Remote Possibilities: 'Royal Pains,' 'Necessary Roughness'

Mark Feuerstein and Liza Lapira in a scene from USA's "Royal Pains"

File both of these under guilty pleasures:

For some of us, summer isn't really here till the return of "Royal Pains" (9 p.m. Wednesday, USA), the show about a concierge doctor named Hank (Mark Feuerstein) whose practice is largely limited to the well-heeled who take their sandals to the Hamptons when the weather gets warm.

Nice work if you can get it, sure, but light as "Pains" often is, I find it weirdly addictive. It doesn't hurt that Liza Lapira ("Traffic Light," "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23") is guest-starring as a patient in the season-opener, which finds Hank still recovering from a head injury.

Also back for the summer: "Necessary Roughness" (10 p.m., USA), with John Stamos joining the cast as the latest alpha-male for whom Long Island sports therapist Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) finds herself working.





Read more Ellen Gray on Television