USA aches for 'Pains'

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USA Network is moving forward with "Royal Pains," giving a series pickup to the show starring Mark Feuerstein as an on-call doctor to the Hamptons elite.

The cable channel has ordered 11 hourlong episodes in addition to the two-hour pilot for a potential summer launch. "Pains" marks the first original series produced for USA by corporate sibling Universal Cable Prods., which was formed in the spring when the cable operations of Universal Media Studios were spun off into a new entity under Bonnie Hammer.

"Pains" is eyed as a possible companion for "House," the offseason rights for which USA has acquired.

Jeff Wachtel, executive vp original programming at USA and co-head of original content at Universal Cable Prods., said he and executive vp original programming Jackie de Crinis began developing shows centered on a doctor two years ago after they acquired the "House" rights.

"Pains" is one of three pilots USA greenlighted last summer, along with "White Collar" and "Operating Instructions." (partialdiff)
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