Welcome to a new week of TV! Summer is here! And yes, this can still mean TV excitement - thank goodness for cable and reality TV? Hm. As summer TV kicks off, don't forget to check our list of premieres each week like this week's This Week's Summer Premieres Are On Fire, From Hell's Kitchen to Burn Notice , and keep track of all the upcoming summer premieres on our full Summer Premiere Schedule ! What I'm Excited For This Week on TV: While I impatiently await the June 13th premiere of True Blood , there are plenty of premieres and episodes I'm excited to catch this week. Check out my favs that I highly recommend you dive into for the first week of summer TV as well! I will note here, though, I'm not big on most of the summer reality shows, so don't forget to check out the posts above for those I'm leaving out. Glee - Tonight brings the second to last Glee of the season, so soak it up while you can, Gleeks! (Like we won't all be rewatching the eps all summer long!) This week is all about the glee club's "funk" after to seeing Vocal Adrenaline rock their Gaga-socks off. Yes, it's true... Kurt wears the same shirt twice in a week, and Mr. Schue decides it's time to turn their funk into some mad funkiness... like the music, not the cheese. So here's to seeing New Directions get down one second-to-last time this spring! Also, don't forget to check out our newest editor, Alex's, new Glee top 10: 10 Reasons SideReel Loves Glee's Puck, Even Though He's Such A Bad Boy ! Burn Notice - After an impressive 3rd season, Burn Notice is back for Season 4! While USA shows are generally light and Burn Notice can get a little too formulaic, I was impressed by last season's more intense character plot leaving us with a pretty sweet cliffhanger making me surprised to be so excited to sit down with the Season 4 premiere screener tonight! More preview to come before the Thursday premiere, just you wait, Burn Notice fanatics! Royal Pains - This one falls on the lighter, very character-focused side of the USA dramas, but while it could have a stronger plot, there was something just so friendly and fun about this group of characters in its first season last summer that I was hooked like many a new Hank Med fan. I'm looking forward to kicking off a new season of Hamptons fun, light drama, and even a little plot development (gasp!) as this one gets underway this Thursday right after Burn Notice. I won't spoil anything, but having gotten a sneak peek at the premiere episode, I will tell you fans that the big Lawson daddy drama we were left hanging on last summer certainly heats up right away! Also don't forget to enter our Season 2 giveaway: Enter SideReel's Royal Pains Giveaway For A Chance To Win A Summer Prize Pack ($125 Value)! Drop Dead Diva - Sure, I'm a sucker for the occasional Lifetime Television movie, but I was very pleasantly surprised by their quirky and cute new show last summer, Drop Dead Diva. It started out pretty light and silly, but as it progressed, it actually became a good show with characters I really cared about seeing develop. I'm excited to see what direction our diva will be going this summer and this girly dramedy will certainly tide me over until all of my usuals return in the fall! What I'm Horrified by This Week on TV: While I find a good amount of reality TV train wrecks I can't help but watch - note my continued draw back to The Hills - when it comes to shows like Toddlers and Tiaras , the TLC reality horror show premiering its 3rd season this week, well, I find it to be more tragic than addictive on the reality TV scale. I'm not going to judge anyone who finds this show fascinating, but I am going to judge those featured on this show. I can't watch MTV 's 16 and Pregnant because I hate seeing teens and babies' lives getting ruined in too real and depressing of a way, so this one falls right in there with that train wreck I can't stand. I just can't understand beauty pageants for anyone younger than fully comprehending adults (if even), but to shove little kids who are just learning what this world is all about into a space where looks, makeup, fake-and-bake, and hairspray, aka altering yourself to please others is key... call me crazy, but I don't feel like that's the best of influences on them. As much as parents may defend with reasoning like gaining self confidence, by being shoved on a stage not looking like or really acting like themselves, I just can't handle it. But hey, I guess reality TV never claimed to be good for anyone. What are you looking forward to or horrified by on TV this week? Summer Marathon Madness! While there's a lot of great summer TV, for those of us who don't live in places with real summer weather, there's still plenty of time to dedicate to more TV! Since I recently caught up on Rescue Me marathon-style, I'm going to return to a few awesome shows I temporarily dropped during this busy TV season: Dexter and Friday Night Lights ! I recently started up on Dexter again after watching the first two seasons last summer, and now I'm already digging into Season 4 after a quick run through Season 3! As those of you know who've watched this show, it's a killer addiction (I know, I know) and if you have a rainy, chilly, or otherwise free day or weekend this summer, I highly recommend powering through any or all of these seasons as it's nearly impossible to step away from the TV (or computer) after just one episode. I'll be spending some time getting to know the thrills and chills of the Trinity Killer, then I'll be impatiently awaiting the new season coming this September! As for Friday Night Lights , I got very hooked on this one after SideReel's RachelL finally convinced me it wasn't really all about football, but then I dropped it for a while after not loving a particular Landry and Tyra plotline in Season 2. Now I've worked my way through the rest of Season 2 and am loving the 3rd season so far. So for any of you who may have given up on FNL along the way, this is a great marathon show definitely worthy of your SideReel summer must-watch list, and I promise it gets better again if you were like me and not loving the start of Season 2. What are you planning to marathon this summer? The SideReel Editorial Team is on Twitter! Follow Kendra @sidereelKendra Follow Rachel @sidereelRachel Follow Alex @sidereelAlex Follow Dom @animereel You can also follow us on Twitter @sidereel for the big SideReel happenings and become a fan on Facebook . 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Can you believe it's already June? I'd be in denial if it weren't for the fact that I'd totally miss all the season premieres this week! Yes, despite all the recent season finales, there is new TV during the summer, so instead of mourning over old reruns of Gossip Girl , take a look at what premieres the next few days have in store! This week may be short, but it's the start of plenty of brand-spanking-new episodes for the long summer ahead! See what premieres this week: Tuesday, June 1st 8/7c: America's Got Talent on NBC 8/7c: Wipeout on ABC 8/7c: Hell's Kitchen on Fox Wednesday, June 2nd 10/9c: Toddlers and Tiaras on TLC Thursday, June 3rd 9/8c: Burn Notice on USA Network 10/9c: Royal Pains on USA Network Friday, June 4th 9/8c: Flashpoint on CBS Sunday, June 6th 9/8c: Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime Television Make sure to follow me on Twitter @sidereelAlex for my thoughts on this week's big premieres! What will you be watching?
Yes, that headline says it all. Henry Winkler is joining the cast of 'Royal Pains' for its second season starting Thu., Jun. 3 on USA and to celebrate the new season, the cast recorded a rap music video. Mark Feuerstein, Winkler and the rest of the cast rap in this exclusive video from TV Guide Magazine. Look for special appearances by USA Network stars Matt Bomer and Jeffrey Donovan in the video. Source & Video
Royal Pains has landed a big guest star. Literally! Paul Wight, known to WWE fans as professional wrestler The Big Show, will guest star this summer on the USA hit. He'll portray a bodyguard that comes down with a mysterious ailment. But Fancast.com reports this grappler's girth will be balanced out by a beauty: Erinn Hayes will appear as his character's sister. She's most recently been seen on Grey's Anatomy and Parenthood. Source Here
Take a first look at the season 2 premiere of ROYAL PAINS "Stuck in the Middle" which premieres on Thursday June 3, 2010 on USA Network (10-11:30 p.m. ET). Show Description: "Royal Pains" stars Mark Feuerstein as Hank Lawson who, after becoming blacklisted from the medical community, revives his career as a "doctor for hire" to the rich, famous and infamous in the Hamptons. In addition to his wealthy patients, Hank treats the town's less fortunate and finds himself walking the line between doing well for himself and doing good for others. The show also stars Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty and Jill Flint. Henry Winkler ("Arrested Development") joins the cast for season two as Eddie R. Lawson, Hank and Evan's father. "Royal Pains" is executive produced by Michael Rauch as well as by Rich Frank, Paul Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz from Prospect Park and is written and executive produced by Andrew Lenchewski. Christine Sacani and John Rogers serve as co-executive producers. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions. Source & Preview
Going through Royal Pains withdrawals? Us too! Yesterday we got the chance to take part in a Q&A with the show's Executive Producers, Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch, who gave us insight on the show's creation and what we may have in store for the upcoming 2nd season. Guest stars, potential hookups, ER drama... We can't wait! Check out the interview below, and be sure to tune in on Thursday, June 3rd on USA Network for the season 2 premiere! Q: My first question is do you have any trouble finding enough medical maladies for the show? You guys have done some really great ones, so far. Is it difficult to come up with? A. Lenchewski: Yes and no. One of our writers, Carol Flint, has a common refrain she uses. She worked on ER for a bunch of seasons and she liked to say that there's only so many things that can go wrong with the human body. While that's true, we have the benefit of a brilliant medical advisor named Irv Danesh, or as he's called here on set, Dr. Irv, who runs an ER outside of Boston and he's just a story engine. He has not only a ton of stories to tell but has great ways of getting into medical stories in new and innovative ways and it just sort of helps keep the medicine fresh week to week for us. Q: Are there any favorite actors of yours that you'd like to snare as guest actors for the show? M. Rauch: We have a long list of actors that we want to work with in the show. A couple of whom we're lucky enough to be doing this season, like Marcia Gay Harden and Henry Winkler is an actor that we're really excited about. J.B. Smoove, who we're trying to get into one of the episodes and feel like in terms of his ability as a comedian and actor would fit in really nicely. Q: My favorite thing is when two different shows they crossover, so I'm excited to hear what Big Show is going to be doing on the show this season. M. Rauch: Big Show starts shooting tomorrow and he's going to be in our third episode of the season playing an actor who is in a kind of cult horror film franchise and his characters name is Garbage Collector. He's hanging out in the Hamptons as part of his getting ready to do the next film and something goes wrong with him medically and he becomes a patient of Hanks. A. Lenchewski: And the other part of the crossover is that Mark's going to be doing a surprise guest appearance, although I guess it's not so surprise anymore now that I just said it, on Monday Night Raw so we're all looking forward to that. Q: I'm also curious about Henry Winkler's role on the show. A. Lenchewski: We knew, obviously, off of the season one ender, the cliffhanger at the end of the finale that this was the major thing we'd be thinking about and talking about during the hiatus was who would be the perfect guy to play Eddie and Henry Winkler was on the short list from the beginning. But what we didn't know was that he had watched the show with his wife in season one, every episode, and was by his own admission a huge fan, which was enormously flattering to us. Then we met him and you could just feel the enthusiasm for the show and the passion for all the opportunities this role could present. Q: It seems like music is an important part of your show. You use a lot of Indie artists. Can you talk a little bit about the music choices you make for the show? M. Rauch: Music really is important to us, both within the show and outside of the show and we felt like the whole kind of notion of the show in terms of being a concierge doctor was something that felt like it had not been done before and was new. We felt that we wanted to try as often as possible to bring in things that felt unfamiliar and music felt like a great way to do that. To bring in songs that you didn't have, you didn't remember things when you heard them in other shows, other movies but really would feel fresh in the show and also being able to have the opportunity to give Indie bands breaks. Q: We're psyched that Mary Lynn Rajskub going to be on the show. Can you tell us a little bit about working with her? A. Lenchewski: Yes. It's been a real thrill. I think we both were huge fans of her work on 24 and I think as far as we know this is the first guest starring role she's done since she came on 24, at least since 24 started to unwind. But she couldn't be playing a role more different from Chloe on 24. She's actually going to be in the second episode as the stepdaughter of Mrs. Newburg played by Christine Ebersole, who is a recurring character throughout the first season. She just brings a really great warmth and humanity to the character she's playing along with her trademark quirky sense of humor. It's been really cool to work with her. Q: My first question is Dr. Hank Lawson is the perfect fish tossed out of water and he really fits in the whole USA Network of shows. I wanted to ask how you presented the concept and how you got in with USA. A. Lenchewski: The concept came from a friend of mine whose family had been using a concierge physician and he asked me if I thought it might be a good idea for a T.V. show and I said I thought it was the perfect idea for a T.V. show. So along with two of our fellow executive producers that work with me and Michael, Rich Frank and Paul Frank, we went into USA and we pitched them the idea and serendipitously they had just acquired the rights to air reruns of House on the network and I think they we're looking for an original medical drama to pair with it. So our timing couldn't have been better and they really embraced the idea of doing something in this blue skies world of the Hamptons centered on a strong central character like Hank. They bought the idea and then I went off to write the script and then they picked that up, the pilot. Q: Will Divya and Evan ever get together? I do love watching them fight, but I was wondering if they'd ever hook up? M. Rauch: It depends who you're asking, Frederic. We have a disagreement in the writers' room about that but one of the things that we love is their dynamic together and the tension they have between each other. The big question is if they ever do hook up would it destroy that, or would it make it even stronger? We don't know yet, so we can't tell you. But I would definitely say just keep watching and at some point we'll all find out. Q: Is the second season still the same summer as the first season or has time passed? M. Rauch: It is -- we refer to it as the endless summer so it is. It's basically almost immediately following the finale of season one. Q: If Hank and Jill don't get together and I'm okay with the Ross and Rachel-ness of it all, for now, are you guys planning on [any] other love interests in the meantime? M. Rauch: We definitely last year had Jill with her husband, ex-husband, Charlie, and now this season, that they're taking some time off from each other we definitely do want to explore the possibility of Hank meeting some other women as well. We definitely have a character in mind who we'll be introducing early on. Q: What would it take for Divya to tell her parents about her job and her dreams? Seriously, what Indian parents would have a problem with a doctor for a daughter, granted she's not a doctor per se, but she is in medicine? A. Lenchewski: I think for us it was less about playing to or against any stereotypes that may exist, rightly or wrongly. It was just about a character rebelling against the expectations of her parents and in this case her passion was for medicine. And in this case her parents expectations were for her to sort of fall into line with tradition and with going into the family business in this particular case. Q: This question is about in writing an individual episode. You have the character development, looking into what you're looking, hints your giving us about the future, there was also the medical aspect, what the medical problem's going to be. How does the situation go amongst the writers? When they say, alright, are you starting with the situation, a medical thing, a character? What brings up the next topic that we're going to see in the next week? M. Rauch: Well, it's a really good question and I'll try to answer it as simply, although it's complicated, because we have a great team of writers of which we're just two, but there are six other ones. We all sit together and talk about each episode and sometimes it's driven by, okay, what do we owe from last episode in terms of a storyline? Sometimes it's driven by a great medical idea that one of us will have come up with or our medical advisor and consultant, Dr. Irv Danesh will come up with. But usually, what happens is we have an A story that we want to follow and then we start talking about a B story and try to both have a single episode storyline in terms of the medical cases but also be able to continue our relationships from episode to episode. Often times it's the medicine that drives an episode but what feels like is just as often it's really the character stuff which is equally important to us. What are you looking forward to in the Royal Pains season 2 premiere?
First wave of season 2 cast promo photos from USA Network series Royal Pains . Photo : USA Network Click me! For More Photos
Mary Lynn Rajskub has lined up her first post-24 gig: a guest spot on Royal Pains. The 38-year-old actress will appear in the June 10 episode of the USA comedy as the stepdaughter of "New Parts" Newberg (Christine Ebersole), according to Entertainment Weekly. "I play a girl who does yoga on diet pills," Rajskub tweeted. Pains kicks off its second season June 3. Source Here
Oscar winning actress Marcia Gay Harden has landed a multi-episode arc on Royal Pains, sources confirm to me exclusively. She'll play Dr. Elizabeth Blair, a surgeon, board member of Hamptons Heritage Hospital, and an adversary-turned-mentor to Jill (Jill Flint). Harden, who last year added a Tony to her enviable awards chest for her tour de force performance in God of Carnage, first appears in Pains' season 2 premiere on June 3. Source Here
Expect some major fireworks in the Hamptons this summer. Sources confirm to me exclusively that Trauma actress Anastasia Griffith is joining the cast of Royal Pains in the major recurring role of Dr. Emily Peck, a no-nonsense MD and a potential business rival of Hank's (Mark Feuerstein). SPOILER ALERT! Griffith's doc will be introduced during the USA Network hit's second season (premiering June 3) when Boris (Campbell Scott) hires her to temporarily fill in for an MIA Hank. As previously reported, Happy Days vet Henry Winkler is also joining the season 2 cast as Hank and Evan's (Paul Costanzo) absentee dad. Griffith, who was also a fixture on FX's Damages during its first two seasons, recently completed work on season 1 of Trauma. The struggling NBC drama is not expected back next fall. Source Here