Necessary Roughness Looks Promising

| July 5, 2011 | 0 Comments


Premiering on USA last week, Necessary Roughness has the potential to be a great show. The leading lady (Callie Thorne) has the right attitude to pull this show in a positive direction. She is a tough cookie who bends for no one. Thorne brings this across with a convincing passion and zeal that makes her character believable.


The drama is based on the true story of Donna Dannenfelser, who worked as a mental health clinician for the New York Jets. In this fictitious version, Dr. Dannenfelser is Dr. Danielle “Dani” Santino, newly single mom of two teenagers and Long Island psychotherapist who specializes in psychoanalyzing clients. The first high profile client she encounters is Terrence “TK” King played by Mehcad Brooks. Brooks brings the stereotypical spoiled, jerk athlete to the screen perfectly. He has gotten progressively worse this season and the coaches are ready to try just about anything. This is where Dr. Santino steps in. By the end of the episode we see the effects of her therapy.


The relationship between Thorne and Brooks shows how dedicated Thorne is to her clients and that she will go the extra mile to protect them. Her relationship with her children is also going to be an obvious focal point of the show. Within the first episode we see her daughter skipping school, flunking classes, wearing skimpy tops to school and stealing cars. Her son on the other hand is a womanizer, much like her sleazy soon-to-be ex-husband. The character development needs some work but over the course of the season, I think the storylines will progress and advance.

Thorne’s mother Angela played by Concetta Tomei, who has a serious gambling addiction, and best friend Jeannette played by Amanda Detmer, are two characters who will definitely add to progression of the show. The most interesting relationships however, come from Thorne’s new love interest Matthew Donnally (Marc Blucas), and the mysterious security man Nico Careles (Scott Cohen).


While the plot has the dangers of becoming boring and predictable, overall this show is worth a watch and fits in nicely with USA’s new strong female line up (Covert Affairs, Fairly Legal, In Plain Sight). With the right plot twists and good writing, this show has the potential to be another hit for the network.


Check out the trailer below:


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