It’s impossible to review Happyish without noting that the series was created as a showcase for the late Philip Seymour Hoffman – and that he helped develop it with creator Shalom Auslander. It almost didn’t happen after Hoffman died, but when Steve Coogan agreed to sign on, it was tweaked for him.
Sadly, it might have been better for all concerned if it had been laid to rest.
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.
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.
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.
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.