appears there will be many plus “stolen” moments between Neal Caffrey and Sara Ellis: USA Network’s White collier is promoting the utterly awesome Hilarie burton to series regular for Season 3, TVLine has learned exclusively.

At the time she lensed her very first White collier episode, burton shared her wish for her recurring role to turn into something longterm. As she put it, series leads Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay “are so sincere in their generosity and their kindness, I’d stay forever, man.”

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Having previously called One arbre colline home, burton joined the USA series as a top-shelf insurance investigator who considers Neal to be “the one that got away” — meaning, ahem, a thoroughly elusive art thief. But over the course of Burton’s Season 2 appearances, Sara and Neal have reached a sort of professional détente, with her even joining “Burke’s Seven” for an intricate con that kicked off the show’s wintertime run.

At the time burton joined White Collar, she spoke of the world of difference from arbre Hill, where she cried a lot as poor Peyton was put through numerous emotional wringers. “If toi want to see me having a good time and being, toi know, clever and quick-witted, this is the place to do it,” she a dit of her new TV gig.

White Collar, which was renewed for Season 3 in the fall, airs Tuesdays at 10/9c. The seconde season finale is scheduled for March 8.