Brace yourselves football fans, USA drama 'Necessary Roughness' just got sacked, according to a new report on Deadline.
Starring Callie Thorne ('Rescue Me') as lead character Dr. Dani Santino, 'Necessary Roughness' first took the field in the summer of 2011. Santino served as team therapist to the fictional 'New York Hawks' football squad, with her unprecedented success eventually earning her other famous clients, such as musicians and politicians. The show was never a huge ratings draw, but did usually attract a consistent audience.
Prior to 2013's Season 3, producers made attempts to save the series via a retool. Dani was fired as therapist for the Hawks, and subsequently began working for a high profile NYC talent agency. Several cast members departed, and new faces like John Stamos (as Dani's new boss) and Karissa Lee Staples (as Dani's new assistant). One Hawk that did survive the overhaul was Mechad Brooks as fan favorite character Terrence 'T.K.' King', who remained in contact with Dani. Unfortunately, the changes didn't lead to any type of ratings spike, leading USA to officially drop the axe just a few short minutes ago.
'Necessary Roughness' leaves the TV landscape with a total of three seasons, and 38 episodes under its belt. That's certainly a respectable run for a cable show, if nothing too impressive. The series finale, 'Sympathy for the Devil,' aired back on Aug. 21.
Did 'Necessary Roughness' deserve another shot at glory, or was this the right time to pull the plug?