AceShowbiz - USA Network will be soon experiencing "Royal Pains" no more. The cable channel has officially announced that the upcoming eighth season will be the last for the medical drama. The final run will kick off Wednesday, May 18 at 10 P.M. ET.
"It's with great sadness, but even greater thankfulness, that we prepare for our final summer sunsets as 'Royal Pains' comes to an end. We couldn't have imagined a more talented and dedicated writers' room, cast, or crew, and we couldn't have asked for better partners than USA Network and Universal Cable Productions," said creator and executive producer Andrew Lenchewski and executive producer Michael Rauch in a statement on Thursday, March 10.
The eight-episode season 8 was part of a two-season pickup in November 2014. The final season will explore pivotal life decisions for all of the staff at HankMed, and with everyone's focus pulled in various directions, the future of the business is at stake. After years in the Hamptons as everyone's favorite concierge doctor, Hank (%cMark Feuerstein%) must decide if his professional fulfillment equals his personal fulfillment. Evan (%cPaulo Costanzo%) and Paige (%cBrooke D'Orsay%) endure challenging marital decisions and must examine what family really means to them.
Meanwhile, a number of life events complicate Divya's (%cReshma Shetty%) career aspirations. Jeremiah (%cBen Shenkman%) must choose between research and patient care; and just as Eddie (recurring guest star %cHenry Winkler%) has earned the trust of Hank and Evan, they discover he still has secrets that can rock their world. All the while, Boris (recurring guest star %cCampbell Scott%) makes a series of life-altering decisions that could change the group dynamic forever.
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Although "Royal Pains" has been a steady performer on USA, the cancellation doesn't come as a surprise since the network has stepped away from its tradition of blue-sky dramas and gone darker with shows like "Mr. Robot" and "Colony".