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USA Renews 'Necessary Roughness,' 'Covert Affairs' and 'Royal Pains'

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 15th 2011 6:20PM
USA has renewed its original series 'Necessary Roughness,' 'Covert Affairs' and 'Royal Pains.' The pick-ups cap a strong summer for the cable network in terms of ratings. Each series has received a 16-episode order.

"USA's original programming blew through all expectations this summer. We had an unprecedented number of original series on our air -- and every single one of them was great," Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel, USA Network co-presidents, said in a statement.

"The actors who make our shows unique aren't just stars, they are character actors in the finest sense. Our writers, directors and producers truly understand what it takes to create sustainable success. It's a rare and wonderful thing to announce the pick-up of our entire summer of programming."

Earlier this summer, USA renewed its other originals: 'White Collar,' 'Suits,' 'Burn Notice' and 'In Plain Sight,' making them seven for seven in pick-ups.

'Royal Pains,' which ended its third season in August, stars Mark Feuerstein stars as Dr. Hank Lawson, a Hamptons doctor who makes house calls to help his wealthy clientele. Paulo Costanzo stars as Hank's younger brother, Evan, and Henry Winkler as Eddie, their estranged father.

'Necessary Roughness,' which just aired its first season finale this week, stars Callie Thorne as Dr. Dani Santino, a therapist struggling with her personal and professional life, which is complicated even more by her latest patient: football star wide receiver and bad boy Terrence "TK" King (Mehcad Brooks).

In 'Covert Affairs,' which ended its Season 2 summer run in August but all new episodes coming this fall, stars Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Sendhil Ramamurthy as CIA agents with dangerous missions and equally exciting personal lives.

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September 15 2011 at 9:20 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

About time. They sure took their own sweet time about doing it, didn’t they? I didn’t really have any doubts about “Royal Pains” or “Covert Affairs” but with “Necessary Roughness” doing really well as a new show I just don’t understand why they were dragging their feet about announcing its renewal. ??? I even started to speculate that the star, and or stars, want more money and that’s what’s been holding things up. (I might still be right about that. Who knows.) In any event I’m glad for about the renewals. Not a huge fan of “Covert Affairs” (love Augie though) but I am a big fan of “Royal Pains” and a “middle of the road” fan of “Necessary Roughness.” So it’s all good.

September 15 2011 at 6:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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