EXCLUSIVE: There will be no fourth season of Necessary Roughness, as USA Network has opted not to continue with the series. “We are proud of this show and its writers, which had a unique ability to address topical subjects before they unfolded in real life on the sports pages,” the network said in a statement to Deadline. “We want to thank Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, the incredible cast led by Golden Globe nominee Callie Thorne and our partners at Sony Television.” Necessary Roughness starred Thorne as New York Hawks sports psychologist Dani Santino, who struggles with the threat of losing her practice while attempting to keep her personal life intact. Created by Kruger and Shapiro, Necessary Roughness wasn’t a breakout hit with a big pop culture following for USA. But it developed a loyal audience and has been pretty consistent, ending its three-season run with a respectable average of 4 million viewers. USA made a big push going into Season 3, recruiting several new regulars, including John Stamos as new male lead.
Sterling Jerins Cast In ‘The Coup’; Laura Wiggins, Callie Thorne & Izabella Miko Join Indie ‘Thinspiration’
Sterling Jerins has signed for a role in The Coup for director John Eric Dowdle. Lake Bell, Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan star in the pic about a family of Americans who move overseas and find themselves caught up in a coup. They frantically try to escape an environment where foreigners are being summarily executed. Drew Dowdle, Michel Litvak, David Lancaster and Gary Michael Walters are producing. Jerins, who recently wrapped Dark Places and is shooting Life Itself, is repped by ICM Partners, Principal Entertainment LA and attorney Dave Feldman.
Laura Wiggins, Callie Thorne and Izabella Miko have joined Indy Entertainment’s dramatic thriller tentatively titled Thinspiration. Wiggins (Shameless) stars in director Tara Miele’s film as Hannah, a 17-year-old dancer who joins a “thinspiration” website and devotes herself to the glorification of “thin” until she becomes possessed by the dark world of pro-anorexia websites. Miko (Step Up 5) is the demonic webmaster who inspires the young woman to starve herself. Thorne (Necessary Roughness) plays Hannah’s mother, who tries to help her daughter through the crisis. Marcus Giamatti, and Sharon Lawrence also have joined the cast for producers Nancy Leopardi and Ross Kohn. Shooting is underway.
EXCLUSIVE: Scott Cohen will co-star opposite Callie Thorne in the USA pilot Necessary Roughness. Meanwhile, Sara Rue has joined CBS’ comedy series Rules of Engagement as a recurring, with Joan Collins tapped for a key guest spot on the CBS sitcom. Both Roughness and Rules are produced by Sony TV.
Roughness centers on tough, sexy Long Island divorcee Danielle Santino (Thorne), who, to make ends meet, becomes the therapist for a professional football team and quickly becomes sought after by other athletes, musicians, politicians and those living in the spotlight. Cohen, repped by Gersh and One Management, will play a “fixer” for a football franchise who works closely with Danielle.