USA has renewed “Necessary Roughness” for a third season, according to the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment office.
It was a close call, like winning a football game with a 50-yard field goal just inside the goal posts with 5 seconds left to play.
The show, shot primarily at EUE Screen Gems studios near Lakewood Amphitheatre, will return next year, but at a reduced 10-episode run, Deadline.com said. The show aired 12 episodes season one and 16 for season two, with five of those episodes returning over the winter.
The drama lost a significant chunk of audience between season one and two, from 4.2 million to 2.7 million this past summer although fans generally agree the show improved its sophomore year.
“Necessary Roughness” is focused on Callie Thorne (”Rescue Me”), who plays a psychotherapist who takes care of high-profile celebrities with a special emphasis on the fictional New York Hawks, including a troubled star football player T.K. (Mehcad Brooks) and her love interest and GM Matt Donnally (Marc Blucas).
USA hasn’t officially confirmed the renewal, but it appears to be a done deal. For the show to make it to a fourth season, though, it’s going to have to build audience season three for sure.