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From #RESCUEme to @NecROUGHNESS: #CallieThorne on moving up the call sheet

by Jim on June 29, 2011 · 0 comments

NECESSARY ROUGHNESS stars Marc Blucas, Callie Thorne, Scott Cohen and Mehcad Brooks.

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 me 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.”

In the series version of Dr. Donna’s life, Thorne plays Dr. Dani Santino, a therapist who suddenly finds her life turned upside down when her marriage crumbles and, after a one-night liaison with pro football trainer Matthew (Marc Blucas), lands a job counseling troubled athletes including self-destructive football star TK King (Mehcad Brooks). Thorne explained that the huge differences between the unbalanced Sheila on Rescue Me and the more grounded Dr. Dani is a welcome one. “To go from playing someone like Sheila, who is a diagnosed bi-polar, manic depressive to then get the script about this very normal, very loving, compassionate, stable woman and to have this moment be the moment when everything was pulled out from under her… I like to see that kind of journey, that kind of change.”

That said, Thorne made sure to add that while it would seem playing ‘normal’ is easier, she said that it is not exactly a…CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE


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