TV series exclusives: The WCL Ratings Project #9

With this month’s update of new DVDs enabled by our Ratings Project we have US medical comedy ‘Royal Pains’, new seasons of the popular US crime shows ‘Blue Bloods’ & ‘White Collar’, and the latest episodes of glamorous lady detective, The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher…

Cover imageRoyal pains. Season one.
“Now it can be told: the mega-rich get sick and hurt too. It’s just that their illnesses, injuries, and conditions are a lot weirder and more exotic than those suffered by mere mortals. At least that’s the message delivered in Royal Pains, USA Network’s medical-comedy series offered here with all 12 first-season episodes (plus bonus features) on three discs. Mark Feuerstein plays Hank Lawson, a Manhattan physician who unfairly loses his hospital job, and soon thereafter his gold-digging fiancée, when a powerful trustee dies on his watch. Enter younger brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo), a nerdy accountant and shameless social climber, who enlists Hank to help him crash a fancy soiree in the Hamptons; Hank saves the life of a partygoer, which leads to more and more work, and all of a sudden he’s a “concierge” doc at the service of people whose wealth is matched only by their vanity and acquisitiveness…” (Abridged from Amazon.com review)

Cover imageRoyal pains. Season two.
“Spend your summer with Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein): where the tides are high, bank account balances are higher and the patients are just high maintenance. Because of his strong convictions and straight-shooting style, the “concierge doctor’s” practice is growing… and with the return of his estranged father (special guest star Henry Winkler), so is his family. With puzzling cases involving a faithful cop with an STD, a winemaker with a troubled palate and a reality show where all the contestants are stricken ill, Hank needs his own innovative talents and the support of his fast-talking brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo) more than ever. Featuring all 18 episodes from the acclaimed second season and special guest stars that include Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood), Peter Jacobson (House, M.D.), Michael Rapaport (True Romance) and Bill Bellamy (The Brothers), Royal Pains is the smart and original comedy that Entertainment Weekly hails as “whimsical fun.”…” (Product description from Amazon.com)

Cover imageWhite collar. The complete fourth season.
“Matt Bomer excels again as charming con man Neal Caffrey in another engaging season of crime solving and high-stakes heists! Facing the uncertain future of his partnership with FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), Neal sheds his tracking anklet and disappears into thin air. But the Feds aren’t done with him and Neal is hardly ready for retirement. Back in action, Neal ponders the future as Season Four delves deeper into the stunning secrets of his mysterious past. Packed with seduction, intrigue, and more of everything you love about TV’s sexiest show, White Collar will have you glued to the edge of your seat. Let the games begin!…” (Product description from Amazon.com)

Cover imageWhite collar. The complete fifth season.
“In season five, $1.8 million in gold coins is missing, an elusive precious diamond is about to be found, and Neal Caffrey has a new handler, and a new love interest. But all is fair in love and crime, and the closer Neal gets to the mysterious Rebecca Lowe, the greater the danger for everyone in his life…” (From Syndetics summary)

Cover imageWhite collar. The complete sixth season.
“Experience the thrills, one last time, with Season 6 of television’s slickest, most seductive crime drama – White Collar. The tension has never been greater as Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) re-teams with FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) in their most ambitious sting operation yet – infiltrating a sophisticated gang of deadly thieves. With Elizabeth Burke (Tiffani Thiessen) pregnant, Neal desperate for his freedom and amidst pressure from Mozzie (Willie Garson) for Neal to cut ties with the FBI, the scheme unfolds, culminating in the series’ most shocking plot twist of all. Also, only on DVD, join the cast and crew as they discuss their favourite moments from the show’s six seasons in the moving retrospective White Collar: Case Closed…” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageBlue bloods. The fourth season.
“The Reagan family dynamics continue to shift as they deal with everything from gambling and drugs to kidnapping and murder: Jamie (Will Estes) wrestles with his feelings for his new partner; Erin and Jack work to figure out their personal relationship; and Danny and Frank clash over an internal investigation of Danny’s techniques. As the Reagans faces off against the FBI, the mob, and other officers who don’t follow their ethical code, the family bond will both serve and protect them…” (From Syndetics summary)

RatingsProjectDVDs7Miss Fisher’s murder mysteries. Series 3, Volume 1.
“The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher continues to solve crimes with the help of her household cohorts, all the while delighting in her playful partnership with the suave and dedicated Detective Jack Robinson. When Phryne’s estranged father, Lord Henry George Fisher, arrives unannounced in Australia after selling up the family estate in England, he does his best to ingratiate himself with Dot, Bert, Cec and Mr Butler, though his roguish charm is lost on his own daughter. When Phryne recalls a secret encounter that she witnessed during the War, between her father and the cousin from whom the Fishers inherited their title, she begins to suspect that her ancestor is still alive and could be out to exact his revenge…” (From Syndetics summary)

Cover imageMiss Fisher’s murder mysteries. Series 3, Volume 2.
“In the third series of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, stylish lady detective the honourable Miss Phryne Fisher continues her unconventional antics, solving crimes with the help of her ensemble of household cohorts and the suave, dedicated detective Jack Robinson, with whom she shares a playful partnership. In the second volume of Series Three, Phryne’s Aunt Prudence takes on more than she bargained for when she opens her home to psychiatrist and natural healer, Hayden Samuels. And when Phryne hosts a tennis tournament to raise money for female tennis players, the practice partner of a rising tennis star is fatally bitten by a funnel-web spider, sparking a murder investigation that reveals Phryne’s hidden fear. Includes episodes 5 – 8 from Series 3…” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)