Royal Pains

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Royal Pains
Royal Pains Title.JPG
Royal Pains intertitle
GenreMedical drama
Comedy-drama
Created byAndrew Lenchewski
John P. Rogers
StarringMark Feuerstein
Paulo Costanzo
Jill Flint
Reshma Shetty
Brooke D'Orsay
Campbell Scott
Ben Shenkman
Opening theme"Independence" performed by The Blue Van
Composer(s)James S. Levine
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes86 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Carol Flint
Constance M. Burge
Paul Frank
Rich Frank
Jeff Kwatinetz
Michael Rauch
Andrew Lenchewski
Location(s)Long Island, New York
Camera setupFilm; Single-camera
Running timeabout 42 minutes
Production company(s)34 Films
Prospect Park Entertainment
Universal Cable Productions
Open 4 Business Productions
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelUSA Network
Picture formatHDTV 1080i30
NTSC (480i)
Audio formatSurround
Original runJune 4, 2009 (2009-06-04) – present
External links
Website
 
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Royal Pains
Royal Pains Title.JPG
Royal Pains intertitle
GenreMedical drama
Comedy-drama
Created byAndrew Lenchewski
John P. Rogers
StarringMark Feuerstein
Paulo Costanzo
Jill Flint
Reshma Shetty
Brooke D'Orsay
Campbell Scott
Ben Shenkman
Opening theme"Independence" performed by The Blue Van
Composer(s)James S. Levine
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes86 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Carol Flint
Constance M. Burge
Paul Frank
Rich Frank
Jeff Kwatinetz
Michael Rauch
Andrew Lenchewski
Location(s)Long Island, New York
Camera setupFilm; Single-camera
Running timeabout 42 minutes
Production company(s)34 Films
Prospect Park Entertainment
Universal Cable Productions
Open 4 Business Productions
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelUSA Network
Picture formatHDTV 1080i30
NTSC (480i)
Audio formatSurround
Original runJune 4, 2009 (2009-06-04) – present
External links
Website

Royal Pains is a USA Network television series that premiered on June 4, 2009, starring Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Jill Flint, Reshma Shetty, Brooke D'Orsay, Ben Shenkman, and Campbell Scott.

The series is based in part on actual concierge medicine practices of independent doctors and companies. On September 25, 2012, Royal Pains was renewed for its fifth and sixth seasons.[1]

Series synopsis[edit]

The series follows Hank Lawson, a young emergency room doctor, who after being wrongly blamed for an important patient's death, moves to the Hamptons and becomes a reluctant "doctor for hire" to the rich and famous. When the 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.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Recurring characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Location[edit]

Principal production of the show's pilot occurred in the Hamptons. However, other locations throughout Long Island were used, with Oheka Castle being the most prominent. Although actually located 60 miles to the west, in Huntington, Oheka served as the Hamptons home of Boris, the German nobleman who offers his guest house to Hank and Evan. In later episodes, exterior and aerial shots of Oheka are used to introduce scenes in the guest house.

In one episode, a Long Beach drive-through convenience store, Dairy Barn, was used as a fictional hot dog stand;[citation needed] a sign can be seen in the opening of that scene. Also, several scenes were shot on the bay side of Point Lookout. Other places used as fictional Hamptons locations include Northport Village in the Town of Huntington, Old Westbury Gardens, Freeport's Nautical Mile, which served as the exterior and parking lot of Hampton Heritage Hospital (in one scene, Freeport's charter coat can be seen across the bay) Caumsett State Historic Park[citation needed] and Oyster Bay Town Hall, which was transformed into the entrance of the Hamptons Heritage Hospital emergency room. Catalina Beach Club in Atlantic Beach, New York was transformed for the pilot episode into the fictional Hampt Inn, the hotel Hank and Evan stayed in upon their arrival in the Hamptons. Downtown Locust Valley, another haunt of the wealthy on Long Island's Gold Coast, plays downtown East Hampton in at least one episode (where Evan and Paige go shopping), with interior shots in a store as well as street scenes.

For several beach scenes, West Neck Beach (Huntington) was used and a food shopping scene was filmed in Southdown Market in Huntington. Huntington Hospital is now used for Hamptons Heritage Hospital.

Two episodes of the second season take place in Cuba, but were filmed in Puerto Rico.[3]

Development and production[edit]

The pilot was filmed on location on Long Island, New York in the spring and fall of 2008.[4] The pilot was directed by Jace Alexander, who also filmed the pilot of Burn Notice, another USA Network show, which aired in the hour before Royal Pains. Andrew Lenchewski wrote the pilot and Rich and Paul Frank executive-produced the project, with Lenchewski co-executive producing and John P. Rogers producing. The series was then picked up for a 12-episode season.[5] On February 24, 2011, the show completed its second season. The show was renewed for a sixth season [6] Season 6 was filmed in New York and premiered on June 10th, 2014. [7]

Reception[edit]

Royal Pains has become one of the highest-rated shows on cable.[8] The series premiere was watched by 5.57 million viewers, the highest series premiere for the USA Network since Psych in 2006.[9][10] With episodes two and three watched by 5.59 million and 6.5 million viewers, respectively, it was the first show in five years to have viewership increase from week two to week three.[8][11]

Ratings[edit]

SeasonTimeslot (ET)# Ep.PremieredEndedTV SeasonViewers
(in millions)
DatePremiere
Viewers
(in millions)
DateFinale
Viewers
(in millions)
1Thursday 10:00 pm (June 4, 2009 – August 27, 2009)12
June 4, 2009
5.57[12]
August 27, 2009
5.90[13]20097.47[14]
2Thursday 10:00 pm (June 3, 2010 – August 26, 2010)
Thursday 9:00 pm (January 20, 2011 – February 24, 2011)
18
June 3, 2010
5.84[15]
February 24, 2011
4.05[16]201020117.33[17]
3Wednesday 9:00 pm (June 29, 2011 – August 31, 2011)
Wednesday 10:00 pm (January 18, 2012 – February 22, 2012)
16
June 29, 2011
5.00[18]
February 22, 2012
3.16[19]20112012TBA
4Wednesday 9:00 pm (June 6, 2012 – September 19, 2012)
Sunday 9:00 pm (December 16, 2012)
16
June 6, 2012
3.95[20]
December 16, 2012
3.25[21]2012TBA
5Wednesday 9:00 pm (June 12, 2013 - September 11, 2013)13
June 12, 2013
September 11, 2013
2013TBA
6Tuesday 9:00pm (June 10, 2014 - TBA)13
June 10, 2014
TBA
2014TBA

DVD releases[edit]

Universal Studios Home Entertainment released the first season of Royal Pains in Region 1 on May 25, 2010, and released it in Region 4 on August 25, 2010. Season 2 was released in Region 1 on May 17, 2011.[22] A DVD released on January 3, 2012, contained the first 10 episodes of the third season.[23] Episodes are also available on iTunes and seasons 1-5 are now available on Netflix.com through their streaming service.

TitleRegion 1Region 4Bonus Features
Season 1May 25, 2010[24]August 25, 2010[25]Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; Commentary; Paulo's Video Blogs; Dr. Irv Danesh: The Real Doctor of Royal Pains; "High Top Fade Out" (Psych, episode 4.07)[26]
Season 2May 17, 2011[22]March 28, 2012[27]Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; Commentary; Guest Starring; Location, Location, Location
Season 3 (Volume 1)January 3, 2012[23]
Season 3 (Volume 2)May 29, 2012 (2012-05-29)[28]

Novel series[edit]

Beginning in 2011, D.P. Lyle began publishing a book series based on the television series, under Signet Books' Obsidian imprint.[29]

TitleAuthorISBNPublication date
First, Do No HarmD.P. Lyle, M.D.0451234146June 7, 2011[29]
Sick Rich0451235533January 3, 2012[30]

International distribution[edit]

RegionProviderLaunch
 CanadaShowcase2010-01 [31]
 AustraliaSeven Network2010-02-01 (season 2)[32]
 New ZealandTV32010
 MexicoSony Entertainment Television2010-02-21
 BrazilSony Entertainment Television2010-02-21
 ItalyJoi2009-09-10
 SpainParamount Comedy2009-10-14
 PolandTVP 1

TVN 7

2010-01-06
aka Bananowy doktor
(Banana doctor)
 PortugalSony Entertainment Television (Portugal)2010-02-15
aka Mágoas de Grandeza
 GreeceStar Channel2010-03-13
 RomaniaUniversal Channel2010-05-03
aka Pacienti de Lux (Luxury Patients)
 SlovakiaTV Doma2012-05-03
aka Bolesti Slávnych
(Royal Pains)
 United KingdomUniversal Channel (UK)2010-05-09 (season 2)[33]
 BulgariaNova Television2010-07-17
aka Houscall Doctor
(Доктор на повикване)
 FranceCanal+2010-07-18
 NorwayViasat 42010-07-19
 DenmarkTV 3N/A
 SloveniaPOP BRIO2010-09-03
aka Dr. De Luxe
 SwedenTV 6N/A
 SerbiaFox Life
Prva Plus
2011-06-06
2014-06-02
 FinlandMTV32011-01-07<braka Kallista kipua
(Expensive Pain)
 NetherlandsRTL 52012-06-03
 GermanyRTL2011-05-17
  SwitzerlandSF zwei2011-06-06
 AustriaPuls 42011-12-09
 Belgium2BE2011-06-05
 RussiaDomashny2011-12-19
aka Дорогой доктор
(Expensive doctor)
 LatviaTV32012 (season 2)
aka Bagātnieku dakteris
(Rich Doctor)
 EstoniaTV62012-05-01
aka Rikaste Valud
(Rich Pains)
 Saudi ArabiaMBC42012-10-01
 IsraelYes Stars Drama2010-06-08
aka רופא להשכיר
 JapanWOWOW2010-07-03
aka kyumeii hanku: serebu shinryo fairu
(Emergency M.D. Hank: Celebrity Medical Files),
救命医ハンク セレブ診療ファイル (Japanese Title)
 SingaporeUniversal Channel2010 (season 2)
Southeast Asia (orthographic projection).svg Southeast Asia
 Hong Kong
 Indonesia
 Malaysia
 Burma
 Singapore
 Taiwan
 Thailand
 Vietnam
STAR World2011-09-30 (season 3)
 CubaCanal Habana2012
 Philippines2nd Avenue / Jack City2010-05-11 / 2013-01
 TurkeyUniversal Channel
 Northern CyprusFog TV

Legal issues[edit]

On July 6, 2010, actor Hayden Christensen and his older brother Tove filed a lawsuit against the USA Network in a Manhattan Federal Court. In the suit, the brothers claimed to have pitched to the USA Network an idea for a new television series, called Housecall, which involved a concierge doctor who made house calls to the rich and famous. The two brothers also claimed a USA Network executive told them, "prior to learning about Housecall, he was unaware of concierge doctors and that he thought it was a fascinating idea." A USA Network spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuit.[34] On May 10, 2011, a Manhattan judge ruled not enough evidence was available to justify a breach-of-contract claim because the claim concerns "materials that are not copyrightable, such as ideas." The decision was reversed on appeal in June 2012, the court holding that Christensens' claims were not pre-empted by copyright law. The opinion stated, "There are several qualitative differences between such a contract claim and a copyright violation claim," and added that sister appellate circuits recently had come to this same conclusion.[35]

References[edit]

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