Acting auditions and extras casting for USA Network series ‘Necessary Roughness’

Necessary Roughness Casting Auditions

“Necessary Roughness” is filmed in Atlanta, GA.
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The Golden Globe nominated USA Network one-hour drama series “Necessary Roughness” is currently casting actors and extras for it’s second season. The show is filmed in Atlanta, GA. Series regulars and guest stars are cast in Los Angeles, with smaller speaking roles cast in Atlanta. All of the extras, and stand-ins are cast in Atlanta. “Necessary Roughness” is under AFTRA contract, however both union and non-union talent can submit.

The series was created and is executive produced by Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro. The show is based on the true story of a female psychologist Dr. Donna Dannenfelser who worked for the New York Jets. Initially titled “Dr. Donna,” the show first appeared on the USA Network’s development slate in December 2009. In May 2010, the network placed a cast-contingent pilot order under the new name “Necessary Roughness”. Kevin Dowling, Jeffrey Lieber, Donna Dannenfelser, and Joe Sabatino also executive produce.

Starring in “Necessary Roughness” is the talented actress Callie Thorne as Dr. Dani Santino. Thorne was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her role on the show in the catagory of “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series”. Her acting credits also include “ER,” “The Wire,” “Prison Break,” and “Rescue Me” among many others. Hannah Marks and Patrick Johnson play her kids; Marc Blucas plays her love interest Matthew Donnally; Scott Cohen plays the role of former Navy SEAL Nico Careles; and Mehcad Brooks plays New York Hawks’ star player Terrence “T.K.” King. Amanda Detmer will return on a recurring basis as Dani’s best friend, Jeanette. Rob Estes and Evan Handler have both nabbed roles on season two. The former Melrose Place and 90210 star will appear on the season 2 premiere as TK’s agent, someone willing to do anything at all for his client. Handler (Sex and the City, Californicaion), meanwhile, will portray Marshall Pittman, a media mogul who owns the New York Hawks and who will guest star on three upcoming episodes.

“Necessary Roughness” Season 2 will premier in September, 2012 on USA Network.

People who are located within reasonable driving distance of Atlanta, GA and would like to work on “Necessary Roughness” as an extra can submit a recent color snapshot and all contact information to the following:

[email protected]

Put “Necessary Roughness Extras” in the subject line of your email.

Talent must and be legally eligible to work in Atlanta, GA and the United States.

The Atlanta Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work on film and television productions in the Atlanta area:

• Georgia Child Labor Entertainment Employment Information Sheet
• Georgia Child Labor Summary Sheet
• Georgia Employment Certificate Guide for Minors Under 18
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application

In addition to the following Atlanta Actors Resources:

• Atlanta Casting Directors List
• Atlanta Extras Casting Directors List
• Atlanta Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• Atlanta Acting Classes and Schools List
• Atlanta Actors Unions and Professional Organizations
• Summer Performing Arts Camps
• Atlanta Headshot Photographers List
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guides

The Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Donna Rosenstein
Kendra Castleberry
800 S Main Street
Suite 202
Burbank, CA 91506


Craig Fincannon
Fincannon & Associates Casting
500-D Amsterdam Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30306

Extras Casting


Jamie Lynn Catrett
Jennifer Rose Locke
CL Casting
1525 Whitfield Street
Smyrna, GA 30080
[email protected]

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Universal Cable Productions
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

Still Married Productions
3733 Meadville Drive
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Sony Pictures Television
10202 W Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

USA Network (distributor)
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

Producers: Craig Shapiro, Liz Kruger, Kevin Dowling, Jeffrey Lieber, Donna Dannenfelser, Joe Sabatino, Lynn Raynor


Rob Morrow
Elodie Keene
John Kretchmer
Kevin Hooks
Ron Underwood
(various directors are used throughout the season)


Callie Thorne – Dani Santino
Hannah Marks – Lindsay Santino
Patrick Johnson – Ray Santino Jr.
Scott Cohen – Nico Careles
Mehcad Brooks – Terrence King
Marc Blucas – Matthew Donnally
Gregory Alan Williams – Coach Purnell
Concetta Tomei – Angela


“Necessary Roughness” is the story of Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne), a tough, sexy Long Island therapist whose world is turned upside down when she discovers her husband Ray (Craig Bierko) has been cheating on her. With an ugly, expensive divorce and custody battle looming, Dani must quickly figure out how to expand her limited therapy practice to support herself and her two teen-aged children, Ray Jr. (Patrick Johnson) and Lindsay (Hannah Marks), so she’s no longer reliant on her ex-husband. A gutsy Dani talks herself into a therapy gig with a pro-football team – a huge career coup that wreaks havoc with her personal life. The job quickly becomes a 24/7, all-consuming affair that extends far beyond the traditional weekly one-hour sessions. All this – while trying to raise her two challenging teenagers and re-entering the dating scene for the first time in 17 years.