About the Show
The new drama series "Necessary Roughness" centers around Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne), a
Long Island psychotherapist whose personal life unravels when she finds her husband cheating.
Diving fully into her work, she takes on the challenge of rehabilitating a bad boy professional
football player (Mehcad Brooks) whose off-the-field antics threaten his career and the team franchise.
Underestimated at every turn, Dr. Dani's succeeds beyond expectations and soon finds herself as
the most sought-after therapist for high-profile clients. Athletes, entertainers, politicians
and others living in the spotlight clamor for her unique brand of tough-love therapy during their
moments of crisis. Although her career is re-energized, it wreaks havoc on her life as a newly
minted single mom of two teenagers. Recognizing her ability to change people's lives, she's
determined to strike a balance between both worlds.
The series stars Thorne ("Rescue Me," "Californication"), Marc Blucas ("Knight and Day," "Buffy,
the Vampire Slayer"), Brooks ("True Blood," "Desperate Housewives") and Scott Cohen
("Law & Order: Trial by Jury," "Gilmore Girls"). Hannah Marks ("Accepted," "Weeds") and
Patrick Johnson ("Mean Girls 2") star as Dr. Dani's teenage children. Patients that Dr. Dani
will be helping this season include a NASCAR race car driver, a news anchor, an obsessive-compulsive
football player, a poker player, an extreme sports junkie -- and some of the football players' wives.
Amanda Detmer ("What About Brian"), Craig Bierko ("Sex and the City") and Concetta Tomei ("Providence")
will recur as guest stars throughout the season.
The series is produced by Sony Pictures Studios. The executive producers are Scott Shapiro, Liz Kruger,
Jeffrey Lieber and Kevin Dowling.