Rich characters supply booster shot to USA's 'Royal Pains'
Paulo Costanzo, left, and Mark Feuerstein play brothers setting up shop in the Hamptons in USA Network's "Royal Pains," premiering tonight.
Share with others:
A light, breezy show about a New York doctor who finds himself a fish out of water in the tony Hamptons, USA's "Royal Pains" is an amusing, enjoyable addition to basic cable.
The show actually begins with a more dramatic tone as Dr. Hank Lawson (blah Mark Feuerstein, "Good Morning Miami," "Conrad Bloom") attempts to save a basketball player who collapses on the court. At the same time, another patient enters his hospital's ER that Hank makes a lower priority. Soon after his world spins out of control.
Up to this point, "Royal Pains" (10 tonight), written by Andrew Lenchewski ("UC: Undercover"), comes off as mediocre, but the show's prospects brighten when Hank's younger, goofy brother, Evan (Paulo Costanzo, "Joey") enters the picture.
"I'm on the verge of having a Roman orgy with the entire cast of 'Gossip Girl,' " Evan says when Hank tries to drag him out of a party.
Evan gets the best dialogue and is showcased in the funniest scenes once the pair head to the Hamptons for the weekend. While there, Hank gets corralled into working as a concierge doctor to the wealthy.
In tonight's 75-minute premiere, sun-drenched scenes in the Hamptons look fantastic, and the lives of the rich and lazy are ripe for comedic fodder -- even during medical emergencies.
One woman needs assistance with a burst breast implant (she calls it her "flat tire") and complains when the local hospital won't let her line jump.
"It's a socialist conspiracy," she says. "Apparently if you're not holding your dismembered leg in your hand, you don't receive treatment."
Hank is definitely the show's straight man -- Evan and the locals make "Royal Pains" worth checking out.
After tonight's premiere, "Royal Pains" will air Thursdays at 9 p.m.
First Published June 4, 2009 12:00 am