There has been talk for quite some time about “Necessary Roughness” being picked up for a third season; and now, word is finally official that we will see Callie Thorne and the rest of the cast back for more on USA.
However, there is still one somewhat-surprising caveat to this announcement: rather than have the cast return for a 13 or 16-episode season (which has been the case thus far), the show will only consist this time around of ten hour-long installments. The network’s co-presidents in Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber just released an official statement, and in it they had the following to say about the decision to greenlight some more episodes to further chronicle the story of sports psychiatrist Dani (Thorne) and some of the patients she treats:
“Necessary Roughness is an important page in our network playbook … With a standout team of actors and writers playing at the top of their game, the upcoming seasons promise to deliver high-impact and creative storytelling.”
We do not know if it was intentional or not that Wachtel and McCumber said “seasons” rather than “season,” but this has to be a positive sign that this will not be the last season of the show by any means. The ratings have been solid over the course of the first two seasons, but not necessarily spectacular. For whatever reason USA has also been cautious about ordering too many episodes of any one show, having also reduced the upcoming order of “Royal Pains” to just thirteen episodes (which may be a move made in order to give the cast a greater amount of freedom to do other things).
Are you glad to see more of this show coming up? If you want to hear some of our thoughts from the upcoming midseason premiere airing later this month, you can do so over at the link here.