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"Necessary Roughness" review by Suzanne
Wednesdays at 10/9 central on USA Network

This is such a fun show, and I always enjoy watching it.  It has so many great elements. It's an interesting drama, kind of like a soap opera. Dani (Callie Thorne) tries to raise two kids while she deals with spoiled athletes and dating for the first time. She is with the sexy team trailer Matt (Marc Blucas), and sometimes they have squabbles, but their relationship is solid and loving. There is also equally-sexy Nico (Scott Cohen) and player TK (Mehcad Brooks), more men in her life.  She is a psychiatrist, so there are lots of interesting psychological issues.  Also, it's a comedy with lots of humor. Then you have lots of football stuff going on.

It really is the perfect show because it has something for everyone. I hope it is doing well and keeps coming back so we can continue to enjoy it. It just started it's new second season, so don't miss it!

Characters Welcome. 

Wednesday, June 13 – NECESSARY ROUGHNESS – “To Swerve and Protect” – 10/9c

A Roller Derby star needs Dani to sniff out the cause of her mysterious collapse. Ray Jay tries to figure out how to skate through issues with his new girlfriend. Marshall Pittman (guest star Evan Handler) gives TK an ultimatum: prove you can run… or lose your bonus.

Guest stars: Evan Handler, Meghann Fahy, Mekia Cox

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Necessary Roughness picUSA Network’s critically acclaimed hit series NECESSARY ROUGHNESS returns for its second season with 11 new episodes on Wednesday, June 6 10/9c after the season four premiere of the hit show ROYAL PAINS.

Golden Globe nominee Callie Thorne returns in her acclaimed role as Dr. Dani Santino, a Long Island psychotherapist and single mother who’s plucked out of relative obscurity to become the sports-psychologist for the New York Hawks. This season NECESSARY ROUGHNESS will tackle football off the field as well as on. We’ll join the fictional New York Hawks at the start of a new season… the OFF season… and get a peek at the “backstage” drama that comes with training camp, the draft and the scouting combine.

The series stars Callie Thorne (“Rescue Me,” “Californication”), Marc Blucas (“Knight and Day,” “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer”), Mehcad Brooks (“True Blood,” “Desperate Housewives”), Scott Cohen (“Law & Order: Trial By Jury,” “Gilmore Girls”), Hannah Marks (“weeds”) and Patrick Johnson (“Mean Girls 2”. This season we will also meet the mysterious owner of the Hawks Marshall Pittman played by guest star Evan Handler. Other guest stars this season will include Rob Estes, Gaius Charles, Paul Blackthorne, and NBC Sports’ Peter King. Amanda Detmer, Concetta Tomei and pro football star Terrell Owens will all return to reprise their roles from the first season.

Created and executive produced by Liz Kruger & Craig Shapiro ("Miami Medical," "The Challenge"). Jeffrey Lieber (“Lost,” “Miami Medical”) and Kevin Dowling ("Sons of Tucson") also serve as executive producers. Inspired by a true story, NECESSARY ROUGHNESS is a Sony Pictures Television and Universal Cable Productions co-production. NECESSARY ROUGHNESS shoots in Atlanta, GA.

USA Network is the #1 network in all of basic cable and is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes.  A division of NBCUniversal, USA is the cable television leader in original series and home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, acquired television series and entertainment events. The award-winning USA website is located at Characters Welcome.

USA Network is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.

UPDATE: I'll try to avoid spoilers here.  I got to see the last two episodes of the season, "Double Fault" and "All the Kings' Horses"- they are great!! Best episodes of the season.

Dani finds a new romance. Her girlfriend has trouble dealing with being fat (pregnant) but ends up having a happy ending before the finale. TK gets into a whole lot more trouble in these two episodes, but things turn out basically at the end. He gets a good friend and things turns a bit poignant for them. Most of both episodes involve the Hawks.

The first episode is also about this tennis player couple that Dani helps. Things get very racy in this episode. Her son also gets into a lot of trouble in these last two episodes. The mid-season-ending cliff-hanger is very good. One character is found dead!

Seasoned and brilliant actor Michael Imperioli returns as Jimmy.  Also, Lex Medlin (Owen, "Drop Dead Diva") has a small guest-starring role.


"Double Fault" Airs Wednesday, August 22.

Dr. Dani treats mixed-doubles tennis players who are all mixed up... on court and off. When something important is stolen from TK’s apartment, Matt finds himself going toe to toe with TK's agent, Rob. Nico uncovers a major security breach at the Hawks. Ray Jay wants to supplement his college tuition. Jeanette’s pregnancy panic comes to a head.

"All the King's Horses..." (Mid-Season finale) Airs Wednesday, August 29.

As the hawks season opener nears, Dani, TK, and the team teeter on the precipice of disaster. Who will come crashing down?

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