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'Royal Pains' season 7 premiere review: Surprises ahead

Mark Feuerstein as Dr. Hank Lawson in "Royal

Mark Feuerstein as Dr. Hank Lawson in "Royal Pains." Credit: USA Network / Giovanni Rufino

THE SERIES "Royal Pains"

WHEN | WHERE Seventh-season premiere Tuesday at 10 p.m. on USA

WHAT IT'S ABOUT As Boris (Campbell Scott) assumes control of Hamptons Heritage, he needs to assemble a new board; Divya (Reshma Shetty), Hank (Mark Feuerstein) and Evan (Paulo Costanzo) get the call. A Bravo series is shooting at Mrs. Newberg's (Christine Ebersole) home; Hank gives some guidance to the host. Meanwhile, what about Charlotte (Gillian Alexy)? Has Hank finally found The One?

MY SAY Telling the producer of that Bravo series why people watch her show, Hank offers the precise reason why people watch his: "Overcoming obstacles, with a positive attitude," he says cheerfully. "That's why America tunes in to your show, right?"

Yes indeed, doc. As series goes, the Hamptons-set "Pains" is a brilliantly colored kite floating on a summer breeze -- all uplift and good vibes, with the occasional dip and dive.

But summer breezes can't last forever. The seventh season may be the next to last -- an eighth has been picked up -- which means some big story changes are coming.

Judging from this episode, they are already here.Boris will have something to do with this -- he certainly did last season -- but especially Hank. This has been his journey, after all. As "Royal Pains" resident nurturer-in-chief, he has spent six seasons taking care of everyone else. Who will end up nurturing him? Fans have two more seasons to find out.


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