Links: Buzz Focus – A look at the second half of White Collar Season 4

For fans of White Collar anticipating its return at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. Central) Tuesday, Jan. 22, on USA Network, I wrote a preview piece of the final six episodes of Season 4 for Buzz Focus. It’s titled “A look at the second half of White Collar Season 4” and you can check it out here. If you’re curious what’s in store, here’s a quick preview of the article.

White Collar has succeeded – like many of the shows on USA Network – because it is always at least decent, finds a way to be inoffensively entertaining and generally explains its plots in a fairly simple manner. The network has also generally stuck to episodic plots that allow viewers to jump in and out at will, so getting behind doesn’t mean tuning out for the rest of the season.

“Jeff Eastin’s White Collar has generally followed this formula, except it has delved deeper into longer-arcing stories over the course of its first three seasons. In its fourth season, White Collar has found itself deeply entrenched in a story about criminal-turned-FBI consultant Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) and his desire to learn more about his father, culminating in a mid-season finale that saw Caffrey and FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) learn that a man with whom they associated for a good portion of the fourth season, “Sam” (Treat Williams), was really Neal’s father, James.

“Sure, the surprise was one of the most obvious the show has offered to date, with many fans seeing it coming from a mile away. Still, it offers some new, interesting implications for the show’s main characters. So with just six episodes left to conclude Season 4, what can fans expect from White Collar when it returns?”

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