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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.

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Wilmer Valderrama Hallucinates on the 'Royal Pains' Finale (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 1st 2011 2:20AM
'Royal Pains' - A Little Art, a Little Science'After another fun summer in the Hamptons, it's time to say goodbye to the Lawson brothers for a while with the summer finale of 'Royal Pains' (Wed., 9PM ET on USA). And by "fun," of course, we mean people nearly dying every week.

Art enthusiast Eric has been a medical mystery for a while now, and now he's hallucinating, he's diabetic and he has a medical condition that makes him physically react to artwork.

And on top of all that, some kind of affliction that makes him come across like a very bad actor. Okay, we're just kidding, guest star Wilmer Valderrama.

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'Royal Pains' Star Paulo Costanzo on the Brotherly Love Dynamic and The Fonz

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Aug 29th 2011 2:00PM
There are two things audiences just can't get enough of: medical dramas and shows about the rich and fabulous. That probably explains why 'Royal Pains' is such a hit.

The show stars Mark Feuerstein and Paulo Costanzo as two brothers named Hank and Evan who run a concierge medical practice in the Hamptons. Hank is the MD, while Evan runs the financial side of the business. In Season 2, Henry Winkler joins the cast as their flaky father.

We caught up with the energetic Costanzo for a Season 2 primer. He fills us in on everything from the brotherly love dynamic to the luxe mansions to what it was like working with The Fonz.

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Wilmer Valderrama Is Impressed With a Nude Sketch of Evan on 'Royal Pains' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 18th 2011 12:57AM
Wilmer Valderrama, 'Royal Pains'Wilmer Valderrama always gave off a sort of weird maybe-gay vibe on 'That '70s Show'. He gave off the same vibe to Evan and Paige when they caught him staring at a sketch that Evan had submitted to a local art show on 'Royal Pains' (Wed., 9PM ET on USA).

It was a nude of him drawn by Paige. Valderrama's character had purchased a bunch of paintings of known artists for his prestigious galleries, and had selected this one, too. However, he then found an even stronger connection to Paige

A connection so strong, he may well have taken her, though if she went willingly or not we don't yet know.

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Mark Fuerstein on Matt Lauer's 'Royal Pains' Cameo: 'He's a Little Too Perfect' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 10th 2011 2:25PM
Matt Lauer of 'Today' plays himself on 'Royal Pains'Mark Feuerstein was a bit worried about Matt Lauer's cameo on 'Royal Pains.' Hosting is different from acting, he explained Wednesday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), and Feuerstein didn't know how well Lauer would make the transition. As it turns out, he shouldn't have been too concerned.

"Matt is the consummate host on the 'Today' show, but we didn't know how it would go on 'Royal Pains,' acting in a one-hour dramedy," said Feuerstein. After Lauer's scene was shot, it was a different story. "I had to hear from every member of the crew how prepared he was, how well he improv-ed and was off-the-cuff, and how nice he was to everyone on set," said Feuerstein. "It's annoying. He's a little too perfect."

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Royal Pins? Sharon Osbourne Fumbles Interview With Julie Benz (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 3rd 2011 5:35PM
Julie Benz of 'Royal Pains' on 'The Talk'Sharon Osbourne has had her share of flubs on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS), and she continued her streak with guest Julie Benz. The 'Dexter' and 'No Ordinary Family' alum was on the show to talk about her latest TV role on 'Royal Pains.' Osbourne apparently misread her cue cards.

"Can you tell us about the character you play in 'Royal Pins?'" asked Osbourne. She was quickly corrected by her fellow panel members, and simply asked again, "What is the character?" Benz laughed it off. "For those of you who watch the show, I play the mom to Libby, and I'm a lesbian alpaca farmer," she said.

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Marcia Gay Harden Joins 'Royal Pains'

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 27th 2010 9:10AM
Oscar and Tony Award winner Marcia Gay Harden is making another bid for her EGOT: The actress, who was nominated for an Emmy for her guest appearance on 'Law & Order: SVU' in 2007, is adding another high-profile TV guest gig to her resume with a role on USA Network's hit drama 'Royal Pains.'

The Ausiello Files reports that Harden will appear in several episodes of the dramedy, playing Dr. Elizabeth Blair, surgeon and board member of the Hamptons Heritage Hospital where Dr. Jill Casey (Jill Flint) works. Dr. Blair will at first butt heads with Dr. Casey, before eventually becoming her mentor.

Harden's first appearance on the show will be in the 'Royal Pains' season two premiere, on June 3.

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Castle,' 'Glee' and 'Desperate Housewives'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 17th 2010 2:00PM

This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us at tvsquad at gmail dot com, or call and leave a message at (775) 640-8479. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'CSI,' 'Lost,' 'Royal Pains,' 'Glee,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'NCIS: LA' and 'Castle.'

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Five Ingredients That Make USA Network Shows Work

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 14th 2010 3:11PM
The character-driven shows of USA Network...'Burn Notice,' 'Royal Pains,' and 'Psych'
A while back, while announcing the season premieres for 'Burn Notice' and 'Royal Pains', I briefly mentioned the reason why these original USA network programs, as well as their other offerings, work so well. As I thought about it some more, I realized that it wasn't just the focus on characters and the mix of comedy and drama that made these shows click with audiences. There was more to it. In fact, three more 'its' to make a TV Squad list. How's that for ironic!

So, if you'll indulge me for a moment, here are the five things that make USA network shows resonate with viewers.

1. Actual character-driven shows -- When USA uses the tag line "Characters Welcome" they aren't kidding. Every original program since 'Monk' has been character driven. They haven't relied on special effects, or musicals, or unanswered questions that, when answered, produced more unanswered questions. It's characters that drive the shows and move them forward.

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'Burn Notice' and 'Royal Pains' Return to USA in June

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 3rd 2010 11:13AM
Burn Notice and Royal Pains return in June
While most viewers glaze over at the amount of dreck major networks spew out during the warmer months, fans of USA Network's original series vibrate in anticipation for the return of the favorite programs.

And why not? USA is doing what its big brother NBC hasn't been able to do: create character-driven programs that mix humor with drama, all wrapped up in a nicely written script. Not only do fans have a right to be excited, but the network can crow a bit itself. As it will do in June when two of its most popular shows return.

On Thursday, June 3rd, 'Burn Notice' and 'Royal Pains' return to the schedule with all new episodes. For 'Royal Pains', which debuts at 9PM ET., it will be the sophomore season. At 10PM ET. 'Burn Notice' begins its fourth season, ranking it the second-longest running show behind 'Psych' (not including 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent', which originally ran on NBC).

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'Burn Notice,' 'Royal Pains' to Premiere June 3

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 1st 2010 12:46PM
Burn NoticeUSA Network has announced the premiere dates for two of its most popular series.

According to the Live Feed, 'Burn Notice' season 4 and 'Royal Pains' season 2 will premiere on Thu., June 3, at 9 and 10PM, respectively.

Meanwhile, the network will also premiere 'White Collar,' 'Psych' and 'Covert Affairs,' starring Piper Perabo, in July.

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How USA Network Found its Groove

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 31st 2010 12:00PM
How did USA become basic cable's most popular channel? They found a formula that works, and they stuck with it.

This week sees the season premieres of USA's 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' (Tuesday's debut, introducing a new detective played by Saffron Burrows, marks the beginning of season 9) and 'In Plain Sight' (starting its third season on Wednesday). Both series feature USA doing what it does best: offering quirky crimefighters who nail bad guys even as their own lives are falling apart.

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Henry Winkler Joins 'Royal Pains'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 6th 2010 11:44AM
henry_winkler_headshotSomebody wise once said that when it comes to movies and television (theater, too), casting is essential. If you get it right, you're half-way home. Recently, that proved true on CBS's 'NCIS' with the casting of Robert Wagner as Tony DiNozzo's dad. Perfect casting.

Here's another instance where the producers seem to have nailed it. 'Royal Pains' has cast Henry Winkler to play Hank and Evan's father, Eddie Lawson. Yes, Henry Winkler. The Fonz from 'Happy Days,' but if you know you're Henry Winkler IMDB listing, you know he's done so much more than just Arthur Fonzarelli.

In fact, in a case where the casting was off, on the CBS sitcom 'Out of Practice,' he was Stockard Channing's ex and the father of Christopher Gorham, Paula Marshall and Ty Burrell. It never quite worked.

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TV Casting: Henry Winkler Joins 'Royal Pains'; Sheryl Crow Moves to 'Cougar Town'

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 6th 2010 11:08AM
Henry WinklerHeeeey! The hit USA series 'Royal Pains' has tapped Henry Winkler to join the show's upcoming second season, which will air 18 episodes starting this summer. Winkler will reportedly play Hank (Mark Feuerstein) and Evan's (Paulo Costanzo) father, Eddie R. Lawson, who heads to the Hamptons to make up for lost time. [Hollywood Reporter]

More casting news after the jump.

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TV just had its most-watched summer ever while the big four struggled

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 27th 2009 9:02AM
Royal PainsWhat an interesting summer for television. In general, the claim that television viewing reached an all-time high this summer doesn't really surprise me. After all, we're in what the media tells us is the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. That means more people out of work and less money for everybody.

People out of work and unable to find work are going to be bored, so they're going to watch television. People with less money are going to stay home more often, so they're going to watch television. That part makes sense to me. The part that is a little surprising, but only a little, is that all of that record viewing went to the cable networks and not the big four.

There was not a single break-out summer success story on ABC, CBS, NBC or FOX. Every single show they put on the air either crashed and burned, or barely stayed afloat. But the story is so very different on cable. Week after week we got new stories about original series breaking records on almost every network.

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