USA Network renews 'Pains,' 'Collar'

Sept. 25, 2012 at 5:49 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- USA Network says it has renewed its original drama series "Royal Pains," "White Collar" and "Covert Affairs" for additional seasons.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel, the cable network's co-presidents.

"All three of these series have found ways to stay creatively fresh and culturally relevant," McCumber and Wachtel said in a statement. "In an increasingly competitive landscape, these series got new season pickups the old-fashioned way -- they earned it."

"Royal Pains" received a 26-episode pickup across two additional seasons, with Season 5 of the Universal Cable Productions series commencing in New York in 2013. It is about a disgraced New York City physician, played by Mark Feuerstein, who reinvents himself as the Hamptons' hot new doctor-on-demand to the rich and famous.

"White Collar" from Fox Television Studios, which films in and around New York City, received a 16-episode pickup for Season 5, to begin shooting next year. Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay headline the show about a charming con artist and straightforward FBI agent who team up to capture elusive white-collar criminals.

The Toronto-based CIA thriller "Covert Affairs" from Universal Cable Productions received a 16-episode pickup for Season 4. It stars Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett and Peter Gallagher.

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