Necessary Roughness is a USA Network television series starring Callie Thorne and Marc Blucas. The one-hour drama series was picked up for 12 episodes on January 19, 2011. The series debuted on June 29, 2011, with a 90-minute premiere episode.
NECESSARY ROUGHNESS focuses on a tough, sexy Long Island divorcee Callie Thorne ("Rescue Me," "Californication") who gets a job as therapist for a professional football team in order to make ends meet. Underestimated at every turn, she succeeds beyond all expectations and soon finds herself as the sought-after therapist to high-profile clients. Athletes, musicians, politicians and others living in the spotlight - all in a moment of crisis - clamor for her unique brand of tough love therapy. As a newly single mom raising two teenagers, her start-up practice wreaks havoc on her life. But recognizing that she's changing people's lives for the better, she is determined to make her new career work by striking a balance between her personal and professional worlds. The show also stars Marc Blucas ("Buffy, The Vampire Slayer," "Knight and Day"), Mehcad Brooks ("True Blood," "The Deep End") and Scott Cohen ("Gilmore Girls," "NYPD Blue"). Created by writers and co-executive producers Liz Kruger & Craig Shapiro ("Miami Medical," "The Challenge") along with supervising producers Donna Dannenfelser and Joe Sabatino. Kevin Dowling ("Sons of Tucson") directed the pilot and also serves as executive producer. Inspired by a true story, NECESSARY ROUGHNESS is a Sony Pictures Television and Universal Cable Productions co-production.
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