Skip to main content

Talk Back: USA's "Royal Pains"

One of the biggest surprises so far this summer to me is the charm of USA's new dramedy series Royal Pains, which kicked off last night with a 90-minute pilot episode.

You had the chance to read my positive advance review of the series, created by Andrew Lenchewski, but now that the episode has aired, I want to hear what you thought.

Were you as enchanted by the series as I was, even after a little bit of a shaky start? Do you find Mark Feuerstein's Hank Lawson a compelling character? Do you like the wealthy excess of the tony Hamptons setting and the use of concierge medicine? Think Paulo Constanzo's Evan nearly steals the series away altogether?

And, most importantly, do you plan to watch Royal Pains again next week?

Talk back here.

Comments

Annie said…
I wasn't going to watch this until I read your review and I am glad I did! I thought it was really fun and cute. I'll definitely be watching this summer!!!
Hannah said…
I think this could have been an hour instead of 90 minutes. The start was pretty slow and unoriginal. But once they got to the Hamptons things picked up and I did find myself enjoying it more than I thought I would. Not bad for a piece of summer fluff.
NealWasHere said…
This is a fun show. I just wish the lead was played by someone different. Mark Feuerstein is the least charismatic actor on the show. Luckily, he's surrounded by a lot of good people.
Monkeytoey2k said…
Actually, I did enjoy it. I will most definitely be watching next week to see if they can come up with some interesting story lines. It has the potential to go either way - interesting and quirky, or same-old-same-old.
JJ said…
I loved ROYAL PAINS and hope it's a hit for USA. I want to see more of the characters and love the Hamptons setting. Anxious to hear how much it retained of the BURN NOTICE audience.
Ally said…
I had huge problems with the set up of the pilot. I had a hard time watching the pilot as I was so distracted by the beginning. It's hard enough to buy that this extremely talented doctor would be fired for making a judgment call ANY doctor would have made, not only saving a kid, but stabilizing the hospital's benefactor (before it all went wrong, of course), but it's ludicrous that he was also blackballed across the city. Too extreme, and almost killed the pilot for me. I seriously couldn't focus on the beginning of the pilot, because I was so annoyed. Everything is predicated on this, and it's beyond hard to buy. There were other ways around this.

It bugged me...can you tell?

Thought the second half was better (save for Campbell Scott's ridiculous and unnecessary accent), but also thought he took too long to accept the job.

ALL that said? I will tune in to see ep 2, because there was enough there for me.
Wendyburd1 said…
I loved the series premiere, I was surprised how much I liked it actually, but I am a TV addict so I guess I shouldn't be, at least when it is a GOOD show!
Anonymous said…
I loved it ..... probably means it will be axed pretty soon...
Sue said…
I finally watched it last night. It was fun to watch, but like another poster commented, it took too long for Hank to accept the job. Even Mark Feuerstein had to be tired of saying "no" by the end of the episode.

Also, agree that Campbell Scott needs to lose the accent. Gabrielle Anwar ditched the Irish accent in Burn Notice after a few episodes, and never missed a beat.

But, all in all, I enjoyed it and have added the series to my DVR setup.

Popular posts from this blog

What's Done is Done: The Eternal Struggle Between Good and Evil on the Season Finale of "Lost"

Every story begins with thread. It's up to the storyteller to determine just how much they need to parcel out, what pattern they're making, and when to cut it short and tie it off. With last night's penultimate season finale of Lost ("The Incident, Parts One and Two"), written by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, we began to see the pattern that Lindelof and Cuse have been designing towards the last five seasons of this serpentine series. And it was only fitting that the two-hour finale, which pushes us on the road to the final season of Lost , should begin with thread, a loom, and a tapestry. Would Jack follow through on his plan to detonate the island and therefore reset their lives aboard Oceanic Flight 815 ? Why did Locke want to kill Jacob? What caused The Incident? What was in the box and just what lies in the shadow of the statue? We got the answers to these in a two-hour season finale that didn't quite pack the same emotional wallop of previous seas

Katie Lee Packs Her Knives: Breaking News from Bravo's "Top Chef"

The android has left the building. Or the test kitchen, anyway. Top Chef 's robotic host Katie Lee Joel, the veritable "Uptown Girl" herself (pictured at left), will NOT be sticking around for a second course of Bravo's hit culinary competition. According to a well-placed insider, Joel will "not be returning" to the show. No reason for her departure was cited. Unfortunately, the perfect replacement for Joel, Top Chef judge and professional chef Tom Colicchio, will not be taking over as the reality series' host (damn!). Instead, the show's producers are currently scouring to find a replacement for Joel. Top Chef 's second season was announced by Bravo last month, but no return date has been set for the series' ten-episode sophomore season. Stay tuned as this story develops. UPDATE (6/27): Bravo has now confirmed the above story .

Me Want Food: Jenna Gets Famously Fat on "30 Rock"

I don't know about you, but I've already ordered my "Me Want Food" t-shirt from the NBC store. Last night's episode of 30 Rock ("Jack Gets in the Game") was, in my opinion, one of the strongest of the series and has officially pushed the zany comedy into the realm of Arrested Development : deftly plotted and intricately layered, with so many jokes piled atop of jokes that it requires several viewings in order to catch them all. While at its heart, 30 Rock is a workplace comedy, it's left that narrow pigeonhole behind to become a witty example of how intelligent and taut humor can work (and flourish) on television... and exist in harmony with hilarious throwaways like the Thriller -inspired Werewolf Bar Mitzvah music video that would have done the AD crew proud. I want Will Arnett to appear on this series whenever possible. His gay exec Devin is hilarious, manipulative, and has an inexplicable weakness for Kenneth the Page, but he claims to have