By Star Pulse
MARCH 11, 2016 – USA has announced that one of its longest-running shows will end after its upcoming season. Royal Pains, the comedy-drama starring Mark Feuerstein and Paolo Costanzo, will come to a close following its eighth season that begins on May 10.
The series centers on Dr. Hank Lawson (Feuerstein, above right), a former ER doctor who starts a concierge medicine practice in the affluent and quirky world of the Hamptons. Hank’s younger brother Evan (Costanzo, above left) becomes his business partner. The other current cast members are Reshma Shetty, Brooke D’Orsay, Campbell Scott and Ben Shenkman.
Season eight of Royal Pains is an abbreviated run of eight episodes, similar to the trimmed order the show received last year for season seven. In its press release announcing the decision to end the show, USA also dropped some information about what fans can expect in the final run.
They include, naturally, Hank contemplating the future of his career, along with marital drama for Evan and wife Paige (D’Orsay), and issues for both brothers involving father Eddie (recurring guest Henry Winkler). Meanwhile, Divya (Shetty) experiences personal problems that get in the way of her career aspirations and Boris (Scott) “makes a series of life-altering decisions.”
Royal Pains has also recruited Christine Ebersole (Sullivan & Son) and Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope) for a musical episode, making it the second USA series to have such an installment, following Psych.
By the time the season ends, Royal Pains will have pushed past the 100-episode mark needed for potential syndication. It will also retire as one of the network’s longest running shows. Both Monk (2002-2009) and Psych (2006-2014) also ran eight seasons, while Burn Notice (2007-2013) aired seven.
After this summer, USA’s longest-running show will be Suits, which finished its fifth season earlier this month and returns for season six this summer.
The final season of Royal Pains begins May 10 on USA.