S.W.A.T., CBS’ reboot of the classic ’70s series, has been given a full season order – while Mark Feuerstein’s 9JKL has been given an order for three more episodes.
CBS’ new comedy (and I use that word advisedly) 9JKL (Mondays, 8:30/7:30C) is the ongoing tale of an actor, Josh Roberts (Mark Feuerstein, Royal Pains) whose show gets canceled and he loses all his money in a divorce – meaning he has to return to New York City and live in the apartment next door to his parents.
Compared to the series premiere of 9JKL, 2 Broke Girls (another CBS comedy – waddaya know?) took place in a convent!
Royal Pains (USA Network, Wednesdays, 9/8C) may not be the most ambitious of USA Network’s shows, but it can develop character with the best of them. This week’s episode finds HankMed hired by a famous pop star; Evan helping Paige get ready to go away to school, and Divya falling hard for international polo player Rafa.
Tom Cavanagh has been enjoying an atypically long recurring as pro golfer Jack on Royal Pains [USA, Wednesdays, 10/9C] this season. On Monday, he spoke with a group of journalists/bloggers about working on the show, the challenges of playing someone who is sick but trying not to show it, and just what the holdup is on the long-awaited Ed DVDs.
Season three of Royal Pains [USA, Wednesdays, 9/8C] returns, this week, with an episode called Traffic – appropriate not just for a traffic accident and a diagnosis that involves a woman who was stuck in traffic for five hours, but also for the ongoing events in the lives of the show’s main characters.
The second half of Royal Pains [USA, Thursday, 9/8C] has brought big changes into the lives of HankMed’s little family. Hank [Mark Feuerstein] has re-connected with Jill [Jill Flint]; Evan [Paulo Costanzo] has found the love of his life in Paige [Brooke D’Orsay ]; Divya [Reshma Shetty] and Raj’s [Rupak Ginn] wedding is almost upon them, and Eddie [Henry Winkler] is facing the possibility of going to prison. In the second season finale, Listen to the Music, everything comes to a head.
Henry Winkler may always be best remembered for playing The Fonz, but he has had some other great roles since then. The latest is Eddie Lawson, the deadbeat dad returned to the fold on Royal Pains [USA Network, Thursdays, 9/8C]. He has taken this affable con man/grifter and turned him in a fully realized character – and added new layers of depth to the series.
I had the opportunity to take part in a teleconference call with Winkler on Tuesday and found him to be a very articulate and enthusiastic gentleman who has not only overcome a learning disability to succeed beyond his wildest dreams, but has taken the time to helps other who learn differently.
All that plus MacGyver!
It was an enlightening experience.
With season two of Royal Pains [USA, Thursdays, 9/8C] underway, things are getting more complicated for Hank, Evan, Eddie, Divya, Jill and Boris. Recently, I took part in a conference call with Dr. Hank Lawson, himself, Mark Feuerstein. He talked about the second season in, perhaps a bit more detail than the USA Network might have liked, but in such a way as to mollify even the most cautious publicists.
If you want the scoop on the complexities of the Lawsons’ familial relationships, or the ongoing chemistry between Hank and Jill, or what Divya’s situation is vis-à-vis Raj and Adam – or if you’re just looking for spoilerish teasers in general, read on.
Royal Pains [USA, Thursdays, 9/8C] returns with an episode called Mulligan. No doubt you’ll be surprised when I tell you there’s a plot arc that involves golf.
USA has your Thursday nights covered with all new episodes of Royal Pains at 9/8c and the network’s newest series Fairly Legal at 10/9c. What will happen to HankMed? Will Divya go through with her marriage to Raj? What does Boris have in store for Hank’s father Eddie? Find out when all-new episodes of Royal Pains return at a new time! Royal Pains stars Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty, Henry Winkler, Campbell Scott and more! Visit the official Royal Pains website at http://www.usanetwork.com/series/royalpains/ for exclusive content and become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/royalpains.
One of the endearing qualities of Royal Pains [Tuesdays, 10/9C] as it begins its second season tomorrow evening is that it’s all about its characters – where many medical shows are about their situations. Tomorrow’s premiere finds HankMed broke; Divya about to face a huge life change; Boris about to encounter health problems and Hank and Evan at loggerheads over the firm’s financial state.