USA Renews White Collar for a Sixth (and Likely Final) Season – TV.com
USA is saying goodbye to its long-running comedy Psych next Wednesday, March 26, and now it looks like fan-favorite series White Collar is also headed for the great TV graveyard in the sky.
Although the network has yet to confirm as much, the series will likely be back for a shortened sixth season that will also be its last, according to Deadline. UPDATE: The network has confirmed a six-episode Season 6 renewal, though did not say whether Season 6 will definitely be the show’s last (it probably will).
The decision is reportedly a compromise between USA Network, which wanted to wrap up Neal Caffrey’s story with a movie or miniseries, and Fox TV Studios, which produces White Collar and fought to give the show a more “proper” send-off, similar to those enjoyed by its network siblings like Monk, Burn Notice, Psych, and In Plain Sight.
While the shortened episode order might feel like a raw deal, considering that White Collar‘s fifth season ended with a cliffhanger in which Neal (Matt Bomer) was abducted by an unknown man, it’s probably best to feel confident we’ll get some closure and not look a gift horse in the mouth (what is a gift horse?). After all, abbreviated final seasons, when done well, can turn out great; we only have to look to Nikita‘s recent six-episode swan song to see that.