Deadline Hollywood reported Tuesday that USA network is finalizing a third-season renewal for the sports drama, “Necessary Roughness.” The season three order is lower this year—only for 10 episodes. That is down from 12 the first season and 16 for the current season.
Callie Thorne plays a complicated woman in a masculine world
“Necessary Roughness” is about a sports psychologist, Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) who struggles balancing her personal and professional life. This is constantly complicated since she tends to get involved with individuals associated with the football team she treats. While the first season dealt far more with her financial difficulties and single motherhood, this season is more about the team and their problems.
Another issue that has been strong through the show is motherhood after 40—in terms of raising her teenagers and the possibility of having another child with her love interest. Certainly an issue more than a few women struggle with these days and something that most network shows do not explore as in depth. This is rather ironic considering the show initially was marketed far more about a sports team and less about women’s issues. That however, is not a negative aspect of the show, it hopefully gives the viewing audience something to carefully consider and reflect on as they watch Dani make some questionable decisions as a trained professional. But those missteps are what makes her human and creates the drama in her life. It would not be entertaining if she were perfect.
‘Necessary Roughness’ and its ratings
While the show hasn’t been a breakout hit for USA it has garnered a loyal audience and has been very consistent with its rating numbers. Deadline Hollywood reports the summer portion of its current second season premiered with 3 million viewers in June and wrapped with 2.9 million for the August finale. “Necessary Roughness” gets a significant DVR boost, with its Season 2 premiere viewership rising to 4.6 million in Live+7.
“Necessary Roughness” was created by Elizabeth Kruger and Craig Shapiro. It earned Callie Thorne a Golden Globe nomination. It was the last of the summer shows to learn its fate. “Burn Notice,” “White Collar,” “Suits,” “Royal Pains,” and “Covert Affairs” have already been renewed while USA cancelled “Fairly Legal” and “Common Law.” They opted not to continue their special network mini-series, “Political Animals.”
“Necessary Roughness” will conclude this its second season when it re-launches on January 23 for its five-episode winter season run.