TV Review: “Royal Pains”

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Paul Kalis

Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) was making a name for himself in the New York City medical community until he lost everything fighting for one of his patients. His younger brother, Evan (Paulo Costanzo), convinced him to join him on a trip to the Hamptons, where a billionaire and a guest fell ill at the social event they crashed. Hank came to the rescue, impressing the social elite, becoming the Hamptons’ newest doctor-on-demand.

Obviously, the Hamptons are located on the east end of Long Island, and that’s exactly where the show is filmed, some of the time. Scenes for the current third season were filmed on Sept. 16th, 2011, in Morgan Park, Glen Cove, just eight minutes north of LIU Post. In June 2009, an episode was filmed at the North Shore Equestrian Center, located on the LIU Post Campus. A Hamptons horse show was staged with approximately 200 actors and extras as a female rider fell from her horse, needing Dr. Lawson to come to her rescue. The episode featured student riders from Post’s Equestrian Team as well as theater majors from the School of Visual and Performing Arts. It’s fantastic to see a show on television filmed basically in our own backyard. Tune in as you might recognize a location.

You won’t believe what kind of patients Hank runs into. USA Network’s “Royal Pains” is currently concluding the second half of its third season Wednesdays at 10 p.m. with a sixteen-episode fourth season on its way.

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