Pilot

Pilot

After seventeen years of marriage and comfortable suburban life, devoted wife, mother, and psychotherapist Dani Santino is in for an unpleasant wake-up call: her husband has been cheating. Dani promptly kicks him to the curb, but she soon discovers divorce is a costly – and messy – business. (And she's already got the pinched nerve and drained bank account to prove it.)

Luckily, an encounter with the trainer for the local pro football team offers solutions to both of those problems, and soon Dani has landed herself a new client: the team's troubled wide receiver, Terrence "TK" King, who has developed a bad habit of dropping the ball. With her soon-to-be-ex fighting dirty and her credit cards frozen, Dani could certainly use the generous paycheck from the Hawks to help TK. But as she quickly learns, earning that paycheck – and TK's trust – won't be easy.

And as if a violent client with boundary issues isn't enough, Dani's also got a delinquent daughter, meddling mother, sleazy PI tail, and mounting custody battle on her hands. Good thing that when it comes to standing up for herself, reigning in rebellious teenagers, and helping her clients tackle their toughest issues, Dr. Dani's not afraid to get rough.

About Necessary Roughness

Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) thought she had it all figured out: she had a beautiful home, a successful husband, two great teenaged kids, and a satisfying career as a psychotherapist. But when she caught her husband cheating, Dani's perfect world began to unravel, and she was forced to find a way to keep her family, her finances, and her sanity intact. Then a romantic encounter with Matt (Marc Blucas), the handsome trainer of the local pro football team, the New York Hawks, leads to the chance for Dani to demonstrate her special brand of "tough love" therapy. Before she can say "Hail Mary," Dani has taken on the team's unpredictable star wide receiver, Terrence "TK" King (Mehcad Brooks), as a patient and has become the most sought-after therapist for pro athletes and other high-profile personalities on Long Island. Even with the ups and downs of being a newly divorced single parent and being employed by a demanding organization with its very own "Fixer"—the mysterious Nico (Scott Cohen)—Dani begins to find her footing.

As football season ramps up once again, Dr. Dani has a whole new batch of issues to tackle, both personally and professionally. Now that she's more deeply invested in the Hawks players' welfare—and in a new relationship with Matt—the pressure is definitely on to hold it all together, all while trying to keep her kids on track. It's a whole new season...and a whole new set of crazy.

Cast & Crew

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