With the absence of “Friday Night Lights” on TV, we need another good football-related series to check out — and although “Necessary Roughness” does not have Kyle Chandler, it does have a winning performance courtesy of Golden Globe nominee Callie Thorne. It’s funny, racy (at least for USA standards), and it does give us a much-welcome dose of scripted TV during a week dominated mostly by reality shows.
Wednesday night’s premiere picked up largely six weeks after the events of the finale — T.K. was shot, but he has now recovered in a physical sense. The problem was that he wasn’t really dealing with the trauma emotionally — he wasn’t interested in talking to Thorne’s ‘Dani’ about what happened, and he insisted that he was better and ready to go see his fans and practice for the Hawks again. (Of course, he also wanted to enter the stadium on a zip line.) Heck, he also wants to change his name to K.T. — “King Terrence,” which is really just a step above Metta World Peace in our book.
Eventually, K.T. did at least start to see some warning signs that there was some post-traumatic stress disorder happening his brain, but he didn’t want to let it get in the way of his promotional efforts. He also had some prescription drugs in his system, and him trying to pull a gun out on an imaginary attacker really signified one thing to us — he is really not as well off as he seems. In the end, Dani at least got him to open up about what he was going through, and with that we really have the focus of what is going to be coming up moving forward. Somehow, she is going to have to get this guy to deal with a near-fatal incident in the midst of the spotlight and public pressure.
Overall, “Roughness” felt like a breath of fresh air in its return. Dani already has her work cut out for her dealing with the Hawks’ star player, and the Los Angeles Dodgers-esque ownership issues at the moment are giving some depth to this story beyond just the team. (Isn’t it great to see ‘Harry Goldenblatt’ back on TV again?) Of course, Dani’s also got some issues to deal with at home — including a messy tax situation thanks to her ex and her son putting the moves on his SAT mentor.
What did you think about Wednesday night’s “Roughness” premiere?