Royal Pains: Preview of Series Premiere
Royal Pains: Preview of Series Premiere
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
As summer starts, where else to go but the Hamptons.

Meet Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein).  Brilliant ER doctor in the big apple who one day made the mistake of doing the right thing rather than what his boss instructed him, too.  The result?  Banishment to the Hamptons as the on-call doctor of the town's elite (which means essentially everyone).  It didn't exactly happen as smoothly as that, though.

Hank Lawson is the lead on Royal Pains, the brand new comedy from USA Network which premieres tonight 9pm.  Set to join the already long list of medical-themed series, Royal Pains was picked up for 11 hour-long episodes in addition to the two-hour pilot.

In the pilot, we find out that Hank is a promising doctor who fell from grace after he is blamed for the death of a billionaire who happens to be a big-shot hospital trustee.  Distraught at his misfortune, Hank finds himself in his skivvies in his apartment doing the ultimate television sign that one's fate has gone to the dogs: eating cold cereal and watching daytime television.

Then comes Hank's accountant brother Evan (Paul Costanzo), who invites him to crash a memorial day bash of some trillionaire in the Hamptons.  He ends up saving the life of a supermodel party guest, who is portrayed to be dumb enough to inhale toxic insecticide in the garden.

Hank proceeds to save a couple more lives in the two-hour pilot, most fascinating perhaps the one he did equipped with a bottle of vodka, a knife, sandwich bags, duct tape, and a ballpoint pen.

Royal Pains co-stars Reshman Shetty and Jill Flint with Christine Ebersole and Campbell Scott. Feuerstein, 37, was in the 1998 feature Practical Magic as the love interest of the lead, Sandra Bullock.  Meanwhile, Constanzo is best known for his appearance on the 2000 teen comedy Road Trip as Rubin and 40 Days and 40 Nights alongside Josh Harnett.

Catch Royal Pains tonight 9pm on the USA Network.

- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: USA Network
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