'Royal Pains', 'White Collar' and 'Covert Affairs' Renewed by USA For New Seasons

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September 25th, 2012

Sixteen episode pickups for new seasons of Covert Affairs and White Collar and a two-season (26 episode) pickup for Royal Pains.

via press release:


Three Series Rank In Top Ten Of Basic Cable’s Summer Dramas with Adults 18-49


NEW YORK, NY – September 25, 2012 – On the heels of an unprecedented seventh consecutive summer win as cable’s #1 network across all key demos, USA signaled additional season pickups for three of its hit original drama series – ROYAL PAINS, WHITE COLLAR and COVERT AFFAIRS. The three series rank among the summer’s top ten scripted hours overall in cable in 18-49.  The announcement was made today by Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel, co-presidents, USA  Network.

"All three of these series have found ways to stay creatively fresh and culturally relevant. The execution in writing, acting and production is among the best on television.  In an increasingly competitive landscape, these series got new season pickups the old-fashioned way -- they earned it!," said Wachtel and McCumber.

A high-end performer since its debut, ROYAL PAINS received a 26-episode pickup across two additional seasons with season five of the Universal Cable Productions series commencing in New York in 2013.  WHITE COLLAR, from Fox Television Studios, which films in and around New York City, received a 16-episode pickup for season five, to begin filming in 2013; and the Toronto based production of COVERT AFFAIRS, from Universal Cable Productions, received a 16-episode pickup for season four.

ROYAL PAINS follows talented young doctor Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) a disgraced New York City physician who reinvents himself as the Hamptons' hot new doctor-on-demand to the rich and famous. The drama also stars Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty and Brooke D’Orsay.  On December 16, USA will offer a two-hour movie event “Off-Season Greetings,” an intimate look at the backstory of the Lawson brothers and a celebration of the long-awaited nuptials of Evan (Costanzo) and Paige (D’Orsay).  From Universal Cable Productions, ROYAL PAINS is written and executive produced by Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch.  Paul Frank and Rich Frank also serve as executive producer along with Jeff Kwatinetz from Prospect Park and Connie Burge.  Carol Flint, Jon Sherman, Kerry Orent and Jack Bernstein co-executive produce.

Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay star in the critically acclaimed WHITE COLLAR, which focuses on the unlikely partnership between charming con artist Neal Caffrey (Bomer) and straightforward FBI agent Peter Burke (DeKay) who partner to catch other elusive white collar criminals. In the summer finale, Neal finally learns the elusive Sam (guest Star Treat Williams), is his father.  When the series returns in January, Neal will continue to uncover secrets from his past, with the help of Peter and fan favorite Mozzie, played by Willie Garson. The series also stars Tiffani Thiessen, Sharif Atkins and Marsha Thomason.  WHITE COLLAR was created and is executive produced by Jeff Eastin and comes from Fox Television Studios.

Golden Globe®-nominated Piper Perabo stars as Annie Walker, a young CIA operative whose exceptional linguistic skills and killer instinct make her invaluable to the Agency in the popular spy caper COVERT AFFAIRS. The series, which also stars Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett and Peter Gallagher, returns on Tuesday, October 16 with six all-new episodes that have Annie seeking revenge in Russia for the devastating tragedies that rattled her world.  From Universal Cable Productions, COVERT AFFAIRS is executive produced by Doug Liman and David Bartis through Hypnotic and written and executive produced by Matt Corman and Chris Ord.

USA Network is the #1 network in all of basic cable and is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes.  A division of NBC Universal, USA is the cable television leader in original series and home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, acquired television series and entertainment events. The award-winning USA website is located at www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.


  • CC

    Burn Notice?!?!?!?

  • omabin

    Super excited about White Collar and also happy for Covert Affairs. However… Suits?!

  • Cory

    Really happy for White Collar!!!

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Nice for WC and CA. I think Burn Notice is likely to be renewed as well.

  • xhp24

    Burn Notice season 7! What r u waiting for USA?

  • A-Town

    It doesn’t look like Burn Notice will get that season 7. From reading the actors’ tweets, it doesn’t look like they know if Burn Notice will be back for season 7… matter of fact, it seems as if they’re talking like it’s the end.

  • Lee

    Awesome. Happy about WC and Covert Affairs. I know some fans are down on both shows but I’m still really enjoying them.

  • Grey

    I’m glad about these renewals but I’ll be even happier if “Necessary Roughness” also gets renewed. Hello? USA?

  • SmG

    Good for Royal Pains, I wish Jill Flint was still a part of the show though

  • KennerL

    Never a question about White Collar. The real question is how long will Matt stay. Glad for Covert Affairs. Don’t get Royal Pains, doesn’t do much better than White Collar in an easier slot so why 2 years?

  • tj

    Burn Notice will be back A-town. None of the actors or producers would go without giving the fans a proper ending. If you say it is not their choice but it’s that of the network well USA is not known for cancelling shows especially popular ones without catering to fans. I’m more worried about Common Law. I know it wasn’t a big hit but I enjoyed it. After their best writing with the finale they need a 2nd season to showcase what they can actually do.

  • merraanga

    jill will be back, in the next episode in fact.

    and WC is nothing without matt.

  • Hillbilly

    What about Necessary Roughness?

  • Jason50

    Has USA cancelled any show recently? Is Fairly Legal still in the line up?

  • Gamma626

    Any word if this season is the final for Psych?

  • Uncanny

    Glad to see White Collar and Covert Affairs official renewal although both do very well cable wise in key dems so neither obviously ever in any danger.

    @ Jason50 – thought USA basically cancelled In Plain Sight recently?

  • nikki

    woohoo for white collar. such a good show.. very excitied its coming back.

  • The Original J


    USA gave IPS a final season send-off, with plenty of time to wrap up their storylines in a proper finale.

    I’m really happy about the CA renewal. Could take or leave the others. I am curious to see what happens with Fairly Legal.

  • DrewM

    Fairly Legal is still in the running, along with Necessary Roughness and Political Animals. Common Law may still be in the running, but Deadline reported about 10 days ago that none of the actor options were picked up, which is not a good sign. Can’t imagine that all of them will make it through though.

  • SmG


    Thanks for the info glad to hear that.

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