Pills! Pregnancy! Politics! It's been a surprisingly intense season for the Hamptons' top concierge medical team on Royal Pains, and no one is more aware than the show's executive producers. "It was a very challenging prospect to deal with creatively and figuring out how to tell the story ... because we wanted to continue to show the chinks in the Hank armor and in a way that still protected the character and still protected the tone of the show," co-creator and executive producer Andrew Lenchewski tells TVGuide.com. "Hopefully when the audience sees how this all turns out in terms of the character, they'll understand why we told the story we told."
After overcoming the rough waters of Hank's addiction and Evan's first-ever political campaign, where does HankMed & Co. go from here? Ahead of...
In the battle of old money vs. new money, who will win?
On the Royal Pains premiere, Hank (Mark Feuerstein) and Evan (Paulo Costanzo) met Hamptonite Blythe Ballard (Frances Conroy), who went from a new patient to their biggest adversary yet. Before the Lawsons knew it, Blythe was presenting them with a cease-and-desist letter, ordering HankMed to stop practicing in the Hamptons immediately. But the brothers are never ones to stay quiet. With Hank dealing with his own issues stemming from his brain surgery, Evan will take it upon himself to wage war.
Royal Pains bosses, cast spill on the season premiere shocker
"One of the big arcs for the season, both narratively and emotionally, is Evan finally confronting this outsider status that he's always felt since he got [to the Hamptons], creator Andrew Lenchewski tells TVGuide.com. "Blythe ... represents everything he's always felt rejected by — the old Hamptons guard, old money, the very exclusive tightknit elite — and he feels like this is the opportunity for him to finally be included and at the same time give voice to Hank Med's interest."
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the season premiere of Royal Pains. Read at your own risk.]
Royal Pains Season 5 premiere ended with a stunning reveal: Divya (Reshma Shetty) is pregnant!
In the final moments of the episode, Divya tells Paige (Brooke D'Orsay) that the real reason HankMed couldn't get insurance coverage was because she was expecting. Because she's still pretty much in shock, Divya will take a beat before she tells Hank (Mark Feuerstein) and Evan (Paulo Constanzo) the truth. But when she finally does, her surrogate family will be there for her.
Royal Pains star Mark Feuerstein will debut the USA dramedy's Season 5 premiere at the second annual ATX Television Festival, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
"I love television, I love Austin, and I love that we're going to show you the premiere of Season 5 of Royal Pains," Feuerstein says in the video below.
Royal Pains Exclusive Video: Get your first look at Season 5
Joining the actor will be co-star Reshma Shetty and executive producers Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch.
Dust off your cufflinks and put on your best dancing shoes, because Royal Pains' Evan (Paulo Costanzo) and Paige (Brooke D'Orsay) are getting hitched! "When we first wrote Paige Collins into the show, we never foresaw that it would end up the way that it did," executive producer Michael Rauch tells TVGuide.com of the special two-hour movie, airing Sunday at 9/8c on USA. "The more we told the story with them together, the more we realized this was the love story of the series so far." So what's in store for the couple on their big day? We talked to Rauch and co-creator and executive producer Andrew Lenchewski about what to expect...