USA Network’s original scripted series “Royal Pains” has added Henry Winkler of “Happy Days” and “Arrested Development” in a recurring role for season two of the successful series. Winkley will appear throughout the 18-episode second season as Eddie R. Lawson, the absentee father to Hank and Evan.
Season one concluded with a cliffhanger after Hank learned that their father had taken the majority of HankMed’s funds. In season two, Eddie arrives unannounced in the Hamptons, determined to reinsert himself into his sons’ lives and make up for lost time. But his motives are unclear at best. He will have a considerable impact on HankMed, as Hank and Evan grow divided over whether family reunions are always something to celebrate.
Royal Pains follows talented young doctor Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein), a disgraced New York City physician who reinvents himself as the hot new in-demand Doctor-for-Hire, making house calls any time, day or night to any patient in need. The series also stars Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty and Jill Flint. Royal Pains is executive produced by Michael Rauch, as well as Andrew Lenchewski, Rich Frank, Paul Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz. Chris Sacani and John P. Rogers serve as co-executive producers. Royal Pains is from Universal Cable Productions.
Royal Pains’ first season in 2009 was the top-ranked new series in cable history, delivering more P25-54, P18-49, P18-34, and total viewers than the freshman year of any other scripted series in history.