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USA Renews 'Necessary Roughness,' 'Covert Affairs' and 'Royal Pains'

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 15th 2011 6:20PM
USA has renewed its original series 'Necessary Roughness,' 'Covert Affairs' and 'Royal Pains.' The pick-ups cap a strong summer for the cable network in terms of ratings. Each series has received a 16-episode order.

"USA's original programming blew through all expectations this summer. We had an unprecedented number of original series on our air -- and every single one of them was great," Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel, USA Network co-presidents, said in a statement.

"The actors who make our shows unique aren't just stars, they are character actors in the finest sense. Our writers, directors and producers truly understand what it takes to create sustainable success. It's a rare and wonderful thing to announce the pick-up of our entire summer of programming."

Earlier this summer, USA renewed its other originals: 'White Collar,' 'Suits,' 'Burn Notice' and 'In Plain Sight,' making them seven for seven in pick-ups.

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T.K. Faces Off Against His Biggest Rival on 'Necessary Roughness' Finale (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 15th 2011 7:55AM
'Necessary Roughness' S01/E12It was play-offs time in 'Necessary Roughness' (Wed., 10PM ET on USA), so everyone had to bring their A game.

Unfortunately for the New York Hawks, star player Terence "T.K." King (Mehcad Brooks) has been suffering from panic attacks, and on last night's season finale his state of mind wasn't helped by the fact that he knew he'd be going up against his biggest rival, Maurice "The Minefield" Manningfield (Terrell Owens).

T.K. was chilling at the club when The Minefield showed up. After the pair indulged in some harmless trash-talking Minefield went too far, and T.K. prepared to go toe to toe against him.

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Mehcad Brooks Clarifies That He Doesn't Share 'TK' King's Erectile Problems (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 14th 2011 3:45PM
Mehcad Brooks on 'Wendy Williams' As season one of 'Necessary Roughness' comes to a close, Terrence "TK" King is having a few problems. Mehcad Brooks, who plays King, stopped by 'Wendy Williams' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) to talk about the show and to make sure people knew that he is not having the same problems as his character.

"In the season finale tonight, he's kind of having some panic attacks, just because everything in his life is sort of coming to a culmination," Brooks said of King. "And you're having erectile problems," Williams said. Brooks smiled and sat back on the couch, looking playfully upset. "On the show!" Williams added, but too late.

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Mehcad Brooks Previews the Season Finale of 'Necessary Roughness' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 12th 2011 3:20PM
Mehcad Brooks talks about 'Necessary Roughness' on 'Good Day New York'While his character, Terrence "TK" King might be suffering from panic attacks, Mehcad Brooks seems pretty confident in his show, 'Necessary Roughness.' The USA dramedy wraps up its first season Wednesday with guest appearance from Terrell Owens. Brooks stopped by 'Good Day New York' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) to preview the finale and the show's renewal prospects.

A clip from the finale showed King's problem - he sees Terrell Owen's character everywhere he looks. "He's having panic attacks on the field because of this guy called The Minefield, who's played by Terrell Owens for our season finale," explained Brooks. "It's an amazing story. It was a lot of fun to shoot, and it's something the whole family can watch."

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TK Gets Frustrated That He Can't Score on the First Date on 'Necessary Roughness' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 8th 2011 6:25PM
A wide receiver's game is based largely on speed. His goal is to get the ball and take it to the house, every time. Unfortunately for Terrence "TK" King on 'Necessary Roughness' (Wednesdays, 10PM on USA), that philosophy does not apply to dating.

Considering his rocky start with Sports Illustrated reporter Vivica Stevens, King should consider himself lucky she went out with him at all. Still, he found himself sitting with Dr. Santino explaining his frustration after not being able to score on the first date. She asked if a date without sex was a bad thing. "Well, it ain't good," said King. So Dr. Santino's assignment for King was not to try to get Stevens into bed on the next date.

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TK Tries to Woo a Sports Illustrated Reporter on 'Necessary Roughness' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 1st 2011 6:00PM
TK tries to woo a Sports Illustrated reporter on 'Necessary Roughness'Terrence "TK" King has a tough time shutting his mouth, and sometimes, it gets in the way of what he wants. That was the case on 'Necessary Roughness' (Wednesdays, 10PM on USA) when he met an attractive Sports Illustrated reporter named Vivica Stevens, who was writing a profile piece on the New York Hawks.

King first noticed Stevens at practice. "Looks like they upgraded the qualifications for being a waterboy," he said, approaching her as she was getting a drink on the sideline. "Now that is an ass."

"No, she said, turning around and pointing at King. "That is an ass."

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Terrence 'TK' King Gets a New Life Coach on 'Necessary Roughness' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 18th 2011 6:45PM
TK and his new life coach, Lazarus Rollins, on 'Necessary Roughness'After walking out on Dr. Dani Santino, Terrence 'TK' King introduced her to his new life coach, Lazarus 'Laz' Rollins, on 'Necessary Roughness' (Wednesdays, 10PM on USA). Dr. Santino seemed suspicious of TK's assessment that Rollins was "the real deal."

Trying to appear mature, TK introduced Rollins to Dr. Santino personally. "What we had was great," he said. "But this is more hands-on. You know? It's next level." Rollins explained he was trained in "cognitive therapy," but works in every area of a client's life from romance to finance. "Well, time's up," said TK after his introduction. "I've always wanted to be the one to say that."

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TK Says He's Done With Dr. Santino on 'Necessary Roughness' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 11th 2011 6:20PM
Terrence King says he's done with Dr. Dani Santino on 'Necessary Roughness'Transference makes it easy for a patient to feel something for their psychotherapist, but that's crossing that line is a no-no in treatment. Dr. Dani Santino found herself in the unenviable position of telling her star football player patient, Terrence "TK" King, that she doesn't approve of his relationship with her son, which included buying him a car, on 'Necessary Roughness' (Wednesdays, 10PM on USA).

"You're my patient," she told King. "You cannot have a relationship with my son that I find unacceptable. And that means texting, calling, signing merchandise, buying cars." King said he thought they were friends, and sadly, Santino had to tell him otherwise. "Terrence, I care about you deeply," she said. "But the truth is our relationship is therapeutic. And that means that we can't really be friends. You know, there's all these rules that you have for football. These are sort of the rules for therapy."

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EXCLUSIVE Casting Scoop: Terrell Owens Suiting Up for 'Necessary Roughness'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 11th 2011 3:45PM
Terrell OwensLooks like Terrell Owens is a free agent no longer. The pro football bad boy is coming to TV for a little 'Necessary Roughness.'

AOL TV just learned exclusively that T.O. will be putting the pads back on and hitting the field for the finale of USA's hit new show 'Necessary Roughness' on Wed., Sept. 14, 10PM ET.

Owens will play All-Pro safety/cornerback Kevin "The Mine-Field" Minnifield, who's the star player on the team that the show's NY Hawks go up against in the playoffs. He's also TK's (Mehcad Brooks) lifelong rival.

That's right: It's TK vs. TO. Sounds like cause for an end zone celebration to me.

Owens is no stranger to TV, having received the reality TV show treatment on VH1's 'The T.O. Show' back in 2009. As far as true acting though, his short resume includes a recent appearance as "T.O." on VH1's 'Single Ladies.'

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Patty Duke Heading to 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Suits' Lands Chi McBride & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 5th 2011 10:25AM
Patty DukePatty Duke will guest star on 'Hawaii Five-0.' Unfortunately, she will not be playing identical cousins.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the legendary actress will play a mother of a murder victim. She has Alzheimer's and when the team goes to inform her of the bad news, she believes her grown son is still a child. Did somebody just clinch an Emmy nomination for 2012?

Duke's episode is the second of the new season, premiering Sept. 19 at 10PM on CBS.

In other casting news ...

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TK Finds Out He Has a Stalker, and Maybe a Son on 'Necessary Roughness' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 4th 2011 6:00PM
TK finds out he might be a father on 'Necessary Roughness'When Dr. Dani Santino found out her patient, star New York Hawks wide receiver Terrence "TK" King, had a stalker, she predicted he was "going to have a very strong emotional response to this." The stalker appeared on Wednesday's episode of 'Necessary Roughness' (Wednesdays, 10PM on USA), smashing the windows of King's SUV.

A "strong emotional response" was an understatement. It turned out the stalker was Charisse, a woman King had a one-night stand with about six years prior. And now she has a five-year-old son.

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Mehcad Brooks Reveals the Secret to His Great Abs on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 22nd 2011 2:50PM
Mehcad Brooks and his abs on 'Access Hollywood Live'Mehcad Brooks has the abs to be a Calvin Klein model, 'True Blood' eye candy, and to play a star football player on 'Necessary Roughness,' the new sports drama on USA. Many people admire those abs, and would perhaps like to know how to get a set just like them. However, we wouldn't advise you to follow the method Brooks mentioned Friday on 'Access Hollywood Live.' At least the first method he jokingly mentioned.

While Billy Bush did a feeble Rocky impression, Kit Hoover asked how Brooks got his perfect abs. "Four hundred years of slavery," he said. "I'm kidding! I'm just joking." Actually, Brooks said the routine is simple -- one thousand sit-ups a day.

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Talking TV Podcast on 'The Big C,' 'Weeds' and 'Necessary Roughness' (Plus a Bonus Rant)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 30th 2011 3:30PM
Before the holiday weekend got underway, Ryan McGee and I recorded a podcast focusing on three June shows: 'The Big C,' 'Weeds' and 'Necessary Roughness.'

There's also a bit of a rant from Mo about the reaction to 'The Killing' (no, I'm not ranting once again about the show itself, just about a certain kind of reaction to it).

We round off the podcast with Mo's answer to Ryan's Bonus Birthday Question. What's the question? Well, you'll just have to tune in to find out.

Running times are below.

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Review: Does USA Score with the Sports Drama 'Necessary Roughness'?

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 29th 2011 10:00AM
The pilot for 'Necessary Roughness' (10PM ET Wednesday, USA), a sports-oriented light drama led by the redoubtable Callie Thorne, is far from a chore.

Even though the show's first episode is 75 minutes long with commercials, the pilot doesn't feel padded. It smoothly -- almost too quickly, in fact -- set up the crisis that precipitates therapist Dr. Dani Santino's move into the field of sports therapy. And it's interesting to note that on the network known for its "Characters welcome" tagline, Dani really isn't quirky or odd in any noticeable way.

She's a strong-willed, upper-middle class woman whose life begins to fall apart, and it's the unsentimental way in which Dani moves forward that gives this show its necessary grit.

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USA Network Announces Summer 2011 Schedule

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 11th 2011 2:45PM
White CollarBreak out that popcorn -- USA Network is bringing back its classic summer-fun programming with new episodes of hits such as 'Covert Affairs,' 'White Collar' and new shows including 'Suits' and 'Necessary Roughness.'

'Suits,' formerly known as 'A Legal Mind,' stars Gabriel Macht as a top corporate lawyer and Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross, a brilliant college dropout. Gina Torres also stars.

USA's other new series, 'Necessary Roughness,' follows Callie Thorne as a therapist for a football team. She soon becomes the go-to therapist for big names in music and politics. Mehcad Brooks, Marc Blucas and Scott Cohen also star.

Check out USA's full schedule below.

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