Interview: "Necessary Roughness" Star Callie Thorne

While fate is often a plot device for storylines in many television series, it may have intervened in the casting the lead role of the new series "Necessary Roughness," which premieres tonight on USA. The series, based on the true story of therapist Dr. Donna Dannenfelser and her work with pro athletes, was written by married writers Craig Shapiro and Liz Kruger with "Rescue Me" actress Callie Thorne in mind. However, even though the Denis Leary series was winding down (the final episodes begin airing on FX July 13), Shapiro told our Jim Halterman during his recent visit to the Atlanta set, that getting Thorne looked as though it might never happen since she was committed to a new FX project at the time of casting the USA series. "Very lucky for us," he explained, "literally at the 11th hour and 59 minutes she was freed from that other commitment, we snapped her up and we were shooting 4 weeks after that. From then things rolled very quickly." Read More...


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