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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Royal Pains

I’m following a new show called ‘Royal Pains’ on USA Network now, hoping it doesn’t get dropped before gaining an audience. Through quirk of fate, the rising star young doctor’s career plunges into oblivion when he saves a young man while a hospital big wig dies after being stabilized. Lawsuits and blackballing arrive – trophy fiancé departs. The doctor’s accountant brother hauls the doctor against his will to the ‘Hamptons’, trying to get the Doc’s mind off his troubles. The Doc saves a young rich woman at a mansion when the attending concierge doctor was seconds away from killing the woman with a misdiagnosis. Rich estate owner offers reluctant doctor Hank the ‘Hamptons’ concierge position and suddenly the Doc is on the Fortune 500’s fave-five for emergency treatments. As an added bonus Doc gets a luxury suite on the estate grounds with his brother. He’s like a medical ‘Magnum P.I.’. It has all the promising aspects of a hit – good cast, sharp dialogue, and decent plots so far.

The series killer lies in wait though. It takes the form of pathos and his new female acquaintance from the ‘Hamptons’ dread hospital for the lower crust. She’s a resident doctor with dreams of a free clinic for the unwanted. If USA Network delves into that angle more than a few minutes a month, they’ll kill this engaging show so fast they’ll think they’re in line for heart surgery in Cuba. I’m hoping the Doc’s accountant brother and new very thorough medical assistant pull Hank back from the free clinic cliché. It’s on Thursday nights. :)


Jordan Summers said...

I taped the first episode, but I haven't had a chance to watch it. I can't remember if it's after Burn Notice or In Plain Sight, which are two of my favorites.

Charles Gramlich said...

I've seen a few of these historical series I think I would like but haven't ever really sat down to watch one.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Royal Pains is a good one for this season and I hope he does more McGyver kind of things, that had me rolling. I am volunteering at our local hospital as a transporter and I now enjoy alot more medical humor. I agree with it NOT ending up just another night time soap. little sis

BernardL said...

I'm hooked on Burn Notice and In Plain Sight too, Jordan. You might like Royal Pains. I've been thinking about doing a blog on 'In Plain Sight' and have some fun with the Mom and Sister characters. With family like that, who needs enemies. :)

This one's not historical, Charles. It's present day with all the super rich of society in the 'Hamptons'.

Yeah, Sis, I like the idea of a doctor making money in the Hamptons treating the super rich with anything he has available because he's the best. There are plenty of other doctor shows handling the soap opera crapolla. I want them to show Hank making big bucks doing something no one else can do. I'll bet you do get into some medical humor volunteering as a transporter. :)