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USA Network renews three dramas

'Royal Pains, 'White Collar,' 'Covert Affairs' get pick ups

USA Network has solidified its drama bench, giving renewals to a trio of series stalwarts: “Royal Pains,” “White Collar” and “Covert Affairs.”

“Royal Pains,” produced by Universal Cable Prods., got a 26-episode pickup, a sizable order for basic cable, where the norm is generally 10-13 segs. UCP’s “Covert Affairs” and Fox Television Studios’ “White Collar” each drew 16-episode orders.

USA is securing the future of its bedrock series as it prepares to expand its original programming menu next year into the comedy realm. Cabler has a handful of half-hour projects in development and hopes to launch an original laffer next year when “Modern Family” reruns join its sked.

“Royal Pains,” which just finished its fourth-season summer run, stars Mark Feuerstein as a doctor who treats upscale patients in the Hamptons. Series is written by Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch, who exec produce with Paul Frank, Rick Frank, Jeff Kwatinetz from Prospect Park and Connie Burge.

Like “Royal Pains,” USA’s “White Collar” just finished its season and will return in winter. Shows stars Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay as a con artist and FBI agent, respectively, who work together to catch high-end crooks.

Jeff Eastin is the creative force behind “White Collar,” and he exec produces with Mark Goffman. Eastin is also shepherding another drama series for USA, “Graceland,” that will preem next year.

As for “Covert Affairs,” which will add six more episodes to its third season beginning on Oct. 16, series stars Piper Perabo as a CIA operative. “Covert Affairs” comes from Matt Corman and Chris Ord, who exec produce with Doug Liman and David Bartis of Hypnotic.

“All three of these series have found ways to stay creatively fresh and culturally relevant. The execution in writing, acting and production is among the best on television,” said USA Network co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber.

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