Read what star Mark Feuerstein has to say about his time on Royal Pains and the end of the drama series. The cast of Royal Pains also includes Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty, and Brooke D’Orsay. Christine Ebersole and Cloris Leachman guest star in season eight.
“It feels so great to not only have completed the series,” Feuerstein tells Zap2it, “but to have gotten the full run, with the support of USA, so we could finish in a way that did justice to all the arcs of all the great characters that our brilliant writing staff has helped to evolve over all these years. Some series have to jettison arcs in the interest of a quick ‘out,’ but we got the full breadth.”
Feuerstein credits executive producers Andrew Lenchewski (also the show’s creator) and Michael Rauch with many things, including “one of the most challenging (aspects) of the entire series for me” with the Hong Kong shoot. “I remember shaking with fear and panic at about 4 in the morning, waiting to find out if we’d be able to shoot anything. On the first day, there was a panic that a typhoon was coming into the main area where we needed to shoot — and when there’s a typhoon warning of Level 8, the highest, they shutter all the buildings. Any location we had reserved was unavailable and inaccessible.”
All turned out well, though, since the typhoon stayed far enough away and the filming schedule was revised to accommodate the conditions. Feuerstein also enjoyed doing the music-based tale that makes the entire cast singers and dancers in a Busby Berkeley-style number (“Every designer from every department was at the top of their game”), but for all the boundaries the “Royal Pains” wrap-up stretches, it also pays homage to what’s come before.
“People had children, people got married,” Feuerstein reflects of his “Royal Pains” tenure. “We lived two college terms over the course of the series, and if you think about how impactful those four years of college are, you can imagine what this was. This was a life lived, and luckily, there was so much love among everybody at the end. We grew closer every season, but we never stopped appreciating it every moment we were shooting it. I knew what I had with this from the get-go, which is not the case for every actor. Every day, I pinched myself.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of the Royal Pains TV series? Do you think it is ending at the right time, or should it have been renewed for ninth season?