Andrew Lenchewski, Michael Raugh ink two-year pacts

Royal Pains” exec producers Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch have signed exclusive two-year deals with Universal Cable Prods.

Show, which has aired for two seasons, has been a bonafide hit for USA Network. It was the No. 1 new scripted cable series when it launched in 2009, running for 12 episodes over the summer.

In 2010, “Royal Pains” averaged 7.3 million overall viewers, including just more than 3 million in the 18-49 demo and 3.5 million in the 25-54 demo. Series stars Mark Feuerstein as a blackballed doctor working in the Hamptons.

Show creator Lenchewski and Rauch will remain exec producers on “Royal Pains” for the skein’s third and fourth seasons. The deal also includes the two working on future projects for UCP.

“We want to make use of the incredible success they’re created with ‘Royal Pains,’” Jeff Wachtel, head of original programming for the network, told Daily Variety. “Any smart studio wants to keep valuable members of the team in the house.”

Technically, the show has not been renewed yet for a fourth season but with stellar ratings propelling the series, the fourth-season pickup is virtually a certainty.

The writers will begin penning season three in November and production is set to begin in late February or early March. As it did for the first two seasons, the network is planning a summer rollout for season three.

Next new series premiere for USA is “Fairly Legal,” the Sarah Shahi drama formerly known as “Facing Kate.” Show is set to debut 10 p.m. Jan. 20, following the first of six new episodes of “Royal Pains.”

to begin in late February or early March. As it did for the first two seasons, the network is planning a summer rollout for season three.

Next new series premiere for USA is “Fairly Legal,” the Sarah Shahi drama formerly known as “Facing Kate.” Show is set to debut 10 p.m. Jan. 20, following the first of six new episodes of “Royal Pains.”

With plenty of drama successes in its portfolio, USA Network is also looking to make more of a mark in reality and comedy. Net is pacting with World Wresting Entertainment on unscripted series “Tough Enough,” and has been seeking to staff up its reality division. A major personnel move is expected to be made in the upcoming weeks.

On the comedy side, USA would like to expand off the success of “Monk” and ramp up a handful of half-hour laffers. The cabler ordered Linda Bloodworth skein “Driven” in May and the net also picked up syndie rights to Emmy-winning comedy “Modern Family.”

“Bonnie (Hammer, USA Network’s topper) has gotten the company to embrace more of a portfolio approach,” Wachtel explained. “We’ve been very good at one-hour lighter dramas, but it’s time to step out of that comfort zone.”

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