Thursday marks the return of the best kind of summer TV. Escapist, fun, beautiful, and fun drama called Burn Notice on USA. I have grown to look forward to Burn Notice every week it comes on. It provides me with just happy thoughts because of the action packed but down to earth aspects. Immediatly following the 3rd season premiere is a new USA drama that sure brings their “characters” they want. It is called Royal Pains and stars Mark Feurstien as a doc that is under investigation in New York City that goes on vacation in the Hamptons and ends up becoming a doctor for the rich and selfish. I welcome both of these shows on the airwaves and hope you check them out as well.
I have seen the first three episodes of Burn Notice and each one is better than the last. We pick up right where we left off with Michael Weston (Jeffery Donavan) in the ocean after jumping off a helicopter. The action only starts from there with more people needing Michael’s help and Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) and Sam (Bruce Campbell) making everything possible. New this season is Detective Paxton played by Journeyman’s and Daybreak’s Moon Bloodgood. She brings a neat relashonship with Micheal as she investigates what he is doing here in Miami and trying to nail him for something.
Overall the first three episodes set a great tone for the rest of the season. Burn Notice is the quintessential summer show and if you are not watching go buy the first two seasons on DVD and then record season three because I promise you, you will enjoy this show if not just because Sharon Gless’ Madeline is still causing Michael some family trouble!
Royal Pains fits perfectly in the USA’s mold of fun, quirky dramas with flawed but motivated characters in the center. This time Hank Lawsome is a once successful now investigated doctor that finds himself becoming a “conceirge doctor” which is a private medical expert for the rich. Hank is accompanied by his brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo) a woman loving guy who only wants the rich chicks. He is the comic relief among other things in the show and provides many chuckles by the audience. Also part of the team is Divya (Reshma Shetty), a woman that wants to be Hank’s personal assistant under his own non-excitement on the subject.
Royal Pains lags a little bit in the first 30 minutes of the 75 minute premiere episodes. That is thanks in part to the set up of going ot the Haptoms. I forgive the show for this wasted time because the show won’t ever go back to it and that said after that it only succeeds. The show like Burn Notice is beautiful to watch and is shot on location. It blends the medical and the funny aspects seemlislty and often enlists old McGyver tricks to Hank’s doings. Another reason this is the new show to watch is the humor provided by what will be a recurring character of a rich socialite from Christine Ebersole.
Burn Notice and Royal Pains air following Casino Royale on USA at 9/8c and 10/9c respectively.