EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of signing on for the lead in the NBC drama pilot I Am Victor, John Stamos has been tapped for a major recurring role on the upcoming third season of USA Network‘s Necessary Roughness. He will appear in all 10 episodes of the show starring Callie Thorne. The gig keeps Stamos in the NBCUniversal family. He has been recurring on freshman NBC comedy The New Normal and is prepping for the network’s I Am Victor pilot. He will segue from the pilot to Necessary Roughness on sibling USA, wrapping his gig in time to return to I Am Victor if it gets picked up to series.
Stamos’ character on Necessary Roughness Connor McClane is a departure from the good, likable guys he usually plays. The founder of V3, a big global sports and entertainment management company, McClane sees Dr. Dani’s (Thorne) success with TK (Mehcad Brooks) and the New York Hawks, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get her into the V3 family. I hear USA went aggressively after Stamos and landing him for the role shows the network’s commitment to Necessary Roughness, which has not been among USA’s flashiest series despite doing solidly in the ratings. Stamos’ presence is sure to give the series extra attention going into Season 3.
Created and executive produced by Liz Kruger & Craig Shapiro and exec produced by Kevin Dowling, Necessary Roughness is co-produced by Sony Pictures TV and Universal Cable Prods. ER alum Stamos, repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment, is coming off a Broadway run in The Best Man.
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Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
John Stamos dropped by a TCA panel discussion today for NBC‘s The New Normal held on the set at Paramount featuring the cast and executive producer Ali Adler (co-creator with Ryan Murphy). Stamos is guesting in an episode in which he plays a character of ambiguous sexual orientation (to explore the fallacy of “gay-dar”). Stamos was asked to compare today’s TV sitcom world — which can accommodate the “new normal” of a gay couple who are expectant parents via a surrogate — to his days on Full House. “It was three men living together in San Francisco raising a couple of kids. It’s the same thing,” Stamos quipped.
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John Stamos Circling Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Little Brother’
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EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures TV is resurrecting Dead Lawyers, the high-concept legal drama it originally developed for SyFy eight years ago, with Graham Yost on board to co-write/executive produce and John Stamos attached to star. The project’s first incarnation, written by … Read More »
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