Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Royal Pains Premieres 4 June

USA’s premiere of Royal Pains, the network's newest original scripted series, bows on Thursday, June 4 at 10/9c followed by 11 weekly one-hour episodes of the drama. Advancing the Thursday night block on USA, the series debut will immediately follow the Season 3 premiere of Burn Notice (in its new time slot 9/8c).

Royal Pains centers on a young E.R. doctor who, after being wrongly blamed for a patient's death, moves to the Hamptons and becomes the reluctant "doctor for hire" to the rich and famous. When the attractive administrator of the local hospital asks him to treat the town’s less fortunate, he finds himself walking the line between doing well for himself and doing good for others.

Andrew Lenchewski ("UC: Undercover") wrote the pilot and serves as co-executive productive. The show is executive produced by Michael Rauch ("Love Monkey"), as well as Rich Frank ("Comanche Moon"), Paul Frank ("Comanche Moon") and Jeff Kwatinetz ("Big Momma's House") from Prospect Park. John Rogers ("Hide & Seek") also serves as co-executive producer. Jace Alexander (Burn Notice, "Warehouse 13") directed the pilot and will serve as co-executive producer on the series. Royal Pains films entirely in New York (Long Island and Brooklyn) and at locations around The Hamptons.

Royal Pains stars Mark Feuerstein ("What Women Want," "In Her Shoes," "Good Morning, Miami"), Paulo Costanzo ("Road Trip"), Jill Flint ("Gossip Girl") and Reshma Shetty ("30 Rock"). The pilot features guest appearances by Campbell Scott ("Six Degrees") and Christine Ebersole ("Saturday Night Live"). Royal Pains is the first original series from Universal Cable Productions for USA.

In the pilot, we meet Dr. Hank Lawson (Feuerstein), a handsome, smart and talented doctor who seems to have it all ... thriving career, beautiful fiancée and a swank NYC apartment. With one fateful and principled decision in the ER, Hank loses it all and is blacklisted from the prestigious medical community he once owned. Months later, single and down and out on his luck, Hank finds himself in the Hamptons after being coaxed by his younger brother (Costanzo) to head out to the east end of Long Island. While there, they crash a party at a mega-mansion on the beach, where Hank must jump into action when a guest requires medical attention that only he is able to diagnose after the current house doctor fails and nearly kills the young lady. The next morning, word of the hot doctor has already spread like wildfire and he is summoned to another mansion…and another…and another. Local hospital administrator Jill (Jill Flint) is all too happy to have Hank take her high-maintenance patients off her hands. With help from Divya (Shetty), who begs to become his physician's assistant, Hank's career is revived, albeit changed from the way he once knew it, and he is not thrilled. Can a well-intentioned, unassuming and extremely normal man become the Hamptons' newest accessory --the concierge doctor? Welcome to HankMed: the doctor will see you now!

Royal Pains offers an insider's look at the posh life of the affluents who summer in the Hamptons through usanetwork.com, Facebook and Twitter applications. The show's complementary online components will feature highly-immersive games and full episodes streaming; behind-the-scenes interviews with cast, producers and consultants; blogs and videos from the concierge doctor's perspective; along with trivia and applications that allow fans to adapt the language and style of the Hamptons crowd. The site will also be the portal to the Royal Pains "Hamptons Getaway" Sweepstakes, for a trip for two to the Hamptons.