Necessary Roughness (TV series)

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Necessary Roughness
Necessary Roughness original intertitle
Created by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes38 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
ProducersDonna Dannenfelser
Joe Sabatino
EditorsDebra Weinfeld
Briana London
Production companies
Original networkUSA Network
Original releaseJune 29, 2011 (2011-06-29) –
August 21, 2013 (2013-08-21)

Necessary Roughness is an American drama television series starring Callie Thorne and Scott Cohen that aired from June 29, 2011 to August 21, 2013.[1][2] The second season premiered on June 6, 2012.[3] The one-hour drama series was picked up for 12 episodes on January 19, 2011.[4] On January 7, 2013, USA Network announced the series was renewed for a 10-episode third season,[5] which began on June 12, 2013.[6] On November 19, 2013, USA canceled the series after three seasons.[7]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Callie Thorne as Dr. Danielle "Dani" Santino (née Romano[8]): The protagonist. Dr. Dani Santino is a tough divorcée who, to make ends meet, becomes the therapist for a professional football team and quickly becomes sought after by other athletes, musicians, politicians and those living in the spotlight. Starting season three she works for V3, a major talent agency in NYC, after being fired by the new GM/head coach of the New York Hawks.
  • Marc Blucas as Matthew "Matt" Donnally (seasons 1–2): The New York Hawks' athletic trainer, and later general manager, to whom Dani was attracted.
  • Scott Cohen as Dominic Eugene[9] "Nico" Careles: A former Navy SEAL from Pittsburgh, head of security and "fixer" for first the Hawks and then V3.
  • Hannah Marks as Lindsay Santino (seasons 1–2, guest season 3): Dani's rebellious teenage daughter.
  • Patrick Johnson as Ray "Ray Jay" Santino Jr. (seasons 1–2): Dani's teenage son who is an avid fan of T.K., often using him to get things from the Hawks' team that regular fans could not.
  • Mehcad Brooks as Terrence "T.K." King: The New Jersey Bobcats' star player, formerly the New York Hawks' star player and Dani's main focus when she was originally hired by the NY Hawks football team.
  • Karissa Lee Staples as Paloma Madsen (season 3): Dani's ambitious new assistant.[10][11]
  • John Stamos as Connor McClane (season 3): the founder of a sports and entertainment management empire named V3, who employs Dani.[12]


  • Gregory Alan Williams as Coach Pat Purnell: The former head coach of the New York Hawks, now again TK's coach with the New Jersey Bobcats.
  • Andrea Anders as Laura Radcliffe: A high-powered publicist hired by the Hawks to improve T.K.'s public image. She has also had a previous relationship with Matt Donnally.
  • Amanda Detmer as Jeanette Fiero:[13] Dani's best friend.
  • Jason Gedrick as Dr. J. D. Aldridge: Dani's former grad school professor.[14]
  • Evan Handler as Marshall Pittman: Deceased former owner of the New York Hawks.
  • Jaime Lee Kirchner as Vivica Stevens: A reporter who T.K. begins dating, but who later is dumped by T.K. after he is shot.
  • Concetta Tomei as Angela: Dani's mother, and a gambler.
  • Gaius Charles as Damon Razor/Bryce Abbot: An academic football player with a shady past who comes in as a runner-up for T.K. after he is shot.
  • Rob Estes as Rob Maroney: T.K.'s agent who helped T.K. on his downward spiral after dealing with being shot.
  • Michaela McManus as Noelle Saris: A reporter in behind Terrence King and Damon Razor, searching for Razor's past and threatening a sexual harassment suit on the team and T.K.
  • Michael O'Neill as Hank Hooper: A friend of Coach Purnell, who was appointed by the league to be the Interim GM until the "Pittman situation" was resolved.
  • Danielle Panabaker as Juliette Pittman: Daughter of Marshall Pittman, briefly owner of the Hawks.
  • Travis Smith as Rex Evans: A gay player for the Hawks and Dani's patient, who became friends with T.K. when the star quarterback helped him come out to the team and to the rest of the world.
  • David Andrews as Coach Tom Wizinski: The new head coach and GM for the Hawks.
  • David Anders as Troy Cutler: Connor's second-in-command at V3.[15]
  • Kate Miner as Sheera Kane, a top model who was dating T.K., looking to start a lingerie line with him, and was briefly engaged to him.
  • Nicholas X. Parsons as Stanzi Palmer, a computer hacker hired by V3 to assist Nico in collecting intelligence.
  • Autumn Reeser as Abby Bruce, girlfriend of Connor.
  • Mario Cimarro as Augusto, Spanish chef who returns incognito to help Dr. Dani surprise Jeanette.
  • Ben Winchell as Eric


Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
(in millions)
Date Finale
(in millions)
1 Wednesday 10:00 p.m. 12
June 29, 2011
September 14, 2011
4.01[17] 2011 5.85[18]
2 16
June 6, 2012
February 20, 2013
1.98[20] 20122013 2.50
3 10[5]
June 12, 2013
August 21, 2013
2.36[22] 2013 2.19

Development and production[edit]

The series is based on the true story of a female psychologist Dr. Donna Dannenfelser who worked for the New York Jets.[4][23] Initially titled Dr. Donna, the show first appeared on the USA Network's development slate in December 2009.[24] In May 2010, the network placed a cast-contingent pilot order under the new name Necessary Roughness.[25] Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro wrote the pilot script, and Kevin Dowling was set to direct the pilot.[23]

Casting announcements began in mid-September. First to be cast was Callie Thorne, who plays the lead role as Danielle "Dani" Santino.[26] Next to join the project was Marc Blucas, who was cast as the football team's athletic trainer and a romantic interest for Danielle.[27] Scott Cohen and Mehcad Brooks came on board in October. Cohen portrays a football team colleague of Dani's,[28] and Brooks is one of her clients.[29]

Cast as guest stars[30] were Amanda Detmer, as Dani's best friend, Jeanette,[31] and Concetta Tomei, who portrays Dani's mother.[32] In early November, Craig Bierko was added to the cast as Dani's estranged husband.[33]

The pilot episode was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia in November and December 2010, with the Georgia Dome being used for exterior and some interior shots of game day scenes.[34] The network greenlighted the series on January 19, 2011.[4] The series was renewed for a second season by USA Network on September 15, 2011.[35] The series was renewed for a third 10-episode season by USA Networks on January 7, 2013 [36]

On June 19, 2013, USA Network announced it will debut a webisode series, called TK Gets Real, that will feature Terrance "TK" King (Mehcad Brooks) as he seeks to become a reality star. The web series will last six weeks.[37] The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Shereé Whitfield will appear in the web series alongside Brooks and new cast member Karissa Lee Staples.[38]

Home media[edit]

Universal Studios Home Entertainment released all 3 seasons on DVD in Region 1 between 2012-2014.[39][40][41] On July 1, 2016, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment has acquired the rights to the series in Region 1 and rereleased all 3 seasons on September 6.[42]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Awards and accolades for Necessary Roughness
Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Refs
2012 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama Callie Thorne Nominated [43]
2013 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actor Patrick Johnson Nominated [44]


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  8. ^ "Dream On". Necessary Roughness. Season 1. Episode 6. August 3, 2011. USA Network.
  9. ^ Full name revealed in the episode "Sympathy for the Devil".
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 27, 2013). "'Necessary Roughness' Adds Assistant for Callie Thorne". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  11. ^ "Sucker Punch". Necessary Roughness. Season 3. Episode 9. August 14, 2013. c. 31 minutes in. USA Network. Paloma's family name is on the check which Connor McClane holds.
  12. ^ Nededog, Jethro (June 12, 2013). "USA's 'Necessary Roughness' Producers Explain Necessary Changes on Season 3". The Wrap. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  13. ^ episode "Losing Your Swing"
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  18. ^ Gorman, Bill (September 15, 2011). "'Covert Affairs,' 'Royal Pains,' 'Necessary Roughness' Renewed By USA". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 7, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
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  22. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (August 22, 2013). "Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'Duck Dynasty' Dominates + 'Modern Dads', 'Deal With It', 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' & More". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on August 23, 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
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  24. ^ "Development Update: Thursday, December 17". The Futon Critic. December 17, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  25. ^ "Development Update: Monday, May 17". The Futon Critic. May 17, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  26. ^ Ausiello, Michael (September 20, 2010). "Scoop: 'Rescue Me' star Callie Thorne to headline USA pilot 'Necessary Roughness'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  27. ^ Ausiello, Michael (September 24, 2010). "Exclusive: 'Buffy' alum Marc Blucas suits up for 'Necessary Roughness'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  28. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 6, 2010). "TV Castings: Scott Cohen Boards USA Pilot & Sara Rue Joins 'Rules Of Engagement'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  29. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 28, 2010). "Pilot Castings: Mehcad Brooks Joins USA's 'Roughness', Trio Added To Lifetime's 'Wall'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  30. ^ Seidman, Robert (November 3, 2010). "USA Network Greenlights The Pilot Production of Three New Originals: 'Eden,' 'Wild Card' and 'Over/Under'". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on November 18, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  31. ^ Wightman, Catriona (October 21, 2010). "Amanda Detmer joins new USA pilot". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  32. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (October 21, 2010). "USA Network's Shrink Series Adds 'What About Brian' Beauty". Fancast. Archived from the original on October 27, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  33. ^ Stanhope, Kate (November 4, 2010). "Exclusive: Craig Bierko Joins USA Network's Necessary Roughness". TV Guide. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  34. ^ Ho, Rodney (October 25, 2010). "USA Network casting call for athletes and coaches for TV drama pilot 'Necessary Roughness' Nov. 4". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on November 18, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  35. ^ Gelman, Vlada (15 September 2011). "Breaking: USA Renews Covert Affairs, Royal Pains and Necessary Roughness". TVLine. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
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  37. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (June 19, 2013). "USA Network Launches 'Necessary Roughness' Webisode Series". TV by the Numbers. USA press release. Archived from the original on June 22, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  38. ^ Reiher, Andrea (June 19, 2013). "Bravo's Sheree Whitfield helps as 'TK Gets Real' on 'Necessary Roughness'". Zap2it. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
  39. ^ Bonus Material and Box Art for 'Season 1' DVD Archived 2016-09-16 at the Wayback Machine
  40. ^ General 'Wide' Release this Summer for 'Season 2' DVDs Archived 2016-09-16 at the Wayback Machine
  41. ^ [A 'Wide' Release Date for 'Season 3' on DVD...Plus Cost, Box Art and More!]
  42. ^ 'The Complete Series' of the 2011 USA Network Show Starring Callie Thorne Archived 2016-07-03 at the Wayback Machine
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  44. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Archived from the original on 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-03-31.

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