USA inflicts ‘Royal Pains’

01.05.09 9 years ago

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USA has given a series order to “Royal Pains,” a medical dramedy featuring Mark Feuerstein. 

The network has ordered 11 hour-long episodes of “Royal Pains” for a possible summer launch. That order doesn’t include the 90-minute pilot, which would air as a two-hour telefilm introducing the series. 

“Royal Pains,” produced for USA by Universal Cable Prods., stars Feuerstein as a doctor servicing the Hamptons’ wealthy elite.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, USA views “Royal Pains” as a possible companion for off-network airings of “House.”

“‘Royal Pains’ is our first doctor show,” Jeff Wachtel, USA’s executive v.p. for original programming explains to the trade paper. “And I say ‘doctor’ rather than ‘medical’ because ‘doctor show’ means it’s more personal and offbeat, and that fits into our brand. ‘Medical show’ typically means more of a hospital ensemble.”

It’s unclear if Wachtel means to imply that “Royal Pains” isn’t a true ensemble, though its supporting cast includes Paulo Costanzo, Jill Flint and Reshma Shetty.

Andrew Lenchewski wrote the pilot and will co-executive produce the series.

USA sent “Royal Pains” to pilot last summer along with “White Collar” and “Operating Instructions,” which are both believed to still be in the series mix.

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