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On the fence: will USA’s ‘Necessary Roughness’ come back?

Callie Thorne stars in USA's "Necessary Roughness," which is "on the bubble" for renewal. CREDIT: USA

Callie Thorne stars in USA's "Necessary Roughness," which is "on the bubble" for renewal. CREDIT: USA

I just wrote about the iffy status of “Drop Dead Diva.”

Now we’re awaiting the fate of another metro Atlanta-based TV show: USA’s “Necessary Roughness,” which aired at 10 p.m. Wednesdays over the summer.

Kris Bagwell, who runs EUE Screen Gems where the drama is based, said he is expecting an answer by the end of the week from the network.

The show’s ratings so far in the second season took a major tumble from its first season. It averaged 4.2 million viewers per original showing last year. This year, those numbers dipped to 2.7 million. That’s a hefty and worrisome 36 percent drop, although most fans who did stick with the show agreed it was better than the first year. Eleven episodes aired this summer. Five more episodes are scheduled for this winter.

Its retention out of one of USA’s biggest shows “Royal Pains” at 9 p.m. (which averaged 3.9 million viewers) was a mediocre 69 percent.

Last year, USA renewed “Necessary Roughness” on Sept. 15.

In case you aren’t familiar with the show, Callie Thorne (”Rescue Me”) stars as a psychotherapist who takes care of high-profile celebrities with a special emphasis on the New York Hawks, including a trouble star football player T.K. (Mehcad Brooks) and her love interest and GM Matt Donnally (Marc Blucas).

It was not the best summer for USA compared to its most direct rival, Atlanta-based TNT, which had three new big hits (”Major Crimes,” “Dallas,” “Perception”).

USA has had nine original scripted series on its slate this year. It has renewed “Suits,” “Covert Affairs,” “Royal Pains” and “White Collar.” “Psych” is set to return in Feb., 2013. “Common Law,” a rare dog on the USA slate, was quickly canned after one season. I’m not sure about the future of “Burn Notice” or “Fairly Legal.”

The mini-series “Political Animals” could have turned into a series (like “The Starter Wife”) if it had done well. It didn’t.

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5 comments Add your comment


October 18th, 2012
6:58 am

I like “Burn Notice” (though this past season was a bit off IMO) so I hope they do bring it back. “Suits” is great. Never got into “Royal Pains”, “White Collar” or “Psych.” Tried “Covert Affairs” but found it a bit too far-fetched, even for TV.

Thanks for the news, Rodney!

Merle Dixon

October 18th, 2012
7:02 am

Cable or Network, BURN NOTICE is the most enjoyable show on TV.

Get its renewal done already, USA!

How’s about a hug for your ol’ pal Merle?


October 18th, 2012
11:31 am

I love ‘Necessary Roughness’ – hope they bring it back. Very well written show.


October 18th, 2012
3:21 pm

This season Necessary Roughness was a little over the top for me. But I am a fan of the show… I love “Suits”. I do hope the show get’s a renewal.


October 18th, 2012
9:38 pm

I love “Suits.” I loved “Royal Pains” but for some reason stopped following it. Suits though is one of the few shows I DVR. Re “Necessary Roughness,” I HATED that show. I don’t normally use that word in regards to something like a tv show, lol, but I remember trying to watch this show when it first came out and finding the lead character to be sooo unlikeable. Beyond that the storyline is weak along with the writing. Put a fork in this show. I’m surprised it’s taken USA this long to do so.