Date: July 10, 2012
Spies and swindlers are coming back out for the summer.
Two popular USA Network series get the warm-weather restarts that have become their tradition on Tuesday, July 10. “White Collar” opens Season 4 with con man and FBI consultant Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) gone AWOL, and his handler Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) quite worried about him, Then the third round of “Covert Affairs” begins, with CIA agent Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) tackling new cases with fresh concerns about some of those closest to her.
“It’s a familial environment,” the pleasant Bomer tells Zap2it in voicing his appreciation of the success “White Collar” has had. “We all enjoy coming to work and doing the best we can on any given day. It’s a very rare circumstance to have a group of people all so genuinely focused, and also just good people.”
Among those set as guest stars this season are Treat Williams, Mekhi Phifer and Laura Vandervoort (“Smallville”), with Hilarie Burton (“One Tree Hill”) and stage veteran Judith Ivey making returns. Viewers also will meet Neal’s father, though the role hadn’t been cast as of this writing.
While its basic concept is ongoing, “White Collar” is rebooting Neal’s story to a degree, since he’s far out of pocket and living on his own terms when the new stories begin. “I’m so proud of our writers,” Bomer says, “because they took a pretty bold risk in taking a show where New York really is one of the central characters and removing other characters from that kind of kinetic, fast-paced environment and transplanting them to an island.” Mozzie (Willie Garson), Neal’s partner in usually condoned crime, also ends up there.
“It’s a good chance for Neal to sort of reassess things,” Bomer adds. “I think what he realizes is, ‘Wow. Here I am in my early 30s, and is this how I really want to spend the rest of my life? What does this hold for me?’ He’s not somebody who’s good at sitting still, so I think he realizes that this life could get pretty old pretty quick, as lavish as it seems.”
Following his guest role as Blaine’s (Darren Criss) brother last season on Fox’s “Glee,” Bomer is having a big summer. Beyond “White Collar,” he’s getting added exposure – as it were – on movie screens in the male stripper drama “Magic Mike,” based on actual experiences of title star Channing Tatum. “I’m really grateful for the career I’ve had,” Bomer says, “and in terms of television, this certainly is one of the coolest roles any young actor could hope for.”