among the top 10 basic-cable summer dramas in adults 18-49 (aka the catnip-to-advertisers demo). Collectively, the shows recently helped USA notch a seventh straight win as summer’s No. 1 basic-cable network in all key demos.

“All three of these series have found ways to stay creatively fresh and culturally relevant,” Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel, copresidents of USA Network, said in a statement. “The execution in writing, acting and production is among the best on television. In an increasingly competitive landscape, these series got new season pickups the old-fashioned way — they earned it!”

In making the announcement, the network also revealed that Pains, starring Mark Feuerstein as a doctor to the Hamptons’ elite, received a 26-episode order, which will be spread out over two seasons. Both the Matt Bomer-led Collar and the Piper Perabo-fronted Affairs received 16-episode pickups for their upcoming fifth and fourth seasons respectively.

Spy drama Covert Affairs returns with six new episodes on Oct. 16, while Royal Pains next unspools a two-hour movie, “Off-Season Greetings,” on Dec. 16. Bomer fans will have to be patient a little longer: White Collar doesn’t return until January 2013.

Source: E! Online

Matt Bomer Joins Winter’s Tale

Akiva Goldsman has already locked in most of the primary cast for his directorial debut Winter’s Tale, but is bolstering the line-up with Matt Bomer, Lucy Griffiths and the legendary Hitchcock veteran Eva Marie Saint.

Tale, adapted by Goldsman himself from Mark Helprin’s novel, follows what happens when a thief (Colin Farrell) breaks into a mansion in Manhattan and falls for the dying young woman (Jessica Brown Findlay) he finds there. But that’s just one aspect of the book, which flits between 19th Century New York and the present day.

Also on board are William Hurt, Russell Crowe and Will Smith, though the latter two will take on smaller roles as a favour to Goldsman.

Bomer and Griffiths are set to play Farrell’s parents (in flashback, naturally, given their ages), while Saint’s role is being kept shrouded in mystery for now. Goldsman aims to kick off filming next month.

Bomer, who is usually found in US TV drama White Collar, enjoyed success this summer as one the strippers in Magic Mike. Griffiths, who has mostly been known for Robin Hood and Collision over here, appeared in the most recent season of True Blood. She’ll also crop up in The Numbers Station. Saint, meanwhile, has largely retired from acting recently, though she did appear in Superman Returns back in 2006.

Source: Empire