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Just what the doctor ordered: USA Network's hit original series 'Royal Pains' gets green light for two new seasons

by jmaloni


Sat, Nov 8th 2014 09:00 am

Seasons seven and eight will each feature eight all-new episodes

The doctor is still in! USA Network announced this week it greenlit two new seasons for the concierge doctor series, "Royal Pains." Seasons seven and eight will each feature eight all-new episodes. The popular drama, which wrapped its sixth season Sept. 2, remains a top 10 series on its night, averaging 3.36 million total viewers. The series will celebrate its 100th episode in season eight.

" '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."

For six seasons, "Royal Pains" has centered on HankMed, a concierge medical practice serving all of the Hamptons. It stars Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty, Brooke D'Orsay and Ben Shenkman. Over the years, "Royal Pains" has enjoyed 1.4 million social media fans, with 926,000 Facebook fans and 464,000 Twitter followers.

"Royal Pains" kicked off this past season when Hank (Feuerstein) returned from his world travels with Boris (guest star Campbell Scott) to find his HankMed family had moved on without him. Hank forged ahead to fit into this new normal, but everything changed when Emma (guest star Willa Fitzgerald) showed up in the Hamptons claiming to be Hank and Evan's (Costanzo) half-sister. Upon discovering the claim was true, the brothers invited her to stay to strengthen a familial bond, but the reunion was made more difficult when Emma's desire to fit in led to a number of mishaps.

Elsewhere, Evan and Paige (D'Orsay) both dealt with new obstacles in couple's therapy, but rediscovered their love for each other. Divya (Shetty) struggled to balance motherhood with her job, but found herself at odds with Jeremiah (Shenkman), who was furious with her for meddling in a developing relationship. Later, Hank rekindled his relationship with Charlotte (guest star Gillian Alexy), an adventurous blind woman he met during his travels with Boris.

In the season finale, after Boris purchased Hamptons Heritage Hospital, Hank reluctantly accepted the offer to join the board of directors, along with the rest of HankMed. Divya, in the midst of her battle for custody for her daughter, found comfort in the surprise return of Raj (guest star Rupak Ginn), and Emma and Eddie (guest star Henry Winkler) embarked on his book tour together, bringing their family closer than ever.

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