It has been no secret that USA’s long-running medical drama Royal Pains — the last of the network’s blue-skies procedural brand — was closing out its run with the upcoming eight-episode eighth season. The network has now made it official, setting a premiere date and releasing the first promo for the final chapter. (You can watch it above).
The summer series, from creator and executive producer Andrew Lenchewski and executive producer Michael Rauch, will launch its eighth season on May 18, crossing the 100th episode mark this summer. The final season, ordered in 2014 as part of a two-season pickup, also will include a musical episode (somewhat of a USA tradition, fellow bubbly procedural Psych also did one), as well as an episode shot in Hong Kong.
“It’s with great sadness, but even greater thankfulness, that we prepare for our final summer sunsets as Royal Pains comes to an end,” said Lenchewski and Rauch. “We want to thank Bonnie Hammer, Chris McCumber, Jeff Wachtel and every other member of our network and studio family for tirelessly supporting us over eight magical seasons, and more importantly, for giving us the opportunity to complete this series on our own terms. We’ll always have The Hamptons.”
Royal Pains, which stars Mark Feuerstein as a concierge doctor in the Hamptons, has remained one of USA’s most popular series throughout its run. The most recent Season 7 of the Universal Cable Prods. series averaged respectable over 3 million total viewers in L7, and over one million in the the key adult demos (1.03M P18-49; 1.24M P25-54).
Feuerstein recently booked his followup series gig, a major role on the Prison Break event series. Here is Feuerstein recapping Royal Pains‘ seven seasons to date in a rap song, or doing a rap wrap:
Lenchewski and Rauch executive produce Royal Pains with Rich Frank, along with Jeff Kwatinetz from Prospect Park, as well as Connie Burge, Carol Flint, Jon Sherman and Jessica Ball.