(Panel 2 of 3)

By:Dee Miyamura
Media Critic and Reviewer

July/August 2010


Comic Con staff prepare for the next panel following “Burn Notice” in Ballroom 20. USA Network’s “White Collar.” The theme has been presenting a video presentation, making careful fun of the Comic Con experience.

White Collar panel
The USA Network panels are a challenge for me, since I do not have cable. However, the way in which they were presented, makes it easy for even a novice to follow!

The Cast of Characters are:

Willie Carson … Moderator

Sharif Atkins … Clinton Jones

Marsha Thomason … Diana Barringan

Tiffani Thiesson … Elizabeth Burke

Tim Dekay … Peter Burke

Jeff Eastin … creator/executive producer/writer

Jeff King … executive producer

The Moderator, Willie Carson, is introduced first and takes the podium. After a brief statement, he begins to introduce the panel and the crowd enthusiastically welcomes them! Carson and company set into the established routine of first beginning with his own questions, before opening up to the audience Q & A segment.

White Collar panel Jeff King, executive producer, confirms that it was nostalgia for the Rat Pack era that inspired the show!

Sharif Atkins was asked if the dialog on “White Collar” was easier than “ER”, to which he responded without delay, “Yes. Absolutely!”

Question: “Kate’s plane blew up…. Is she dead?” King dances around the question with conducting a poll of the crowd, “Dead?” show of hands, “Not dead” another group raises their hands, and finally, “Coma?”

The subject of favorite capers arises. Tim Dekay relates his like this: “I dunno, they’re all good…Peter gets to go undercover…under the covers…(crowd laughs)…maybe”.

“What is your tattoo?” Marsha was asked. Ms. Thomason claimed didn’t have an interesting story behind it. In an pologetic way for her lack of creativity, she says “I was 21. Came up with four (4) boxes and a line.”

Somehow they ended up on the topic of dressing in drag. Tim Dekay sites “Dianne Carroll” as inspiration, to which Jeff adds “Note to self: Drag episode!” Marsha quickly quips “In drag as Beyonce.” And Jeff does the iconic put-a-ring-on-it hand motion to the roar of the audience!

White Collar panel “Does the cast get along?” Sharif answers with “Just like any family…Complete and …dysfunctional! All these guys are great. Just like step-cousins!”

Marsha confession she likes doing-the-guns!

A surprise during the audience Q & A. One of the writers from “Burn Notice” steps up to the microphone and challenges the writers of “White Collar” to a battle of Paint Ball! The crowd cheers as a responce in the affirmation, “We’re on! Let’s do it!”

It was revealed that Elizabeth Burke was patterned after Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams! That The Burke’s have a good marriage.

The panel ends.

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