USA Network is sticking with Royal Pains.
The NBCU owned cable has renewed the Mark Feuerstein fronted medical dramedy for two more seasons – the show’s seventh and eighth. The network has ordered 8 episodes for season seven and eight, which will air in Summer 2015 and Summer 2016, respectively.
Created by Andrew Lenchewski and John P. Rogers, Royal Pains revolves around Hank Lawson, a doctor who was let go from his position as a physician at a busy ER in New York City after he loses a patient. Banished to The Hamptons, he becomes a concierge doctor to the rich and famous, as well as those in need. The drama series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and stars Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Jill Flint, Reshma Shetty, Brooke D’Orsay and Ben Shenkman.
Royal Pains has been a key fixture on USA Network’s Summer schedule since it premiered in 2008. This is the second time in a row that USA has granted it a two-season pick up, after renewed the show for its fifth and sixth season in September 2012. With this latest pick up, Royal Pains becomes only the third of USA originals to make it to an eight season, following in the footsteps of Monk and Psych.
“Royal Pains remains a staple for fun summer TV viewing, and we are pleased to bring back the series for two additional seasons,” said Chris McCumber, President of USA Network. “We’re extremely proud of both the talent and creative team, who, season after season, have brought to life to these relatable and multifaceted stories, which continue to attract a loyal fan base.”
This is the latest call that USA Network has made on the future of its crop of summer series. Last month, they cancelled medical drama Rush, renewed Suits for a fifth season and handed a second season order to Satisfaction. Meanwhile, the network has yet to decide on the future of Graceland and Covert Affairs – though both are expected to return.