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Necessary Roughness is a sports based drama commissioned and shown in the U.S. on the USA network. Two seasons of the show have been completed consisting of 23 episodes based on the life of fictional character Dr. Danni Santino, played by Callie Thorne. The idea for the drama was a real life psychotherapist called Dr. Donna Dannenfelser, who became the therapist for the New York Jets football team.

The premise of Necessary Roughness is the new career choices forced on Dr. Santino when she discovers her husband has been cheating on her. Forced to provide for her teenage children, Dr. Santino finds a job with the New York Hawks football team as a psychotherapist treating star wide receiver Terence TK King, played by Mehcad Brooks. Santino also finds a new relationship with the athletic trainer of the Hawks, Matt Donnally played by Marc Blucas. As the series progresses the focus of Santino's work shifts from King to a series of professional athletes and celebrities from the Long Island area.

One of the most interesting characters in the show is the mysterious fixer for the New York Hawks, Nico Charles played by Gilmore Girls actor Scott Cohen. Nico Charles uses his Navy SEAL experience to find information on the employees of the New York Hawks; his intelligence gathering techniques include bugging the team and breaking into the homes of the Hawks employees.

Necessary Roughness's cast is made of actors with a large amount of experience performing on TV and film. Callie Thorne, who plays Dr. Santino is known as a recurring cast member in Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire and Rescue Me. Marc Blucas, who plays Matt Donnally is best known for his role as Riley in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Mehcad Brooks, who plays TK King is a former Calvin Klein underwear model who has appeared in network TV shows including Desperate Housewives.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on USA
3 Seasons, 38 Episodes - Currently Airing
June 29, 2011
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  • In the third season finale, Dani searches for her missing client as the V3 scandal reaches its boiling point. T.K. may have to sit out a very important game; and Nico receives a surprise visitor.

  • Dr. Dani exchanges blows with a championship boxer who wants to get back in the ring. TK seeks treatment at the V3 clinic, and Nico ends up there as well.

  • Dr. Dani treats two track stars with severe sibling rivalry. TK's quest for his first championship ring is threatened. Nico is on the lookout for a washed-out athlete, who just might be the missing piece to the V3 puzzle.

  • Connor asks Dr. Dani to resume a course of therapy with her very first V3 client. TK can't seem to steer clear of Sheera after their break-up. Nico continues to work behind the scenes for the FBI to investigate the scandal at V3.

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This week on "Necessary Roughness" it's all about people facing down their own decisions. This could be disastrous for Dani and Matt, who finally found the issue which could potentially break them up. Matt wants kids but Dani, with two teenagers, is done with that part of her life. Will the happy couple work it out or are they on the way out?

'Necessary Roughness' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap - 'To Swerve and Protect'

This week on "Necessary Roughness" it's all about the lengths people will go to protect themselves and the people they love. Dani tries to protect Ray J from the dangers of teen sex, but with little success. TK is trying to protect himself after the fan convention freak-out last episode with multiple guns and nunchucks. Marshall Pitman is trying to protect himself by devaluing the Hawks so he'll have to pay his wife less in the divorce.

'Necessary Roughness' Season 2, Episode 1 Recap – 'Shrink or Swim'

Welcome back Hawk fans to the second season of USA's summer hit "Necessary Roughness". The great thing about USA summer shows is that, to a certain extent, you know what to expect. There will be some lighthearted fun, some action, and some drama. It will all be grounded by a few quirky central characters, because the USA network motto is "characters welcome". When you escape the heat during the barren television summer months and flip on USA, you know what's in store.

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