Why hasn’t “White Collar” been renewed yet? This is a question that we have heard many a diehard fan of the show ask, and with good reason. The show should have been renewed by now, but for whatever reason, it still hasn’t. Instead, what we are reportedly looking at here is a situation that is growing more and more tense by the day, with some of the cast members getting both impatient and frustrated that they do not know what the future holds when it comes to their jobs.
According to Deadline, the reasons why there is no renewal yet are numerous, but the biggest one is price. This is an expensive show with well-known actors, and a location in New York City that does not come particularly cheap. Shows get more expensive for networks in their later seasons, and USA is reportedly moving more towards in-house productions rather than going outside to other studios. All of these are factors, as there are talks about either giving “White Collar” a full final season, or allowing it to have a short miniseries that will tie things up.
The biggest thing to note is that odds are, the show will receive some sort of ending, and a decision needs to be made soon. The contract for the cast expires in April, so expect news one way or another before them. They need to know whether or not they have jobs, or need to look elsewhere.
This news, though, comes at a time when we are starting to question more and more USA’s moves as a network that deviate somewhat from their fun-loving, character-focused core. We lost “Burn Notice” last summer, we are losing “Psych” now, and the future of “Royal Pains” is in doubt beyond this summer. That’s a lot of loss for a network, who would then have mostly only “Covert Affairs” and “Suits” as long-running shows.
We agree that “White Collar” should not last too much longer, but not allowing the show a decent amount of tie things up would be beyond sad … and fans deserve it.