Do you like “Royal Pains?” USA Network is hoping your answer is an enthusiastic “yes,” because it’s adding two similar titles — at least in premise — to its youth-infused upcoming lineup. The network also renewed “White Collar” for a final, brief season of six episodes.
The first of the two new medical dramas is from writer and producer Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies,” “50/50”). “Rush” focuses on Dr. William Rush (of course), played by Tom Ellis — an on-call doctor to the stars living a fast-paced life in Hollywood. Anyone hoping this was a spin-off of Ron Howard’s 2013 racing film of the same name is sadly out of luck, though Dr. Rush could be seeing a Chris Hemsworth type if he’s stricken with, I don’t know, a tough bout of handsomeness.
The second series comes from a familiar face. Creator and executive producer Matt Nix spent seven season on USA’s hit series “Burn Notice,” and now he’s back with “Complications,” a medical drama centered on Dr. John Ellis. Ellis, played by Jason O’Mara (“Terra Nova,” “The Good Wife”), works at a suburban emergency room, but has a life-changing event when he saves a young boy from a drive-by shooting but kills one of the attackers. Ellis is then charged with protecting the child, who’s still being hunted.
The latter of the two shows certainly sounds further from the laid back charms of USA’s original show about on-call doctors while “Rush” sounds like it should be titled “Royal Pains in Hollywood.” Hopefully Levine, the writer of “The Wackness,” has some tricks up his sleeve for the new drama while a new, grittier medical drama in the vein of “Burn Notice” wouldn’t be unwelcome at all. What do you think, readers? Do either pique your interest, or are you more eager to see Matt Bomer return as Neal Caffery — or Felix Turner?