There is no flag on the field; 'Necessary Roughness' has been renewed for a third season.
Callie Thorne's hit USA series about a single mother who is a sought-after psychiatrist by professional athletes will be brought back for season three--albeit only for ten episodes. The first season of 'Necessary Roughness' lasted twelve episodes, the success of which prompted a sixteen-episode order for the 2nd season follow-up. This third season is the shortest yet, perhaps suggesting that the series could wind down and come to a close ten episodes from now.
The show is about Dr. Santino (Thorne) who struggles with the threat of losing her practice while attempting to keep her personal life intact. While only a mediocre ratings hit, 'Roughness' has remained very consistent for USA, suggesting there is a loyal audience tuning in every week. The series star, Thorne (known for her role on 'Rescue Me') earned a Golden Globe nomination for her work on 'Roughness,' which undoubtedly helped the USA execs make this decision.
'Necessary Roughness' was the last remaining project at USA to be decided upon. The series now joins the list of USA series which have been renewed for next season, including 'White Collar,' 'Covert Affairs,' 'Suits,' 'Royal Pains,' and ratings giant 'Burn Notice.'