Necessary Roughness season 3 introduces some drastic shifts in characters and story during its appropriately titled premiere "Ch-Ch-Changes." After spending the first two seasons primarily focused on Dr. Dani's (Callie Thorne) work with TK (Mehcad Brooks) and the Hawks, the third season transitions from the football team to a sports and management company helmed by Connor McClane (John Stamos).
The below review does contain some spoilers for the Necessary Roughness season premiere.
The premiere picks up months after the season 2 finale and the Hawks have a new coach, Tom Wizinski (David Andrews), who has a much different coaching style than their previous one. With his arrival, Dani finds herself fired after being unwilling to compromise her professional integrity.
Coach Wizinski also rubs both TK and Matt (Marc Blucas) the wrong way. With Dani fired, TK's forced to use a new therapist to deal with his troubles. And, it doesn't go well ... at all. TK rebels against his new coach's methods and it is further complicated by his loss of Dani's counsel.
Nico (Scott Cohen) was last seen being offered a job to work with Mark Cuban and then being legally threatened. For an unknown reason, Nico ended up working at a management agency instead. This is a mystery, which is heightened by the final moment of the season premiere. An underlying complication will add an element of intrigue and suspense to the show.
Through Nico, Dani gets a job helping cure a baseball player get over his fear of flying before the draft. And, with that she's introduced to Connor. And, with that meeting ... changes come.
Dani's therapy methods are the same as always and her client isn't that different from others she's treated in the past. What's new is the environment and her employers. While the shift away from the Hawks has casting casualties that will be missed (Hint: who isn't in the picture above), overall this new direction brings a freshness to the show.
Dani's clientele will widen substantially, which opens up plenty of storyline options. And, though, TK loses Dani as his therapist with her firing, it surely won't be long before he's a client at a new management firm and is back working with her.
John Stamos is charming as Connor, but he's also extremely cunning as he demonstrates during the episode. He's going to be dangerous both professionally and personally for Dani. He's the type of guy that gets what he wants no matter the cost and has the ability to succeed.
I've been a fan of David Anders since his days on Alias (Still holding out hope for a Sark spin-off some day!) and through his roles on Heroes and Once Upon a Time. He portrays Troy Cutler who works with Connor. In his introduction, he mostly assists Connor, though he's not afraid to question the boss. The combination of Connor and Troy adds a promising new direction to Necessary Roughness.
If you've never watched the show, this is the perfect time to jump in. With Dani's career switch and the introduction of new characters, the show has a bit of a reboot feel to it. Change is difficult to accept, but in this case it's good and reinvigorates the series in a way that fans should enjoy.
Necessary Roughness airs at 10 pm ET on USA.