White Collar Promotes Hilarie Burton to Regular

Fans of Hilarie Burton’s Sara Ellis character on White Collar can rejoice. The actress has been promoted to a series regular for season 3 of the USA Network drama.

Sara Ellis is an insurance company investigator who testified against Neal when he was on trial for allegedly stealing a Raphael painting. Originally determined to catch Neal and see him returned to prison, she now claims she enjoys working with him and is aiding the ongoing investigation into the mystery of the music box.

During her appearances on the show this season I always wished I’d see her more. The way her character and Matt Bomer’s Neal Caffrey interact prove that the two actors have a natural chemistry with each other. I envision some great episodes revolving around the two.

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8 thoughts on “White Collar Promotes Hilarie Burton to Regular

  1. I’m glad to see this, because I like her a lot. One thing I’ll say for White Collar, too; they are not afraid to have prominent strong female characters. That’s not always the case on shows like this.

    1. I agree. I think all USA shows are similar in this regard. In Plain Sight, Royal Pains, Fairly Legal and Covert Affairs all have strong women characters.

  2. Hey everyone, I saw your comments about female leads on USA Networks shows. Well, I work for the network, but was wondering what are your thoughts on Kate Reed from Fairly Legal? Think she’s on par with Sara Ellis?

    1. I like Fairly Legal and I like (for the most part) the character. She’s definitely a strong individual, but I can’t stand her unorganized nature. Pet peeve of mine. I think it also leads to the “flaky woman” stereotype… always being late, can’t focus on one thing, bouncing around from one thing to the next. So, she’s not strong in that sense, but it’s clear she’s a well-written character that is a lot smarter than people give her credit for.

    1. For now, I like it. The problem is, as a viewer, I could see myself getting tired of watching the will they or won’t they dynamic. We saw it for years with Sam and Diane and Ross and Rachel. It gets a little old after a while, which is a shame, because I like the Justin character. I just don’t know how long they can play the same old game.

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