John Stamos, after shooting his lead role in the pilot for NBC’s I Am Victor, will tackle a season-long arc on USA Network’s Necessary Roughness.
As first reported by Deadline, Stamos will appear throughout the dramedy’s 10-episode Season 3 as Connor McClane, the founder of a global sports/entertainment management conglom who is determined to add Callie Thorne’s Dr. Dani to his team.
Stamos will fit his Necessary gig between lensing House EP Katie Jacobs’ I Am Victor — in which he stars as an unapologetic, high-powered divorce attorney — and the first season of that NBC drama, if it gets ordered to series.
Necessary Roughness returns to the USA line-up sometime this summer.
USA has ordered a 10-episode third season of Necessary Roughness, the network announced Monday.
The drama, which earned a Golden Globe nomination for Callie Thorne last year, returns Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 10/9c with the remaining five episodes of Season 2.
“It’s a show that we really like even though the second season was a little bit more, maybe, internal in its storytelling than we would have liked, but they’re really embracing blowing it out in the third season,” USA Co-President Jeff Wachtel told TVGuide.com at the cable network’s winter TV preview session Monday. “Similar to what Covert Affairs did this year where one of the main characters all of a sudden exploded and it was this incredible theme of Annie and the bad girl, the teenager and the evil stepmom — we’re really going to swing for the fences with that type of storytelling on Necessary.”
Wachtel also said that there have been talks about bringing in one new major character in Season 3, but he stressed those discussions are in the very early stages.
Necessary‘s fellow USA shows Suits, White Collar, Covert Affairs, Burn Notice, Psych and Royal Pains have already been renewed.
I’ve learned that USA Network is finalizing a third-season renewal for drama Necessary Roughness. I hear its order will be for 10 episodes, down from 12 for Season 1 and 16 for the series’ current second season. Necessary Roughness stars Callie Thorne as New York Hawks sports-psychologist Dr. Dani Santino, who struggles with the threat of losing her practice while attempting to keep her personal life intact. Created by Elizabeth Kruger and Craig Shapiro, Necessary Roughness hasn’t been a breakout hit for USA but quickly developed a loyal audience and has been very consistent. The summer portion of its current second season premiered with 3 million viewers in June and wrapped with 2.9 million for the August finale. Necessary Roughnessgets a significant DVR boost, with its Season 2 premiere viewership rising to 4.6 million in Live+7. The show’s five-episode winter season launches January 23.
Necessary Roughness, which earned a Golden Globe nomination for Thorne, is the last summer USA series whose future had not been determined. It will join Royal Pains, Burn Notice, Suits, Covert Affairs and White Collar, which have been renewed. Like Necessary Roughness, the orders for Royal Pains and Burn Notice were for fewer episodes than their current cycles. Meanwhile, USA opted to end the runs of Fairly Legal, Common Law and Political Animals.
USA has announced the winter premiere dates for Suits, White Collar and Necessary Roughness.
Season 2 of Suits, which stars Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams, will return with six new episodes on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 10/9c. The legal drama was the top-rated summer cable drama in the adults 18-to-49 demographic and hit a season high with its midseason finale in August, drawing 6.5 million viewers.
White Collar will return for the second half of its fourth seasonon Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 10/9c. The series stars Tim DeKay and Matt Bomer, whose character was stunned in the midseason finale when he found out Sam Phelps (Treat Williams) was actually his father.
Necessary Roughness will debut five new episodes beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 10/9c. The show stars Callie Thorne as a sports psychologist to a big New York football team.
Mark Cuban wants to buy another sports team — but on TV only. EW has learned that the Dallas Mavericks owner will guest star in an episode of USA’s Necessary Roughness next year as a potential owner of the New York Hawks.
In the episode that will air in the latter part of season 2, he’ll show interest in buying the team at the center of the show. In reality, he’s just doing it because he has hidden motives. (Maybe he has eyes on Dani?) His episode will run next winter.
Cuban is a “shark investor” on ABC’s Shark Tank. He’s also played himself on episodes of Entourage and The Loop and danced during the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars.
Two heads are always better than one!
Necessary Roughness has recruited Ally McBeal alum Peter MacNicol to play Dr. Dani’s old mentor, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
MacNicol, 58, will appear in three episodes of the USA drama as her former psychology professor, Dr. Gunner. Dr. Gunner is described as a warm and generous intellectual in the casting call, and will first appear in the 12th episode of the season, slated to air later this year. Why or how her former teacher comes back into Dr. Dani’s life remains a mystery, but considering the inner turmoil at the New York Hawks and the recent baby talk with boyfriend Matt (Marc Blucas), maybe Dr. Dani (Callie Thorne) will need some couch time of her own?
MacNicol, who won an Emmy for his performance as John Cage on Ally McBeal, is also known for his stints on 24, Chicago Hope and NUMB3RS. More recently, he guest-starred as a judge on Fairly Legal and appeared in HBO’s Sarah Palin-centered TV movie, Game Change.
Necessary Roughness airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on USA.
Michael Imperioli is about to become TK’s newest partner in crime.
The Sopranos vet is set to guest star on the Necessary Roughness summer finale, set to air August 29. In the episode, he will play Jimmy Folkes, a legendary record producer, with whom TK (Mehcad Brooks) crosses paths in an unlikely place. (Yes, it’s a spoiler, and no, we’re not telling!)
Necessary Roughness, currently in its second season on USA, returned with new episodes on June 6.