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'Royal Pains,' 'Necessary Roughness' get pickups

In the June 29, 2011, season opener of

In the June 29, 2011, season opener of the USA series "Royal Pains", Mark Feuerstein stars as Hank Lawson, and Natalie Zea guest stars as Judy Windland. Photo Credit: USA network

USA just handed renewals to "Covert Affairs," "Necessary Roughness" and "Royal Pains." Don't have to tell you what that means -- it's a banner day for Long Island-based shows! Honestly, I'm a bit surprised: "CA" and "Pains" were expected; wasn't too sure about "Roughness," though.

The release:

After dominating the summer television landscape with a historic seven series on-air and capturing a sixth straight ratings win as cable’s top entertainment network, USA finalized its sweep of series pickups on all of its summer originals with 16-episode orders of season three of Covert Affairs, season four of Royal Pains and season two of Necessary Roughness..

The renewals, which follow the season orders of White Collar, Suits, In Plain Sight and Burn Notice, were announced Thursday by USA co-presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel. “USA's original programming blew through all expectations this summer. We had an unprecedented number of original series on our air -- and every single one of them was great,” said McCumber and Wachtel. “The actors who make our shows unique aren't just stars, they are character actors in the finest sense. Our writers, directors and producers truly understand what it takes to create sustainable success. It's a rare and wonderful thing to announce the pick up of our entire summer of programming.”

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