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'Drop Dead Diva,' 'White Collar' and 'Haven' prepare new seasons [New Haven Register (CT)]

May 26, 2013


By Cindy Elavsky

King Features Syndicate

Q: Will "White Collar" be back for a fifth season? -- Nina W., via e-mail

A: It certainly will; in fact, filming on the series began May 10. I recently spoke with series star Tiffani Thiessen, who was busy in the interim promoting clean, green living with Glad by hosting a One Bag party in April for Earth Month (go to to see how you can help cut down on waste, and to see pictures from Tiffani's party).

Tiffani is excited about the coming season and getting to work with the cast again, telling me: "It's definitely one of the nicest groups of people I've worked with in a really, really long time. It's great that the show's been doing well, and we've been doing this for a while now. We're going into our fifth season. It's very exciting."

When I asked if the cast and crew are green like her, she told me: "They're actually very good about that. We don't have any plastic water bottles around the set. Our very first season we got metal water bottles with the "White Collar" logo on them, and all of the crew members use that. It's the simple things like that that are great. With crews on TV shows and movies, the amount of stuff that gets wasted is crazy, so little things like that go a long way."

Q: First "America's Most Wanted" was canceled, and now I hear "Cops" is following suit. Please say it ain't so! -- Jeremy S., Washington, Ohio

A: It ain't so, Jeremy, but there has been a change of venue. "Cops," which has been a fixture on Fox's Saturday nights for 25 years, is moving to Spike TV. Beginning in September, the cable network aimed toward younger male TV viewers will begin airing all- new episodes of everyone's favorite real-life cops-and-robbers show.

For those who've been following the story, the move isn't a surprise, as Fox ordered fewer episodes this season and often took to pre-empting the show in favor of a sporting event. This move should be good for "Cops," since it's right up Spike's alley and would most likely be given precedence over other types of programming.

Q: I liked the series "Haven." Do you know if it's coming back? - - David V., via e-mail

A: The Syfy series based on the Stephen King novella will return for a 13-episode fourth season, which should begin airing in late summer or early fall.

Readers: A few weeks back, I reported about the resurrection of Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva." We now have a premiere date for season five: The 13-episode season premieres June 23 at 9 p.m. with stars Brooke Elliott, Kate Levering, Margaret Cho, Jackson Hurst and April Bowlby returning. Former "90210" co-star Justin Deeley joins the ensemble cast, and John Ratzenberger and Jamie Ray Newman will be returning for guest appearances.

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