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USA greenlights ‘White Collar’

Drama pilot stars Tim DeKay, Matthew Bomer

USA Network has greenlit production on the drama pilot “White Collar” after casting Tim DeKay as its co-lead.

DeKay (“Tell Me You Love Me,” “Carnivale”) will star as an FBI agent who forms a partnership with a con artist played by Matthew Bomer (“Chuck,” “Tru Calling”). Jeff Eastin is creator and exec producer of the show from Fox TV Studios.

“Networks have been trying to create the buddy-cop/buddy-action show for years, but I don’t think they’ve been very successful,” said Jackie de Crinis, USA’s exec VP of original programming. “We’re trying to find that lighting in a bottle with this one.”

USA at present is mulling two other prospective series.

“Operating Instructions,” a dark comedy centered on an Iraq war trauma surgeon, hails from Conan O’Brien’s production banner and is still cast-contingent.

“Royal Pains,” which stars Mark Feuerstein as a town doctor in a tony enclave full of the rich and famous, has been shot and is finishing up post-production.

De Crinis said a series greenlight for any of these projects is unlikely before the new year.

“There is no timeslot we’re trying to fill and there’s no quantity we’re after,” she said. “Everything will be measured on its own success.”