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Necessary Roughness

Necessary Roughness TV showNetwork: USA
Episodes: 38 (hour)
Seasons: Three

TV show dates: June 29, 2011 — August 21, 2013
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Callie Thorne, Marc Blucas, Mehcad Brooks, and Scott Cohen.

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TV show description:
Sexy, strong, and talented, Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) is a Long Island psychotherapist whose comfortable suburban life is turned upside down by a messy divorce. Her husband basically packs his bags and leaves her alone with their two teenage kids. Though initially wary about what her future will hold, Dani finds herself going from devoted wife to in-demand therapist as word gets out about her tough love counseling skills. High-profile clients start knocking at her door in the hopes that Dr. Dani’s take-no-prisoners counseling approach will help them overcome their crises. Dani’s clients constantly keep her on her toes — as do her two kids.

A former college hoops player, Matt (Marc Blucas) is a trainer that’s devoted to his football team, protective of his players, and undeniably attracted to Dani. After a one-night stand and morning-after therapy session with her, Matt manages to finally quit smoking — and is so impressed with Dr. Dani’s skills that he persuades the New York Hawks head coach to bring her in to work with the players. But though the sparks between the two are obvious, Matt and Dani are both professionals with strong ethics, and now that they’re coworkers they’re going to have to find a way to keep their feelings in check.

An enigmatic employee of the Hawks, Nico (Scott Cohen) is a professional problem-solver with a whole lot of tricks up his sleeve and no problem getting his hands dirty. He has a tendency to turn up unannounced with emergency assignments for Dani, and a maddening habit of never taking no for an answer. Nico’s methods can sometimes be questionable but there’s no denying that he manages to get things done.

Terrence “TK” King (Mehcad Brooks) is the New York Hawks’ star wide receiver —- and his coach’s biggest headache. Though a gifted player, TK is wild, confrontational, charismatic, and stubborn. He’s also a loose cannon, with a violent temper, serious authority issues, and a nasty habit of dropping the ball. When his off-the-field antics grow out of control, TK is sent to Dr. Dani to work through his issues, and with her help manages to make some positive steps (like remembering how to hold on to a football again). They still have a long way to go however and just as she puts out one fire, another one is ready to ignite.

Series Finale

Episode #38 — Sympathy For the Devil
The kiss Dani had with Nico has led to a wonderful night together, but the cocoon of romance is shattered when they arrive at the V3 office and the mysterious Alex Careles is there. Alex is not only a woman but also Nico’s wife. Dani is floored. This is not like the other secrets Nico has been keeping from her. Nico explains that Alex was once a colleague whom he married to keep in the country and for their mutual benefit so they couldn’t testify against one another. At times it was a romantic relationship but not anymore. Alex is leaving the country that night and has already handed Nico divorce papers. More confused than ever, Dani tells Nico she can’t have a relationship with someone she will really never know. Can Nico finally come clean and reveal his past to Dani.

TK is trying everything he can—legal, of course—to heal himself before the Bobcats’ big playoff game with the Hawks. He pleads with Coach Purnell to let him play, but Coach is reluctant to put TK in for one game and potentially ruin his future. Sheera also does not want TK to risk his career but during their conversation, the truth comes out: she thinks he should’ve gone through with the treatment. If no one would ever have known that he used what has been proven to be an illegal gene hormone illegally imported from China that is almost impossible to detect, then why wouldn’t he use it?, she asks. With the full force of her ambition and the falseness of her love laid bare, TK ends the relationship. He’ll face his fate alone but with a clear conscience.

With Paloma’s help, Dani is able to track down Hutch, who like Crabchek, has changed his name. Hutch seems to be the smoking gun Dani and Nico have been looking for to implicate Connor in the V3 clinic doping scandal. But before Nico arranges Hutch to meet with the FBI, she wants to confront Connor herself. But she’s going to have to act fast. Connor has just named Abby Bruce as Partner and CFO of V3 and is about to leave for Rio for three months, coincidentally right after the V3 clinic is raided by the FBI.
Description courtesy USA.
First aired: August 21, 2013

What do you think? Do you like the Necessary Roughness TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season?


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{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

Gina February 25, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Please bring this show Back !!!!!!! I have been waiting for the season premiere since the s3 finale….You can’t leave us hanging with Nico and Dani or TK.


Gina February 25, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I am super disappointed that they cancelled this show…I am a faithful watcher and have been waiting for the season premiere – I hope they reconsider and put it back on the schedule.


christy February 13, 2014 at 7:41 am

I can not believe this, I have been waiting for this show to get started again. This is a show I watched faithfully. They should really reconsider and bring it back… This pisses me off.


SharonC February 10, 2014 at 7:46 pm

I WANT IT BACK :) :) :)


mary brzeczek February 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Loved that show! They take off all the good shows!


not my name February 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm

should not go. We keep losing the programs I like and am almost ready to cancel all satellite connections since choices keep getting worse.


D. Harmon January 31, 2014 at 10:24 pm

If I remember correctly, as it seems so very long ago since the season started, I was excited about the prospect of Dani and Matt’s relationship heating up again while having to possibly deal with the complication of the pregnant ex-girlfriend combined with Matt’s love for Dani versus his desire to have a family. His exit and the complete turnaround in the storyline was like leaving several of the best chapters out of a very good book. No disrespect to Stamos, as I’ll always be a fan; but, would be nice if Matt could come back into the picture and they picked up where they left off. Dani is a strong, positive female character and it was refreshing to gain a little more insight into a variety of medical issues that rarely get attention. It was a breath of fresh air and I think this one could be resuscitated.


Anonymous January 30, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Great show! Sad to see it go! With all the bad shows on television, it will be sorely missed.


Peggy Kostolich January 29, 2014 at 4:36 pm

I am so disappointed. I waited every week for this show!!!! This was one of my favorite.


Lanissa Jackson January 29, 2014 at 4:23 pm

I love necessary roughness. I am so upset that you feel the need to take this show of the air. There are so many more shows that should have been cut; this is not one.


Robert January 28, 2014 at 4:22 pm

I’m gonna miss the show. I thought the intro was neat. Lets say the client was a race car
driver you would see a little car come down the aisle and as it would stop Dr Dani’s leg
would twitch.Some object reflecting the problem football,golfball etc etc would roll down
the aisle.Plus T.K. was funny.


Lu Ann Ruppe January 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm

No, it shouldn’t have been cancelled. It was a great show, with real world problems.
Loved the sparkes between Dani and Nico. Was so looking forward to seeing that
relationship unfold.


Anonymous January 15, 2014 at 1:32 pm

It should not have been canceled. My family couldn’t wait each week to see what was going to happen next. We are really disappointed.


Sherry Teeters January 11, 2014 at 1:16 pm

yal suck USA for canceling Necessary Roughness, it seems yal always cancel out the good show thanks so much i am not happy at all :(


Jazz January 9, 2014 at 2:57 pm

My husband and I loved this show and believe it should be renewed. Lately it seems that too many of the shows we enjoy are being cancelled and being replaced by new third rate new ones.


Anonymous January 9, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Shouldn’t have been cancelled!!!


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