USA renews ‘White Collar’ for fourth season

Network goes forward with Bomer series

USA Network has reupped “White Collar,” ordering 16 episodes for a fourth season.

The Gotham-based skein from Fox Television Studios continues to be a hit for the basic cabler. This summer it averaged 5.7 million total viewers, including 2.5 million in the 18-49 demo.

Production on the fourth season will begin in 2012. The second half of the third season (six episodes) will likely air early next year.

Matt Bomer stars as a charming conman who works with an FBI agent played by Tim DeKay. Jeff Eastin is creator and exec produces with Mark Goffman.

USA, which had a strong summer overall, recently ordered a second season of rookie show “Suits” and announced that the fifth season of Mary McCormack starrer “In Plain Sight” would be its last.

“We’re thrilled to offer our viewers another season that promises some of the best writing in television, unexpected twists and generous helpings of America’s favorite bromance,” said USA Network co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber.