The new USA network series Royal Pains is all about the cool life of a concierge doctor serving the sun-splashed Hamptons. Emphasis on cool, astute viewers have noticed. Or put more bluntly: freezing cold.
Shooting began on location April 20. Malibu it wasn’t. “When we showed up at 6 or 7 in the morning, it was in the 30s and 40s,” said Jace Alexander, a director and producer on the show. “Actors had to deal a whole lot with the breath coming out of their mouths. … I think we did a pretty good job of hiding everything. But if you look real closely, you can probably see the goose bumps.”
The beach strolls, garden conversations and joy rides–in–convertibles featured on the show have included plenty of sweaters and jackets. “I wanted to take the suit jacket off, but I was just like, ‘Look, my toes are already frozen,’” said actress Reshma Shetty, who plays the doctor’s attractive assistant.
Production on the first season of Royal Pains, which is averaging about 5.59 million viewers per episode, will wrap at the beginning of August, just when the dog days of summer descend. But the show’s pickup prospects, at least, seem sunny. “I’m not saying that it’s official just yet,” he said. “But I’ve got a good feeling.”