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USA Network casting call for athletes and coaches for TV drama pilot ‘Necessary Roughness’ Nov. 4

Callie Thorne, best known for her fiery role on FX's "Rescue Me," is starring in "Necessary Roughness" as a therapist to a football team.

Callie Thorne, best known for her fiery role on FX's "Rescue Me," is starring in "Necessary Roughness" as a therapist to a football team.

Atlanta is a big town for professional NFL players, retired players and local college grads with football experience. So for anybody seeking an acting outlet or wanting to relive their glory days, USA Network’s television pilot “Necessary Roughness” may be an outlet.

The drama is seeking football players, refs and coaches for a casting call on November 4 at James R. Hallford Stadium (formerly Memorial Stadium) in Clarkston.

This is a pilot set for taping in November and December. The producers will then have to wait and see if the drama actually gets picked up by USA. Unlike the broadcast networks, USA is more discerning in terms of spending money on a pilot so the fact the project has gotten this far bodes well for it making it on air.  Among cable networks, USA draws some of the biggest audiences out there for its dramas, many such as “Royal Pains” and “Burn Notice” regularly drawing 5 million or more viewers a week for each original airing.

A USA spokesman said shows that are shot in a particular city for a pilot usually stays in that city. (TNT shot the pilot of “Franklin & Bash” this year in Atlanta but it was moved elsewhere once the series was picked up. Ditto with ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7.)

The age range for football players is 18 to 35, but there is no age restriction for other jobs.

Here are the particulars from the press release:

Sports Studio announces that that they will be hosting auditions and tryouts to cast for an upcoming USA Networks television pilot, Necessary Roughness, to be filmed in the Atlanta area in November and December 2010. They will be casting for football players, referees and coaches on November 4, 2010 at James R. Hallford Stadium (formerly Memorial Stadium) in Clarkston, GA.

Necessary Roughness is the story of Dr. Dani Santino, a tough, sexy Long Island divorcee who becomes the therapist for a pro football team – a huge career coup which wreaks havoc with her personal life. The cast is headed up by Callie Thorne (“Rescue Me,” “ER,” “The Wire” and “Prison Break”), Marc Blucas (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Knight and Day” and “We Were Soldiers”), and Scott Cohen (“NYPD Blue,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “Law & Order: Trial by Jury”).

Sports Coordinator and Head of Production of Sports Studio, Mark Ellis will be conducting the tryouts. Mark Ellis has been the leader in coordinating sports action in Hollywood productions for over 17 years. He has directed and coached Oscar winning actors and Hall of Fame athletes over countless feature films, television shows and commercials including The Game Plan, We Are Marshall, Invincible and The Longest Yard. In addition, Ellis has been a critical component in films honored with nine ESPY nominations for “Best Sports Movie of the Year”, including three award winning films, The Rookie, Miracle and Semi-Pro.

Anyone interested in trying out for this upcoming television pilot will be required to pre-register at, and create a profile under “Football TV show.” The casting location and exact casting times for the November 4th try outs will then be emailed directly to each interested participate. Timing is limited for this one day try outs and spots will fill up quickly.

FOOTBALL PLAYER REQUIREMENTS: Age 18-35 and have extensive football experience. Players should not be seeking NCAA eligibility through a college program. Selected player positions are paid positions.

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October 25th, 2010
4:22 pm

Interesting that they’re doing the casting call in Clarkston.


October 26th, 2010
11:22 am

Well the stadium is a large, mostly unused venue where they can spread out and hold their drills for the auditions. Also Clarkston is a great place so you can go suck it!


October 26th, 2010
12:05 pm

I’m not anti-Clarkston at all. I’m just wondering why they chose that place, a place I know mostly because of the large, vibrant refugee population there.


October 28th, 2010
10:23 am

hello my name is Dontavion i would like to come out a audition i have experiece i the acting field i also may be on file with sports studios
i spent 5 seasons on One tree hill playing basketball and other things also but the last time i played football was flag lololol and high school please send me more info to my email letting me know what your looking for

Marla Brettel

October 28th, 2010
12:15 pm

IT’S A F.A.C.T.! (Filming, Acting, Casting, Training) will send selected talent your way. Please email me the details. I have several individuals who are actors/athletes that I can submit to your casting.

Marla Brettel ~ IT’S A F.A.C.T.!