12:30pm PT by Philiana Ng
USA Renews 'White Collar,' Orders Two Dramas
USA Network is banking on more White Collar in addition to greenlighting two drama series.
Veteran drama White Collar has been renewed for a six-episode sixth season, though the NBCUniversal-owned network declined to confirm whether it will be the final season. The network has ordered to series Rush, from Warm Bodies' Jonathan Levine, and Complications, from Burn Notice's Matt Nix, with 10-episode pickups, including the pilots.
"We are excited to usher in the next generation of USA dramas, alongside our signature returning originals that continue to attract a large and loyal fan base," said Chris McCumber, president of USA Network. "This year, USA will be showcasing more hours of original programming than ever before, including an unprecedented six new series and six returning shows."
White Collar's late renewal comes after the long-running drama ended its fifth season with a cliffhanger that left the fate of former con man turned FBI consultant Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) up in the air. Ratings have sagged late in its run, but White Collar, from creator Jeff Eastin (also behind USA's Graceland), remains one of USA's most acclaimed series and with the renewal, brings the series to 81 episodes. While it is unclear whether season six will be the one-hour drama's last, previous series on the network have received fitting send-offs -- most recently last year's swan song for spy effort Burn Notice.
Rush is described as a fast-paced Hollywood drama centered on Dr. William Rush (Tom Ellis), who is not your average on-call doctor. He is highly discreet no matter what the ailment, as long as the client can pay his cash-only premium, and the doctor can party with the best of them. He has no desire to change his life or how he lives it until an old flame and his conscience begin to stir things up. The production hails from Fox 21 and counts Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo as executive producers.
Nix returns to USA Network following seven seasons on Burn Notice with Fox Television Studios-produced medical drama Complications, which centers on John Ellis (Jason O'Mara), a disillusioned suburban ER doctor who finds his existence transformed when he intervenes in a drive-by shooting, saving a young boy's life and killing one of his attackers. When Ellis learns the boy is till marked for death, he finds himself compelled to save him at any cost and discovers that his own life -- and his outlook on medicine -- may never be the same. For Nix, the pickup comes two days after FX greenlighted his Billy Crystal-Josh Gad comedy series, of which he is an executive producer.
The new drama pickups join the untitled Sean Jablonski escort drama starring The Glades alum Matt Passmore, which was ordered to series earlier this month for a summer debut, as well as upcoming "event series" Dig with Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche, which hails from Tim Kring and Gideon Raff. The rookie efforts come as USA readies to bid farewell to long-running comedy Psych, which ends its eight-season run March 26 with a live aftershow, replenishing its originals slate, which includes Suits, Royal Pains, Covert Affairs and Graceland. (The network canceled Necessary Roughness last year.)
USA also continues to build out its comedy brand, using syndicated acquisition Modern Family as a launchpad, with Sirens in the post-Suits slot and the upcoming Playing House and Benched, as well as expanding its presence in the reality space with Chrisley Knows Best.