Necessary Roughness (TV series)

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Necessary Roughness

Necessary Roughness original intertitle
Genre Drama
Created by
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 38 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Donna Dannenfelser
Joe Sabatino
Editor(s) Briana London
Production company(s)
Original network USA Network
Original release June 29, 2011 (2011-06-29)[1] – August 21, 2013 (2013-08-21)
External links
Official website

Necessary Roughness was a USA Network 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

Main cast

Recurring cast


Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
(in millions)
Date Finale
(in millions)
Wednesday 10:00 p.m.
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

DVD releases

Universal Studios Home Entertainment released all 3 seasons on DVD in Region 1 between 2012-2014.[23][24][25] On July 1, 2016, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment has acquired the rights to the series in Region 1 and will release Necessary Roughness- The Complete Series on DVD on September 6, 2016.[26]

Development and production

The series is based on the true story of a female psychologist Dr. Donna Dannenfelser who worked for the New York Jets.[4][27] Initially titled Dr. Donna, the show first appeared on the USA Network's development slate in December 2009.[28] In May 2010, the network placed a cast-contingent pilot order under the new name Necessary Roughness.[29] Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro wrote the pilot script, and Kevin Dowling was set to direct the pilot.[27]

Casting announcements began in mid-September. First to be cast was Callie Thorne, who plays the lead role as Danielle "Dani" Santino.[30] Next to join the project was Marc Blucas, who was cast as the football team's athletic trainer and a romantic interest for Danielle.[31] Scott Cohen and Mehcad Brooks came on board in October. Cohen portrays a football team colleague of Dani's,[32] and Brooks is one of her clients.[33]

Cast as guest stars[34] were Amanda Detmer, as Dani's best friend, Jeanette,[35] and Concetta Tomei, who portrays Dani's mother.[36] In early November, Craig Bierko was added to the cast as Dani's estranged husband.[37]

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.[38] 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.[39] The series was renewed for a third 10-episode season by USA Networks on January 7, 2013 [40]

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.[41] The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Shereé Whitfield will appear in the web series alongside Brooks and new cast member Karissa Lee Staples.[42]

Awards and accolades

Awards and accolades for Necessary Roughness
Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2012Golden Globe Award[43]Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—DramaCallie ThorneNominated
2013Young Artist Awards[44]Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young ActorPatrick JohnsonNominated

International broadcasts


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  24. General 'Wide' Release this Summer for 'Season 2' DVDs
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