If there’s anything the folks over at the USA network — which dominated the basic cable for the seventh year in a row — have learned, is that if your wildly popular original programming ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Also, renew it.
USA announced today that three of their fan favorite shows, Royal Pains, Covert Affairs, and yes, the one with Matt Bomer (pictured here, staring into your soul with his dreamy eyes) White Collar, have all been renewed. The Mark Feuerstein-starrer Royal Pains was given 26 episodes for a confirmed Season 5 and 6, while Piper Perabo vehicle Covert Affairs and Bomer’s White Collar each recieved a 16-episode renewal for their fourth and fifth seasons, respectively. (Hey, just think of watching more White Collar as another thing to tide you over until Magic Mike hits DVD).
USA co-presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel said in a statement, “All three of these series have found ways to stay creatively fresh and culturally relevant. The execution in writing, acting and production is among the best on television. In an increasingly competitive landscape, these series got new season pickups the old-fashioned way — they earned it.”
They aren’t kidding about that last part: all three of those series were ratings champs for the network, ranking among the summer’s top ten scripted hours overall in cable in the coveted 18-49 demo. While Suits, which will also likely pick up a renewal, still remains the network’s most-watched show, White Collar, Royal Pains, and Covert Affairs are all still in the top 5.
[Photo credit: USA]