USA Network has picked up its veteran medical drama Royal Pains for Seasons 7 and 8, each consisting of eight episodes. Season 8 will feature the series’ 100th episode. The last renewal of the USA-owned Royal Pains, from Universal Cable Prods. was also for two seasons, each made of 13 episodes. The series, starring Mark Feuerstein, previously had aired seasons of 16-18 episodes each.
Royal Pains, which wrapped its sixth season on September 2, remains a top 10 series on its night, averaging 3.36M total viewers. It is the second returning USA series to get a renewal, joining Suits. Pending is the renewal of Covert Affairs. The network also recently gave a second-season pickup of freshman drama Satisfaction. All those series are from UCP. USA recently signaled a retreat in comedy to focus on its core drama business.
“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 USA Network.
Royal Pains is written and executive produced by Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch. Rich Frank, Jeff Kwatinetz and Paul Frank also exec produce.