Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer ) is a con man, a thief, a master criminal whose just escaped from a maximum security prison. FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim Dekay) is the man responsible for putting Caffrey behind bars and he’s also the man who, not long after his escape, has tracked him down and put him back behind bars. In the meantime Burke is hot on the trail of another master criminal who eludes him frustratingly around every corner and with their little reunion behind them, at the suggestion of Caffrey, Burke brings him on board as an advisor, still an inmate, but a relatively free one with a two mile leeway from his abode. The unlikely friendship is either sink or swim but together there’s a good chance they will get their man.
My hat is off to USA for bringing yet another well crafted show to the masses. Matt Bomer and Tim Dekay have great chemistry as unlikely partners in their plight to catch the bad guy. Bomer exudes charm and Dekay plays, rather well, the persistent hard working FBI Agent (with a heart). On the sidelines is Elizabeth (Tiffani Thiessen), Peter’s loving wife and Kate (Alexandra Daddario), Neal’s love interest who has disappeared purposefully. Marsha Thomason plays Burkes partner.
Canadian director Bronwen Hughes, who has directed for other USA shows (Royal Pains and Burn Notice) as well as HBO’s The L Word and the award winning Breaking Bad, may have been the perfect choice as director of the pilot. The show is completely television but comes off like a feature film. Having seen the pilot episode I am admittedly bummed I wont be seeing another episode till October when the show officially begins but when it does my bet is that it will become the new best of USA programming. Make sure to catch it when it airs and enjoy.