Royal Pains Scoop: Frances Conroy Tapped for Multi-Episode Arc as HankMed's Rich [Spoiler]

Royal Pains Season 5 CastRoyal Pains‘ upcoming fifth season is shaping up to be a real horror story.

The USA Network dramedy has recruited American Horror Story‘s Frances Conroy for a multi-episode guest arc, TVLine has learned.

Conroy will play Blythe Ballard, a member of the Hamptons elite who lives next door to Hank and Evan’s Shadow Pond.

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After Hank treats Blythe for an arm injury, Evan is determined to make her one of HankMed’s regular clients. But she’s not so easily persuaded, and she’s got a few surprises in store for the Lawson brothers.

In addition, Callum Blue (SmallvilleThe Tudors) will recur as Milos Kuester Ratenicz, cousin of Campbell Scott‘s Boris. Milos has the same genetic disease as Boris did, and Hank — still suspicious about Boris’ death — seeks answers from Milos in Prague.

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Elsewhere in the season, Kevin Kilner (Almost PerfectEarth: Final Conflict) and Liza Lapira (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23) guest-star as a couple who turn to Hank after Lapira’s character, Erika, experiences strange symptoms before a big fundraiser. Also, Stephen Bishop (Girlfriends) shows up as a minor league baseball player in need of HankMed’s services.

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24 Comments
  1. Joey says:

    I’ve really found nothing special about Royal Pains, but I will follow Frances Conroy anywhere.

    • DL says:

      It’s just a fun piece based around quirky, engaging, fun characters that fits right in with USA’s “blue sky” programming philosophy. I wouldn’t call it anything “special”; it’s simple entertainment. :)

  2. Shaun says:

    The question is….where is Libby(?) and that other kid that was close to Hank?Are they cutting cast the past few seasons?

    • Mo says:

      Libby may be back on occasion but since Ezra Miller seems to be busy making movies, I think we’ve probably seen the last of Tucker. Too bad… I like that kid & they kind of left his story hanging.

  3. Pinky says:

    When did Boris die????

    • Shan says:

      It is speculated he died in season 4 finale in the Vodka Room suspeciously since Hank saw Dima/Dmitry leave the premise and he looked po’d…
      Very suspecious and Dima was already very shady same with Christina. Uness Boris had DIma’s help faking his own death which is plausible. I am also thinking Marisa is suspicious now too etc..
      Lots of questions. I miss Campbell Scott and hope there is more to it and they did not kill off Boris especially so easy like that when he took all sorts o precautions to ensure his and his family’s safety. Why wouldn’t the guards be inside the house with Boris/Dima etc that was suspecious and how could it be locked from the inside and no one was moving or looking to in other way into to save boris? A lot of suspcious events and reactions from people.

      • Shan says:

        I watched Season 4 on DVD and have found a few curious things and the vodka room explosion was something more that hopefully we will learn later. In the New York episode where Boris takes Hank to meet Dima there are clues like Boris initiating the blood drawn thing where he latered explained Hank has very high moral and medical ethics and is a bad actor, so he had to “cause” a situation that was sincere to Hank at the time so he would not give anything away etc.. I am thinking Boris did the same thing with the explosion having Hank come back at the moment to see etc..Knowing Hank would probably go in to try and save him so if anyone is suspcious they would look at Hanka nd be convinced that Boris died again since if Hank knew what was really going on Hank would proably not go for it or give it away. I also think the guy he shot and escaped was probably meant to die in the room to use as the body of “boris”. I also think Christina was a test for Hank to see if Hank was loyal to him. It is funny how Boris keeps putting Hank in situtions to test him when clearly it is Hank who is very loyal to Boris when he should be more wary of other people. I also am wondering what plans Boris has for Hank as stated in season 1 and we never really have had a clear image of what that is/.

  4. StopIt says:

    Another good actress who’s gone too far with the plastic surgery. Ugh.

    • Danyelle says:

      For real? When I think of “older” actresses who have gone overboard, Frances Conroy is nowhere in that list. What pray tell do your expertise eyes think she has had done??

      • StopIt says:

        It was either a botched eyejob or facelift. Her left eye is no longer lined up with her right. Not sure why the reply was so defensive. My point was: she’s a good actress who I don’t think needed to go the plastic surgery route.

  5. tahina says:

    Hope can see her back in American Horror Story. Lange, Conroy and Bates.. A horror trio come true. O_O

  6. suzi says:

    I enjoy the show, and also enjoy Conroy’s acting, so this sounds great.

  7. Lisa says:

    I adore her! She’s such a versatile actress

  8. Lord Byron says:

    I’m fan of royal pains but season 4 wasn’t that good. Hank is a douche on his little bro and he always sabotages his own relationship and then whine about it. Hope season 5 gets better

  9. Spencer says:

    Frances Conroy shines in every role. She is a truly incredible actress. I don’t really care for Royal Pains, but she might just have me tuning in for a few episodes.

  10. Ella says:

    Royal Pains is just terrible now. Hank is annoyingly earnest, Evan and Paige are a snoozefest and Divya is a demon. They should have gotten Evan and Divya together in season 2 and kept at least some of the spark there was initially.

  11. DavidSask says:

    This show is such a snooze, I tried but gave up part way through season 2

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  15. Candi says:

    I really enjoy this show. It’s very entertaining & different from the usual TV series.

  16. Fritz says:

    I have my suspicions that we may see more of Boris yet, even if only in flashback… which would make me happy, since I really liked the character and I’m still not sure he’s really dead. The timing on that explosion was just too cute to be utterly convincing :’)

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