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Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 - Featured

* White Collar (10/9c USA Network ) The USA drama is back on a new night after its mid-season break, and there are still plenty of questions for fans to ponder after Peter had a shocking reunion with Kate. But while questions about who's really good or bad loom, this episode focuses on a group of corrupt Wall Street brokers that Peter and Neal try to take down. The case isn't a run-of-the-mill one for Neal, though, because his deal with the FBI is riding on a successful conclusion to the investigation. * American Idol (8/7c Fox) It was wicked good in Boston and peachy in Georgia in last week's season-opening shows, both of which encapsulated what these preliminary auditions are all about - cringe-worthy train-wreck auditions and those elevated moments when we all discover a genuine talent together. And average folks shine on - how about Guitar Girl and scene-stealing General Larry Platt, author of the artful anthem "Pants on the Ground"? These colorful opening tryouts continue tonight when the judges blow into the Windy City. Tomorrow night's show takes us to Orlando, Fla. * The Biggest Loser : Couples (8/7c NBC) The contestants go back to school when the pairs are divided into teachers and students. The teachers work out with Bob and Jillian and try to commit the routines to memory. Later, the teachers must pass on what they've learned to their partners, who aren't allowed to work out with the trainers. This twist in the game could have a big effect on the weigh-in, which becomes even more dramatic after some contestants make accusations about game play. * Millionaire Matchmaker (10/9c Bravo ) Here's a matchmaker, matchmaker who can make them a match, find them a find, catch them a catch. Patti Stanger doesn't fiddle around when the matchmaking reality show opens its third season. Her first two clients of the season are Omar and Nick, two big-bucks founders of a trash-removal company. But there might be some trash talkin' with these hunks of junk: One of them doubts Patti's matchmaking abilities, while the other believes most women are only attracted to his wealth. * Paranormal Cops (10:30/9:30c A&E ) In the past few years, A&E has been finding success with reality programming following law-enforcement officials and shows exploring the paranormal. Now they've found a way to combine the two. A new reality series follows a group of Chicago cops who moonlight as paranormal investigators, applying their honed skills in crime investigation to otherworldly mysteries. In the opener, they help a store's night manager who thinks something unusual is going on in the basement. Source Here

Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay Interview (White Collar)

Recently, Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay took part in a conference call with the press to talk about the return of WHITE COLLAR on Tuesday, January 19 at 10pm on USA Network. Here are some of the things they had to say: To Read More Click Here .

'White Collar' Returns Tonight with "Hard Sell" - Featured

After going into hiatus for more than a month, USA crime dramedy White Collar returns tonight with "Hard Sell." On tonight's episode, Neal (Matt Bomer) infiltrates a corrupt Wall Street brokerage firm, and Peter (Tim DeKay) is forced to go undercover alongside Neal. There are trust issues going on here, and a boiler room operation. And yes, it has moved from Friday to Tuesday. Source & Preview

USA network shakes up schedule under new strategy

Cable television's top-rated network, USA, is shaking things up a bit. Starting this week, USA will no longer air any of its original dramas on Friday nights but will start putting new shows at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday and Wednesday, nights that had previously been reserved for reruns of network shows like "NCIS." The season premiere of "White Collar" on Tuesday starts the new schedule. "Psych" will start on Wednesdays on Jan. 27. USA will be trading away a signature Friday night where shows like "Monk" thrived for several years, in favor of two nights when more people generally are watching television. "We decided it was time to take some risks," said Bonnie Hammer, the network's chief executive. "Being complacent was never going to teach us anything." Hammer said she has a 16-year-old son who has asked her mom why "White Collar" was on Friday nights, saying his friends would otherwise watch the show. Instead, they're out. Or, like many adults, they're catching up on what was recorded that week on DVR. USA also programs original shows on Sundays, where "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "In Plain Sight" are most likely to land. The popular WWE professional wrestling airs on Mondays, and the original show "Burn Notice" will stay on Thursdays, with new episodes beginning this week.

WHITE COLLAR January 2010 Preview

Check out the preview for WHITE COLLAR's return on its new night Tuesday, January 19 at 10pm. After leaving us with quite a twist, I'm sure many of you (including me) are looking forward to White Collar's return this January. I personally hope that there is a reasonable explanation for Burke's actions, otherwise it's just going to kill the whole dynamic between him and Caffrey, which is why I think most people love the show. The good news is we only have to wait a few more days until White Collar returns. But for now enjoy the January 2010 preview below. Source & Preview

White Collar Season 1, Episode 8 Previews: Tuesdays Starting January 19th! - Featured

USA Network 's freshman hit White Collar returns on an all new night! Season 1 will continue Tuesday, January 19th at 10/9c. Few finales can top the "sleight of hand" cliffhanger that capped White Collar's Fall debut... and, luckily, fans won't be left hanging for long. Check out the promos for its winter return: Promo: White Collar on USA Network returns January Promo: White Collar on USA Network comes to Tuesdays! Are you excited to see what happens next?

USA Tops 2009 Cable Ratings - Featured

From THR: USA Network made a clean sweep of the 2009 ratings race, marking the fourth consecutive win for the NBC Universal powerhouse. Per Nielsen ratings data (a blend of live-plus-seven-day and two weeks of live-plus-same-day numbers), USA drew a record 3.27 million viewers in primetime, a 14% improvement over its year-ago delivery. For the period spanning Dec. 29, 2008, through Dec. 27, 2009, USA swept ad-supported cable's three top TV demos, averaging 1.49 million adults 25-54, an increase of 11% versus 2008, while serving up 1.32 million viewers 18-49 (up 5%). The network also held off TBS to take the younger set, drawing 616,000 viewers 18-34. USA effectively shattered the records it set in 2008, when it averaged 2.86 million total viewers, 1.34 million adults 25-54 and 1.32 million viewers 18-49. (When factoring in all basic-cable nets, this year marks USA's second straight win among total viewers. In 2007, non-ad-supported Disney Channel topped the total cable universe with 2.7 million total viewers, edging USA's 2.68 million in the same period.) On the year, USA boasted cable's two most-watched new series in Royal Pains (7.47 million viewers per week) and White Collar (5.68 million). Both programs also ran away with their target demos, as "Pains" served up 3.56 million adults 25-54 and 3.15 million viewers 18-49, while "Collar" averaged 2.29 million 25-54s and 2.04 million 18-49s. USA also accounted for half of cable's top 10 returning series. With an average delivery of 7.19 million viewers, Burn Notice closed out the year second only to TNT's The Closer . That said, the wry spy drama topped the demos, averaging 3.61 million adults 25-54 and 3.27 million viewers 18-49. Other big earners for USA were: Monk , which ended its eight-season run on Dec. 4 in front of a crowd of 9.44 million viewers; Psych , which averaged 5.21 million viewers in the first half of its third season; and "In Plain Sight," which scared up 5 million viewers in its sophomore effort. What is your favorite USA Network series? Read more: USA Tops 2009 Cable Ratings

White Collar Renewed For 2nd Season - Featured

From TV Guide: White Collar has been renewed for a second season by USA, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series' creator and executive producer Jeff Eastin tweeted the news late Friday. "Congratulations to the best cast and crew on television," he wrote. No details have been released on how many episodes USA has ordered or when the second season will premiere. White Collar will return for the second half of its first season Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 10/9c. White Collar chronicles the misadventures of a con man who evades jail time by using his skills as a forger and a thief to help the FBI solve crimes. The series debuted to 5.4 million viewers in October and ended its initial seven-episode run to a series-high of 5.5 million viewers earlier this month. Source

WHITE COLLAR "Free Fall" Episode 7

Watch a sneak peek of the new USA series WHITE COLLAR "Free Fall" Episode 7 which airs Friday December 4 on USA Network (10-11 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: An elaborate jewelry robbery goes down and the FBI suspects Caffrey of orchestrating the heist. Burke finds himself in a difficult position as he determines whether or not Caffrey is involved. Source & Preview

Behind the scenes of 'White Collar'

Talk about using pain as your muse. Though there are certainly echoes of movies such as "Catch Me If You Can," "48 Hours" and especially "Lethal Weapon" all over USA's new hit, "White Collar," one of the series' most distinctive elements wasn't brought on by a writer's love of a good caper. Rather, it was sparked by creator Jeff Eastin's divorce. At the time he was penning his pilot about FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) and convicted con artist Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) who become an unlikely crime-fighting duo, Eastin and his wife had separated. In the traumatic wake of his personal life, Eastin soon felt that resident dreamboat Caffrey was a little too perfect. So, in a move that transformed the cunning criminal into a romantic hero, Eastin decided that Caffrey's girlfriend would leave him just months before his prison sentence was set to expire. To Read More Click Here .