With the June 3rd second season premiere of Royal Pains [USA, Thursdays, 10/9C] fast approaching, series Creator/Executive Producer Andrew Lenchewski and Executive Producer Michael Rauch took part in a teleconference Q&A session to discuss the new season.
Mark Feuerstein is Hank Lawson in the new USA Network original series ROYAL PAINS, which premieres tonight, Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 10/9c, immediately following the hit series BURN NOTICE (at its new time, 9/8c). Recently I had a chance to visit the set of ROYAL PAINS to meet the cast and had the pleasure of chatting with Mark to discus his new role.
EclipseMagazine: So, should we just start with you telling us about your character?
Mark Feuerstein: Sure. That’s an easy way to begin. All right. So, I am playing Hank Lawson. And my character is, at the beginning of the pilot, a doctor in an ER in Brooklyn. And he’s playing hoops with a bunch of neighborhood kids. And one of them drops down.
I guess the conflict of Hank is that he’s somewhat—I mean there’s one thing that you don’t know from the pilot, which is that in his past, his father lost all the family money in the stock market. And they had to downsize from a nice house in maybe Passaic, New Jersey to a little two-bedroom apartment, and so money is fraught for Hank. And so now he’s got to take care of rich people while resenting them too.
Hank Lawson [Mark Feuerstein] is one of the best emergency doctors in New York City – which usually make him a keeper in one of the biggest hospitals in the city. When he decides to save the life of a neighborhood kid – after making sure an ailing benefactor of the hospital was stable – things go wrong and the rich benefactor dies. The guy’s family gets him blacklisted in every hospital in town so, after much urging from his brother [Paulo Costanzo], the two head off to The Hamptons – where Hank is introduced to the concept of concierge medicine. Thus begins USA’s new medical series with a twist, Royal Pains [USA, Thursdays, 10/9C – following Burn Notice].
The USA Network has high hopes for its new medical series with a twist, Royal Pains [Thursdays, 10/9C]. I had the opportunity to take part on a teleconference Q&A session with the series’ star, Mark Feuerstein. He talked about, among other things, why he chose to take the role of Dr. Hank Lawson, and what Royal Pains has in common with USA’s other programs.
Besides myself, taking part in the Q&A session were Jamie Steinberg [Starry Constellation], Chandra Williams [TV Jots], Troy Rogers [thedeadbolt.com], Melissa Lowry [nicegirlstv.com], Lauren Becker [Shooting Stars Magazine], Jay Jacobs, [popentertainment.com] and Bryan Jones [tvovermind.com].
Last Friday I had the opportunity to take part in a teleconferenced Q&A session with Andrew Lenchewski, creator, and Michael Rauch, showrunner of the new USA series, Royal Pains, which premieres on Thursday, June 4th at 10/9C, following Burn Notice. The series follows Dr, Hank Larson [Mark Feuerstein] as he deals with being fired for doing the right thing and winding up as a concierge doctor to the wealthy and eccentric of The Hamptons.
Joining me in the session were: Beth Ann Henderson, Bags Hooper, Christine Nyholm, Laura Tucker, Sarah Fulghum, Kendra white, Amy Steele, Reg Seeton, Sarah Coughlin and Liz Woolf [no affiliations were given]. Also, series star Mark Feuerstein popped in for about two minutes in the middle…