USA Network’s little show that could, is still pushing up the hill. It’s amazing Royal Pains has been on for 7 freaking seasons – which feels even longer due to all the weird scheduling issues. Royal Pains’ 8th and final season begins May 18th. I lost track of the series around season 4. When I left off Divya (Reshma Shetty) was pregnant, they introduced Jeremiah (Ben Shenkman) – who I didn’t like at all and Evan was elected to office. I may have to tune in for the final because I’m curious to see how it all ends.
Hacker drama Mr. Robot (above), fresh from winning the SXSW Audience Award, will premiere on Wednesday, June 24th (10/9C).
Complications, a new fast-paced thriller about a doctor who – even as he mourns his daughter’s life – saves a young boy’ life, will make its two-hour debut on Thursday, June 18 (9/8C).
Returning shows include: the legal drama Suits’ fifth season (June 24th), season three of Chrisley Knows Best (June 2nd), season seven of Royal Pains (June 2nd), WWE Tough Enough (new format, June 23rd), season three of Graceland June 25th) and season two of Playing House (August 4th).
USA Network has announced its Summer 2014 Schedule – a mix of four well-regard returnees – Covert Affairs, Graceland, Royal Pains, Suits – and two new dramas – Rush and Satisfaction. Rush centers on a hard-partying bad boy physician who caters to L.A.’s elite – for a hefty price; Satisfaction explores modern marriage at its midpoint and stars Matt Passmore, fresh off The Glades.
Royal Pains stands as the network’s longest running current series, going into its sixth season; Covert Affairs enters season five; Suits will be in its fourth season and Graceland is a sophomore. The USA Network summer schedule kicks off with Royal Pains on June 10th; Rush and Satisfaction premiere on Thursday, July 17th. For the complete schedule of premieres – and series descriptions – check out the press release after the jump.
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.
Last week, USA Network’s Royal Pains (Wednesday, 9/8C) introduced a new love interest for the show’s hard-working Divya – a globetrotting polo player named Rafa, who is played by Mexican soaps star/heartthrob, Khotan. This week, things get even more interesting.
On Monday, Khotan spoke with a group of journalists/bloggers about his first English-speaking role and working with Reshma Shetty.
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.
USA Network isn’t resting on its laurels. The number on-rated basic cable network is bringing a solid mix of new and returning programs to its summer schedule. Following Sunday’s premiere of Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, new shows Necessary Roughness and Suits will join returning favorites like Burn Notice, Royal Pains, In Plain Sight, White Collar and last year’s rookie success, Covert Affairs on USA’s schedule.
For season premiere dates and show synopses, check out the USA Network press release following the jump.
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.