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In 2011, the show “Necessary Roughness” premiered on USA Network. While picking up the pieces from a scandalous divorce, Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) focuses on her psychotherapy practice to make ends meet. She eventually lands a dream job as the team therapist for a professional football team. Drama — both professional sports-related and personal — ensues.
With stars such as Thorne, John Stamos, and Mechad Brooks on the show’s cast list, the series ran for three seasons until 2013. But what happened to the stars of the show after the series finale?
Here’s what the cast of “Necessary Roughness" has been up to since the show ended.
Callie Thorne played Dr. Danielle “Dani” Santino. She is a tough divorcee that becomes the therapist for a professional football team and quickly becomes the go-to therapist by other athletes, musicians, politicians, and other celebrities. She received a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Actress" for her role. In 2012, she won “Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama Series” at the Gracie Allen Awards for her role as Dani. Since “Necessary Roughness,” Thorne has been busy. She is still acting and has appeared in shows like “The Mysteries of Laura,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” and “Blue Bloods.” As for her personal life, the 53-year-old actress is pretty private because she doesn’t even have an Instagram page and her Twitter account is private.
Who can forget Mehcad Brooks' role as Terrence “T.K.” King, the star player of the New York Hawks? His anger issues and failure to catch the ball led the team to hire Dani to help get him back on track. Since the show, Brooks played James Olsen on the CW drama “Supergirl.” He starred in Tyler Perry’s “A Fall From Grace” Netflix film, and portrayed Jax Briggs in the “Mortal Kombat” film released in 2021. In 2022, he joined the cast of the long-running crime drama series “Law & Order.” Brooks also released his debut album in 2018 called “May 20th” which was inspired by multiple near-death experiences that all took place on May 20. In 2021, the actor married his long-time girlfriend, Frida Kardeskog.
Marc Blucas played Matt Donnally in the first two seasons as the Hawks’ athletic trainer. He is married to journalist Ryan Haddon, and they have four kids, and live in a 300-year-old farmhouse with 13 chickens, 2 rabbits, 2 dogs, and 2 kittens. He is still acting and has starred in several Hallmark movies. As a former basketball player, he has also spent some time coaching a high school team.
Scott Cohen starred as Dominic “Nico” Eugene, head of security and the team’s “fixer.” Since the show, he has been starring in theater productions, and films. He has also appeared on shows like “The Bold Type,” “The Resident,” “PowerBook II: Ghost,” and “Billions.” He is married to playwright Anastasia Traina.
Amanda Detmer starred on the show as Jeanette Fiero, Dani’s best friend. She has gone on to star in the hit Fox series “Empire” and several “California Christmas” movies.
Actor John Stamos starred as Connor McClane in Season 3 as the founder of a sports and entertainment management empire V3, for which Dani begins to work. In 2015 to 2016, Stamos starred as the lead character in the sitcom “Grandfathered.” He executive produced the Netflix series “Fuller House,” in which he reprised the role of Uncle Jesse Katsopolis.
Over the years, the 59-year-old struggled with alcoholism but has since become sober and in 2018, married his second wife Caitlin McHugh. He is now a father to son Billy. John currently stars in “Big Shot” on Disney+ and can be heard on “Spidey and His Amazing Friends” on the Disney and Disney Jr. channels.
To stroll back down memory lane and re-watch “Necessary Roughness,” you can find all episodes streaming on Peacock.
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