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[03/12/14 - 11:31 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, March 12
Updates include: Rose McIver to lead "iZOMBIE" at The CW; Scott Cohen joins "Coercion" at NBC; and Morgan Taylor Campbell to round out the cast of ABC's "Sea of Fire."

[03/10/14 - 11:18 PM]
Development Update: Monday, March 10
Updates include: James Roday to star in "Good Session" at CBS; Mary Elizabeth Winstead to get "Exposed" at ABC; and Josh Duhamel to topline "Battle Creek" for CBS.

[02/24/14 - 11:47 PM]
Development Update: Monday, February 24
Updates include: Tim Daly marries "Madam Secretary" at CBS; FOX gives off-cycle pilot order to "Home"; and Lily Rabe nabs female lead on ABC's "The Visitors."

[01/24/14 - 11:48 PM]
Development Update: Friday, January 24
Updates include: ABC gives green light to four drama pilots; NBC does the same with two multi-camera comedies; and trio boards "The Comedians" at FX.

[11/19/13 - 03:54 PM]
USA Cancels "Necessary Roughness" After Three Seasons
"We are proud of this show and its writers, which had a unique ability to address topical subjects before they unfolded in real life on the sports pages," said the network.

[11/11/13 - 11:15 PM]
Development Update: Monday, November 11
Updates include: Comedy Central cancels "The Jeselnik Offensive"; Robert Kirkman books "Outcast" at Cinemax; and Salim Akil to lead "Mr. Director" at HBO.

[09/23/13 - 11:03 AM]
USA Is the #1 Cable Network for an Unprecedented 29th Consecutive Quarter
USA spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[07/17/13 - 08:48 AM]
Exclusive: "Burn Notice" to Sign Off on Thursday, September 12
Plus: find out when USA's other scripted offerings will wrap their summer runs.

[07/08/13 - 07:10 PM]
Q2 in Review: How 436 Original Primetime Cable Series Fared in the Ratings
A recap of the ratings to date through the second quarter of 2013.

[06/25/13 - 11:31 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, June 25
Updates include: Amy Brenneman boards HBO's "The Leftovers"; Syfy postpones Jamie Foxx's horror anthology; and E! nears cast-contingent pilot orders.

[06/25/13 - 10:22 AM]
USA Is the #1 Cable Network for the Eighth Consecutive 2Q
USA spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[06/19/13 - 03:15 PM]
USA Network Launches "Necessary Roughness" Webisode Series
The six-week experience follows Terrance "TK" King (Mehcad Brooks) on his quest to become a reality star.

[06/12/13 - 11:34 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, June 12
Updates include: Yves Simoneau, David Yates to helm pilots; Brett Gelman, Jenny Slate cast in Andrew Gurland's FX comedy pilot; and Lauren Lee Smith lands role in FX's "The Strain."

[06/12/13 - 07:08 AM]
Tonight! John Stamos Tweets Directly with Fans Live During USA Network's Season Premiere of "Necessary Roughness"
Also participating: Mehcad Brooks (@MehcadBrooks), Scott Cohen (@Scott Cohen), Karissa Lee (@Karissaleelee) and the show's production team (@NRseason3).

[05/16/13 - 06:10 AM]
USA Network Unveils Powerful Original Drama Development Slate
Highlights include the previously announced pilots "Horizon" and "The Arrangement."

[05/07/13 - 11:10 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, May 7
Updates include: Merritt Patterson joins ABC Family's "Ravenswood"; Chuck Lorre's "Mom" to get series order at CBS; and "The Borgias" producers mull a wrap-up movie.

[04/25/13 - 11:07 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, April 25
Updates include: NBC to finish "Ready for Love" run online; FOX mulls new judges for "The X Factor"; and Max Beesley to recur on USA's "Suits."

[04/18/13 - 11:33 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, April 18
Updates include: Giovanni Ribisi to replace Tommy Dewey on FOX's "Dads"; NBC asks for backup scripts from "After Hours"; and Seth Zvi Rosenfeld to get "Down Lo" for HBO.

[04/04/13 - 11:26 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, April 4
Updates include: Steven Weber joins TNT's "Murder in the First"; Arden Myrin to star in Adult Swim's "Hole to Hole"; and Paul Reubens cast in ABC's "Once Upon a Time" spin-off.

[04/03/13 - 09:09 AM]
USA Network Sets Summer Series Premiere Dates
Highlights include a new season of "Burn Notice" and the premiere of "Graceland" on Thursday, June 6.

[04/02/13 - 06:07 PM]
Q1 in Review: How 280 Original Primetime Cable Series Fared in the Ratings
A recap of the ratings to date for the first quarter of 2013.

[03/27/13 - 11:31 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, March 27
Updates include: NBC eyes "Chicago Fire" spin-off; Regina King joins ABC's "Divorce: A Love Story"; and Rob Huebel cast in "Jacked Up" at CBS.

[03/21/13 - 01:16 PM]
David Anders Joins Expanding Cast of USA Network's "Necessary Roughness"
Anders will play Troy Cutler, second-in-command to Connor (John Stamos) at V3, the world's premiere sports and talent agency.

[03/13/13 - 12:10 PM]
John Stamos Joins USA Network's Provocative Drama "Necessary Roughness" as a Guest Star in Multi-Episode Arc
Stamos will play Connor McClane, the founder of V3, a sports and entertainment management company that has expanded into a global empire.

[02/27/13 - 09:44 AM]
USA Is Most-Watched in Cable for February
USA spins the numbers for the month to date.

[02/20/13 - 11:29 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, February 20
Updates include: Paget Brewster joins ABC's "Spy" import; Will Arnett to star in one of Greg Garcia's CBS pilots; Steve Zahn lands a lead role on "Influence" at ABC.

[02/01/13 - 08:20 AM]
USA Network Launches Characters Unite Month to Combat Hate, Intolerance and Discrimination
Highlights include the 2nd annual "NFL Characters Unite" documentary, premiering next Friday, February 8 at 7:00/6:00c.

[01/07/13 - 11:13 AM]
USA Ups Michael Sluchan to Senior Vice President, Original Scripted Programming
Sluchan's responsibilities include overseeing the production of the current hit series' "Necessary Roughness" and "Royal Pains."

[01/07/13 - 09:30 AM]
USA Network Signals Full Slate Pickup of Summer Original Series with "Necessary Roughness" Season Three Order
The 10-episode pickup completes the renewal of the network's full summer slate of original drama series.

[12/06/12 - 10:00 AM]
Celebrities Take a Flying Leap on "Stars in Danger: The High Dive" Debuting Wednesday, January 9 on FOX
Olympic diving medalist and commentator Troy Dumais will serve as mentor to the participants.

[11/27/12 - 08:29 AM]
USA on Track for "Necessary Roughness" Renewal
Said order, believed to be 10 episodes, would be its smallest pickup to date.

[10/31/12 - 10:07 AM]
USA Sets January Premiere Dates For Hit Series Returns
On tap are the winter seasons of "Suits" (January 17), "White Collar" (January 22) and "Necessary Roughness" (January 23).

[10/22/12 - 12:13 PM]
Stars of USA Network Join "Characters Unite to Vote" Effort in Remaining Critical Weeks of the Election Season
Matt Bomer, Mehcad Brooks, Bruce Campbell, Mark Feuerstein, Dulé Hill, Piper Perabo, Marsha Thomason, Callie Thorne and Gina Torres are among the featured actors.

[10/10/12 - 11:05 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, October 10
Updates include: Jesse L. Martin, James Tupper join NBC's "Secret Lives"; and Eric Dane to star in "The Last Ship," Jon Tenney tapped for "King & Maxwell," both at TNT.

[08/21/12 - 06:43 AM]
USA to Push "Covert Affairs" Through Fall
The Piper Perabo-led drama will only take a three-week break during the broadcast networks' traditional launch period.

[08/20/12 - 11:21 PM]
Development Update: Monday, August 20
Updates include: Showtime trims "The Franchise" by one week; Kyle Howard, Joel David Moore to topline USA's "Paging Dr. Freed"; and Goran Visnjic reports to ABC's "Red Widow."

[08/16/12 - 11:15 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, August 16
Updates include: Danny Strong, David O. Russell team for CBS drama; Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimiglia to take over ABC's "The Family Tools"; and Kari Lizer returns to CBS with a new comedy.

[08/02/12 - 12:06 PM]
Jason Gedrick Stars in "The Wishing Tree," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, Holiday 2012
Also starring are Amitai Marmorstein, Richard Harmon, Teryl Rothery and Erica Cerra.

[08/01/12 - 11:05 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, August 1
Updates include: Caroline Dhavernas joins NBC's "Hannibal"; two bound for AMC's "Low Winter Sun"; and Elyes Gabel tapped as new regular on ABC's "Body of Proof."

[07/30/12 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Monday, July 30
Updates include: "Backstrom" lands Hart Hanson, CBS; Ron Howard books "Conquest" at Showtime; and Noah Hawley, John Wells land projects at ABC, FOX.

[07/17/12 - 11:09 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, July 17
Updates include: Ty Olsson to recur on The CW's "Supernatural"; Ronald D. Moore to develop series based on the "Outlander" novels; and Ryan Rottman to drop by ABC Family's "The Lying Game."

[06/28/12 - 09:11 AM]
USA Network Unlocks The Nico Files Inviting "Necessary Roughness" Fans Into Nico's Shadowy World
The seven-week web series will go beyond the on-air story to peer into the role of Nico Careles (Scott Cohen).

[06/26/12 - 11:04 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, June 26
Updates include: Investigation Discovery books three July premieres; Robbie Jones lands arc on USA's "Necessary Roughness"; and Andy Mientus joins the cast of NBC's "Smash."

[06/20/12 - 08:33 AM]
Interview: "Necessary Roughness" Co-Stars Callie Thorne, Marc Blucas & Mehcad Brooks
Plus: executive producer Kevin Dowling on the new season, airing Wednesdays at 10:00/9:00c on USA.

[06/19/12 - 11:22 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, June 19
Updates include: Jeff Pinkner to depart FOX's "Fringe"; Brian Dietzen promoted to series regular on "NCIS"; and TNT passes on its Tricia Helfer-led drama pilot "Scent of the Missing."

[05/17/12 - 10:30 AM]
USA Kicks Off Summer of Social TV With New Digital Campaigns Across All Originals
"Covert Affairs," "Burn Notice," "Necessary Roughness," "Royal Pains," "Suits" and "White Collar" are all due back this summer.

[04/27/12 - 11:03 PM]
Development Update: Friday, April 27
Updates include: E! to order third season of "After Lately"; Amy Sedaris to guest on USA's "Necessary Roughness"; and David Simkins moves from "Warehouse 13" to "Grimm."

[04/24/12 - 01:04 PM]
USA Network Promotes Bill McGoldrick to EVP, Original Scripted Programming
McGoldrick will continue to oversee all USA scripted development of drama and comedy series, long-form and event programming.

[04/17/12 - 08:02 AM]
USA Owns Summer with the Most Powerful Lineup of Originals
Said lineup kicks off with the return of "Royal Pains" and "Necessary Roughness" on Wednesday, June 6.

[03/27/12 - 12:39 PM]
USA Network Upfront to Feature Headline Performances by Jennifer Hudson and Mark Ronson
The talent only presentation will feature the stars of USA at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City on Thursday, May 17.

[03/26/12 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Monday, March 26
Updates include: David Lyons, Maria Howell round out NBC's "Revolution"; Camille Guaty to "Let It Go" for FOX; and Netflix passes on a "Terra Nova" revival.

[03/07/12 - 11:41 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, March 7
Updates include: Keri Russell to lead "The Americans" for FX; Anthony Edwards, Carmen Ejogo report to ABC's "Zero Hour"; and Theo James is CBS's new "Golden Boy."

[03/02/12 - 04:35 PM]
Alcon Entertainment Forms Television Division
Sharon Hall, currently Executive Vice President of Drama for Sony Pictures Television, is in negotiations to helm the new enterprise as President.

[01/30/12 - 09:59 AM]
USA Network Partners With Greg Berlanti, Laurence Mark and Warner Horizon Television for Six-Hour Drama Event Series "Political Animals"
Plus: Jeff Eastin's drama pilot, starring Aaron Tveit, Daniel Sunjata, Vanessa Ferlito, Brandon Jay McLaren and Manny Montana, is now titled "Graceland."

[01/05/12 - 09:00 AM]
2011 Ratings Recap: Cable's Scripted Dramas - What's Up? What's Down? What's on Top?
Find out how cable's 67 scripted dramas fared this past year.

[01/04/12 - 06:41 AM]
USA Network Returns to Fridays With "Fairly Legal" and "In Plain Sight" - New Seasons of Original Series Premiere March 16, 2012
Said duo will air back-to-back beginning at 9:00/8:00c.

[12/15/11 - 05:43 AM]
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations
HBO receives 18 nods, including four for "Mildred Pierce" and three each for "Boardwalk Empire," "Too Big to Fail" and "Cinema Verite."

[12/12/11 - 01:49 PM]
USA Network Moves to Upfront Week With Event on Thursday, May 17, 2012
Said event will take place at Lincoln Center in New York City that night.

[12/12/11 - 12:25 PM]
USA Dominates Landscape With Unprecedented Six Straight Years As #1
USA spins the numbers for the year to date.

[09/27/11 - 01:55 PM]
USA Breaks History With Most Watched 3rd Quarter Ever, Beating All Other Cable Nets
USA spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[09/15/11 - 02:36 PM]
USA Network Renews Three of Summer's Biggest Hits "Covert Affairs," "Royal Pains" and "Necessary Roughness"
The trio join previous pickups "White Collar," "Suits," "In Plain Sight" and "Burn Notice."

[09/15/11 - 12:36 PM]
USA Wins Most-Watched Summer Ever for a Cable Network
USA spins the numbers for the summer to date.

[09/14/11 - 07:00 AM]
USA Network Integrates Character Chatter With Facebook Platform Elevating Interactivity
The new capabilities will go live in conjunction with the season finale of "Necessary Roughness," tonight at 10:00/9:00c.

[09/01/11 - 01:49 PM]
USA Network Celebrates Biggest Summer Ever
USA spins the numbers for the summer to date.

[08/16/11 - 09:15 AM]
Lincoln MKX Gets Star Turn in USA's Newest Original Series "Necessary Roughness"
The Lincoln MKX premium midsize crossover is featured across multiple platforms including in-show integration as Dr. Dani Santino's personal car.

[08/11/11 - 01:27 PM]
Pro Football Superstar Terrell Owens Returns to the Gridiron for USA's "Necessary Roughness"
He'll play Kevin "The Mine-field" Minnifield, TK's (Mehcad Brooks) lifelong rival, in the season finale.

[08/09/11 - 02:55 PM]
USA's Summer of Originals Continue to Rule the Airwaves
USA spins the numbers for the week of August 1-7.

[08/05/11 - 08:36 AM]
USA Dominates with Best July Ever
USA spins the numbers for the month of July.

[08/04/11 - 01:58 PM]
USA Dominates With "Royal Pains" & "Necessary Roughness" This Week!
USA spins the numbers for Wednesday, August 3.

[08/03/11 - 11:33 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, August 3
Updates include: Ray Romano to visit Patricia Heaton on "The Middle"; Annie Parisse to recur on CBS's "Unforgettable"; and Michael Rapaport joins Doug Ellin's "40" at HBO.

[07/26/11 - 02:23 PM]
USA Continues to Dominate Summer with Weekly Ratings Victory
USA spins the numbers for the week of July 18-24.

[07/15/11 - 01:21 PM]
USA Confirms Summer Finales for Original Series
Said dates run from August 7 for "In Plain Sight" to September 14 for "Necessary Roughness."

[07/12/11 - 01:43 PM]
USA Originals Dominate Week Leading Network to Weekly Win
USA spins the numbers for the week of July 4-10.

[07/08/11 - 10:40 PM]
Development Update: Friday, July 8
Updates include: Charles Mesure joins ABC's "Desperate Housewives"; Lamorne Morris joins FOX's "New Girl"; and James Wolk to visit Showtime's "Shameless."

[07/08/11 - 12:40 PM]
USA Continues to Dominate the Summer - Seven Hit Shows, Five Nights - Unprecedented in the Television Landscape
USA spins the numbers for Thursday, July 7.

[07/07/11 - 01:42 PM]
USA Dominates Wednesday Night!
USA spins the numbers for Wednesday, July 6.

[06/30/11 - 12:34 PM]
USA's "Royal Pains," "Necessary Roughness" Dominate the Cable Ratings Landscape
USA spins the numbers for Wednesday, June 29.

[06/29/11 - 10:48 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, June 29
Updates include: Joe Rogan to host NBC's "Fear Factor" revival; James Tupper joins ABC's "Revenge"; and Jennifer Finnigan to star in USA's "Wild Card."

[06/29/11 - 12:06 AM]
Interview: "Necessary Roughness" Star Callie Thorne
She's joined by co-stars Marc Blucas, Scott Cohen and Andrea Anders in our chat about the new USA series.

[06/24/11 - 04:45 PM]
The Futon's First Look: "Necessary Roughness" (USA)

[06/01/11 - 11:11 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, June 1
Updates include: Josh Lucas to topline NBC's "The Firm"; Andrea Anders to recur on USA's "Necessary Roughness"; and Joe Port, Joe Wiseman land overall deal at 20th.

[05/27/11 - 10:10 AM]
USA Network Kicks Off Sizzling Summer With Entertainment Weekly and the Haagen-Dazs(R) Brand
The partnership includes a three-day outdoor screening event in NYC, offering audiences an opportunity to view USA's six summer originals.

[04/11/11 - 09:53 AM]
USA's Strongest Summer Lineup Ever with Nine Original Series
The cable channel formally announces its summer lineup, as previously reported.

[04/08/11 - 05:39 PM]
Exclusive: More USA Summer Premieres: "Burn Notice," "Suits" on Thursday, June 23; "Royal Pains," "Necessary Roughness" on Wednesday, June 29
Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams co-star in "Suits" (formerly "A Legal Mind") while Callie Thorne toplines "Necessary Roughness."

[03/17/11 - 05:50 AM]
Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber Named Co-Presidents USA Network
"USA will remain a top priority for me, and I can't think of a better team to build on the network's incredible momentum," said Bonnie Hammer.

[01/28/11 - 02:11 PM]
2010 Year in Review/2011 Year in Preview: USA
A look at what's ahead on the cable channel, plus a recap of its 2010 ratings highlights.

[01/19/11 - 02:18 PM]
USA Flexes Programming Muscle With New Original Scripted Series "A Legal Mind" and "Necessary Roughness"
Each series will debut with a 90-minute premiere followed by 11 one-hour episodes.

[11/03/10 - 02:39 PM]
USA Network Greenlights the Pilot Production of Three New Originals: "Eden," "Wild Card" and "Over/Under"
The trio join the previously announced "Common Law," "Necessary Roughness" and "A Legal Mind."

[10/28/10 - 08:29 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, October 28
Updates include: WE tv sets January premieres; Rob Schneider to topline potential CBS comedy; and "Lost" alums book "Once Upon a Time" at ABC.

[10/06/10 - 06:30 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, October 6
Updates include: NBC halts production on "Outlaw"; BET sets a premiere date for CW transplant "The Game"; and David Bickel, Tom Fontana land new series projects.

[09/24/10 - 06:06 PM]
Development Update: Friday, September 24
Updates include: Ed Decter, John Strauss step into "In Plain Sight" at USA; Aimee Garcia to visit ABC's "Off the Map"; and Showtime lands a pair of projects.

[09/20/10 - 06:13 PM]
Development Update: Monday, September 20
Updates include: "Obese" becomes "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" at ABC; Howard Gordon books dramas at Showtime, NBC; Lifetime, USA pilots land leads.

[06/09/10 - 09:16 AM]
USA Network Partners with CBS Television Studios for Green Light to "Common Law"
The project joins previously announced pilots NECESSARY ROUGHNESS and A LEGAL MIND.

[05/17/10 - 06:25 PM]
Development Update: Monday, May 17
Updates include: Charlie Sheen to return to "Two and a Half Men"; "Bleep My Dad Says" makes the cut at CBS; and Greg Grunberg named regular on NBC's "Love Bites."

[12/17/09 - 06:36 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, December 17
Updates include: The CW puts unaired "Beautiful Life" on YouTube; USA to bring "The Freshman" to the small screen; and Emmy Rossum, Allison Janney to be "Shameless" for Showtime.







NECESSARY ROUGHNESS (USA)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
6/29/11 - 8/21/13
STATUS:
canceled/ended (2012-2013 season)
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
SEASON(S):
3 (38 episodes, 0 of which have yet to air)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
confirmed as canceled on 11/19/13
DESCRIPTION:
(from USA's press release, April 2013) NECESSARY ROUGHNESS: Season three picks up six months after the New York Hawks playoff run at the end of season two. Big changes at the team force Dani (Golden Globe(R)-nominee Callie Thorne), TK (Mehcad Brooks) and Matt (Marc Blucas) to reconsider their futures with the franchise. After Dani's success with TK and the New York Hawks, a powerful sports and entertainment management agency run by the seductive Connor McClane (John Stamos) makes her a promising offer to join his firm. The new job could to launch Dani to the next professional level - but at what cost? TK struggles under the reign of a new coach. After a long absence, Nico (Scott Cohen) resurfaces in a surprising place, complicating life for Dani. This season will also welcome John Stamos, David Anders and Karissa Lee Staples to the cast. Premieres June 12, airs Wednesdays at 10/9c.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Callie Thorne as Danielle Santino
· Hannah Marks as Lindsay Santino
· John Stamos as Connor McClane
· Karissa Lee Staples as Paloma Madsen
· Marc Blucas as Matthew Donnally
· Mehcad Brooks as Terrence "T.K." King
· Patrick Johnson as Ray Santino Jr.
· Scott Cohen as Nico Careles
CREW INFORMATION:
· Craig Shapiro as CRTR/CO-EP
· Donna Dannenfelser as SP
· Joe Sabatino as SP
· Kevin Dowling as EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Liz Kruger as CRTR/CO-EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Sony Pictures Television
· Universal Cable Productions