USA Network Press Release
“NECESSARY ROUGHNESS” KICKS OFF WINTER SEASON WITH NEW EPISODES ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23 10/9C on USA NETWORK
Upcoming Episodes Feature Prominent Sports Figures
Mark Cuban And Joe Theismann
Season two of NECESSARY ROUGHNESS returns to the field on January 23 at 10/9c with five powerful episodes leading to a dramatic season two finale.
Golden Globe nominee Callie Thorne reprises 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. After running the risk of losing her entire practice, Dani attempts to pick up the pieces of her complicated life. Meanwhile, the Hawks star player and ultimate bad boy TK (Mehcad Brooks) continues to struggle with his sobriety but will stop at nothing to maintain his number-one position as wide receiver. With the team’s ownership in the balance, the fate of the franchise rests solely on the coaches and players as they face some of their most significant setbacks yet. The team will be challenged when a secret surfaces and threatens to cause a scandal that could bring down the Hawks’ entire season.
Sports franchise owner Mark Cuban makes a special guest appearance as himself, stepping in as a potential buyer for the Hawks. Additional guest stars include former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann, Will Chase (“Smash”), Peter MacNichol (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Numb3rs”), Jeff Nordling (“Body of Proof”) and Neil Hopkins (“Lost”.)
The series stars Thorne (“Rescue Me,” “Californication”), Marc Blucas (“Knight and Day,” “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer”), Brooks (“True Blood,” “Desperate Housewives”), Scott Cohen (“Law & Order: Trial By Jury,” “Gilmore Girls”), Hannah Marks (“The Amazing Spider-Man”) and Patrick Johnson (“Mean Girls 2”).
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.
The #1 network in all of basic cable for six consecutive years and an unprecedented seven straight summers, USA Network is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes. USA is a leader in scripted programming with a powerful stable of originals, spectacular live television and is home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, a broad portfolio of acquired series and entertainment events. A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV. USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. The award-winning website is located at usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.
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