EXCLUSIVE: As production on the fifth season of USA Network hit Royal Pains begins, the series’ executive producers and showrunners Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch have renewed their individual overall deals with the studio behind it, Universal Cable Prods. Under the pacts, Lenchewski and Rauch will continue to oversee the series starring Mark Feuerstein. Additionally, Rauch and Lenchewski each have projects in development at USA.
Rauch will executive produce a family drama, written and co-executive produced by Ken Lin, following two brothers (one an ex-con, the other a small-town cop) who inherit their failing family business and turn it into a multibillion-dollar cult pyramid scheme. As they reunite and re-tie family bonds, they navigate the dangers inherent in selling the most addictive, seductive, and volatile substance in the world: hope. Lenchewski will executive produce and write drama American Confidential, in which a principled Secret Service agent is forced by the White House to cover up secret after secret. The show explores the toll that deception takes on him. UCP will produce with Doug Liman and Dave Bartis’ studio-based pod Hypnotic. Additionally, Lenchewski executive produces previously announced USA half-hour single-camera comedy project Speak American, written/co-exec produced by Benjamin Brand.
“The great storytelling that has made Royal Pains such a ratings success and a valuable asset for UCP and USA is directly related to Andrew’s and Michael’s exceptional talents as showrunners,” said Jeff Wachtel, Co-President, USA Network and Co-Head of Original Content, UCP. “Along with these new development projects, we look forward to them being part of the UCP/USA family for a long time.”
Set in the Hamptons, Royal Pains co-stars Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty, Brooke D’Orsay and Ben Shenkman, who will be joined this coming season by Frances Conroy in a major arc. Royal Pains is written and executive produced by Lenchewski, repped by CAA and attorney Andy Galker, and Rauch, repped by CAA and Kevin Kelly. Paul Frank and Rich Frank also serve as executive producers along with Jeff Kwatinetz from Prospect Park and Connie Burge and Carol Flint.
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