USA Network Picks Up 'Royal Pains'
USA Network Picks Up 'Royal Pains'
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Yet another medical-themed series is set to join the fray on our television sets, as USA Network launches Royal Pains in June.  The series about a young ER turned Hamptons doctor-on-call was picked up for 11hour-long episodes in addition to the two-hour pilot, in is the first original series produced for USA by corporate sibling Universal Cable Productions.

Royal Pains follows Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein), who was on his way to becoming a brilliant doctor, when he fell from grace after being blamed for the death of a billionaire hospital trustee.  He then became a "typical genius New York surgeon turned unemployed dude," and finds himself working in the Hamptons as a doctor-on-call for the rich and famous denizens of the area.  With the prodding of his younger brother Evan (Paulo Constanzo) and an ambitious young woman who volunteers to be his physician's assistant, he agrees to be a concierge doctor - a private physician for hire - for the summer.  The challenge for Hank, then, is to keep his feet on the ground while treating his high-flying clients.  Royal Pain co-stars Reshman Shetty and Jill Flint with Christine Ebersole and Campbell Scott.

The pilot was directed by Jace Alexander, who also directed the pilot of another USA series Burn Notice.

"There are so many types of settings on Long Island to choose.  Everything from quaint villages to large mansions with scenic gardens," said Alexander, adding that locations are chosen based on the desirability of the setting and its proximity to the show's soundstage in Brooklyn.

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.

Royal Pains premieres June 4 Thursday at 10pm on USA Network.

- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: USA Network
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