9:30am PT by Philiana Ng
'Royal Pains' Renewed for Seasons 7 and 8 by USA
The doctor is still on call.
USA Network has given a two-season renewal to long-running medical drama Royal Pains, bringing the series to an eighth-season and the 100th-episode milestone, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Seasons seven and eight will be shortened, consisting of eight episodes each.
Royal Pains wrapped its sixth season on Sept. 2, averaging 3.36 million viewers. It was a top 10 series on Tuesdays evenings.
Royal Pains remains a key player in USA's scripted stable, joining Suits, Satisfaction, Sirens, Benched, Covert Affairs, the final run of White Collar and the forthcoming Dig. Graceland and Playing House remain on the bubble, though it is likely the former will return. The network is prepping four drama pilots as it aims to add to its portfolio: Carlton Cuse's Colony, starring Josh Holloway; Jennifer Carpenter's Stanistan; hacker drama Mr. Robot with Christian Slater and Queen of the South, starring Alice Braga.
Royal Pains centers on HankMed, a concierge practice serving the wealthy and well-connected in the Hamptons. Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty, Brooke D'Orsay and Ben Shenkman star in the Universal Cable Productions series. Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch write and executive produce, along with Rich Frank, Jeff Kwatinetz and Paul Frank.
“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.”
“Royal Pains was a breakout hit from its first episode and continues to deliver for USA and our studio,” said Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “It’s no easy feat to maintain a real connection with your audience season after season, but Andrew, Michael, Mark, Paulo, Reshma and the rest of team have done that and more.”
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