Q-and-A with 'Royal Pains' Executive Producers Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch
Q-and-A with 'Royal Pains' Executive Producers Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch
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Royal Pains, which ended the first half of its sophomore season last August, left fans with plenty of cliffhangers. What will happen to Hank and Evan's father Eddie, who suffered a heart attack? Will Divya still go through with her marriage to Raj? And what's in store for Boris?

Some of these questions will hopefully be answered when the show returns Jan. 20 at 9/8c. For now, executive producers Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch give us hints on the remaining episodes, what's in store for the upcoming third season and the possible return of Tom Cavanaugh, who will play a big role on the Jan. 20 episode. Check out the Q-and-A from a recent conference call BuddyTV's Carey Proctor participated in with the pair.

How important was it for Eddie's heart attack to reflect a change in Hank and Evan even though their father probably won't change?

Michael Rauch: I think that we're not so sure if the father will change or not and that's part of what we're dealing with in these back six episodes. Seeing the effects, not just physically, but what happens to Eddie. To be in the presence of his sons, if this can help change him. That becomes a big part of these six episodes. I think it's a very sobering thing, especially for Hank. Evan, as was played in the 12 episodes of the summer, was more immediately forgiving than Hank was and a big part of Hank's arc was could he get to a place of either forgiveness or acceptance?  I think when you come face-to-face with the thought of losing a parent, no matter what your relationship is with them, it forces you to reassess things and reevaluate them and see if you need to change your perception of who they are and what you want the relationship to be.  

Divya is set to leave for London and get married. Is Reshma Shetty leaving the show?

MR: Well, I can't actually answer that question because that would end a lot of the suspense and drama. She's a very important part of the fabric of the show and she's also a character who's torn between different obligations. That's a big part of what we're going to do in the back six episodes with her character. It really takes us all the way to the winter season finale where things really come together and she's forced to make a decision in episode 2.18. It would be a loss to the show if we didn't see the lovely Reshma Shetty anymore.

Does Hank make headway in Boris' illness?

Andrew Lenchewski: The medical aspect to the Boris/Hank storyline for the rest of this season is going to focus more on the Marissa pregnancy, how that impacts the Marissa/Boris relationship and ultimately how that translates into the Hank/Boris relationship with something fairly climatic happening at the end of episode number 17 -- and the aftermath of that into the season finale.

Is there a possibility for Tom Cavanaugh to join the show in a recurring capacity considering the first episode left the door open for his possible return?

MR: We definitely loved having him in the show, and I know Tom had a great time, too.  In a perfect world we'll be able to figure out a way to bring him back. Hopefully, story lines and schedules will come together that we can make that possible. We thought he did a great job and he really fit into the show perfectly.

What are your thoughts on the romantic pairings on the show?

AL: We're going to see a very big evolution in this Evan/Paige dynamic that we started to tease out at the end of the front 12, which is not only a lot of fun and a story line that brings a lot of comedic energy to the show, but something thats really helping to evolve Evan's character in a wonderful way.  

We're going to see Hank and Emily's relationship climax in a way that might be pleasing to some members of the audience and maybe less so to others. The Divya/Adam/Raj triangle is also going to peak in the back six and Hank/Jill, as has been the case since the beginning of the show, there are these star-crossed lovers that always seem to find fate and timing intervening for better or worse. That's going to happen, once again, towards the end of the season.  

How are you going to approach season 3?

MR: We just opened up the writer's room about a week ago, so we're just starting into it. One of the things that we talked about in season 1, Hank was a nearly perfect character and we only had, after the pilot, 12 episodes so we didn't have a lot of time to get into unpeeling the layers of him. In season 2, it was one of the things we wanted to work on in terms of revealing some of his imperfections. We feel like we did a good job of that, but we feel like there's a lot more to go in terms of showing some of his vulnerabilities.  

The way we started the show, Evan was the one who was really, really flawed and Hank was perfect. In Season Two, they started drifting a little bit more towards the middle where some of the stuff that you'll be seeing in the winter six, their arcs start to cross a little bit. We feel like in season 3, we know we'll have some fun with Evan having a lot of his life together while Hank might have some of the parts of his life less in order.

Would you guys ever consider having a musical episode?

MR: Yes, we would. I don't know if the network would let us do it for a while, but this is something we talked about before it was a common trend from the beginning of season 1. I would love it. I want to have our characters break out in song. I don't know if it will ever happen, but I think it would be a lot fun. Reshma Shetty is a trained opera singer and Paulo can sing and even Andrew can carry a tune, so we might bring some of the writers and producers into it also.

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