"White Collar" Reboot Confirmed by Creator Jeff Eastin

Reviving a classic, "White Collar" returns with heartfelt tribute

by Zain ul Abedin
"White Collar" Reboot Confirmed by Creator Jeff Eastin
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"White Collar" fans have a reason to rejoice as series creator Jeff Eastin announced that a reboot of the popular police procedural is underway. The confirmation came during Eastin's appearance at a television festival in Los Angeles, alongside series stars Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, and Tiffany Thiessen, who are all set to return.

Eastin excitedly revealed that he is currently penning the script for the reboot. "We’re gonna reboot. I’m writing the script," Eastin stated, as reported by Variety. This announcement has ignited anticipation among the series' devoted followers, eager to see their favorite characters back in action.

Matt Bomer, known for his role as Neal Caffrey, enthusiastically supported the reboot, simply stating, "I’m in!" His co-star, Tim DeKay, who plays Peter Burke, praised the new script for its depth and ability to appeal to longtime fans and new viewers.

"It’s a fantastic script and it answers all the questions that one would have if you watched the show," DeKay explained, "and it would introduce the show to those who haven’t seen it as well."

Reboot Honors Legacy

An emotional layer to the reboot involves paying homage to the late Willie Garson, who portrayed the beloved character Mozzie and passed away in 2021.

Tiffany Thiessen shared her emotional response to the script, noting it captures the original series's essence while honoring Garson's memory with sensitivity. As for where the reboot will eventually be aired, there's speculation that Hulu might be its new home since the original series is under the umbrella of 20th Television, a division of Disney.

"White Collar" originally aired on USA Network from 2009 to 2014 and has since found a digital afterlife on platforms like Hulu and Netflix, where it continues to attract new audiences. Discussions about reviving "White Collar" began in earnest during a 2020 charity cast reunion hosted on YouTube, during which Bomer expressed his eagerness to reunite with the cast.

More recently, in a 2023 interview, Bomer addressed the emotional challenges of moving forward without Garson. He reassured fans that the new script respects Garson's contributions to the show and his memory, affirming, "There’s no way I would ever be involved with it again if it didn’t do so."