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Necessary Roughness (USA Network 2011-2013, Callie Thorne)

Necessary Roughness

Drama series Necessary Roughness follows Long Island psychotherapist Dr Dani Santino who finds her life completely unravelling after discovering that her husband has been cheating, she decides that the only thing to do is to throw herself completely into her work and after managing to sort out the shenanigans of a bad boy footballer player she quickly finds that her no nonsense ways are highly sought after.

Meanwhile Dani is also keen to ensure that her personal life gets back on an even keel and she remains a good mother to her two teenage kids.

Season 3 saw Dani working for NYC talent agency V3 after losing her old job. This was mainly done to change up the series a little, bring in some new cast and a new dynamic. This third season only ran to 10 episodes 2.

Partly inspired by a true life story Necessary Roughness is energised by the great central performance by Callie Thorne who is probably best known for her long running role on Rescue Me. Alongside the third season there was a web only six part series called TK Gets Real that focused on the character of TK as he tried to become a reality star.

production details
USA | USA Network – Sony Pictures Television – Universal Cable Productions / 38×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 29 June 29 2011 – 21 August 2013

Creators and Executive Producers: Liz Kruger, Craig Shapiro | Co-Executive Producers: Kevin Dowling, Jeffrey Lieber

cast
Callie Thorne as Dr. Danielle “Dani” Santino (née Romano)
Marc Blucas as Matthew “Matt” Donnally (Seasons 1–2)
Scott Cohen as Dominic Eugene “Nico” Careles
Hannah Marks as Lindsay Santino
Patrick Johnson as Ray “Ray Jay” Santino Jr. (Seasons 1–2)
Mehcad Brooks as Terrence “T.K.” King
Karissa Lee Staples as Paloma Madsen (Season 3)
John Stamos as Connor McClane (Season 3)
Gregory Alan Williams as Coach Pat Purnell
Andrea Anders as Laura Radcliffe
Amanda Detmer as Jeanette Fiero
Jason Gedrick as Dr. J. D. Aldridge
Concetta Tomei as Angela
Gaius Charles as Damon Razor/Bryce Abbot
Rob Estes as Rob Maroney
Michaela McManus as Noelle Saris
Michael O’Neill as Hank Hooper
Danielle Panabaker as Juliette Pittman
Travis Smith as Rex Evans
David Andrews as Coach Tom Wizinski
David Anders as Troy Cutler
Kate Miner as Sheera Kane
Nicholas X. Parsons as Stanzi Palmer
Autumn Reeser as Abby Bruce
Mario Cimarro as Augusto
Ben Winchell as Eric