Cable network USA is in a giving mood today as they’ve announced that “Royal Pains” has scored a 26-episode pickup, guaranteeing a fifth and sixth season for the Hamptons-set series.
The network has also ordered additional 16-episode seasons of “White Collar” and “Covert Affairs” which will go to air next year. All three shows have the remainders of their current season in the can awaiting broadcast later in the year.
The fate of several other major shows on the network remains uncertain. “Political Animals” is still undecided, “Common Law” is likely gone, while “Fairly Legal” and “Necessary Roughness” are on unsure ground. “Burn Notice” and “Suits” on the other hand are shoe-ins for renewals.
‘Burn’ in particular looks like it could be winding down as the show recently settled an agreement over its filming rental space. The Miami Herald says the agreement ensures that the Coconut Grove Convention Center, where the show is filmed, won’t be demolished until after they’ve shot next year’s seventh season.
Actor Bruce Campbell also indicated in a Digital Spy interview recently that he thinks the show should wrap at the end of the seventh season.