Paulo Costanzo, Jill Flint
On last week's Royal Pains, Dr. Hank's longtime on-again, off-again girlfriend Jill Casey (Jill Flint) left the sunny beaches of The Hamptons for the rural jungles of Africa for good. Although this wasn't the first time Jill said goodbye (see: her trip to Uruguay, when she lost original job in Africa), don't expect to see her on the next return flight to New York come Wednesday's episode (9/8c on USA). Executive producers Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch talked with TVGuide.com about writing out one of the show's original stars, why Jill and Hank's romance had "run its course" and what's next for Hank's love life. Plus: Could Jill return...
Paulo Costanzo, who plays HankMed CEO Evan R. Lawson on Royal Pains, will make his directing debut on an upcoming episode, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
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Costanzo, 33, is set to helm the eleventh episode of Season 4, which finds HankMed treating a world famous female singer whose wild-child public persona...
A few years ago, the broadcast networks finally woke up from their summer slumber and realized they'd ceded too much ground during the warmer months. Cable was winning the battle for the hearts and eyes of summer TV viewers by offering heavily promoted scripted fare — and the networks were mostly in rerun hell. "People got used to going away from the broadcasters in the summer," says The CW president Mark Pedowitz. "Now you're dealing with viewing patterns and trying to change them."
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I know everyone is excited about McGarrett's mom on Hawaii Five-0, but what about Kono!? She was drowning! — Kim
ADAM: Relax, Kim. Kono's not going to become a floater. Once she's back on dry land, she and the rest of Five-0 will go hard after Wo Fat and Delano. But the near-death experience will change Kono: During an interrogation, look for her to use some of the more, ahem, physical tactics usually employed by McGarrett to extract information.
Got any scoop on the new season of Once Upon a Time? — Sarah
NATALIE: In Season 2, we'll meet...
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13. Most Fitting Introduction: Anyone who might have been worried that the three new cast members of Real Housewives of New York City wouldn't fit in can officially stop. At a dinner party at Ramona Singer's Hamptons home, Ramona tells Heather Thomson bluntly that she has a bad habit of interrupting people. "I felt the same way about you, so clearly, maybe we're trying to get a word in edgewise together because we have a lot to say," Heather replies, not missing a passive-aggressive beat. Ugh -- talking incessantly about talking incessantly? Thank God for...
Reshma Shetty, Ben Shenkman
The name on the masthead is still HankMed, but there will be a very different doctor checking in when Royal Pains returns this Wednesday (9/8c on USA).
After last season's finale shakeup, in which Hank (Mark Feuerstein) quit after clashing with his brother and CEO Evan (Paulo Constanzo) over the direction of the business, Evan hires Dr. Jeremiah Sacani (Ben Shenkman) to help fill the vacancy. "It's a fluke that he even gets the job. He only gets it because of Evan's desperation to get the ball rolling," Shenkman says. "It's always fun to play characters who...
Rutina Wesley, David McCallum, Kyra Sedgwick
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I can't wait for True Blood to come back. Is Tara dead? Please say yes. I am so over her. — Denny
NATALIE: We literally can't answer this question, lest Alan Ball has us all staked. But we can tell you that the title of the season premiere is "Turn! Turn! Turn!" which is a song of Biblical extraction about profound change, like, say, dying, becoming a vampire or declaring your true sexuality. All three of these things will happen during this hour, but the question is: To whom? (Answer: Not all to the same person.)
Is NCIS getting new digs next year? — Jennifer, via Twitter
ADAM: Not really, but...
JoAnna Garcia has been cast as the new female lead in NBC's new comedy Animal Practice, TVLine reports.
Animal Practice stars...
Has Hank (Mark Feuerstein) finally met his match?
Royal Pains has cast Kat Foster in the recurring role of Harper Cummings, a local pediatrician who is set up with Hank, TVGuide.com has learned...
Move over, Patti Stanger! There's a new matchmaker hitting the small screen.
Royal Pains has tapped Judy Greer to play a matchmaker on an...