TV Bites: 'White Collar,' 'True Blood,' 'Lost,' 'Rescue Me'

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USA has given the go-ahead for a second season of "White Collar." 


The hour-long drama's creator Jeff Eastin first broke the news on Twitter.

The series, which posted 5.6 million viewers for its winter finale, centers on Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), a con man who escapes prison to eventually be caught by FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) and work with him to catch other criminals.

--"Lost" may be returning on ABC on February 2, but DirecTV subscribers can catch six series specials, airing on consecutive Saturdays on Channel 101, beginning Saturday, Dec. 26.

The programs, derived from the season recap specials that originally aired on ABC, will include elements not seen before on TV such as DVD extras, behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes and music videos.

This marks the first promotional partnership between ABC and the 101, which has been airing first run episodes of "Friday Night Lights" via a deal with NBC.

Lindsay-Pulsipher-320.jpg--"The Beast" co-star Lindsay Pulsipher is the latest to join HBO's "True Blood."

She will play Crystal Norris, a barefoot, sundress-wearing woman who shares an electric connection with Jason (Ryan Kwanten) before vanishing into the forest, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Pulsipher joins a slew of new blood on "True Blood's" upcoming third season, including J. Smith-Cameron, Alfre Woodard, Denis O'Hare, Marshall Allman, Grant Bowler and Theo Alexander.                        

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Now, according to Variety ABC has greenlit the comedy pilot "Awkward Situations for Men," revolving around British personality Danny Wallace ("Yes Man") as he moves to America with his wife and discovers that his  behavior goes against U.S. standards. The show is based on Wallace's book of the same name.


maura-tierney-290.jpg-- Maura Tierney, who dropped out of NBC's midseason show "Parenthood" in order to undergo treatment for breast cancer, may be well enough next year to return to her other show, "Rescue Me."

Series executive producer Peter Tolan tells People he's making plans to bring her back for the seventh season.

"We are just about finished writing the entire sixth season...we know we're going to bring back Maura Tierney, because we loved her and she loved us, which is even more fulfilling."

Tierney plays Kelly McPhee, a love interest for Denis Leary's firefighter Tommy Gavin. In the season finale that aired in September Kelly seemed to reject Tommy.

The new episodes will be shot in the spring of 2010.