Are you ready for a royal send-off? Watch a sneak peek of the Royal Pains TV series finale, “Uninterrupted,” airing tonight 10 o’clock ET/PT, on USA Network, and watch the Royal Pains panel from the 2016 ATX Television Festival.
Next, read what Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanza, Campbell Scott, Henry Winkler, writer Andrew Lanchewski and EP Michael Rauch have to say about bidding the Royal Pains TV show adieu, after eight seasons.
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Watch the Royal Pains TV series panel at ATX 2016. ATX says, “As the final season of the beloved USA series draws to a close, ROYAL PAINS creator Andrew Lenchewski, producer Michael Rauch, and cast members Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Ben Shenkman, Brooke D’Orsay, Henry Winkler, and Reshma Shetty joined us in June for a sneak peek screening of their musical episode “The Good News Is…”
Decider visited the Royal Pains TV show set during the finale shoot and talked to the cast and crew, about the series ending, then followed up last month, at ATX, where Royal Pains alumni had their first reunion since the series wrapped. Decider reports:
Feuerstein opened up to us about what it was like saying goodbye to the show and iconic set after seven years. “It’s a very weird day on the set of Royal Pains because first of all, we have a tandem unit, which means there’s two units shooting different stuff. It’s our last day shooting at Oheka Castle. I’m shooting a scene with my brother right now where we’re saying goodbye to each other on some level. You know, every word of this scene feels like I’m talking about the show.”
“I say to him, ‘I love you, too, and I love what we did together out here. All the people Hank Med helped.’ I’m really saying I love this show that we made together.”
The feeling was echoed by the rest of the cast and crew. Executive producer Michael Rauch called the day “incredibly bittersweet.” He continued to describe how everyone felt “an enormous amount of responsibility to the show, to the characters, to ourselves, and especially the fans to deliver a series finale that was creatively and emotionally satisfying.”
While most of the cast and crew seemed confident that they were giving the popular series a fitting send off, frequent guest star Campbell Scott (Boris) the tiniest bit of doubt. “I don’t know. Does an ending ever satisfy the fans? And I speak as a fan myself! You know, part of the nature of television is you don’t want it to end or you think that those people will be with you all the time.”
In between gabbing about Eataly and giving incomprehensibly wonderful life advice, Henry Winkler (who plays the Lawson brothers’ father Eddie) spilled that he was such a big fan of the show that he almost sabotaged his shot of being on it! “When I met the two executive producers, they took me to the tavern in California for breakfast. I had watched the show. I knew every episode! I was so nervous when I ordered my pancakes that I picked up a little jug and I poured buttermilk for my coffee all over my pancakes. I look down and now they’re white, swimming in cream, and I say, ‘Well, I do this all the time because it adds to the flavor.’ I was so nervous.”
He smiled and added, “And here we are on the last episode.”
We got to catch up with the cast and producers again a few weeks ago before the show’s panel at the ATX Festival. Everyone had just been reunited after months apart.
“We laid it to rest in the most proper and beautiful and grateful way,” said Feuerstein. “It’s now almost a year later since we wrapped and I think we’re all so grateful to be here to relive the glory of the show.”
“I have moments of real tender sadness, like and appropriate sadness. Like ‘Wow, that’s amazing that we did all that and it’s not going to happen anymore,’” added Costanza. “This is really special. It’s hitting me right at this exact second how special it is that I can see everyone of you. It’s such a special group of people.”
Lanchewski said, “These characters who formed a family are a family onscreen and off. We get to see each other and hug each other and have a weekend that feels like a family reunion vacation. It’s amazing.”
What do you think? Are you ready for the Royal Pains TV series finale? Do you wish the show had been renewed for a ninth season?