It's only the first Monday of 2009, but basic cable has already picked up its first new show. The USA Network has picked up Royal Pains for a 12-episode first season, says The Hollywood Reporter, in preparation for a summer launch.
Though you wouldn't know it from following broadcast network ratings, summer TV viewing is at an all-time high.
According to a Turner research report, the average person watched a whopping 32.2 hours of TV per week this summer. In 2004, the average number of TV hours viewed during the summer was 29.8.
The gains were driven by cable TV programming, which continues to erode the traditional advantage of the Big Four networks.
If you’ve been watching any of USA Network’s other shows, you’ve probably seen the promo trailer for the new series, Royal Pains, starring Mark Feuerstein. Maybe that trailer was enough to peak your interest. Perhaps you’re on the fence about it and would like to know a bit more about the show. I may be able to help you. In a recent conference call with the show’s executive producers/writers, Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch, I asked them to tell us, in 20 seconds or less, what Royal Pains is about.
I'll admit that I was a bit wary of USA's new summer series, Royal Pains, prior to watching the 90-minute pilot episode.
After all, Royal Pains' cutesy title, oddball casting, and fluffy subject matter could have made this either an unwatchable hot mess or a winning summer series that's equal parts dry wit, flashy environs, and winsomely quirky characters.
Fortunately, having watched Royal Pains' first episode, which airs tomorrow night on USA, I am happy to say that it's the latter. Royal Pains, which stars Mark Feuerstein (Defiance, 3 Lbs.) as disgraced doctor Hank Lawson, is exactly the sort of thing you want to be watching on those long, hot summer nights. It's the television equivalent of snacking on a Popsicle: cool, sweet, and relatively fat-free. Read more
A down and out surgeon has a chance to redeem himself as a small town physician in the wealthy beach community of East Hampton, NY. Royal Pains is produced and distributed by Universal Cable Productions and USA Network.