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The USA lovefest continued with the first-ever “White Collar” panel at Comic-Con.
“I can tell you this. Jeff Wachtel is not going to announce a movie for ‘White Collar,’ ” actor and moderator Wille Garson deadpanned to the crowd. The video presentation was every TV geek’s dream, noting the actors’ previous projects, including “The 4400,” “Chuck” and “Lost.” The crowd was also treated to a self-censored “Folgers in Your Cup” rendition by stars Tim DeKay and Matt Bomer.
But when it got down to grilling the panelists — Sharif Atkins, Marsha Thomason, Tiffani Thiessen, DeKay, a fedora-donning Bomer, creator Jeff Eastin and exec producer Jeff King — Garson took it in his own hands. (“Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix infiltrated the Q&A session, whose show’s panel was right before, and challenged Eastin and his writers to a paintball war with the “Burn” scribes.)
“You are the first to know about the Mozzie-Peter steam room scene,” DeKay joked when Garson interrogated him about upcoming scenes between their characters.
“Kate’s plane blew up. Is she dead?” Garson asked Eastin with cheers from the audience. When Eastin and Garson asked the audience what they thought, several raised their hands for her being dead.
“Am I actually here?” television vet Thiessen asked, after Garson referred to her as Tiffani Garson. The ex-“Saved by the Bell” actress had been in Los Angeles while the rest of the cast shot on-location in New York since she had given birth five months ago. To accommodate her, Thiessen shot all her scenes for the first few episodes in the span of several days.
Coming up on the series, DeKay’s character Peter goes undercover … or under the covers? “Maybe,” DeKay teased. Garson giggled and DeKay took that as a cue to rib him: “Willie giggle giggle.” Stunt-wise, Bomer filmed a scene where he grabbed onto a banner and swung through a window for the midseason finale.
One of the panelists brought up a possibility of seeing DeKay in drag for an episode. “You do not want to see that,” DeKay pleaded with the exec producers.
“I want to see you in drag as Beyonce,” Thomason suggested. In response, DeKay mimed the choreography for “Single Ladies.”
And if you were wondering how much the infamous music box cost? A cool $20K.
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