New USA Network Programs: Suits & Necessary Roughness

Suits

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned a new show starting on USA Network called Suits. It’s a legal dramedy about a guy with a photographic memory and no law degree who gets a job at a top law firm. I’ve watched the first two episodes, and I must say it’s very entertaining! It didn’t take long for me to start rooting for both the fake lawyer, Mike Ross (played by Patrick J. Adams), and his hotshot boss, Harvey Spector (Gabriel Macht).

I won’t fill you in on everything that happened in the two episodes, but I will tell you how Mike got a job as a lawyer. He was strapped for cash and his friend offered him a cool $25,000 to be the middle man in a drug drop taking place at a hotel. It turned out to be a set-up, and he realized he was about to sell drugs to cops and made a run for it. The law firm was conducting interviews in the same hotel, and since Mike was dressed the same as the candidates, he decided to hide out in there. Harvey asked his assistant to keep an eye out for candidates who were interesting, which Mike proved to be when he said “I’m just trying to ditch the cops, I don’t really care if you let me in” after she asked why she should give him an interview after being five minutes late.

Necessary Roughness

USA Network’s other new show of the summer is Necessary Roughness. This one is about a therapist who starts working with an NFL star who can’t seem to keep his grip on the ball. I was initially interested in this show because it stars Mehcad Brooks (Eggs, from True Blood) and Marc Blucas. I also saw the preview for it after finishing Friday Night Lights, and since it focuses on football, I thought it might fill the void FNL has left. But I don’t want to mislead you – this show is NOT Friday Night Lights.

It does, however, seem interesting. The main character, Dr. Danielle Santino (played by Callie Thorne) learned her husband has been cheating on her and files for divorce. Not too long after, she meets and hooks up with Matthew Donnally (Marc Blucas), the trainer for New York’s football team. After she uses hypnosis to help him quit smoking, he offers her a job to help star player, Terrance King (Mehcad Brooks), learn how to catch the ball again. After getting this job, Danielle tells Matthew that they can’t continue seeing each other since they’re now colleagues.

I’m interested to see where both shows go. In Suits, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before someone finds out Mike didn’t actually go to law school. And in Necessary Roughness, how long can Danielle and Matthew really go without dating?

So, will you be tuning in to watch either (or both!) of these shows?

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