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.

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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  1. Steven Menard says

    Necessary roughness was the first series, that a man who enjoys sports and a female who enjoys daily soaps can sit down together and watch. Come on USA first it was fairly legal now necessary roughness. Why do you cancel all of your signature shows and continue to play reruns of in CSI, NCIS and law and order, those to be alone take up 75% of the week. Very disappointed….

  2. Shon says

    This is great show. Please do not cancel. I am very upset it is said to be cancelled. Listen to your viewers & do not cancel.

  3. Carmen says

    What is going on? First In Plain Sight, Fairly Legal, Burn Notice, Psych.i use to think that USA was the best network but now I am saddened that all of the great shows are being cancelled! Does it matter what the fans think?

  4. bill rodgers says

    really liked the show would like to see how it would end. need to bring it back on but like one lady said the networks always council the good shows and puts something stupid on bring it back.

  5. Carol says

    Really bummed to find out Necessary Roughness canceled. Networks always seem to cancel the great shows

  6. says

    I also enjoyed King and Maxwell and didn’t know that it had been cancelled. Really tired of finding shows that I enjoy and then they are gone. Makes me NOT want to watch TV when so many of my favorites get the ax.

    • patrick says

      I thought King & Maxwell was a good show. It seems every time there is show I really like they cancel it.

  7. says

    Always watched this show…Wish it were coming back. I agree with the person that said Royal Pains is lame, but this show has something that can entertain. Too many comedy these day.

    • patrick holmes says

      Who decides what to keep and what to cancel? are they a focus group that don’t watch TV. I have never understood why they cancel the good shows, Necessary Roughness, Nikita, King & Maxwell, Southland and Mob City and renew shows like Celebrity Apprentice, Amazing Race, Survivor, DWTS, please bring back the good stuff. I hope I didn’t offend anyone with my choices, they are just my opinion.

  8. Meredith says

    Why is it USA keeps cancelling all their good shows? Few years ago it was Fairly Legal, Common Law and I can’t remember the other show I used to watch. Then we lost Burn Notice, next was Necessary Roughness, and now Pysch. I have heard rumors Suits is next. I am a loyal follower of USA and used to claim it was one of my top 3 networks to watch. Now with only a series here and there that I enjoy, it’s close to dropping out of top 10. All these 30 min shows are silly and should just be dropped after 1 show, much less 1 season!! Bring back the quality programming that used to keep me entertained every Tue/Wed/Thu and even Friday evenings!!

  9. KATHY B says

    Necessary Roughness, keep the show going, it’s one of the best that i have watch on USA, Royal Pains is a really lame show but Necessary Roughness is a great entertaing show…please bring the show back

  10. Katie says

    I really liked this show, looked forward to it every week. At least give us a last season with a decent closure!

  11. KamuDon says

    I LOVE this show like I just started watching it and it already blew my mind …It literally made me actually start liking Football and I feel this show should be RENEWED coz it is simply AMAZING!!!!!!! The Drama, Suspense, Comedy …This show is GOLDEN! So I think I speak for a lot of people when I say “WE WANT MORE!!!!!!”

  12. Nancy says

    I just love this show. I couldn’t always see it, but I could tape it. I liked all the players,and hope it goes on for 4 more years. Comeback,please.

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