White Collar

The new series White Collar debuted on USA Network last night. I didn't think it looked very good from the commercials I'd seen for it but nevertheless I wanted to give it a try.

I'm very glad I did. I liked the show from the first minute all the way to the end. The lead actor, a boy toy type that'll bring in the female demographic, is Matt Bomer, 32, plays Bryce Larkin on Chuck (NBC), which is supposed to be starting its 3rd season in a few months.

Even though Bomer is very good in his role as a art thief and counterfeiter who's now on the side of "the law", the two people I like most in the show are the FBI agent (Tim DeKay) and his wife (Tiffani Thiessen). Delay in the FBI agent role is there to be the foil to Bomer's bad boy but he brings a lot more to his part than just that. It's fun to watch him express his emotions on his face, not a word being spoken. The thing I noticed most about Delay though was his age. When he first appeared on the screen I thought "this guy is old" but when I looked up his profile, it turned out that the dude is two years younger than me! Eeek.

Thiessen is very attractive and as is typical in television, a good bit younger than her husband (35 to 46) but they both have one thing in common. Not much in the way of acting credentials. Thiessen had a small part in Good Morning, Miami, which I really liked but only ran for 2 seasons. Her main credits are from Saved by the Bell and Beverly Hills, 90210. Delay's a character actor so he's been in a lot of shows, but not much screen time. Personally I thought they did a great job on this episode and hope that level of quality stays the same.

Here's a summary of the show from Wiki:

White Collar is about the unlikely partnership of a con artist and an FBI agent who have been playing cat and mouse for years. Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), a charming criminal mastermind, is finally caught by his nemesis, FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay). When Neal escapes from a maximum-security prison to find his lost love, Peter nabs him once again. Rather than returning to jail, Neal suggests an alternate plan: he'll provide his criminal expertise to assist the Feds in catching other elusive criminals. Initially wary, Peter quickly finds that Neal provides insight and intuition that can't be found on the right side of the law.

White Collar is a great stand-in for Burn Notice, which returns in January. Let me know what you think of this show if you give it a try.


kenju said…
Since there is so little else on TV on Sat. night, I'll likely look it up soon.

I laughed when you said you discovered he was 2 years younger than you. Happens to me all the time!!
Smug said…
I was not planning on watching, but now I think that I will give it a shot. I hope they rerun the first episode so I can start at the beginning!

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